Best Brownies

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Brownies are one of the baking world’s simple pleasures. Not much is better than biting into a freshly baked brownie and enjoying the rich chocolate flavor. Perhaps the best thing about brownies is how simple they are to make. You only need a short list of ingredients, a bowl, a spoon, and a pan. Once you make homemade brownies, you’ll never be satisfied with any other kind! These brownies are on the fudgy side of the brownie spectrum. If you prefer cakey brownies, you can simply add one more egg to the batter.
15 min Prep Time
40 min Cook Time
  • Prep Time: 15 min
  • Cook Time: 40 min
  • Servings: 16 2-inch brownies

Servings: 16 2-inch brownies


  • 6 ounces (1 cup) bittersweet chocolate (+/- 70%)
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt


Step 1

Preheat oven to 350°. Line an 8-inch square baking pan with parchment paper so that the paper overhangs by a few inches on two opposite sides.

Step 2

Place chocolate and butter in a microwave-safe bowl. Heat in microwave at half power in 30-second increments until butter is melted and chocolate melts when stirred. Stir until smooth. Set aside to cool slightly.

Step 3

Mix sugar, brown sugar, eggs, and vanilla until well-blended. Add chocolate-butter mixture, and mix until smooth. Add flour and salt, and mix just until combined.

Step 4

Transfer batter to prepared pan and spread evenly. Bake 35-40 minutes, or until a pick inserted into the center comes out with a few moist crumbs attached. Run a knife along the non-lined sides of the pan. Cool in pan on wire rack.

Step 5

Using the overhanging parchment paper, lift the cooled brownies out of the pan and onto a cutting board. Use a sharp knife to cut into bars.

For even more chocolate, add 1 cup of chocolate chips to the mixed batter before transferring it to the baking pan. If you like brownies with nuts, add 1 cup of chopped nuts to the mixed batter. For a sweet and salty version, sprinkle about 1/2 teaspoonful of coarse salt over the top of the batter in the pan before baking.