Brownies from Scratch Recipe

Brownies from Scratch

Who doesn’t love a good brownie? I mean, seriously. Chocolate. Sweet. Dessert. Top with powdered sugar and we have a winner! I love these brownies from scratch, no worries about what they put in that boxed stuff.

Bonus: they are made from ingredients that I always have on hand. Sometimes we are out of the chocolate chips, but only if I eat them the chocolate chip gnomes eat them all!

The boys sure do have a sweet tooth and loved the brownies!

You could also easily make this dairy-safe by subbing in vegan butter and vegan chocolate chips. I have a friend who can’t have dairy, so I’ve been learning a lot about that dietary restriction since she’s over every month for Harry Potter club!

The brownies only take about 15 minutes to prepare, which is not that much longer than the boxed brownies. And you still only have one item to clean in addition to the baking dish. With the boxed, it’s usually a bowl, with this homemade recipe, it’s a pot. 

Sometimes, I’ll buy regular chocolate chips instead of the semi-sweet if we really want a sweet taste. But most of the time, the semi-sweet are still enough for this dessert

Step by Step

Preheat the oven to 325F and grease an 8×8 baking dish.

In a medium saucepan, combine the sugar, butter, and water. 

Brownies from Scratch

Set the heat to medium and cook until it starts to boil, stirring frequently.

Brownies from Scratch

Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the chocolate chips until they are melted and smooth. 

Brownies from Scratch

Mix in the eggs and vanilla. the mixture may be a bit hard to stir, but it loosens up.

Brownies from Scratch

Sift the flour and baking soda into the chocolate mixture and stir until combined.

Brownies from Scratch

Spread the batter evenly into the greased baking dish.

Brownies from Scratch

Bake for 30-45 minutes, until the brownies have set and a toothpick comes out clean. Sprinkle with powdered sugar if desired.

Brownies from Scratch

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Brownies from Scratch


Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Course: Dessert
Servings: 9
5 from 3 votes


  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 2 tbsp water
  • 1 1/2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2/3 cup flour
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda


  • Preheat oven to 325
  • Grease an 8×8 baking dish
  • In medium saucepan combine sugar, butter, and water
  • Cook over medium heat until boiling
  • Remove from heat and stir in chocolate chips until melted and smooth
  • Mix in the eggs and vanilla
  • Combine the flour and baking soda and stir into the chocolate mixture
  • Spread evenly into the baking dish
  • Bake for 30-45 minutes or until brownies have set and toothpick comes out clean
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10 thoughts on “Brownies from Scratch”

  1. I always make everything from scratch, but I haven’t done brownies in a decade and couldn’t find my old recipe, but yours sounds perfect! Thank you!

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