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Brownies from Scratch

Brownies are an easy, quick way to have a delicious chocolate dessert. Top them with powdered sugar for an extra little pop of flavor.

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!

Two young boys eating brownies in a side-by-side photo frame
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 our 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 melt the butter.

Butter melting in a saucepan

Stir in the sugar and water then set the heat to medium and cook until it starts to boil, stirring frequently.

Butter simmering in a saucepan

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

Chocolate chips on top of butter mixture in a saucepan

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

Chocolate brownie mix simmering in a saucepan

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

Closeup of flour on top of brownie batter in a saucepan

Spread the batter evenly into the greased baking dish.

Brownie batter in a glass baking dish on a granite surface

Bake for 30-45 minutes, until the brownies have set and a toothpick comes out clean.

Brownie batter in a glass baking dish in the oven

Sprinkle with powdered sugar if desired.

One brownie leaning on top of another brownie surrounded by brownie bits next to a glass of milk all on a white surface (vertical)

Recipe

Originally Published On: January 12, 2017

Last Updated On: March 18, 2020

One brownie leaning on top of another brownie surrounded by brownie bits next to a glass of milk all on a white surface

Brownies

Brownies are an easy, quick way to have a delicious chocolate dessert. Top them with powdered sugar for an extra little pop of flavor.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: brownies, chocolate, sweet, vanilla extract
Servings: 9
5 from 7 votes

Ingredients

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

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 325F
  • 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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Nutrition Facts
Brownies
Amount Per Serving
Calories 287 Calories from Fat 135
% Daily Value*
Fat 15g23%
Saturated Fat 8g40%
Cholesterol 44mg15%
Sodium 74mg3%
Potassium 193mg6%
Carbohydrates 34g11%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 22g24%
Protein 4g8%
Vitamin A 145IU3%
Calcium 25mg3%
Iron 2.5mg14%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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46 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!

  2. Yum you have made this look so easy! I am hungry now! I have printed it off and want to try it asap!! ♥

  3. My 2 weaknesses are brownies and chocolate chip cookies. Those brownies look so delicious that it’s making my mouth water right now. 😋

  4. Yummmm….these look so yummy! I love brownies and I am going to try this recipe. What I loved about this recipe is that it is with photos which are very helpful for people like me. 🙂

  5. Melanie williams

    In our house, we actually love brownies. I had one yesterday they are super yummy. Will give your recipe a go xx

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