Easy Homemade Brownies From Scratch

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This Easy Homemade Brownies Recipe makes cakey brownies that taste like box mix brownies! With perfect crisp crackly tops and chewy centers, these made from scratch brownies hit all the right notes.

Stack of brownies on a cake stand

Just Like Box-Mix Homemade Brownies

For some time I’ve been searching for a way to make brownies from scratch without losing that brownie mix feel. It took a lot of brownie making and a whole lot of brownie testing (someone had to do it!), but I think I finally found it: a simple brownie recipe that tastes like “box mix” brownies but is actually made totally from scratch. These homemade brownies have just the right combo of cakey and chewy texture, plus they have that classic “crack” on the top.

Basic brownies may seem kind of unexciting, but don’t be fooled. These are anything but! Everyone needs a good, solid brownie recipe in their arsenal and this is the one!

Stack of brownies with parchment paper

Recipe Ingredients

This brownie recipe has simple ingredients. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Vegetable Oil – Just like a box mix brownie, we are going to use oil instead of butter.
  • Sugar – I use regular white sugar in this recipe.
  • Vanilla Extract – Be sure to use pure vanilla extract.
  • Eggs
  • Flour + Baking Powder
  • Dark Chocolate Cocoa Powder – I recommend using dark chocolate cocoa powder. I use dark chocolate cocoa in most of my baking. In baking it makes a much more chocolatey final product. I’m sure they’d taste great with regular cocoa. But if you’re willing, give the dark a try.
  • Salt – Adding a bit of salt to desserts brings out their sweetness.

The top of a stack of brownies

How to Make Brownies from Scratch

These brownies are no fuss! Here’s how to make them:

  • Prep your tools: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9×9 square baking pan, or line it with parchment paper.
  • Mix wet ingredients: Mix together the oil, sugar and vanilla extract. Add eggs and mix until well combined.
  • Mix dry ingredients: Combine flour, cocoa, baking powder and salt.
  • Add dry ingredients: Slowly add to the egg mixture until well combined.
  • Bake: Pour the batter into the pan and spread evenly. Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out with a few crumbs.

That’s it! Making these brownies from scratch is just as easy as using a box mix. 🙂

Homemade brownies on a plate

Tips for the Best Brownies

  • Use dark chocolate cocoa powder. As I mentioned above, I think dark chocolate cocoa really takes the chocolate in brownies to the next level.
  • Don’t over bake. It’s better to pull your brownies out too early than bake them for too long. Bake them until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out with just a few crumbs attached. If you’re unsure, just go ahead and take them out of the oven. They will still cook a bit as they cool.
  • Let them cool. These brownies are seriously good, but give them a chance to cool so that you can get that cakey, chewy texture. Plus, they will be easier to slice if you let them cool.

Stack of homemade brownies

How to Store Brownies

You can store your homemade brownies in an airtight container at room temperature. They will keep for 4-5 days.

Can I Freeze Brownies?

Yes! You can freeze brownies for up to 2 months. Let them come to room temperature, then wrap each brownie in saran wrap or foil and place them in an airtight freezer safe container.

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Quick and Easy Brownies

  • Author: Lindsay
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 12-16 Brownies 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: American


This easy homemade brownies recipe makes cakey brownies that taste like box mix brownies! With perfect crisp crackly tops and chewy centers, these brownies hit all the right notes.



  • 3/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 eggs
  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 1/3 cup + 2 1/2 tbsp cocoa
  • 1/4 tsp + 1/8 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9×9 square baking pan, or line it with parchment paper.
  2. Mix together the oil, sugar and vanilla extract.
  3. Add eggs and mix until well combined.
  4. Combine flour, cocoa, baking powder and salt.
  5. Slowly add to the egg mixture until well combined.
  6. Pour the batter into the pan and spread evenly.
  7. Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out with a few crumbs.


Recipe modified from AllRecipes.com

Keywords: brownies, homemade, easy, from scratch, brownie mix, homemade

Recipe modified from AllRecipes.com


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    1. Lindsay

      I’m not really sure what you mean. It’s a 9 x 9 pan, so it depends on how many servings you cut. You can make the servings larger or smaller.

  1. Michaela

    Hello! Loved the recipe!

    It’s not in the recipe but would it mess up the brownie to add some chocolate chips?

  2. Steve

    Hi Lindsay, it’s me again… I did it exactly right this time as per instructions, ingredients and all. They were great! The whole family loves them! Chewy, moist, nice “crust”, just perfect!

  3. Addison Gold

    This recipe is fantastic. I made a few adjustments (I know, I know…), that I thought I’d put in here for anyone else who stops by. I cut the sugar down to a scant 1 cup, swapped 1/4 cup of flour for additional cocoa (so it was 1/2 cup flour and 3/4 cup cocoa), and used only 2 eggs for a slightly different texture. I’ve been looking for a recipe exactly like this one, and I’m so glad to have a go-to that’s not from a box, and that I can make with gluten-free flour. Thank you!!!

  4. Anna

    Where has this been all my life?! I never write reviews, this is my FIRST REVIEW EVER because this recipe delivered. I was craving box mix but limiting grocery runs and this filled my craving. I do bake other brownie recipes but theres something about box mix that bring sleepover nostalgia during these times. Thank you! Never going back to the box! Highly recommended!!

  5. Doug

    This recipe changed two lives. My wife and I are in our early 60’s. For decades we fell into the traditional roles of me tuning up and repairing our old Volkswagen beetles while Ella did the cooking. I thought boiling an egg was an accomplishment. …Anyway, in 2015 Ella was going through chemotherapy for lymphoma. She rarely had an appetite, had low energy and had lost a lot of weight. One evening she said she had a hankering for brownies. We had no mix and it was snowing. I found your recipe, it was easy to make, turned out perfectly and Ella loved it. …And I found out that I like to cook! Ella recovered, and said she wanted to do new things herself, such as learn how to fix her car. Now I’m the main cook, Ella is our mechanic and we’re both happier for it.

  6. Rikkisha

    I’ve made this recipe twice and I’ll be using it as my go-to brownie recipe from now on. When I made it the first time I followed the recipe exactly (except my cocoa wasn’t dark chocolate) and added pecans. Delicious. 
    When I made it the second time I used more cocoa than the recipe called for (my preference…again, the recipe is great as written), subbed some of the white sugar with brown sugar, and added pecans. Double delicious!

  7. Jan Turner-Wilson

    After using this recipe for a year – it is tried and tested. I made it for a friend’s daughter who can’t have lactose but is fine with eggs. It is now everyone’s favourite for any baking occasion, perfect every time. My only change is that as I only have 1 set of cup measures- I mix all the dry ingredients in one bowl then all the wet in a separate jug then mix together. Today I added some broken up Easter eggs that were still hanging about instead of chocolate chip/chunks and cherries. Thank you so much. Jan from Wokingham, UK 

  8. Lisa Bailey

    Easy instructions – easy to bake and taste great !!  I can’t eat dairy and these are Cakey and Chocolatey and crispy texture on top just like they say 😃 yummy warm and definitely gone back for seconds yum yum 

  9. Kyla

    This was so easy to make and so delicious! I added some dark chocolate chips and some heavy whipping cream! My family loved them!!!

  10. S Mason

    Fabulous!!!! I ve made it 6 times double of every ingredient using 8×12 cake pan. twice with chopped walnuts, and twice with cheesecake swirl. All six time, perfect. And it is sooooo easy. This recipe is great. Id give a 10 star if they had it. Thank you for sharing the recipe with us;


  11. Randy Walker

    I just made these. they take about 15 minutes longer in an 8”x8” pan. They puffed up and got crispy around the edges. The insides sank and got fudgy.

  12. Tracey

    I have been looking for a homemade “box brownie knockoff” recipe for forever!! I’ve tried a few and nothing has been good enough to make again. So thank you for posting this years ago and keeping it posted! I have been so disappointed to go to make recipes from Pinterest, only to find that the blog owner has deleted or moved them, and a search doesn’t bring it up! I’m so glad I finally found your recipe 😍 absolutely perfect!

  13. Mia

    I really loved these! Easy to make and perfect for a quick chocolate fix. Even without the darker chocolate powder, they were still awesome!

      1. Jamie

        This recipe is delicious! I will never buy the box mix again. I am full of self-doubt when I bake and I love how this recipe went over every detail, making sure the ingredients were combined properly and all. I don’t have a 9×9 but was able to pull this off beautifully in an 8×11. I was truly amazed how good they are.. and I can’t keep myself or my boyfriend away from the pan! You are truly talented. Thanks so much for sharing!

  14. Steve

    Hi Lindsay, I was looking for a non-butter and milk brownie because I was low on those. Found this site. I was low on oil too and used Crisco, melted, and I used regular, not dark cocoa. Then I goofed and added the dry ingredients one at a time to the wet bowl! And I used a 9” round pan. They STILL came out fine and tasted great, thanks! But next time I’ll do it right!

  15. Taiana Folau

    I really love your recipe and I made it last year after I found your recipe on here! But I have a question…..how can I make it a little less sweet?? I’m just wondering!!

    1. Lindsay

      I’m glad you enjoy them! As for the sweetness, you could try reducing the sugar. But keep in mind that sugar also adds moisture to baked goods, so while it could lessen the sweetness, it could also alter the texture.

  16. Kristy P.

    Thank you so much for this recipe! The edges are chewy and the inside was gooey, like a brownie oughta be. I added 1 tablespoon of instant coffee and a few dashes of cinnamon and wow! What a chocolate punch! Definitely keeping this recipe in my Favorites!!

  17. Therese

    This is the yummiest brownie I have made!!!  I’m just wondering every time I make brownies they sink in the middle.  Could you please offer a solution as to why this happens!!!  

    I also noticed in a previous comments that someone used coconut oil, was it liquid or solid?  I mostly use solid coconut oil, if I was to melt it would it be to hot to use for this recipe?

  18. Lara

    These are seriously the best brownies we’ve had. Will never go back to box mix! We added walnuts and chocolate chips. So amazingly good!

  19. Amy

    I love this recipe! I had never made brownies before. It’s so simple which is my favourite kind of recipe. I actually bake them for 40 minutes because I enjoy getting chewy crispy edges on my brownies. Would highly recommend. 

  20. Dessa

    My brownies r not getting firm! They r staying runny. Wut dd I do wrong? They hav been in th oven longer than 30 minutes! An just don’t get done!

    1. Lindsay

      I’m sorry you were having trouble. It would’ve been hard for me to say why they were taking so long. I hope they turned out OK!

  21. Jennifer

    Lindsay, do you recommend using an electric mixer on this recipe? I’m worried I over beat it. Box brownies always say to stir and this says mix.

    They tasted great even though I used regular cocoa because that is what I had.  I’m sure I would like them better with the dark cocoa.

    1. Lindsay

      You could use either, but you don’t need to do a ton of mixing or stirring either way. The batter comes together pretty easily. I typically just use a bowl and whisk.

    2. Sue

      Hello •♡• This recipe looks amazing, I can’t wait to try them. But first I wanted to ask what you would suggest. I love my brownie more like a cake.As in thick like a cake.I’m not fond of brownies that are so thin.I love brownies and I’m sure this recipe is amazing and I can’t wait to try them Hopefully you can guide me what to do to use this recipe but how to go about it so they are nice and thick?¿? (•:: THANK YOU!!!

      1. Lindsay

        I’ve never tried to make them like that so it’s a little hard to say. You could try using a smaller pan or doubling the recipe. Obviously you’d need to adjust the baking time and I’m not sure exactly how they would turn out, but you could certainly try it.

  22. Melissa N

    This was just as quick and easy as the recipe said, and tasted great. Only a few more steps than using a box mix, and great for when you want brownies you can make from what’s already in your pantry!

    **used grapeseed oil instead of regular vegetable oil since that’s what we always use in our house

  23. Yolanda Pierce

    Holy oil, batman! We made these yesterday, per the recipe and they were great; also gone before bed. Decided to make them again today and replaced that vegetable oil with coconut oil, and used a touch less. They taste amazing, and nothing lost as far as the texture. My kids love them.

  24. Jenny

    I replaced the oil with melted butter and used an 8 x 8 glass pan. Mine turned out a little more like cake, so i maybe overbaked them (23-24 minutes). Next time I will try the recipe exactly as instructed because mine definitely don’t look like the pictures and are not chewy at all.

  25. Gina

    My family said these were the best brownies they’ve ever had! They were gone in about 20 min, I now have to double the batch!

  26. Karen

    Absolutely delicious recipe! Brought these brownies to Kyle’s soccer party and everyone enjoyed them! I am really grateful to have found your amazing recipe and will continue to use it for future occasions!

  27. Patricia

    Omg so good! I added a bit more chocolate and a bit less sugar plus walnuts at the end and it was perfect!

  28. Sarah

    These were the worst brownies that i have ever eaten. They are absolutely disgusting. It is obvious that you dont have taste buds if you think that these are good. Making them was such a waste of ingredients and my time.

    1. Lindsay

      Wow, you’re hurling insults at quite a few people, LOL. These are very well loved brownies, as the comments show. I’m sorry to hear you didn’t care for them.

    2. Jen

      Everyone has the right of freedom of speech and giving opinions but this is distasteful. I can’t even look for a good recipe on the internet without coming across something rude. “If you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all.” Social media disgusts me. Pray for the future of our children. It will be filled with a world of bullies and a**holes.

      1. Quincy Vagell

        I’ve been trying to make vegan brownies for years and they never come out right. Always too oily, too dry, too crumbly or burn too easily. I used this recipe with an egg replacer and they’re the best brownies I’ve ever made from scratch. Thank you!

  29. Liz

    I just made this recipe and haven’t tried them yet they are still baking as I type this but tasted the mix and it was so good I almost licked the bowl clean lol and it smells amazing in here, cant wait to try them!

  30. Rafael Solis

    These came out really good, although I needed 45 mins in my oven to cook them. I would also try to add half of the sugar next time, other than that, great!

  31. Ana

    Thank you Lindsay, I made the fudge brownies last night and they were gone within the hour. So simple to make and delicious!!!

    Thank you for sharing!!

  32. Alana

    These brownies are good, but extremely cake. i wanted a brownie that wasn’t really fudge and this said it was a little cake, so i made them. they are good and have minimal sweetness but they are a lot closer to cake then brownie, rather than in the middle.

  33. Ana

    Hello Lindsay,

    The pictures are amazing and your reviews are outstanding. I want to make the brownies but someone i know has allergies to Vanilla extract, if i omit this ingredient will it still turn out the same (more or less). Thank you.

  34. Becky

    Taste was great, but they took much longer to bake than the recipe stated. At 350°, they took almost 40 minutes to bake without being soup in the middle. My oven thermometer was reading 348 so it was right on the mark.

  35. Alyssa

    Lindsay! How easy! Your directions make this seem like such an easy approach, too. I would love to make this soon!

    1. Megan

      I made this recipe using 100% unsweetened cocoa since that’s all I had. Added more vanilla (and should have added more sugar to even the bitterness) and the batter still was a little bitter. Hoping it won’t be too noticeable served with ice cream. :/ 

  36. Megan

    These brownies are absolutely delicious and so easy to make! It took me less than 10 minutes to whip them up! It did take mine around 45 minutes to bake, but hey I’m all good with waiting for these delicious treats! Thank you so much for this recipe! 

      1. Yuxi

        I loved these so much! They are always gone so quickly every time but they always take about 40 minutes to bake but still, they taste so fudgy and amazing; I’m so glad I found this recipe!

    1. Jim

      Love these brownies! I’ve made them a few times now. Instead of vanilla, I used two teaspoons of cinnamon for a Mexican chocolate taste. …Turned out great!

  37. Becca

    Didn’t have chocolate chips and was heavily craving that pillsbury box mix brownie – this is an absolutely fantastic recipe without all the preservatives if you’re looking for the same cakey/chewy/fudgy texture! Thanks so much! 🙂 p.s. i’m an edge person and these edges were INCREDIBLE.

  38. Amanda

    I’ve been looking for a good brownie recipe for a while and every time it’s fallen short. This recipe is not only simple but the brownies are DELICIOUS! I added a bit of chocolate chips and walnuts the first time but they’re amazing with it without them. They’re thick and fluffy all at once. ❤️ Definitely my go-to brownie recipe now! 

      1. Karthika Srinivasan

        I made this today and it turned out perfect !! My son enjoyed eating them. I used regular cocoa but still I felt it was more chochlatey. We felt it was more sweeter may be next time I can reduce the sugar little. Otherwise it was perfect ! Thanks for the easy recipe.

  39. Pratiksha Bundela

    Hi Lindsay,
    I tried this recipe, and Trust me, never in my life have i tasted such a delicious brownie. Everyone in my family loved it, and i had to actually make 4 batches for my brother’s office potluck.
    However, i just have one concern, the brownies were gooey and soft inside with crackling top.
    But the sides become very tough and rubbery. i don’t know what to do, hence, i had to cut sides by half inch from all the four sides. Please help.

    1. Lindsay

      I’m not sure I know what you mean by rubbery and tough. The edges will obviously cook more and be firmer, but I’m not sure how they’d be rubbery.

  40. Ashleigh Gifford

    Our batter was so super thick. I ended up mixing it with my hands to get all the flour incorporated. I saw others said theirs were more wet. Not sure the difference- I guess we will have to keep trying them to see the difference ????

  41. Li Amy

    These were awesome! I followed your recipe exactly – I baked mine for 30 minutes and they were quite gooey in the middle (didn’t stop anyone from downing them though!), so for my oven, I think when I make them again today, I will give them an extra 5 minutes. Ovens are so variable! Thanks for sharing and rescuing me from the dreaded box-of-tasty-chemicals which i normally resort too…. 🙂

  42. Brandi

    Mine are in the oven now. My one word of advice so far, MIX BY HAND! I made a mess with the first little bit of flour mixture that I added. Hahaha! But, after I started mixing by hand, it went smoothly. I expected the batter to be thicker. I guess we will see!

  43. Zeynep

    This is the BEST brownie recipe EVER!! You might not even see this but, I just want to let you know. I’ve tried a lot of different brownie recipes in the past and they never really turned out the way I like brownies. The first time I tried this recipe I was so satisfied. I’ve now been making these brownies for my friends & family for years, and everyone who has ever tasted them absolutely falls in love!! So thank you for this incredible recipe!

  44. Kari

    Ok, so I made your brownie recipe, HOPING it would be a good one and not one of those brownie recipes that ends up having that bitter after taste of baking powder. Let me just say…DELICIOUS!!! So delicious that I got on the internet and searched for you here because I HAD to tell you how yummy they are…and a big THANK YOU, too, for the recipe itself! BEST BROWNIE RECIPE I’VE EVER USED…HANDS DOWN! For those of you who haven’t tried it…seriously…it really IS like a good, boxed brownie mix. I’m pigging out on them right now!

  45. PB

    I used baking cocoa (dutch dark cocoa) and the batter was thick. It’s in the oven right now, so will see how this will turn out.

  46. Joanna

    I have never actually made brownies from scratch before, we were having company for dinner and decided we needed dessert–I googled “Fool Proof Brownie Recipe” and your’s looked easy enough I decided to try it–I only had regular cocoa, but they turned out great! My husband normally doesn’t even like brownies and ate a bunch of them–that was 2 weeks ago… I’m on my 3rd batch (second 2 times with dark chocolate). Bonus–I’m lactose intolerant and since they don’t have milk or butter, as long as you use the right chocolate, these are lactose free brownies!

    Thank you for saving the day!

    1. Lindsay

      Those are part of the measurements for the ingredients. For example with the baking powder, you need 1/4 tsp plus 1/8 tsp. It’s less than 1/2 tsp, but more than 1/4 which is why there’s the addition 1/8 tsp.

  47. AlwaysAngry

    Damn Americans and their baking powder. Why not just have self-raising flour in a small amount as well? I tried 2/3 flour 1/3 self-raising flour and ended up with boring cake. Kinda disappointed, but maybe I shouldn’t learn how to make easy (very mediocre) brownies.

    Screw sugar, screw this recipe and screw this comment!

    1. Mercy

      Frankly I dont know how Lindsay ever accepted your comment in the first place. Clearly you dont know a thing about baking, if you did you would know, as anyone does, that you CANNOT mix regular flour and self raising. Furthermore, you British, make everything comlicated by using self raising flour. If you cannot respect the authors recipes, kindly keep you foolish and boorish comments to yourself. Apparently you have plenty of time to make an utter fool of yourself.

  48. Keisha

    I am a pastry chef and and I love trying different recipes. I had a taste for some brownies but I didn’t have all of the ingredients for my recipe. However that turned out to be the best thing to happen to me last night because I found your recipe and I had everything needed for it . It was late when I was baking so my husband was sleep but when it came out the oven here popped up and said ” umm what did you bake?” Lol had a piece and went right back to bed. Thanks for the recipe they were amazing!

  49. Elizabeth

    These are the brownies of my dreams! They have my two key criteria–cocoa powder and oil, and come out amazing. As this is my first time on your blog I also want to say a big thanks for having a recipe card-style printing option. This makes things so easy!!

  50. Catherine

    I found this recipe last year and absolutely love it! It is so quick, easy, and delicious! It is my go to for when I want something simple and chocolatey! 

  51. Cookie Velasquez

    I just made these with butter instead of oil and they are fabulous! So moist and chocolaty. Exactly the flavor and simplicity I was after in a recipe. Thank you!

  52. Nora

    Okay, have made these twice, using Hershey’s Special Dark as well, and with a few alterations. I cut back the sugar to 1 cup, 1/2 white and 1/2 light brown (pack it down good), olive oil (light or regular, extra virgin may be a bit too strong), a pinch more salt. We only have jumbo eggs, so used two of those and worked fine. Baked in an old scratched up 8 x 8 pan. Checked them at 20 minutes, took out at about 24. TO DIE FOR! Great heated up in the microwave for a few seconds.

    P.S. Good luck on the batter even making it to the pan to bake–I found it hard to stay out of it!

  53. Robin

    I have made these a few times now and they always come out amazing. I made them for a friend that is gluten free/dairy free by making one small tweak. I ground up some oats in the blender until fine and subbed that 1:1 for the flour. Same great turn out.

  54. JJ

    OMG!! These were the BEST oil brownies I’ve ever tried (and trust me I’ve tried a few!)!!! Super, super, SUPER FUDGY!!!! Absolutely amazing (and yes, this is me gushing!!)

  55. kaitlyn

    my brownies did not look like the picture they were a light brown colour with little and medium sized HOLES in the top and all of the sugar sunk to the bottom of the brownie if anyone knows what i have done wrong could you please help me
    please can u answer me 

  56. CF Cobb

    What does this mean?

    1/3 cup + 2 1/2 tbsp Cocoa

    1/4 tsp + 1/8 tsp Baking Powder

    Am I supposed to add to the recipe beyond what is there?

    1. Lindsay

      It means to use 1/3 cup of cocoa, plus an additional 2 1/2 tablespoons. And 1/4 teaspoon of baking powder, plus an additional 1/8 tsp. A full half of a teaspoon is too much. 1/4 isn’t enough. Does that help?

  57. Kelly

    Love love love this recipe – thank you! This is now my go-to brownie recipe. I used a mix of melted butter and oil (about 1/4 cup butter) and I also added a shot of espresso to up the choc flavorur. When they came out of the oven, I broke up a small block of each dark and milk chocolate, which melted from the heat of the brownies and then got spread to form a ‘death by chocolate’ topping.

  58. Natalie

    They turned out pretty well but I’d use less oil. There was an over powering taste of oil when it was on batter form. I haven’t tried the actual brownies yet, they’re in the oven. They seem like they’ll be good though!

  59. Deb

    I’m a personal chef but admittedly a terrible baker.  I have a 96 year old client that I cook for once a month and I always make a batch of brownies to take to her.  And, don’t shoot me, but I usually make them from a mix…  BUT, today I got home and was ready to make them and realized that I didn’t have a mix on hand.  Thankfully, I had all the necessary ingredients and, after some Googling, settled on your recipe because it seemed to be fairly fool proof.  The only change I made was to add some semi-sweet chocolate chips to the batter. OMG, Best. Brownies. Ever!  I will never go back to Duncan Hines again.  Thanks for showing me the light!

  60. kaitlyn

    my brownies did not look like the picture they were a light brown colour with little and medium sized HOLES in the top and all of the sugar sunk to the bottom of the brownie if anyone knows what i have done wrong could you please help me

  61. Harolyn

    I never write reviews, but these brownies turned out amazing. I wanted to make brownies but didn’t have a box mix. However I had all ingredients for this on hand. The taste was delicious and they were super moist. Thanks for sharing. 🙂

  62. MB

    This is EXACTLY what I was looking for when I had the urge to make brownies. They turned out exactly like the boxed kind! I think I may have left mine in for 35 minutes accidentally, but I don’t fully remember. Otherwise I followed the recipe exactly!

  63. Mary

    Worst brownies I’ve ever made, can’t believe how they turned out. Raw and burnt at the same time? What’s up with that?

  64. Shannon

    These are just as lovely as advertised. We are living in Thailand, so boxed brownie mixes are pricey. It’s awesome to have an easy homade option. I did accidentally use maple syrup extract instead of vanilla as they are in similar bottles next to each other in my pantry. The rich maple syrup flavor went really well with the dark cocoa, so it turned out to be a winning error.

  65. Chelsea

    I’ve made these twice so far, and both times they’ve turned out bland and dry. I did everything as the recipe said… But they just tasted terrible.
    I had to throw them away the second time! Sad.

  66. Brittany

    I love this brownie recipe, but I added a bit more cocoa to it. I also made them with coconut today. Thank you for this recipe.

  67. Beverly Miller

    I have just discovered you and based on what I see (recipes), I will be hanging around for awhile. I plan to make the brownie recipe first because I have been on a long time quest to find the perfect brownie recipe. Although I’m not an expert, I have been baking for many years so would like to comment on a couple of issues mentioned in previous posts. First, the person who reported her brownies tasted terrible might have inadvertently used rancid oil. Or, something else was omitted. Sugar and oil would have a slushy texture before the addition of other ingredients especially flour. In response to all the questions about a substitution for the oil, I have almost always used butter as a substitution merely because I prefer the taste. I have never had a negative result so I consider oil and butter interchangeable. Finally, I should say I never make any other substitutions or changes to a new recipe until after, if at all, I have made the original one. Thanks for the opportunity to comment. I will be back to report on my brownie baking experience.

  68. Katlin Lawleess

    I just made these because the reviews were amazing. I haven’t tasted them yet as they are cooling, but so far I had to bake them for 35 minutes. The toothpick still did not come out clean, but I removed it from the oven anyway as I could smell the edges getting over done. I did add chocolate chips to the batter as my family love them some chocolate. That may have effected the baking process. I will update later after we have tasted them.

  69. Dyanna

    I have been following your blog for about a year now and I have to say I have absolutely LOVED everything I have made from your site! I am the “cook” of the family, my sister is the “baker”. Thanks to your recipes I am quickly becoming the queen of both out of all 4 of us (I have 3 sisters), These were amazing. My husband loves brownies and I always make them from scratch but this recipe is hands down the best one we have eaten yet! Thank you for another great recipe!!!

  70. Kelly

    Thank you so much – awesome recipe! My store had run out of brownie mix, and I am so glad,otherwise I’d never have looked for a box mix-style recipe and found this! I made a few changes – used 1/4 cup melted butter and 1/2 cup oil, added a shot of espresso and choc chips to the batter. For a extra chocolatey hit, when they came out of the oven, I broke up a bar of chocolate and scattered the pieces over the brownies, waited for them to melt and then spread it over the top like icing.

  71. Peta

    These were exactly the type of brownies I was craving. Quick and fool proof! Added walnuts and chocolate chips with no issues! Perfection in a square.

  72. Christina

    I had a late night craving and found this recipe. It makes the perfect brownie and is so easy. I used dark cocoa powder and they were rich, one brownie was plenty. Mine baked for closer to 35 minutes. Thanks so much! I’m adding this to my collection ☺️

    1. Amanda

      I’m in the group where this didn’t turn out well at all.
      I live at about 5,500ft in altitude, but I’ve never had a baking problem before.

      The middle never rose like the outsides and I baked for 40 minutes and it was still very wet in the middle.
      These are terrible.
      Total waste of time. 🙁

      1. Terry

        Here’s a site that shows the adjustments necessary for high altitude baking and cooking. I live over 5,000′ and, in making caramels, had to reduce the finished temperature from 244° to 234° so have found sometimes you just have to adjust things for altitude. Some things are fine without adjustments but since you had bad results, I’d try the recipe with the suggested adjustments before giving up on the recipe. Right now I’m going for banana chocolate chip cookies but I’m saving this recipe and, due to your comments, I’ll definitely adjust for the altitude and let all you high altitude bakers know the results.

    2. Dorothy Terrill

      What about adding coffee extract instead of vanilla extract? I have been making my own different extracts and since coffee is supposed to bring out the chocolate flavor more, I think I am going to try it.

  73. Tina

    Hi Lindsay! This recipe is indeed foolproof. Wow! It was our first time to bake…and this recipe was easy to follow and the result was amazing! Brownies were moist and delicious! Thank you again for sharing!

      1. Fatou Faye

        I love these brownies they look even better the picture so nice and homey and fudgy inside!

  74. Julie

    Excellent brownie recipe (and now my go to). I’ve made this recipe 3 times now, and each time is perfection. I once reduced the amount of oil by substituting half with applesauce and still had excellent results.

  75. HannahBlack

    This recipe has become a favorite among my family and friends! I absolutely love it because it’s so flawlessly simple and easy to make. I refused to tell my friends the recipe. I always bake from scratch so I this recipe was perfect. All other brownie recipes have too much ingredients or they are tedious to make. This recipe was balanced.

  76. jen

    Came home from church yesterday and my son decided we should have brownies for dessert. With NO Box mix in the pantry and not wanting to shop on Sunday, I went in search of an easy recipe to make them from scratch. I’m so happy I came across your recipe. These ar truly so yummy. The texture is nearly identical to what I experience when I make box mix brownies but I think the taste is better!

    Only problem I had was baking them at 350 for 25-30 minutes. The brownies looked perfect around the outer edges and across the top, but they were still gooey (like batter) even after an hour of baking. (?) so I cranked it up to 450 for 15 minutes. They were fully cooked after that. Has anyone else experienced this??

    Still yummy. Love the crispy edges and chewy center.
    Thank you!!

  77. Jessica

    Hello, I just made these last night. I used special dark cocoa and boy we’re they yummy!! However my hubby was disappointed… because the top was cake like (moist and fluffy, not crispy and cracked like your beautiful brownies). I baked the brownies at 350 for about 40 mins(until the toothpick came out clean). Any advice?! Thank you!

  78. Blair Clark

    Just popped a double batch of these babies in the oven! Taking them up to a middle school bake sale later. Can’t wait to see the chocolate smears all over the kids’ faces. 😉

  79. Jasmine

    I tried this just last night and was really surprised at how delicious they turned out! I was so skeptical at first with the amount of oil, but I was proved wrong! I really want to try the other brownies you’ve mentioned now, as they sound delicious as well! This will be a family favourite for late night snacks from now on 😉
    Thanks for the great recipe!

  80. Janice

    Just made these with my friend, slaved away trying to make them for a late night snack, and what do we find? That the oil and sugar mixture looks like a SLUSHIE and the whole taste of the final product is, to put it politely, revolting. The top layer of the brownie is borderline edible, and don’t even get me STARTED on the main brownie. I’m extremely sorry to say this, and maybe something went completely wrong or the vegetable oil in the UK is different, but yeah, not good. The taste of the final brownie was just pure oil- afraid to say, it did make me gag. Again, i do apologise, but thought it would be good to give you feedback. All the best, Janice.

    1. Keisha

      I just made these brownies last night and they are amazing! Sorry to say but, I think you may have done something wrong. Maybe o we baked them . Mine only needed 20 minutes to bake to perfection.

  81. Callie

    I made these recently for a friend’s birthday party. I made about 1.5x the recipe and added 3/4 cup of dark chocolate chips. (I really love dark chocolate.) Everyone raved about them and I had multiple people ask me for the recipe. I directed them here. I love your recipes! Keep up the awesome cooking!

  82. Jeannette

    Loved these 🙂 Done them in a muffin pan! Turned out very yummy. Was looking for something quick and easy. Hopefully my coworkers enjoy them also. Topped them off with sprinkles on some and coconut on others

  83. lisa

    Lindsay, I found this brownie recipe on Pinterest. I usually just use a mix for brownies. I don’t know why since I bake from scratch. Well I didn’t have any more brownie mix so I made yours. Amazing! My hubby loves them. Thank you so much. Now that I have an easy recipe, I will never buy mix again. That officislly ends pre packaged baking mixes in my house! Awesome recipe.They came out perfect.

  84. Jessica

    I made these for Valentine’s Day last night and they were SUPER dry and not very sweet. I followed the recipe precisely.

  85. Claudia

    I’ve never been able to master chocolate brownies, but not only was I able to make a perfect brownie, but also they are the best brownies I have ever had!!

    Highly recommend!!

    Although, I did use only 2 eggs, still worked fabulously.

  86. Eliza

    omg I found these and im making them right now! i’m going to add in some chocolate chips to make them extra chocolaty. Thanks for this great recipe Lindsay!!

  87. sherry

    If i were to use only 1 cup of sugar will it change the texture or something? I want to reduce the sweetness because i plan to put a layer of caramel in the middle of the brownie.

  88. Lolly Jane

    Thanks for the yummy recipe! Just popped a batch in the oven (added some cacao chips) and can’t wait to try! (:

  89. Nichole

    This recipe came out great. I have a shameful preference for boxed brownies over homemade but I do not like all the chemicals that come with it, so this recipe is an excellent find! Thanks!

  90. Amy Vellozo

    made these today.
    here are the changes i made.
    I used only 1 cup sugar, and a half cup oil
    Because the oil was reduced, the mixture was stiff.
    I added 1/4 cup water and the mixture poured out perfect!

    It did result in a cake type brownie but we like them like that.
    I also added about 1/4 cup of dark brown chocolate chips.

    I saved and sent this recipe to my sisters.
    thank you

    1. Nikki

      Mine turned out so cakey, but other comments say theirs are gooey. I followed the recipe exactly . What did I do wrong? 

      1. Lindsay

        I don’t know if you necessarily did anything wrong or not. It’s possible. But I also think that people actually describe the texture of the same thing quite differently based on their preferences.

  91. Cj

    I just pulled these from the oven and I can’t wait to see what my family thinks! They smell lovely and I just added a couple chocolate chips ( Dark chocolate of course) on top. Thanks for the lovely recipe!

  92. Lonique

    I tried my hand at brownies for the first time using your recipe and the outcome was delicious.

    Your measurements were spot on and I allowed the batter to bake for 25 minutes.

    This really is quick and easy brownies.


  93. Cierra

    Omgoodness, I made these instead of box (its tradition to have brownies instead of cake for my fiance’s birthday :)) and they were SO GREAT!!! Very happy that I found this site and recipe. I can’t believe I had all the ingredients bit so happy I did!!!

  94. Maya

    Hello from Jakarta – Indonesia!
    I just wanna say thank you soo much for this super easy, super yummy, and super quick brownie recipe of yours! I have tested some recipes for brownies (coz my 3 princesses are brownies lovers), and yours is the best! Love it love it! Thank youuuu….. PS: I just slightly changed a bit of this recipe, I mixed the white sugar + palm sugar with the same amount. 😀 :-*

  95. Vanessa

    After trying and loving your vanilla cupcake recipe, I had to come back for more. I already had high exoactations and these brownies far surpassed them. I will never resort to a box mix again. Thank you so much for sharing!

  96. Liv ♥

    Hi. This is going to sound weird, but I save every little bit of cocoa powder that I have! (I am making little chocolate cakes for boxing day dessert.) Do you think I could use something else to substitute it? Grated chocolate maybe? Thanks, Liv ♥

  97. Emma

    Made these last night, but used coconut oil instead of veg. YUM!!

    First time I have made brownies not from a mix in a very long time, so easy and so good!! Thank you!

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  99. Shanna

    Just made these. Didn’t have vegetable oil so I subbed with coconut oil. Had to just about double my cooking time for the toothpick to come out dry but they smell amazing. Just waiting for them to cool and we will have them after dinner tonight. 🙂

  100. Vanessa

    I just made these and they’re delicous! I used a 13×9 baking pan and used slightly less sugar because I didn’t have enough. Came out delicious

  101. Martina

    Thanks for a great, yummy and easy recipe.
    I made them last night and added two teaspoons of white yoghurt – absolutely scrumptious 🙂

  102. Janine

    Hi! Can I substitute 3/4 Cup butter instead of vegetable oil? If yes, it should be melted or not necessary? Thanks!

  103. Antoinette

    Looking forward to making these!

    Also, can the sugar amount be reduced? or can apple sauce be used for some of the sugar substitute?

  104. tasha

    Made these brownies tonight and they were fantastic! I added coconut oil instead of vegetable oil and they turned out divine, even if i did add a TBSP +1/2 of vanilla on accident! The crispy top and the soft gooey center was to die for, snuck quite a few “tastes” before serving.

  105. Jessica @ Sprinkle Some Sugar

    Wow, these brownies look absolutely PERFECT! I love the beautiful tops and how dark they are! They look super chocolatey and just amazing. Need to try this recipe ASAP!

  106. Debbie

    Thank you so much for sharing this recipe…I’m so glad I decided to give it a whirl…they were absolutely delicious….I will never buy box mix again!

      1. Kavya

        Hiiiii! These brownies looks so delicious and even better than what a box mix makes.
        Those crispy shiny tops😍😍.
        Can you please tell me the time for these brownies if i want to bake them in a microwave?

      1. roshan

        These brownies are so yummy… i just made them and the are gooey and chewy and awesome….and cheap because they dont need all that 70%chocolate…this is my new go to brownie recipie now … thank you so much for this awesome recipie… you are great..

  107. linda

    I will bake this tomorrow!!! So happy found ur web lindsay. I cant fond hershey dark choco in malaysia 🙁 is it if i replace oil with butter? Tq

  108. Jj

    I am in love with this so good!!!! The only thing was I didn’t add Bonilla extract but it was still a heavenly tasting brownie

    1. Heather Cudnik

      Made these with my friend last week, we doubled the recipe and spread it between what pans I had (Cant remember exact sizes) but they turned out FABULOUS. I was really surprised because as they were a bit cake-ier than I normally like, I still was satisfied with the fudge-i-ness of them. So much to the point that these are now adopted as my go to brownie recipe. I like brownies in many varieties so one pan I added a 1/2 cup of chopped up pecans! It was delicious! (To be fair I find chopping pecans to send them flying in all directions so I put them in a ziplock and smacked ’em with a meat tenderizer mallet a couple times lol, quick and effective!!) THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR SHARING THIS RECIPE hands down best brownie recipe every IMHO!!

  109. Laura

    Oh my gosh! These brownies are so easy and so incredibly good! My family is raving about them! Thank you for this post. This will be my go-to brownie recipe forever! 🙂

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  111. MoBeans

    What kind of dark cocoa powder do you use?
    I’ve tried using ruddy reds darker 32% cocoa but it never seemed to work for me. Any suggestions?

  112. jaemie louise robarios

    Hi! I tried the quick and easy brownies. Though they are delicious, they definitely turned out to be more cakey than fudgy. I was hoping to get my brownies fudgier than they are cakey. I followed the recipe here. However, my oven can only reach up to 250 degrees. Is the temp a factor that I need to consider if I want to get my brownies fudgy? Please help. Do you have any suggestions? I am really craving for awesome brownies right now! Haha >.< thanks as always! 🙂

      1. jaemie louise robarios

        Thanks so much for the advise! And I will definitely try this with the butterfinger crust! Your recipes are just pure genius! Hoping to learn more and more from you. Thanks as always and God bless! 🙂

    1. Kay

      Made these today but didn’t have a 9×9 square pan so used a 9″ circle pan and figured I’d just bake it longer.
      Top turned out very hard and bottom was undercooked, but I blame my choice of pan. Still edible though 🙂

  113. Jen @ YummyHealthyEasy

    We must come from the same family because I have a crazy sweet tooth and brownies are one of my very favorite desserts! When I want something sweet, I crave a brownie. These look absolutely perfect. Easy recipe and amazing brownies. I am totally making these. I’ll have to try the dark cocoa too. Thanks for sharing on Saturday Night Fever. I can’t wait to try these! Pinned, of course! See you again this Saturday!

    1. ohia

      Hi I am a total newbie to sweets baking. It taste great. Thank you for sharing your recipe. I used bread flour and it puffed up a lot. It was still a little wet in the middle. Is that because of the flour I used? I going to try again with all purpose next batch. Thank you 😊

      1. Lindsay

        Glad you enjoyed them. I’ve never tried bread flour, so I’m not sure. They may have just been a little under baked.

      1. Blenda

        I don’t know what I’m doing wrong, but I’ve tried this recipe 3 times, following the instructions and the video but it just doesn’t work. I never seem to get the crackly top and it doesn’t get chewy either, just a cake-like texture. I don’t know what I’m doing wrong! Maybe it’s my oven or the problem is me, lol. Did anyone else had this problem?

  114. Tanya Schroeder

    I love how perfectly cracked these brownies are, that means they are especially fudgy-just how I like them!

  115. Heather {Woods of Bell Trees}

    These look amazing. The crust on top is perfect and they look so dark and moist and fudgy! Mmmmm

  116. Rebecca @ Dorm Room Baker

    I definitely agree that sometimes it’s nice to just have a no-nonsense brownie recipe without all the crazy add ins. I love that you used dark chocolate cocoa powder–I bet it makes the chocolatey flavor even more intense! I’ll have to see if I can find some.

  117. Nichole @BudgetLovingMilitaryWife

    I love brownies and I can’t wait to try these as well as the “moist and chewy brownies”! I found your blog via Living Well Spending Less Link Party! Thanks for sharing! 🙂

  118. Bonnie Eng

    For all the amazing brownie picture on FG I almost never click on them…but with yours I couldn’t resist! Will be making these tonight…they look so amazing!! 🙂

  119. Lindsey @ American Heritage Cooking

    You had me at “like box mix”! Everyone needs a good box-mix-esque brownie recipe in their tool-kit. I can’t wait to try these out!

    What do you mean about dark cocoa? I know the difference between Dutch-processed and American but I’m not sure I know how to identify a dark variety. Help! I want dark, chocolatey brownies too!

      1. Lindsey @ American Heritage Cooking

        I had no idea that Hershey’s made two types! I’ll have to keep an eye out for the special dark and do a taste test! Bring on the dark chocolate!

  120. Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust

    OMG these are fab! I LOVE the dark cocoa in brownies. And that top – gorgeous. Now I want brownies!

      1. Jennifer

        I tried it in a muffin pan. Cook time was about the same. I thought it would be less but had to keep sticking them back in for more time. Very good!
        Every piece is an edge piece!

    1. Jennie

      We are in Nz, the brownies were just like the ones you get in countdown, sweet and moist, even better and when the kids drive you mad you go in the room and scoff the whole lot down and feel ready to take on the world, and the kids!❤️Love them & thanks tons

      1. EW

        I tried doubling them in a 9×13 and they did not come out as well as when I made them in a 9×9 (in which they were perfect)… I might try 1.5 the recipe next time for a 9×13. Just want to pass along, as so many of the comment were so helpful and I really enjoyed the recipe.

      2. Noelle

        This recipe was amazing! I would totally suggest it. I needed to use some milk however but I would 100% recommend it 

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