One Bowl Brownies

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Best Brownie Recipe-you only need ONE bowl to make these fudgy, chewy, gooey, chocolaty brownies with shiny crackly tops! This easy homemade brownie recipe will be your GO TO! You will never buy a boxed brownie mix again!

One Bowl Brownie Recipe

Easy Brownie Recipe

Brownies are hands down one of my all-time favorite desserts. I love this brownie recipe, but the other day I needed a quick and EASY dessert because some friends stopped by unexpectedly and I wanted to serve them something sweet. I whipped up my One Bowl Brownies and everyone was dying over the deliciousness!

These easy homemade brownies taste similar to box brownies, in a good way, but even better! And I promise they are just as easy as boxed brownies. You only need ONE bowl to make these rich and fudgy brownies. You don’t even need a mixer! I guarantee they will be a family favorite dessert.

Best Brownie Recipe

These brownies are perfect in EVERY way! A few things I love about them:

  • They are EASY! You can’t beat a ONE bowl recipe!
  • They are chewy and GOOEY!
  • They are FUDGY!
  • They have shiny, CRACKLY tops!
  • They are rich and CHOCOLATY!
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Brownie Ingredients

I always have the ingredients on hand to make these One Bowl Brownies because you never know when a brownie craving will strike or when friends might stop in for an impromptu dessert night! You just never know when you will NEED brownies. The ingredients are simple, but when they all come together you will be left with the most amazing pan of brownies.

  • Butter-Use unsalted butter. The butter needs to be melted and cooled slightly. You can melt the butter in the microwave or in a pan on the stovetop.
  • Sugar AND Brown Sugar-use granulated sugar AND brown sugar. The brown sugar makes the brownies extra moist!
  • Eggs-choose large eggs and make sure they are at room temperature. I usually take the eggs out of the fridge 30 minutes before I start. If you forget, place your eggs in a bowl of warm water for a few minutes.
  • Vanilla ExtractPURE vanilla extract is the way to go! I know it is pricey, but SO worth the extra cost.
  • Flour-You need all-purpose flour. If you need the brownies to be gluten-free you can use all-purpose gluten-free flour. I like Cup4Cup gluten-free flour.
  • Cocoa-I like to use Dutch processed cocoa but you can use unsweetened cocoa powder. Splurge and use a high quality cocoa for the best chocolate flavor. I like this Dutch processed cocoa or this one!
  • Espresso Powder-The espresso powder is optional but I like using it because it intensifies the chocolate flavor.
  • Salt-Use kosher salt or sea salt.
  • Chocolate-I like to use semi-sweet chocolate chunks, but feel free to use chocolate chips. Guittard brand is my favorite! I also like the big

Can I add Nuts?

Yes! If you like brownies with nuts you can stir in 1 cup of chopped nuts when you stir in the chocolate chunks. Walnuts, pecans, and almonds are all good options.

Should I Use a Metal Or Glass Pan?

You need a 9×13-inch pan to make these One Bowl Brownies. You can a metal or glass pan, but I prefer baking brownies in a metal pan, just make sure the pan isn’t too dark. When you use a metal pan, the brownie edges and corners get crispier and I am all about the brownie edges. I know some people like the middle and that is fine, but I want a brownie with a nice edge:) If you use a glass pan, you might have to bake the brownies for 5 more minutes. Check them to be sure!

If you want a thicker brownie, you can use a 7×11-inch pan or 8×12-inch pan, but you will need to bake the brownies for longer.

Tips for Making Brownies

Here are a few tips that will help you make the BEST brownies every single time!

  • Line your baking pan with parchment paper. Spray a 9×13″ baking pan with nonstick cooking spray. Line with parchment paper with an overhang on the sides and spray again. This will make it easy to lift the brownies out of the pan after baking.
  • In a large mixing bowl stir together the melted butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar, eggs, and vanilla extract until smooth and combined.
  • Sift the flour and cocoa together to make sure you don’t have any cocoa clumps in your brownies.
  • Don’t over mix the brownie batter. If you over mix the brownies will turn out cakey and they won’t have a nice crackly top.
  • Don’t over bake. This one is REALLY important. If you over bake, your brownies won’t be fudgy and moist. The brownies will keep baking in the pan while they are cooling so take them out when are just set. Use a toothpick to test for doneness. For fudge brownies, you want there to be a some crumbs stuck to the toothpick. Check at 25 minutes to be safe.
  • Let the brownies cool completely before cutting. Cut with a sharp knife or you can cut with a plastic knife. Yes, a plastic knife works wonders when cutting brownies. The crumbs don’t stick to the plastic. It’s amazing!
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How to Store Brownies

Uncut brownies that are stored in the pan and covered will keep on the counter for up to 4 days. If you cut the brownies, they will dry out faster. Wrap cut brownies in plastic wrap and keep on the counter for 1 to 2 days. Don’t store brownies in the refrigerator or they will dry out.

You can freeze brownies, they actually freeze really well. I always like having brownies tucked away in our freezer. Wrap brownies tightly in plastic wrap, then wrap again with foil or place in a freezer bag. Note-I don’t like to freeze brownie squares because they don’t keep as well. I like to freeze a pan of brownies or at least a half pan at a time. Freeze the brownies for up to 3 months. When ready to serve, thaw at room temperature before cutting into individual servings.

Best Party Dessert

This fudge brownie recipe is the perfect party dessert. The brownies are made in a 9×13 pan so they are perfect for feeding a crowd! You can easily take the pan of brownies to a party, I guarantee you will come home with an empty pan. The brownies are good served alone but if you want to go over the top, take a brownie square and add a scoop of ice cream and hot fudge sauce or salted caramel sauce. OH YEAH! Dessert doesn’t have to be fancy to be the BEST!

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One Bowl Brownies

You only need ONE bowl to make these fudgy, chewy, gooey, chocolaty brownies with shiny crackly tops! This easy homemade brownie recipe will be your GO TO! You will never buy a boxed brownie mix again! 

4.38 from 24 votes
Prep Time
15 minutes
Cook Time
25 minutes
Total Time
40 minutes
Cuisine
American
Servings
24

Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter, melted and cooled
  • 1 cup granulated white sugar
  • 1 cup packed dark brown sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup Dutch-processed or unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon espresso powder, optional
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 ¼ cups chopped chocolate, divided

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray a 9×13" baking pan with nonstick cooking spray. Line with parchment paper with an overhang on the sides and spray again. This will make it easy to lift the brownies out of the pan after baking. Set the pan aside.

  2. In a large mixing bowl stir together melted butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar, eggs, and vanilla extract until smooth and combined.

  3. Sift in flour and cocoa. Add the salt and espresso powder, if using, and stir until just combined. Don't over mix. Fold in 1 cup of chopped chocolate. Spread evenly into prepared pan and sprinkle the remaining 1/4 cup of chopped chocolate on top of the brownies. 

  4. Bake for 25-30 minutes on the middle rack in the oven until the brownies are just set to touch. Don't over bake the brownies. They will set up as they cool. Remove from oven and let cool before cutting into squares. Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 4 days.

Nutrition Facts
One Bowl Brownies
Amount Per Serving
Calories 225 Calories from Fat 108
% Daily Value*
Fat 12g18%
Saturated Fat 7g35%
Cholesterol 48mg16%
Sodium 179mg7%
Potassium 136mg4%
Carbohydrates 28g9%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 21g23%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 280IU6%
Calcium 25mg3%
Iron 1.5mg8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Keywords

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I’m Maria and my husband is Josh. We share a love of cooking, baking, and entertaining. We enjoy creating recipes that are simple, fresh, and family friendly. We love sitting around the table with good food, good conversation, and good friends and family! Our kitchen is always open!
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    1. You use chocolate chunks. You can buy chocolate chunks or chop up your favorite chocolate bar. You can also use chocolate chips! I hope that helps!

  1. These are absolutely delish! I used the espresso powder and feel it made the difference. I couldn’t wait to try them so cut off the edge to taste test them. Some of the best brownies I have had!

  2. Okay, she’s seriously not kidding – these ARE the best brownies ever! We are major brownie enthusiasts over here and have tried countless brownie recipes. These are so easy and insanely delicious. We also used the exact recipe but baked them in a square pan to make them thicker and 35 minutes was the perfect bake time. We are actually making them again today! You miss these when they are gone! Delicious!

    1. 1 star
      I made these brownies and they were very cakey. I followed this recipe perfectly, so I don’t know why this happened. Does anyone know why?!?!

  3. 5 stars
    We have tried countless homemade brownie recipes over the years and nothing could ever compete with a box brand we love. Then, we made these – the one bowl wonder brownies. We are 100% converted. This is – officially – our favorite brownie recipe ever. And, it’s one bowl, no weird ingredients, super fast to make. Bravo on the best brownie recipe ever!

  4. 5 stars
    This IS the best brownie recipe EVER! Thank you!! I have made this recipe a few times and it’s always awesome. Halving the recipe works fine too. Today, I realized I only had half the cocoa powder (the horror!), so I supplemented with cocoa PB2 for a peanutbutterish brownie. Also came out fantastic.

  5. I baked these this weekend. I have experience baking cakes, but I have never made, or eaten, a home made brownie, so when it said bake until just firm I did that without putting a toothpick in the middle to test doneness. I thought maybe that was the way it was done with brownies. The result? Brownies that were raw in the middle.

    I tried again, this time I baked the brownies for forty minutes. (I used a 9×9 pan. It was my only deviation from the recipe.) They turned out perfect. ooey, gooey, and delicious.

    I stuck the entire parchment paper containing the first batch in the freezer for a while. They firmed up nicely, and my nephew actually prefers them to the second batch. I also think I could have just mixed it a little further and called it brownie pudding with actual brownie bites.

  6. I have a daughter in-law that needs dairy free. Can I successfully substitute Smart Balance for butter? Can you brown Smart Balance?

    1. My daughter has a dairy allergy and I use coconut oil as a replacement for butter in all my baking. It won’t brown but other than that it is exactly the same as using butter.

  7. 5 stars
    These are so freaking delicious! I didn’t have any chocolate on hand, but I added pecans and made a cream cheese caramel frosting to go on top and we devoured them in three days. I’m making them again tonight and will make two pans, one with white chocolate chips, and the other with butterscotch chips and pecans! This’ll be my go to recipe for sure 🙂

  8. 5 stars
    Today, after a long day of school I was craving something sweet. But I didn’t had the energy to do a lot of work to bake something. So I looked on Pinterest and found this super easy and quick recipe to make brownies! It literally saved my day! The brownies were so delicious! I would call them the one bowl wonder brownies✨. And because it was just one bowl, I didn’t had to do a lot of dishes. Wich was super handy!

  9. 5 stars
    These brownies are phenomenal! I am picky when it comes to brownies because I always taste oil and don’t like that. These don’t have oil in them and the flavor is out of this world. Thank you for sharing.

  10. 5 stars
    This recipe is DELICIOUS my favorite brownies! I want to try to make these in a heart shape silicone mold, do you think I’d have to adjust temp or cook time?

    1. Glad you like the brownies. A heart shape would be super cute. If it is the same size pan, bake for the same time. Check a few minutes early just to be safe since the pan is different. It may take longer, I am not sure, but just watch them! Enjoy!

  11. 5 stars
    Okay, I love experimenting and trying new recipes. My kids won’t stop eating this haha. It is AMAZING..
    Give it a try, you won’t regret it!!! Thank you for the recipe!

  12. 5 stars
    Made this recipe yesterday and I can’t believe how amazing these brownies are!! Can’t believe there’s even a few leftover for today…need to stop myself from eating the entire tray! Maria these are the best homemade brownies I have every made. Followed the recipe exactly. Thank you so very much!

  13. Hi, I made this earlier and it tastes great! I’m definitely going with this recipe from now on. One question, how much can I reduce the sugar, if that’s possible for brownies?

  14. I just made these, but i must’ve doNe something wrong- its the consistency of a chocolate cake, not gooey chewy brownies. Any idea what i mightve done?

  15. 4 stars
    Wish I knew why my brownies arent baking at 350 for 25 min but taking almost an hour and still liquid in the middle?

    1. You may need to check temp of your oven. I had that happen only my oven temp was way over what it was set at. Sounds like oven is not heating to the temp you are selecting. If that is the case, other food you are cooking may not be reaching proper internal temps for food safety. I would have it checked.

  16. 2 stars
    After reading all the instructions and notes I followed everything that was suggested and I’m really disappointed. Mine also came out as a dry chocolate cake. 🙁 deleting this recipe now, unfortunately.

  17. I love these!! I’m also nursing right now and wanted to try lactation brownies to see if it would help my supply. I added 1 tbsp water, 4 tbsps nutritional yeast (or brewer’s yeast), and 2 tbsps flax meal. Baking time was the same. They came out perfectly!

    My baby also has a dairy sensitivity, but using coconut oil in place of the butter (and dairy-free chocolate chunks) did the trick.

    Thanks for the great recipe!

    1. I think that would interfere with the batter and make it too liquid. You can leave out the espresso powder with no problems. I always use some leftover brewed coffee when I make box mix brownies and it really helps the flavor

  18. 2 stars
    Too much salt (and I love salt in my desserts) not fudge at all. More like cake. Won’t be making this recipe again.

  19. 4 stars
    Made these tonight while we’re in “Corona Captivity” and everyone loved them! Will definitely be moving this recipe to my Success Board.

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