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

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. You only need ONE bowl and you don’t even need a mixer! I guarantee they will be a family favorite dessert.

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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!


I always have the ingredients on hand to make these brownies because you never know when a 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 for this recipe. 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.

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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.
  • Don’t over mix the 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. They 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

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. They 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! 

4.65 from 70 votes
Prep Time
15 minutes
Cook Time
25 minutes
Total Time
40 minutes


  • 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


  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.

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  1. 5 stars
    Wow! These are the best and easiest brownies I have ever had! They turned out perfectly. This is the second batch I’ve made in 3 days (some of the second batch are for my sister-in-law’s birthday though). My son even went to the store to buy me some more eggs to make more! This is my go to brownie recipe. Thanks so much!

  2. 4 stars
    Pretty good! I normally make a One Bowl recipe that uses oil. This had a better taste, but was kind of dry. May add a little extra something for moisture next time.
    Yummy though!!

  3. 5 stars
    Easy, and sooooo good. My kids said these are the only brownies I should ever make. They are so moist and perfect! Wonderful recipe. A++++++++++++++++++++

    1. These were super amazing thank you.. I had made it for a friend and their kids.. They absolutely loved it..thanks for the recipe xx

  4. 5 stars
    I’ve been a baker for many years and this is my favorite brownie recipe. I love how moist and rich these are. I have made them with salted caramel chips and they are super yummy as well!

  5. Let me start this comment that I AM NOT A BAKER. I’m the type that makes toll house cookies and mess them up. The kids say that’s ok mom you don’t have to bake! So for me to say these brownies are not just easy but a HUGE hit should hold some weight. Easy and delish- I subbed out espresso chocolate morsels and added all at once. Thank you for the recipe!

  6. I made for my pregnant co worker. I added cookie crumble to the bottom and top. My boyfriend and sister could not stop eating the batter.

  7. Hi I am a Baker and since months I was looking out for Chocolate Brownie Receipe and finally came across yours.
    Was completely satisfied with available ingredients and one bowl mixing of ingredients. + Explanation was very simple to follow.
    Made it without much efforts and absolutely perfect taste which I was expecting.
    Came out exactly shown in your photo.
    Amazingly delicious. Thank you very much.

    1. 5 stars
      These were so good! I wanted a different recipe then the one I grew up with. Whoever said these were dry must of done something wrong!! Dont overmix! I didnt have espresso powder although it’s on my grocery list. I added semi sweet choc chips.
      So amazing.

  8. 5 stars
    My favorite brownie recipe thus far! I used a very similar recipe previously but at room temp the brownies became hard. With this recipe, even at room temperature the brownies remain nice and soft and gooey. Super chocolatey, with a nice sweetness yet not too sickly sweet. I cooked mine for 23 minutes in a glass pan until just barely set in the center. Added in toasted walnuts, a sprinkle of flaky sea salt on top and served with berries and whip cream. Lovely.

  9. 5 stars
    I made these brownies a month ago and haven’t stopped thinking about them since. That is huge! I have gone my whole life craving brownies only to be disappointed once I had some, however these are the real deal! I can’t recommend this recipe enough. Add a little flaky sea salt to the top before putting in the oven for an extra special something extra.

  10. 5 stars
    These are ridiculously good! I’ve been a Baker’s Chocolate One-Bowl Brownie evangelist for decades. Not anymore. Making a second batch as we speak…

  11. 5 stars
    It was amazing! We had to put for a bit longer cause it wasnt baking at first but it was exactly like the description

  12. 5 stars
    Its a wondeful and easy to make less mess .. and my children so as their friends love it… thanks for sharing…

  13. 5 stars
    Its a very rich and simple recipe less mess all in one bowl …my children love so as their friends … thank you for the wonderful recipe ….

  14. 5 stars
    These are the best brownies I’ve ever had or made! And I consider myself a chocolate expert, or addict, take your pick! I baked them a couple of minutes less than the recipe says, because my oven is a little too hot, and they came out perfectly gooey and yummy. I like to cut them up and keep them in the freezer for a refreshing snack or dessert.

  15. These brownies were the best. Every thing you want in a brownie. Gooey, chocolaty goodness. I didn’t have espresso powder on hand but had instant coffee and there was just a hint of coffee flavor that intensified the chocolate and made it even richer in flavor. So easy. Made them with my grandkids and we added mini m&ms. We ate them warm topped with mint chocolate chip ice cream. So yummy!

  16. 5 stars
    As someone whose diet mostly consists of brownies, my life was incomplete before I found your recipe. I’m always on the search for the fudgiest recipe, and I had settled for a recipe I thought was the pinnacle of fudge. But how I was wrong. Thank you for creating such a recipe, it made my week!

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