Simple Brownie Recipe

brownie recipe

Simple Brownie Recipe – a simple brownie recipe made with cocoa powder that is rich and chocolately and can be in the oven in no time.

There is nothing better to have in your dessert repertoire than a simple brownie recipe. This brownie is worth not opening a box of brownie mix for. It is really easy to make and people get really impressed when you tell them that the brownie that they are eating is homemade.

Can you mix together some chocolate and sugar?

You can? Then you can make these bad boys.

The reason why I think that having a good brownie recipe up your sleeve is because it can be the foundation of so many other things. You can use it as the base of an ice cream sundae covered in caramel or chocolate sauce.

Or you can crumble it up and use it as the base of a trifle. Or you can sit on the couch and watch reruns of Weeds and eat brownies until you cannot eat brownies any more. No one will know.

brownie recipe

*adapted from Simply Recipes

1 1/4 sticks butter
1 1/4 cups sugar
3/4 cups plus 2 Tablespoons cocoa powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons vanilla
2 eggs
1/2 cup flour

brownie recipeOn top of a double boiler, melt the butter, sugar, cocoa and salt. Melt, stirring occasionally. Let the mixture cool a bit.

brownie recipeAdd the eggs one at a time. Add in the vanilla.

brownie recipe

When everything is nice and combined add the flour.

brownie recipeLine an 8×8 baking pan with parchment or tin foil. Let the parchment hang over the side of the pan so that you can get the brownies out easily when they are cool. Pour the batter into the prepared pan. Put in a preheated 325 degree oven and bake for 20 to 25 minutes.

brownie recipePull the brownies out of the pan using the parchment paper and cut into squares.

brownie recipe

Simple Brownie Recipe

Yield: 12 brownies

Simple Brownie Recipe - cocoa brownies aresuper easy to make and result in a great brownie. Made with pantry ingredients you most likely already have on hand.


  • 1 1/4 sticks butter
  • 1 1/4 cups sugar
  • 3/4 cups plus 2 Tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup flour


  1. On top of a double boiler, melt the butter, sugar, cocoa and salt. Melt, stirring occasionally. Let the mixture cool a bit.
  2. Add the eggs one at a time. Add in the vanilla.
  3. When everything is nice and combined add the flour.
  4. Line an 8x8 baking pan with parchment or tin foil. Let the parchment hang over the side of the pan so that you can get the brownies out easily when they are cool. Pour the batter into the prepared pan. Put in a preheated 325 degree oven and bake for 20 to 25 minutes.
Nutrition Information:

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 0Total Fat: 0g

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Well, hello there! I’m Bree Hester, the Boston-based blogger and food photographer here at Baked Bree. Here you can get lots of weeknight meal inspiration, eat more plant-based meals, and still indulge in a decadent sweet treat. Baked Bree is a place where you will find great recipes and inspiration for your next family adventure.

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This Post Has 59 Comments

  1. Emily @ The Happy Home

    almost every time i bake brownies, and had to scrape them out of the bottom of the pan, i recall the parchment paper trick. i’ve never used it! does it help prevent the corners from getting too dry? that’s always my problem :-/

  2. Memoria

    I can tell these brownies are good and fudgy based on the small amount of flour in it. YUM!! I use foil to line my pans instead of parchment because foil is cheaper than parchment and works just as well haha.

  3. A Little Yumminess

    I was about to go to bed and I just saw this and now I am craving these brownies. Not good! 🙂

  4. Brownie Power

    I made this brownie recipe today.
    My kids loved it, thanks!!!!

    Nice fudgy brownie!

    1. bakedbree

      glad that you liked them.

      1. danielle

        yummmmy;) brownies are delicous i cant wait for these ones to make my day i love eating thre batter :3

        1. bakedbree

          Me too Danielle!

  5. Lindsy E.

    these look ah-mazing! when you say 1 1/4 stick butter, do you mean one stick and then a 1/4 cup or 1 stick and then a 4th of a stick (2 TBSP)? Thank you!!

    1. bakedbree

      10 Tablespoons. So 1 stick and then 1/4 of another stick.

    1. bakedbree

      thanks Christina.


    hi just found your website by accident.want to try your brownie recipe but dont know how many grammes/ounces a stick of butter is.our butter is in 500g blocks.pleasehelp as my family love brownies. thanks ps i live in Durban ,South Africa

    1. bakedbree

      I already wrote you, but a stick of butter is 4 ounces.

      1. Mel

        Too bad I read through the comments AFTER trying out this recipe… a stick of butter in the UK is 250g, so needless to say these were, um, a “buttery” disaster. I didn’t question it because it comes up on a UK website (

        1. bakedbree

          Sorry it didn’t work out for you. Here a stick of butter is 1/2 cup. And I don’t add my recipes to that site, they pull it on their own. i’m sorry.

  7. Renee

    Thank you! I’ve been looking for a simple, one-bowl brownie recipe that uses things I have on-hand (cocoa powder, not chocolate squares), and I think I’ve found it! I like my brownies a little more cakey and a little less fudgy, so I added a smidge more flour and it turned out great! These took no time at all to prepare and my chocolate craving was definitely satisfied! Thank you, thank you, thank you, for ending my brownie search! 😀

    1. bakedbree

      I am so glad. I really love this brownie recipe. It is easy and I always have everything on hand.

  8. Sarah Miller

    I almost couldn’t make these brownies. The batter alone was just so delicious!

    1. bakedbree

      I know. Yum.

  9. rob

    apparently my chocolate seized?

    wish I knew how difficult it was to melt before I started this!

    I’m sure they are great though

    1. bakedbree

      melting chocolate should not be difficult. Did you use a double boiler or microwave?

  10. kerolreyescrueta

    Hi Bree!

    I’ve been looking all around for basic brownie recipe and I found your site. Wow, your site is really great especially for a rookie like me.


    1. bakedbree

      Hello! I hope that it helps you out.

  11. Jaime

    I have tried these 3 times now and they never turn out right. I’m going wrong somewhere in the beginning with the double broiler – my mixture never looks smooth like yours it always looks grainy, by the time I get to putting the flour in, the batter is so thick I can’t even pour it. Any tips?

    1. bakedbree

      Oh no! My first thought is that you are seizing your chocolate. Make sure that the water is at a light simmer and that the bowl you are using is completely dry. The chocolate should melt very smooth, and glossy. Also maybe try using a different brand of chocolate. Hope that it turns out for you.

  12. L.S

    I followed each directions carefully, but my brownies failed 🙁 They turned out all gooey and the top was crispy… Did I do something wrong?

    1. bakedbree

      It is hard to say, but my guess would be oven temp.

  13. Sarah

    Should I use the paper thing under the brownies?

    1. bakedbree

      Either parchment or foil.

  14. jehnsen aebril

    how many cups is 1 1/4 sticks of butter???please respond>>>

    1. bakedbree

      3/4 cup.

  15. Carla

    I made this today and it is the best brownie ever! Yum! I’ve been getting lots of compliments on it. The directions were easy to follow and the pictures were beautiful.

    1. bakedbree

      Aren’t they good? Glad that you thought the pictures were helpful.

  16. Breonna

    Just made these, and they are delicious and so so decadent! However, I had to bake mine for almost 40 minutes before they were no longer liquidy in the middle. Still after baking that long (probably because no one in the house could let them sit!), they were literally melt-in-your-mouth tender. Not complaining about that though. =)

  17. laurine

    hi bree. just wanted to ask. if i can use oven toaster for this recipe? thanks. by the way this recipe is awesome.:)

    1. bakedbree

      s long as the pan fits, I don’t see why not.

  18. Susan

    WOW! Very good. However, I made a couple changes (one that I meant to make and the other, well let’s just say I didn’t read the instructions first – LOL!). The intentional change was the addition of some walnuts. The other difference….never been one for reading instructions…so I put everything except the eggs, nuts and flour into a bowl, then I got out the ol’ mixer and mixed and mixed and mixed (butter was a wee it stubborn since it was fairly firm when I started out)…but I kept on mixing, then added the eggs to muck it up a bit, mixed some more, then added the flour and nuts, mixed some more….and then I started thinking I must have missed some sort of liquid ’cause boy, this was a thick mixture…but double checked and all I found was that I should’ve done the double-boiler thingie….anyway, I took the extra thick mixture, put it into the microwave for 30 seconds , then into a pan and cooked it as I was supposed to (this is where I started to read the instructions!)….and as I said earlier, these are incredible brownies, so chewie and easy to make (no matter which method you choose – LOL!).

    1. bakedbree

      Haha! I have done that a time or two. 🙂

      1. jeni s

        Question regarding the oven temp of 325. Is that because you used a glass baking dish? Should I go with 350 if I use a metal pan?

        1. bakedbree

          It is because the recipe called for 325, and I followed Matt’s recipe.

  19. Jenn

    I’m not sure what I did wrong
    I made these for Mother’s Day and then the inside seemed to be really dough like

    I baked it for 23 minutes
    Do you think I should have baked it a bit longer?
    And yes I followed all the steps precisely

    1. bakedbree

      Yes. If they aren’t done, you need to bake them longer. Oven temps vary so the time is only a suggestion. You need to bake for doneness, not time.

  20. naomi

    I made these in a jiffy and they lasted well and tasted great, tell me can I add some grated or pureed beetroot to this mixture?

  21. naiomi suchit

    I baked these for my six year old daughter who demanded a chocolate brownie this very minute, so I was lucky to find this recipe and whipped them up in no time at all, she loved them and ate them for three days and they kept on tasting better each day, so I was wondering can I add beetroot to these to make them more healthy?

    1. bakedbree

      You can add whatever you like, but I subscribe to the 80/20 rule. I eat really well 80% of the time so that the other 20% I can have a brownie.

      1. naiomi suchit

        My question was, will it turn out okay if I did add beetroot but how much?

        1. bakedbree

          I really have no idea, I have never made them with beetroot. You are more than welcome to experiment with the recipe.

  22. Renee James Ezung

    Wow….. This is the best brownie recipe I’ve ever tried…. And I’ve tried quite a lot

    1. bakedbree

      Wow! So glad that you like it so much.

  23. Sharon

    500 grams (1/2 KG) equals 1.1 pounds. In the USA, most butter comes in 1 pound boxes (4 sticks) of 4 oz each. 500 grams equals 1.1 pounds. and 454.5 grams equals 1 pound.
    One ounce is 1/16th of the 454.5 or 28.4 grams and you need 10 ounces of butter in this recipe or 284 grams of butter. Hope this helps you since I did the math for you. A cup of dry ingredients is 8 ounces by volume in this recipe.
    I try to read thru others’ comments before I try the recipe. So I am about to try the recipe – it sounds good and I am not using parchment paper but am using a Corning bakeware pan and have never had a problem taking items out of those pans but I use a very thin flat blade “egg turner” and press against the pan very firmly. I also let them cool in the pan (so they continue to bake a little) but the pan is set on a wire rack where air can travel under the pan to help cool it.

  24. lexie

    hi what is the life span of this brownies? and can i use margarine ? instead of butter? thanks

    1. bakedbree

      A few days wrapped well. I suppose so, but I’ve never baked with margarine.

  25. Anannya Chaudhary

    are u not supposed to add baking powder or baking soda to it???

    1. bakedbree


  26. Sohaila Barco

    I tried this recipe. It turned superb. Thanks for sharing. ????
    I love reading your blog.

    1. bakedbree

      You’re very welcome!

  27. hajer

    my mix turned out to be too thick , what do you think was wrong with it?

    1. bakedbree

      I really don’t know. Maybe a mismeasurement?

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