National Brownie Day is December 8, so here’s the easiest homemade brownie recipe in case you need to whip something up quickly. Some people call this the best brownie recipe on the Internet. I'm not so sure about that, but it's definitely a good recipe for anyone who loves chewy brownies. These are probably the chewiest brownies I've ever baked. As a bonus, the recipe also works well with gluten-free flour!Jump to Recipe
Homemade Brownies Like Boxed
The recipe is adapted from Michelle Lopez's book Weeknight Baking, and it's also featured on Love and Lemons where it has over 6, 000 stars! People sure love brownies, and I can see the appeal of this recipe. It makes homemade brownies reminiscent of boxed brownies. For those who grew up on scratch brownies, that might sound odd. But some of us crave the chewy texture of boxed brownies, and this recipe comes through. It calls for a couple of tricks to enhance chewiness including using oil instead of butter and adding powdered sugar, which contains cornstarch. I'm not sure why you couldn't just use a little extra sugar and some cornstarch, but my guess is more people have powdered sugar around, and Weeknight Baking is a book for people who need to bake things quick with what's on hand.
Natural vs. Dutch Process Cocoa
These brownies work with Dutch process or natural cocoa powder. I've tested with Guittard Cocoa Rouge and Baker's Corner natural cocoa powder from Aldi. With the Guittard, the batter was extremely thick. With the Baker's Corner, is was thick but less so. Both batters were shiny. I think people underestimate how much cocoa varies brand to brand and by type. Maybe that's why the reviews over on Love & Lemons are so mixed. Anyhow, the natural worked a little better overall than the Dutch process. I felt like the texture was better with the natural cocoa powder, but then I made them again with Dutch process and wasn't so sure. So use whatever cocoa powder you like.
All Oil Brownies
These brownies were about what I expected – super chocolaty and chewy thanks to the oil. Just make sure whatever oil you use is fresh, because oil that's been exposed to air can develop an unpleasant flavor. That is, even if it's still perfectly good for cooking, if you use ½ cup of a previously opened oil you may taste it in the brownies. Unless it's Wesson, in which case it's probably okay. Florence Henderson was right. The Wesson vegetable is more neutral and doesn't have an icky flavor. Update: Recently tested with a mixture of canola and buttery flavor popcorn oil and loved it!
Easiest Homemade Brownies Taste and Texture
Definitely give these a try. I agree that they are the easiest homemade brownies, and maybe the best on the Internet in the "Easiest" category. I probably wouldn't take them to a party or serve at an event, but I'd definitely make them for the family at home or anyone who requests very chewy brownies.
Don't Use a Mini Brownie Bar Pan....Or Do
I had to update this post because a) I am obviously obsessed with this recipe and b) because I originally warned you not to try to make these in a mini brownie bar pan because the brownies come out looking like lumps of coal (or worse). Well, I take back what I said. You can totally use one if you are willing to just line each well with parchment paper. I feel like a weirdo doing this, but it makes the exact kind of chewy brownies I like, which is VERY chewy and with smooth sides. And let the brownies cool completely before removing.
Easiest Homemade Brownies
- 1 ½ cups sugar (300 grams)
- ½ cup powdered sugar (55 grams)
- ¾ cup all-purpose flour or a gluten-free 1:1 (105 grams)
- ⅔ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- ¾ teaspoon salt
- ½ cup dark chocolate chips
- 2 large eggs
- ½ cup oil, Wesson or a very neutral tasting oil
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 tablespoons water
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Line an 8-inch metal pan with parchment paper.
- If your powdered sugar, cocoa powder and flour are lumpy, sift them.
- In a mixing bowl, whisk together the sugar, powdered sugar, flour, cocoa powder and salt, then stir in the chocolate chips.
- In another bowl, whisk together the eggs, oil, vanilla and water.
- Add dry mixture to wet mixture and beat with a heavy duty scraper until shiny.
- Scrape the very thick batter into pan and bake for 40 to 48 minutes at 325. The long baking time goes with the lower temp, so if your oven runs hot either lower the temp or check the brownies earlier.
- Let cool for about 10 minutes, then grasp foil, lift from pan and let cool completely.