Best Ever Chewy Brownies

Recipe By Tessa Arias
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March 15th, 2017
4.83 from 654 votes
4.83 from 654 votes

The BEST Chewy Brownies are just as chewy as the boxed brownies but packed with way more chocolate flavor. One bowl recipe made in less than 1 hour!

Yield: 9 large or 16 small brownies

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook: 30 minutes

Tessa's Recipe Rundown...

Taste: Just the right amount of chocolate and sweetness.
Texture: CHEWY, of course 🙂
Ease: Super easy. One bowl, no melting chocolate, and no electric mixer.
Appearance: You can just see how gooey and moist these are!
Pros: Better than boxed and almost as easy.
Cons: None.
I make this again? Absolutely.

I have shared a whole lot of brownie recipes over the years. Almost 40 to be exact!

Between all that brownie baking and completing my Ultimate Brownie Guide I’m pretty much your go-to brownie expert. Really, I should put that on my business card.

But what I realized in looking at all those brownie recipes is that I’ve never shared a CHEWY brownie recipe. Sure, my Ultimate Brownies have a good level of chewiness. But they’re also very rich and fudgy. So these Chewy Brownies have been a long time coming. If you love box mix brownies, you’ll love these both for their chewiness and for how easy they are. Much quicker and easier than my Ultimate Brownies!

Ultra chewy brownies on parchment paper with crinkly crust on top. Better than box mix!

I think if you read some of the comments below you’ll want to make this recipe ASAP. Just see what Susan said:

These are the BEST brownies ever! My husband says that in the 31 years we’ve been married and I’ve been baking these absolutely his favorite of all time.

Chewy Brownie Baking Tips

Ultra chewy brownies better than box mix!

Let me explain exactly what makes these brownies so chewy and easy. You can skip this if you don’t care WHY these brownies are the way they are and you just want the printable recipe asap.

Chocolate

Unlike my Ultimate Brownies, which utilize two types of melted chocolate, these brownies get their main chocolate flavor from cocoa powder with chocolate chips stirred into the batter. Cocoa powder definitely yields a chewier brownie and has a flavor reminiscent of boxed brownies.

The photos on this post show what the brownies look like if you use regular unsweetened cocoa powder. In the recipe video, I used Hershey’s Special Dark cocoa powder. It gave the brownies an ultra dark chocolaty appearance with a little less sweetness.

Feel free to use any kind of chocolate chips you want, but semisweet is my favorite. Whatever you do, don’t skip the chocolate chips! They help to develop that shiny crust on top of brownies.

Fat

With any cocoa powder-based brownie recipe, we need quite a bit of fat to prevent the cocoa powder from drying the brownies out and making them crumbly. In looking at what makes box mix brownies so chewy, it appears that the combination of saturated (solid) fats and unsaturated (liquid) fats is the winning answer. According to Cooks’ Illustrated, boxed brownies have the saturated fat component covered which is why you add oil (unsaturated) to the mix. I opted for a combination of melted butter and vegetable oil for the best marriage of taste and texture.

Make sure your vegetable oil is fresh to avoid any off flavors and use unsalted butter so you can fully control the level of saltiness.

Sugar

I stuck with granulated sugar here because although I love the taste of brown sugar, I didn’t want to add any more moisture (brown sugar contributes more moisture due to the molasses that’s added in) to these already very moist and rich brownies. Too much moisture creates brownies that have lots of holes on top instead of that shiny tissue thin crust.

Eggs

2 large eggs is pretty standard for an 8 by 8-inch brownie recipe, but I just had to add in an egg yolk for the extra dose of chewiness and richness it gives. The protein and the fat in the egg yolk helps achieve those textures. We use cold eggs, instead of room temperature, to prevent the brownies from doming and to increase moisture with a tighter crumb texture.

Flour

All-purpose flour is the way to go here, cake flour makes these brownies way too tender and light. We can achieve enough chewiness without having to use bread flour, which can prevent an extra trip to the store for a lot of people. To make chewy fudgy brownies, we only need to use a little bit of flour. Any more flour will create drier or cakier brownies. If you want to be super accurate and weigh your flour, 1/2 cup equals 63 grams or 2.25 ounces. If you live in a very humid environment, or really dislike any kind of “greasiness,” you may want to add an extra 2 tablespoons of flour.

Leavener

With my brownie recipes, I usually prefer a very small amount or no chemical leavener (baking soda or baking powder). The reason is because I like brownies to be very rich and on the denser side, not even remotely cakey. Since they lift and give a lighter airier texture to baked goods, we’re only using 1/8 teaspoon baking soda here for just enough leavening to get a nice thick texture.

Cornstarch

This little secret ingredient really helps to improve the texture of these brownies so they’re that much closer to the box mix kind. 1 tablespoon of cornstarch makes the brownies thicker and improves that crust on top.

Make sure to measure correctly, and don’t skip this ingredient! When shooting the photos for my article on how to make brownies with a shiny, thin crust, my food photographer captured the shocking differences between a batch made with 1 tablespoon of cornstarch vs brownies made with an accidental amount of 1 teaspoon cornstarch. The bottom brownies also had no chocolate chips. Take a look:

overhead comparison of brownies made with 1 tablespoon of cornstarch vs 1 teaspoon of cornstarch

Baking

Bake these brownies in a 325°F oven for about 30 minutes to avoid overbaking. There will absolutely be moist crumbs attached to a tester by the end of the baking time. That’s what we want. Even after 30 minutes if the middle still seems too moist, just remove the brownies from the oven. Carry-over cooking, the residual heat of the oven and pan, will continue to cook the brownies.

Some readers have said their brownies were really undercooked after 30 minutes. I’m guessing they used a glass baking pan, which I DON’T recommend for this recipe. I recommend a metal baking pan like this one. Also, you might want to check your oven temperature with an oven thermometer as many home ovens run cold (especially when they say they’ve just preheated).

For best results, allow the brownies to cool completely before slicing and serving.

Storing

The brownies definitely taste best the day they are baked, but can be stored in an airtight container for up to 3 days at room temperature or up to 5 days in the fridge. They are even more fudgy when they’re chilled.

Substitutions

This brownie recipe is written exactly the way it is for very specific reasons, as noted in the explanations above. If you can’t use one of the ingredients listed, take a look at my extensive brownie index for other options (including coconut oil brownies). If you try to reduce the sugar, use a sugar substitute, use a butter substitute, or make this recipe vegan the results will NOT be the same. Feel free to add in nuts, chips, toffee bits, or anything else to the batter (1/2 cup to 1 cup, depending on how much you’d like).

4.83 from 654 votes

How to make
Best Ever Chewy Brownies

Yield: 9 large or 16 small brownies
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
The BEST Chewy Brownies are just as chewy as the boxed brownies but packed with way more chocolate flavor. One bowl recipe made in less than 1 hour!

Ingredients

  • 1 1/4 cups (249 grams) granulated sugar
  • 5 tablespoons (71 grams) unsalted butter
  • 2 large eggs plus 1 egg yolk, cold
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup (75 grams) unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup (63 grams) all-purpose flour
  • 1/8 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup (128 grams) semisweet chocolate chips

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 325°F. Line a 8 by 8-inch pan with foil and spray with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. In a microwave safe bowl, add the butter and sugar. Microwave for about 1 minute, or until the butter is melted. Whisk in the eggs, egg yolk, and vanilla. Stir in the oil and cocoa powder.
  3. With a rubber spatula, stir in the flour, baking soda, cornstarch, and salt until combined. Stir in the chocolate chips.
  4. Spread the brownie batter evenly into the prepared pan. Place in the oven and bake for 30 minutes, or until the brownies are set and a cake tested inserted into the center has moist crumbs attached. Do not overcook. Let cool completely before cutting and serving.
  5. Brownies can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days.

Recipe Video

Recipe Notes

To double this recipe, use a 9x13 pan and bake for the same amount of time.
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: brownies, chewy brownies

May 2021 Baking Challenge

This recipe was the May 2021 pick for our monthly baking challenge! Every month you can join the challenge by baking the recipe and snapping a photo for a chance to win prizes! Click here for full challenge details. Check out everyone’s brownies:

This recipe was originally published in 2017 and updated in 2021 with more tips and new photos. Photos by Ashley McLaughlin.

Tessa Arias

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I share trusted baking recipes your friends will LOVE alongside insights into the science of sweets. I'm a professionally trained chef, cookbook author, and cookie queen. I love to write about all things sweet, carb-y, and homemade. I live in Phoenix, Arizona (hence the blog name!)

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  1. #
    Jenny McKenzie — May 31, 2021 at 10:35 pm

    I’ve made this recipe a couple times now and loooooooove it! The second time I accidentally grabbed baking powder…and used too much of it, but the brownies were still delicious! An easy, tasty recipe!

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    Kayley Holder — May 31, 2021 at 9:02 pm

    Loved this recipe! So easy and only one bowl? Yes please! Will definitely be making again, they were so delicious! All my friends raved about them. Next time I make them, I’m thinking of adding peanut butter chips or coffee to change it up a bit! Thanks for such a great recipe Tessa!

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      Tessa — June 1, 2021 at 1:34 pm

      So happy they were a huge hit! Your additions for next time would be absolutely delicious! 🙂

  3. #
    Taryn — May 31, 2021 at 8:44 pm

    Simple and yummy!

  4. #
    Tara Wendell — May 31, 2021 at 8:13 pm

    Super easy and yummy

  5. #
    Becky Hammonds — May 31, 2021 at 6:56 pm

    The best chocolate chewy brownies. The recipe was so simple.

  6. #
    Caroline M — May 31, 2021 at 6:17 pm

    For a chewy brownie, this is delicious!!

  7. #
    Carrie Hoey — May 31, 2021 at 6:08 pm

    I’ve never come close to recreating the perfection of boxes brownies until now

  8. #
    Sarah — May 31, 2021 at 5:59 pm

    Love these!! So good.

  9. #
    Kayleigh — May 31, 2021 at 5:42 pm

    These brownies are my favorite! I make these whenever I’m craving chocolate, and I’ve recommended this recipe to friends. 🙂

  10. #
    Emma — May 31, 2021 at 5:23 pm

    Not sure if I messed up but I did not think these were chewy. But all brownies are delicious. Still loved them. Preferred the fudgy brownies.

  11. #
    Lisa W — May 31, 2021 at 5:20 pm

    Loved it will make again..

  12. #
    Christina — May 31, 2021 at 4:30 pm

    Really good!!

  13. #
    CANDACE MERKENS — May 31, 2021 at 3:40 pm

    I liked these better than the fudgy brownie, but the hubby liked the fudgy ones better. So basically win, win. They are both very good recipes.

  14. #
    Tess K — May 31, 2021 at 3:18 pm

    Everyone in my family absolutely loved these (and that’s saying something, because we’ve usually got wildly different tastes)! Will definitely be making them again soon.

  15. #
    Claire Sturm — May 31, 2021 at 3:17 pm

    Intense chocolate flavor, easy recipe. A big hit with the kids!

  16. #
    Haaniah — May 31, 2021 at 3:15 pm

    This is the best recipe ever for chewy brownies and it’s so quick to make! Simple one bowl recipe and easy to follow instructions!

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      Tessa — June 1, 2021 at 1:41 pm

      Thank you for the kind review, Haaniah! I’m so pleased you loved these brownies 🙂

  17. #
    Melissa Kimball — May 31, 2021 at 3:07 pm

    This got more votes from my family than the fudge brownies. So good.

  18. #
    Laura Barrett — May 31, 2021 at 2:56 pm

    It was very easy and it came out Delish! My kids loved it!

  19. #
    Cathy Loose — May 31, 2021 at 2:09 pm

    My co-workers loved these Brownies – ‘DELICIOUS!’

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      Tessa — June 1, 2021 at 1:42 pm

      Hooray!!

  20. #
    Gurleen Kaur — May 31, 2021 at 12:56 pm

    One of the best brownies I ever made. They are apparently being compared to the king of brownies ‘Theobroma’. Absolutely love them❤️

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      Tessa — June 1, 2021 at 1:44 pm

      I had to look those up, they look delicious! I’m so happy to hear you loved this recipe! 🙂

  21. #
    Murfies — May 31, 2021 at 12:54 pm

    Hi Tessa,
    You maintain a wonderful page here. I follow quite a few recipe of yours and it is so well explained that any beginner could continue pursuing this as a favourite hobby ever. Tried chewy and fudgy brownies and loved them both.

    Your pictures are so droolworthy that anybody would want to give your recipe a shot!

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      Tessa — June 1, 2021 at 1:46 pm

      Thank you so much for your sweet review, I appreciate you taking the time to write it! I’m so happy to hear you tried and love both brownies! 🙂

  22. #
    Kate — May 31, 2021 at 12:45 pm

    These brownies are unbelievably delicious! Super easy to whip up and a crowd favorite.

  23. #
    Ashley — May 31, 2021 at 12:01 pm

    Really simple to make and taste delicious! I did make them in a glass pan, baked them about ten minutes longer and seemed to turn out great!

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      Tessa — June 1, 2021 at 1:56 pm

      Wonderful! So glad they turned out well for you 🙂

  24. #
    Christine Price — May 31, 2021 at 11:18 am

    I have tried so many different brownie recipes (including many of Tessa’s other types such as her Ultimate Brownies) searching for a made-from-scratch recipe that I loved better than the box mix standby, but I have never found one. It drove me crazy, but the only brownies that I truly loved came straight out of the box, and I had decided to just accept that fact and move on to looking for other standout recipes instead. But since this was a monthly challenge, I decided to give it one more shot. Thank all things divine I did. This was it. This was the gold star recipe I had spent years searching for and believed was merely a dream. They blow box mixes out of the water, and that was agreed upon by 9 different people in the span of one hour which, coincidentally, is the same amount of time they lasted. Even my extremely picky mother who doesn’t like dark chocolate and prefers milk chocolate chips to semisweet loved them and begged me to never make them without the dark cocoa powder and semisweet chips. One man, while eating his 4th brownie in a row, suddenly turned to his wife and said, “It’s chocolate chips! She puts chocolate chips in these, too! That’s why they’re so much better than yours!” (Don’t worry. He lived.) I cannot say this loud enough: This is the brownie recipe you are looking for. Go no farther. Make sure you double, maybe triple, the recipe because, I promise you, there will not be enough.

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      Tessa — June 1, 2021 at 1:58 pm

      WOW, thank you SO much for taking the time to write your wonderful review, Christine!! You absolutely made my day! Happy to hear your friend’s husband lived hahaha!!

  25. #
    Victoria C. — May 31, 2021 at 11:14 am

    These are utterly fabulous. I was a devoted fan of and totally satisfied by your coconut oil brownies, but made these for the May Baking Challenge, and have already made them twice:) So very very good.

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      Tessa — June 1, 2021 at 2:00 pm

      So happy to hear this! 🙂

  26. #
    Pamela J Neumann — May 31, 2021 at 11:04 am

    Easy recipe so I hope to make it often. Husband said I should have added nuts, specifically hazel nuts since he grows and harvest them. Next time I’ll had the nuts.

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      Tessa — June 1, 2021 at 2:02 pm

      That would be absolutely delicious, great idea! 🙂

  27. #
    Sarah El Badry — May 31, 2021 at 10:41 am

    One of the best brownies recipes I have ever tried ( and I have tried quite a few) We absolutely loved it, thanks Tessa!!

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      Tessa — June 1, 2021 at 2:03 pm

      Wonderful!!

  28. #
    Kate Moon — May 31, 2021 at 7:20 am

    So great and easy for amazing results! I had given up on anything but boxed brownies after numerous recipes turned out to be more trouble than pre-mix sadness, but this (and the fudgy recipe) are game changers. Love them.

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      Tessa — June 1, 2021 at 3:04 pm

      Woohoo!! I’m thrilled to hear this!

  29. #
    Kimberly Yeaw — May 31, 2021 at 6:46 am

    Love these brownies!

  30. #
    Mariah Cooper — May 31, 2021 at 5:26 am

    These turned out great! Like box mix but better, so all my family loved them

  31. #
    Benjamin Smith — May 31, 2021 at 1:34 am

    These are like box brownies on cloud 9. Super chocolatey but all the chewy goodness that I love. I think these might be my favourite haha

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      Tessa — June 1, 2021 at 3:05 pm

      Aren’t they amazing?! I’m so happy to hear you love them 🙂

  32. #
    Beck — May 30, 2021 at 11:28 pm

    Awesome recipe ! my family loved them!

  33. #
    Lindsay Sudut — May 30, 2021 at 9:35 pm

    So good! Especially out of the oven! Flavor was really delicious, will certainly make these again!

  34. #
    Kaylee Pratt — May 30, 2021 at 7:53 pm

    This Chewy Brownie recipe was delicious! I loved the brownie batter more than the actual brownie! So chocolatey and just the right texture!

  35. #
    Faaizah Bacchus — May 30, 2021 at 6:52 pm

    These turned out amazing. Got a nice crust/ skin at the top. Haven’t tasted yet but the Crumbs from cutting were scrumptious 🙂

  36. #
    Alice Gallagher-Noce — May 30, 2021 at 6:51 pm

    Baking these brownies for the challenge was not the first time I made them. I love them and so does my family. The recipe is fast and easy. It is one I make for all family gatherings.

  37. #
    Jessica De Luc — May 30, 2021 at 5:45 pm

    These are so good! I’m not the biggest fan of brownies but these are fantastic! They’re the perfect balance of chocolate and chewy softness. I would definitely make them again. I opted for using white chocolate chips and they are delicious.

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      Tessa — June 1, 2021 at 3:09 pm

      Great substitution! Happy you enjoyed your brownies 🙂

  38. #
    Michelle McCarthy — May 30, 2021 at 5:39 pm

    Made these as part of the May Baking challenge, and they are delicious. I prefer them over the Fudgy Brownies 🙂

  39. #
    Tara — May 30, 2021 at 5:12 pm

    These were so simple to make, and they were amazing! I love the perfect amount of chewiness and the crinkle tops. I’ll definitely make these again soon!

  40. #
    Deanna — May 30, 2021 at 5:01 pm

    The perfect chewy and chocolatey brownies!

  41. #
    Melissa Thompson — May 30, 2021 at 4:48 pm

    I absolutely love brownies and these were so gooey and delicious. I baked them about 5 minutes longer than it called for and they probably could have used a few more but I prefer my brownies slightly underdone. Would definitely make them again.

  42. #
    Tamara Eckhardt — May 30, 2021 at 4:41 pm

    Made these and they were really good, with a chewy center and shiny, crackly top. I might have overbaked them a bit, though, because they slightly dry. But delicious nonetheless.

  43. #
    Rella — May 30, 2021 at 2:54 pm

    Made these today and they turned out absolutely delicious! Super fudgy and chewy and chocolatey. I used Hershey’s special dark coca powder and dark chocolate chips!

  44. #
    Samantha E — May 30, 2021 at 10:03 am

    A great classic brownie recipe! Directions are easy to follow, and it comes out decadent!

  45. #
    Kristyna Jelinkova — May 30, 2021 at 7:59 am

    These chewy brownies tasted heavenly! Definitely one of my favorite brownie recipes!

  46. #
    Joanne johnsen — May 30, 2021 at 5:16 am

    Super easy to make. Slightly Casey compared to fudgy ones but nice and moist.

  47. #
    Cassandra Clark — May 29, 2021 at 9:25 pm

    Easy recipe to follow! I prefer the best easy brownie or fudgey over chewy brownies but of course still a great bite!

  48. #
    Raisa — May 29, 2021 at 8:01 pm

    Love this recipe – the whole family enjoyed it!

  49. #
    Sam Wasson — May 29, 2021 at 7:39 pm

    Hands down, best brownies I’ve had. I love how Tessa explains every part of the process and the science behind the reasoning! These brownies turned out perfectly moist and chewy 🙂

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      Tessa — June 1, 2021 at 3:21 pm

      So wonderful to hear! I’m happy to help! 🙂

  50. #
    Shannon Gribben — May 29, 2021 at 5:38 pm

    These were so easy to make and taste delicious! Chewy while still being fudgy. They have a rich chocolate taste. Definitely going to make again!

  51. #
    Nateisha Bennett — May 29, 2021 at 2:14 pm

    This was my first time making brownies from scratch and they came out amazing!! I can’t wait to try the fudge brownies next.

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      Tessa — June 1, 2021 at 3:28 pm

      So happy to hear you loved them! Hooray!!

  52. #
    Kelly De Felice — May 29, 2021 at 1:48 pm

    Great brownie recipe! Similar to the box but better!

  53. #
    Julia Ferschitz — May 29, 2021 at 8:23 am

    Very delicous, especially if you add nuts to it to give it a certain crunch besides this gooey, chewy texture

  54. #
    Nicole Staudt — May 29, 2021 at 7:42 am

    These brownies were so easy to make and everyone who’s had one has loved them!!

  55. #
    Dimitra — May 29, 2021 at 7:27 am

    I loved the recipe and the final result! I shared them with my friends and they loved them too. Easy to make, with easy to grab ingredients and delicious.

  56. #
    Antoinette Whidden — May 29, 2021 at 6:39 am

    I made two batches of the chewy brownies for a BBQ and they were a hit. I had so many people comment about how good they were. They were just as easy to make as a box and the great thing is I was able to choose the brand of ingredients I wanted to go into it.

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      Tessa — June 1, 2021 at 3:39 pm

      So happy to hear everyone loved your brownies!!

  57. #
    PJ Bibby — May 28, 2021 at 11:52 pm

    I think this is my favourite of all Tessa’s brownie recipes. Great taste (but not too indulgent) and the perfect texture. I can’t even count how many times I’ve made it.

  58. #
    Becky L Rudella — May 28, 2021 at 7:54 pm

    Great flavor and texture! Tough to choose a winner between this recipe and the Ultimate Fudgy Brownies even though they’re quite different.
    Quick to make and delicious!

  59. #
    Susan Hoyer — May 28, 2021 at 7:46 pm

    Really fantastic Brownies! Super easy, single bowl needed. Great taste and texture.

  60. #
    Courtney — May 28, 2021 at 4:35 pm

    These are hands down the very best brownies that I’ve ever eaten, let alone made. Everyone needs these brownies in their lives! They are pure chewy chocolatey perfection.

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