Best Ever Chewy Brownies

By Tessa Arias
March 15th, 2017
4.83 from 659 votes
4.83 from 659 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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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


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.


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.


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 659 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!


  • 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


  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

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

Tessa Arias

About Tessa...

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. #
    Lindsay — January 6, 2022 at 8:53 am

    Absolutely amazeballs! Haven’t made brownies in years, but these were incredibly easy to whip up and so, so flavourful! Had to bake them an extra 10 mins (the centre was still jiggly after 30 mins, even having used a metal baking pan) but they still turned out perfect.

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      Emily — January 6, 2022 at 10:27 am

      Glad you loved them!

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    Paul — January 2, 2022 at 6:20 pm

    Made these for the first time today. They were a big hit in the house! I had to cook them an extra 5-8 min though as the center wasn’t quite set in the regular time. Will be my go-to recipe from now on.

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      Emily — January 3, 2022 at 10:12 am

      So happy you loved them and that they’re now your go-to recipe! What kind of pan did you use? If you didn’t use a reflective metal baking pan, using glass or ceramic takes longer to bake, causing the edges to set much more quickly than the center. It can take up to 10-15 minutes extra. Thanks for the feedback!

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    Harrison — December 27, 2021 at 1:10 pm

    Can you double the recipe and use a 13×9 pan

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      Emily — December 27, 2021 at 2:14 pm


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    Brianna — December 25, 2021 at 5:37 pm

    Made this tonight for Christmas dinner, because my daughter wanted “brownie sundaes.” I made the batter ahead and put it in the prepared pan, then popped it in after the dinner rolls came out of the oven. They were absolutely perfect – warm, gooey and the exact way a brownie should be. With the addition of a scoop of ice cream, chocolate sauce and whipped cream on top, it was basically a Christmas dream come true! Can’t wait to take a look at and make more of your recipes! This one was a definite winner!

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      Emily — December 27, 2021 at 10:48 am

      Sounds amazing, Brianna! So happy it was such a hit, thanks for the comment!

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    Sajahir Rizwan — December 16, 2021 at 6:55 am

    Can I add salted butter instead of unsalted and not add salt?

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      Emily — December 16, 2021 at 3:44 pm

      We personally don’t use salted butter in recipes as explained in this article about Salted vs. Unsalted Butter; however, the general rule of using salted butter in place of unsalted is to reduce ¼ teaspoon of the salt in the recipe per 115g of butter.

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    Tia — December 15, 2021 at 11:44 am

    Just made this recipe and it was a success! I doubled the recipe so made it in a 13×9 pan. Had to cook my brownies an additional 15 minutes but they turned out so good! Love the flavor and the overall texture!

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    Helen — December 11, 2021 at 6:14 am

    Best brownies ever!!! Thank you for sharing.

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      Ben G — December 17, 2021 at 9:37 pm

      I gave this a shot tonight. The flavor is okay, maybe a little too bitter for my taste, but I suspect that dark chocolate fans will be pleased.

      However the cooking time or the cooking temp is all wrong. I went 35 minutes at 325 and when I took it out it was way underdone. I tested it at 30 min and 35 min with a toothpick and knew it was undercooked but I heeded the warning about the over cooking it. (And yes, I used a thin square metal pan, not glass).

      I might test again with a hotter or longer cook time. I also wonder if upping the flour content could be beneficial to getting the brownie to firm up. I also used volume measures which are unreliable, could try again with weights.

      We’ll see.

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        Emily — December 20, 2021 at 2:05 pm

        Hi Ben! Do you have an oven thermometer? Everyone’s ovens are different (mine takes an additional 15 minutes after beeping that it’s ready for it to actually be at the correct temp), and I’m wondering if your temperature may be a bit off. I’m glad to hear you used a metal baking pan. I highly recommend also using a digital scale to measure the ingredients next time to ensure accuracy, especially with flour. Let me know how it goes!

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    Abigail Ford — December 9, 2021 at 7:25 pm

    They were not chewy, they ended up being too soft in the middle but too crumbly on the outside

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      Emily — December 10, 2021 at 12:04 pm

      Sorry to hear your brownies didn’t turn out correctly, Abigail! What kind of pan did you use, was it light or dark colored, glass or metal? Dark colored pans conduct heat far too aggressively and tend to bake the edges up more quickly and dry them out before the center is fully baked. Please check out our tips in the pink tip box above the recipe for more details. I hope you give this recipe another try!

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    Namrita Asokan — December 8, 2021 at 9:17 am

    Hands down one of the best brownies I ever made! They were insanely good and so easy to make! Definitely making another batch soon. Tessa you’re a genius!!

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      Emily — December 8, 2021 at 4:45 pm

      Hooray! So happy you loved them!

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    SHIRLEY YOUNG — November 23, 2021 at 11:31 am

    Wow, another winner! Cornstarch, who knew? My husband likes these so much, I have to bake some cupcakes to lure him away. He works hard, but i adore these brownies!!

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      Emily — November 23, 2021 at 2:41 pm

      haha love it! Sounds like a double batch may be needed next time 🙂

  11. #
    Abigail — November 21, 2021 at 6:54 pm

    Me, my family, and my friends all agree these are the best brownies we have ever made/had! Thanks so much for the recipe!

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      Emily — November 22, 2021 at 11:54 am

      Amazing! So glad to hear that 🙂

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    Angela — November 21, 2021 at 9:28 am

    WOW! Made these yesterday for my husband’s birthday and he was blown away by these brownies! They are crispy on the edges and chewy in the middle. Never had a better brownie!! I also followed your advice to buy better chocolate powder. I used to use the regular Hershey powder but after reading your article on coco powder I bought Bensdorp online and it made a huge difference!! Thank you for the recipes and also the detailed information on ingredients and how to bake. I am working my way through your cookbook.

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      Emily — November 22, 2021 at 12:08 pm

      So amazing to hear that, Angela! Thanks for the rave review 🙂 Be sure to tag Tessa if you’re on Instagram with #handletheheat so she can see all your cookies! Also, if you haven’t already, click here to join the Handle the Heat baking community on Facebook:

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    Rose — November 18, 2021 at 2:19 pm

    These really were chewy and delicious. My husband was shocked they didn’t come from a box. The only thing is they started to get a little too crispy on the edges by the time the center was cooked through but that might just be my oven.

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      Emily — November 18, 2021 at 3:55 pm

      Hi Rose! So happy you both enjoyed this recipe! It’s definitely possible the crispy edges could be from your oven, but it could also be from the pan used. Check out the pink tip box above the recipe for more details on Tessa’s preferences 🙂 I hope that helps perfect your next batch!

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    Wendy — November 17, 2021 at 6:04 am

    I made these last night and were exactly like box brownies but better! But I’m trying to cut down on sugar so want to substitute half the sugar with honey next time. I know you say “no substitutions”, but what modifications would you recommend anyway? A couple more Tbs flour and bit more baking soda? Thanks!

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      Emily — November 17, 2021 at 9:53 am

      Hi Wendy! I can’t help with modifications as we haven’t tested them, sorry! I’m so happy you enjoyed this recipe, but any substitutions will have to be experimented. Please let us know how it goes if you give it a try.

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    Trisha — November 5, 2021 at 12:18 pm

    Hi! I don’t have any chocolate chips. Do you think using a chocolate bar (cut up in small pieces) would also work? Thanks!

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      Emily — November 9, 2021 at 11:59 am

      Hi Trisha! You’re welcome to use a chocolate bar instead, just keep in mind that chocolate chips specifically help develop that shiny crust on top of the brownies. Your brownies will still taste delicious though!

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    Sarah — November 5, 2021 at 6:36 am

    This was my first time making homemade brownies, and oh my WORD. They are delicious! I made them as a birthday treat for my husband’s grandpa, and my kids and I agreed that these are the best brownies we’ve ever eaten. I made it exactly as is, and made sure not to overcook it – even though they seemed not quite done, we let them cool for about thirty minutes before cutting and they were perfect. Thanks for the recipe!

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      Emily — November 5, 2021 at 8:55 am

      Wonderful!! I’m so happy to hear this recipe worked perfectly for you, and congrats on making your first homemade brownies! I’ll bet you’ll never go back to boxed brownies 🙂

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    Mourin — November 3, 2021 at 8:04 am

    Hi, I love making this recipe. Wondering if I half it and bake into a 6 inch pan, how many eggs should I use?

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      Emily — November 3, 2021 at 10:39 am

      Hi Mourin! So glad you love this recipe 🙂 You’ll want to divide all ingredients in half, including the eggs. To measure half of an egg yolk, use 1 Tablespoon or 1/2 ounce. I hope that helps!

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    Leilani — October 28, 2021 at 2:18 pm

    Can I substitute avocado oil instead of vegetable oil?

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      Tessa Arias — October 28, 2021 at 3:54 pm

      Yep! I’ve done so successfully in the past 🙂

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    Nadia Senkowski — October 27, 2021 at 7:03 am

    Hi, would these be able to be frozen?

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      Haley Wehner — October 27, 2021 at 10:56 am

      You should be able to freeze and reheat these! Make sure the brownies are very well wrapped in plastic and we’d recommend freezing the entire slab rather than cut pieces.

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    Sarah — October 11, 2021 at 6:05 am

    How would the bake time differ if I made them in a cupcake pan? I love corners and edges so I like brownies in a cupcake pan.

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      Emily — October 11, 2021 at 9:38 am

      We haven’t tried that so I can’t say for sure, though it sounds delicious! Please let us know how it goes if you give it a try 🙂

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    Shruthi — October 5, 2021 at 11:27 am

    I just made this today and followed all the instructions, however while a great crust formed the taste of the brownie itself was kind of bitter…. The brownie wasnt dry at all which was great, but the bitterness made it feel kind of flour-y. Is there any counter to this? Should I reduce the cocoa powder next time and replace with some melted chocolate?
    Also, I would like it to be chewier if possible, it was still more towards the fudgier side for my liking, though others may prefer that. Again, please let me know how to achieve that maximum chewiness, would appreciate any advice!

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      Emily — October 6, 2021 at 8:59 am

      I’m sorry to hear that, Shruthi! Did you substitute any ingredients? What kind of cocoa powder did you use? And lastly, do you weigh your ingredients with a digital scale? I’d love to help figure out what went wrong so you can enjoy these chewy brownies the way they’re meant to be! Tessa includes a ton of tips in the pink tip box above the recipe, so be sure to read them-she explains what helps to make these brownies so chewy. I hope you give this recipe another try!

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    Karen Freiert — September 28, 2021 at 1:33 pm

    I am recently on a low salt diet. The substitute baking soda is very weak even using twice the amount. The substitute baking powder is stronger. May I use that?

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      Emily — September 29, 2021 at 9:29 am

      Hi Karen, baking powder and baking soda are two very different leaveners. Please check out our article detailing more here: Baking Soda vs. Baking Powder. Hope that helps!

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    Margaret — September 27, 2021 at 10:53 am

    Amazing receipes

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    June — September 25, 2021 at 6:36 am

    How do you get the crackly top? that has always been my problem. 🙁

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    Sue — September 21, 2021 at 8:10 am

    Can you use parchment paper instead of aluminum foil?


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      Emily — September 21, 2021 at 8:19 am

      Sure! Just make sure you also spray the parchment paper with cooking spray 🙂 Enjoy your brownies!

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    Marcy — September 9, 2021 at 11:11 am

    These are our all time favorite brownies! Thank you for sharing! I make them all the time, but was wondering if they could be frozen? Thanks!

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      Emily — September 9, 2021 at 12:10 pm

      Sure! Freeze already cut up in an air-tight freezer container. You can also cut them up into smaller cubes to be placed in ice cream, it’s so delicious! 🙂

  27. #
    Kelly — September 7, 2021 at 10:19 am

    Will brown sugar makes these better and more moist? Thanks.

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      Emily — September 7, 2021 at 4:02 pm

      Please see the tips in the pink box above this recipe regarding why we used granulated sugar in this recipe 🙂

  28. #
    Irene — September 7, 2021 at 12:01 am

    Hi Tessa! Is the non-stick cooking spray on the foil necessary? Thank you!

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      Emily — September 7, 2021 at 2:37 pm

      Hi Irene! Yes, the cooking spray is necessary on the foil, otherwise your brownies will stick to the foil. You can also use parchment paper in place of the foil, but that will also need to be sprayed with cooking spray.

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    Will — September 2, 2021 at 8:48 pm

    I have never commented about a recipe, but this was the best, easiest one I found. I added walnuts and Reeses peanut butter chips because I didn’t have chocolate chips. The Beownies were incredible!

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      Emily — September 3, 2021 at 9:53 am

      So glad to hear how much you enjoyed your brownies, Will! The addition of nuts and peanut butter chips sounds fantastic, thanks for sharing! 🙂

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    Brooklyn — September 2, 2021 at 5:48 am

    Do you know how many calories, carbs, and fat are in these?

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      Emily — September 2, 2021 at 7:49 am

      We don’t count calories, carbs, or fats in any of our recipes. Sorry I can’t help you further!

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    Lisa — August 31, 2021 at 1:24 pm

    Hi! I was wondering, I wanted to make blueberry brownies, if I use your recipe and add in 1C of blueberries, would the brownies still be nice and chewy even with the moisture from the blueberries? Thank you!

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      Emily — September 1, 2021 at 3:47 pm

      We haven’t tried that! Please let us know how it goes if you test it out 🙂

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        Lisa — September 3, 2021 at 2:18 pm

        I ended up putting in 1 C of blueberries. The brownies came out pretty fudgy flavor but it was really soft/mushy vs chewy. Do you have any idea if that may be due to the blueberries? Thanks!

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        Lisa — September 4, 2021 at 1:33 pm

        I followed the recipe exactly and added in 1 C of rinsed/dried blueberries. Before baking, I did leave it in the fridge for a couple of hours. The result was the brownie was pretty moist, not dry. It wasn’t chewy at all but it also wasn’t cakey or mushy either. Overall it wasn’t a bad brownie.

        Do you have any ideas or guesses on how to make it chewy with the addition of blueberries? Thank you!

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          Emily — September 7, 2021 at 2:56 pm

          I’m glad your experiment turned out pretty well! As we haven’t tested this recipe with fruit, I can’t say for sure how to tweak the recipe to keep that chewiness to the brownies. I’m wondering though if 1 cup was too much, maybe try using only half in the batter next time, then placing the other half on the top of the brownies as soon as they’re taken out of the oven so the texture of the brownies isn’t altered as much? Did you use the blueberries as an addition to the recipe, or did you substitute anything out?

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    Nicole — August 25, 2021 at 2:50 pm

    Just made these on our boat and I’m totally smitten! They’re everything the perfect brownie should be…chocolatey, moist (I know, I know), and most importantly, CHEWY!

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      Emily — August 26, 2021 at 9:03 am

      Who knew you could enjoy such a decadent treat on a boat! So happy to hear how much you loved this recipe, Nicole, thanks for sharing! 🙂

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    Maria — August 22, 2021 at 3:27 pm

    Hello I really appreciate that you starting adding amounts in grams. Since in Europe we don’t have measuring cups, it helps a lot… Previously all my recipes failed due to not measuring properly. About the oil what type of oil do you recommend? Coconut? Canola? Sunflower? Corn? And what’s the equivalent of 1/3 cup in oz / ml or gr? Thanks
    Maria from Italy

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      Emily — August 23, 2021 at 10:07 am

      Hi Maria, we recommend using vegetable oil for this recipe, but you could try substituting with canola oil. We actually don’t use a scale to measure liquids as there’s no air inside those ingredients so it’s difficult to mess up the measurements; however, 1/3 cup of vegetable oil is equal to about 74 grams-check out our free Ingredient Measuring Cheatsheet to help you with future recipes when needed Hope that helps!

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    Judy — August 13, 2021 at 11:57 pm

    Needed a fast chewy brownie recipe and went for this one – and it did not disappoint! It looks 20 minutes to prep + the 30 minute baking time (during which time I continued to get ready for my last minute desert party. This brownie is chewy without being gooey, flakey top layer. I used Dutch Processed chocolate and the taste in the recipe was wonderful!! The desert was loved by the teens and adults alike! I will definitely be making this again!

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      Emily — August 16, 2021 at 10:41 am

      So wonderful to hear your brownies were such a hit! Thanks for letting us know, Judy! 🙂

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    Breanna — August 13, 2021 at 8:31 am

    Quite oily. I don’t know why only 1/3 cups of oil would make it this way, but not only is it very prominent in the texture, there were large oil spots after we laid a paper towel over the brownies over night. Too oily for us, and the chocolate flavor is about the same as boxed brownies, even when using high quality cocoa powder and chips.

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      Emily — August 13, 2021 at 10:45 am

      Sorry to hear your brownies turned out oily! We haven’t heard of this issue yet! Did you make any ingredient substitutions? What brand of oil did you use? What size of pan and type (glass, aluminum…etc) of pan did you use to bake your brownies in? We definitely want to help you figure out what happened, they shouldn’t turn out like that!

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    Mackenzie — August 13, 2021 at 3:31 am

    These are hands down the best brownies I’ve ever made! I’ve always been a fan of boxed mix brownies but these are even better. They’re thick but not dense, and the flavor is perfect.

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      Emily — August 13, 2021 at 10:38 am

      I actually call these boxed brownies on steroids haha 🙂 So happy you love this recipe, thanks for letting us know!

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    Lyn — August 1, 2021 at 4:59 am

    I have to say this is the best brownie recipe out there. I think I’ve made them about 5 times now, and they always turn out great. Fudgy consistently, crinkly tops, chewy… delicious. I have always doubled the recipe, and last time I accidentally put the oven temp at 350, but they were done at 30 min. Maybe a “smidgen” overdone, but I also used raspberry extract in the recipe which I read can affect the consistency. Really good though. Have used half black cocoa and half regular. This last time I put the temp at 325 and had to bake for an extra 10 min. Perfect!

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      Emily — August 2, 2021 at 4:03 pm

      So happy they turn out great every time! Love the addition of raspberry extract, yum!

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    Walter Goddard — July 30, 2021 at 4:51 pm

    Pure pleasure, wrapped up in the small things…
    Too bad we couldn’t break this outside of the box/pan and swim in it!

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    Hayley — July 28, 2021 at 7:41 pm

    I have made these brownies so many times. So easy and SO good! You won’t regret making these!!

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      Emily — July 29, 2021 at 10:22 am

      Glad to hear they’re such a favorite, Hayley! Thank you for letting us know 🙂

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    Christy — July 25, 2021 at 1:15 pm

    This is a good recipe but I found them a little salty. I would probably decrease the salt to 1/8 tsp. next time. Also my oven didn’t quite get them done at 30 minutes but we like them gooey so it was ok. 🙂

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    Sheila Haynes — July 25, 2021 at 6:14 am

    These brownies are deliciously fudgy!

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    Sheila — July 21, 2021 at 5:54 pm

    This is THE BEST RECIPE! Hands down, my favorite!

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      Emily @ Handle the Heat — July 22, 2021 at 9:33 am

      So glad to hear this, Sheila! Thanks for the comment!

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    Lyn — July 19, 2021 at 7:48 am

    This is now officially my go to brownie recipe. I’ve made it about 4 or 5 times with half black cocoa, and everyone loves them. I always double the recipe and this time I put in raspberry extract. Delish! Easy no fail recipe.

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      Tessa — July 19, 2021 at 10:16 am

      Ooo that sounds so delicious with the raspberry extract! I’m so happy to hear they’re now your go-to recipe!! 🙂

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    Suzanne Bryan — July 8, 2021 at 4:52 am

    These were delicious! I didn’t have any chocolate chips so I made them without and they were still perfect!! Definitely will be making these again.

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    Terri — July 7, 2021 at 5:59 am

    How do you cut brownies without ruining them??

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      Tessa — July 7, 2021 at 7:51 am

      The most important thing when cutting into brownies is making sure they’re completely cool, which will ensure they don’t fall apart upon cutting. You also want to make sure not to “saw” at the brownies when cutting with a knife, instead place the knife directly into the brownies, pressing straight down to cut. Hope that helps!

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    Shaar — July 5, 2021 at 10:50 am

    This looks like a super easy recipe, and as I’m without the use of my electrical appliances it’s perfect for our makeshift kitchen. I’m so pleased to see the weight conversion to grams apart from 1/3 cup of vegetable oil, could you tell me what the gram weight of it is please?

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      Tessa — July 6, 2021 at 9:59 am

      Hi Shaar, I don’t use a scale to measure liquids as there’s no air inside those ingredients so it’s difficult to mess up the measurements. 1/3 cup of vegetable oil is equal to about 74 grams-check out my free Ingredient Measuring Cheatsheet to help you with future recipes when needed 🙂 Hope that helps!

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    GALE STAR — July 4, 2021 at 6:20 pm

    I cannot eat corn starch or any corn ingredients. what can I substitute it with in the brownie recipe?


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      Tessa — July 5, 2021 at 9:49 am

      I’m sorry to hear that! I haven’t tried this recipe without it-I personally feel it’s a crucial ingredient (see the pink tip box above the recipe) to ensure the outcome I was trying to achieve. Please let me know if you try this recipe without it or if you’re able to find a substitute that works!

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    Olivia — July 4, 2021 at 1:26 am

    Looks amazing! What’s the difference between this recipe, your ‘Ultimate Fudgy Brownies’ recipe ( and your ‘Best Easy Brownies’ recipe (

    I’m having a hard time deciding which recipe to try because they all look delicious!

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      Tessa — July 5, 2021 at 10:23 am

      Haha, there’s a reason why I have over 40 brownie recipes, it’s tough to pick a favorite, which is why each recipe is a bit different to suit the craving I’m having 🙂 The fudgy brownies have a good level of chewiness, BUT they’re also very rich and fudgy. If you like fudge, you’ll LOVE the fudgy brownies 🙂

      The biggest difference is that while the fudgy brownies have two types of melted chocolate, the chewy ones get their flavor from cocoa powder and chocolate chips. Adding cocoa powder to the chewy brownies makes them more “cakey” or chewy, and they also use butter and oil for best taste and texture as well as cornstarch and baking soda which makes them thicker and more cake-like, but still not cake in the slightest-they’re almost like a boxed brownie mix on steroids lol, and they’re quicker and easier to make than the fudgy brownies.

      My Best Easy Brownies are just that-I wanted a recipe that was super easy to find the ingredients (or you already had them in your pantry!) along with a quick recipe and no mess 🙂 Personally, I’d recommend trying them all to see which is your favorite 🙂

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    Ruby — July 3, 2021 at 7:58 pm

    i made this today. soooooo good and impressed with the simplicity of it. definitely a keeper.

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      Tessa — July 5, 2021 at 10:37 am

      Hooray!! I’m so happy you enjoyed your brownies!

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    Tessa — June 28, 2021 at 1:55 pm

    I’m sorry to hear your brownies didn’t turn out correctly! My first question is if you use a digital scale to measure your ingredients? It sounds like you may have added too much flour/dry ingredients to the recipe if your brownies were crumbly. Did you substitute any ingredients? What kind of cocoa powder did you use? What kind of chocolate did you use?

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    Kathy DeStadio — June 25, 2021 at 8:59 am

    These are great brownies. This one bowl brownie is moist and chewy with a great chocolate flavor. I used mini chips and they melted right into the brownies and are barely noticable. Thanx Tessa for another great recipe!

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    Megan Kilada — June 24, 2021 at 6:40 pm

    I’ve always struggled making the perfect, rich, chewy brownie and am so happy to have found the recipe that I will now refer to every time. Thank you for posting!

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      Tessa — June 25, 2021 at 8:41 am

      I’m absolutely thrilled to hear this is now your go-to recipe!!

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    Dena — June 24, 2021 at 4:11 pm

    Hi Tessa, Thanks for the recipe. These are absolutely delicious , I’ve made them twice already which means they’re a family favorite.

    Ps. I added walnuts

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      Tessa — June 25, 2021 at 8:31 am

      I’m so thrilled your family loves these brownies so much! 🙂

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    Yiing — June 18, 2021 at 6:20 am

    Can I substitute the cornflour with tapioca flour?

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      Tessa — June 18, 2021 at 9:00 am

      I haven’t tried that, so I can’t guarantee the same outcome. I’d personally suggest following the recipe as is by using cornstarch 🙂

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    Sara — June 4, 2021 at 8:29 am

    I made these for my husband’s birthday. We all loved them and the whole batch was gone in less than a day. Super easy to make. I was happy that these brownies did not taste overly sweet since I dislike very sweet things. I substituted the semisweet chocolate for 100% chocolate chips for my personal preference, but I normally do that.

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      Tessa — June 4, 2021 at 9:27 am

      Happy to hear you used this brownie recipe to celebrate with! I’m so pleased everyone loved them 🙂

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    Sunera — June 4, 2021 at 12:19 am

    Outstanding brownies. The perfect crunch , awesome gooeyness .
    Cannot stop my hands …

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      Tessa — June 4, 2021 at 9:29 am

      hahaha I’m so glad you enjoyed these brownies!!

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    Priscilla — June 3, 2021 at 7:27 pm

    Thanks so much for sharing this recipe! It’s quick and easy to make and it tastes so good!!! This is my go-to brownie recipe now.

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      Tessa — June 4, 2021 at 9:34 am

      Wonderful to hear!

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    Joelle Julien — June 2, 2021 at 4:50 pm

    This recipe was easy to make! Im only 12 aand i single handedly did it. im very proud of my desert.

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      Tessa — June 3, 2021 at 10:16 am

      Awesome, Joelle!! I’m so happy to hear you loved these brownies! 🙂

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    jwaroff — June 1, 2021 at 5:36 am

    I really loved these brownies. I did a test between these and the Ultimate Chewy Brownies. I loved these and some people loved the Chewy. These I think reminded most people of what we are used to in a box brownie. Delicious!

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    Andrew Hernandez — May 31, 2021 at 11:30 pm

    This recipe was absolutely amazing, I loved it, my family loved it, especially my cousins. I’d suggest this to friends and family.

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