- 10 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 1 1/4 cups sugar
- 3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder (natural or Dutch-process)
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 2 large eggs, cold
- 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1. Position a rack in the lower third of the oven and preheat the oven to 325°F. Line the bottom and sides of an 8×8-inch square baking pan with parchment paper or foil, leaving an overhang on two opposite sides.
2. Combine the butter, sugar, cocoa, and salt in a medium heatproof bowl and microwave for 1:30 minutes. Remove and stir until the butter is melted and the mixture is smooth. Set aside briefly until the mixture is only warm, not hot. It looks fairly gritty at this point, but don’t fret — it smoothes out once the eggs and flour are added.
3. Stir in the vanilla with a wooden spoon. Add the eggs one at a time, stirring vigorously after each one. When the batter looks thick, shiny, and well blended, add the flour and stir until you cannot see it any longer, then beat vigorously for 40 strokes with the wooden spoon or a rubber spatula. Stir in the nuts, if using. Spread evenly in the lined pan.
4. Bake until a toothpick plunged into the center emerges slightly moist with batter, 25 to 30 minutes. 5. Let cool completely on a rack. Lift up the ends of the parchment or foil liner, and transfer the brownies to a cutting board. Cut into 16 or 25 squares.
I’ve now made this recipe 3x and it has quickly become my favorite brownie recipe! I have made several of your recipes and they are my all incredible. One question – I doubled the recipe this last time and made it in a 13×9 pan, but had trouble figuring out the baking time. Do you have a recommendation for how long to bake for?
Hi Laura! So happy you love this recipe so much, thanks for letting us know! When doubling brownies in a 9×13 pan, it shouldn’t take that much longer than the original time (completely depending on your pan–glass/ceramic will take longer). I’d still check it at the 25 minute mark, then every 2-3 minutes beyond to make sure it’s not overbaked. I hope that helps!
I’ve made these in the past and wasn’t impressed they turned out dry and lacked flavor- but even though I was hesitant, all I had was cocoa powder and no unsweetened baking chocolate today so decided to try this recipe again- NOT DISSAPOINTED this time they were PERFECT and delicious, guess I did all the things right! Moist and flavorful, my son loved how the top turned out with just a slight crinkle! And you can’t beat that it only takes one bowl!
Yay! So happy you came back to this recipe and tried again with perfect results! Thank you for letting us know, Marissa!
Your recipe does not say at which temperature you bake the cocoa brownies….
Ronnie from South Africa
oop sorry, new year’s blues, I overlooked the temperature (325F). But my brownies came out rather flat
Ronnie from South Africa
Hello, I l absolutely love your blog. I baked these twice and they were so yummy but didn’t get crinkly on top. I believe I followed all the instructions. Could there be something I did wrong? Thank you!
Hi! This recipe is great… super easy and delicious.. have one problem though,i didnt get the top to be crinkly like yours on the pic.. and while baking, it formed big bubbles on top… 🙁
I love this recipe tessa! It’s 2:40 am in Pakistan right now and I just got done baking them!
My 10 year old follows this recipe easily and has made these brownies 4 times! I’m not allowed in the kitchen when he’s in the mood to be independent!
One question though, what is the reason for mixing with a wooden spoon and not an electric mixture?
Wow, that’s awesome Saarah! Great question. Mixing with a wooden spoon instead of an electric mixer helps ensure the brownies stay chewy and rich, instead of light and cakey. An electric mixer would incorporate more air, causing that cake-like texture. Hope that helps 🙂
I made these on a whim today and they are the best from-scratch brownies I have made! They were super easy, and they weren’t too cakey like most of the brownie recipes I have tried. They were fudgy and super rich.Yum!
I’ve just made it, and it does get crinkly, just the way I like it! However, I forgot the salt. I’m so sad… How could I have done that? Oh, well, I’ll remember next time. Thank you!
These are THE BEST brownies I’ve ever eaten!! They were much like a fourless cake. Chocolate Heaven!!! Thank you so much for the recipe! Oh! And SO EASY to make!!
Wonderful! Glad you enjoyed 🙂
I just made these today and they're insanely fudgy!! I had trouble cutting into them. How did you get yours to look so neatly cut?
I am going to make these today!
I just made these and the husband could not get enough of it! FANTASTIC recipe!!! I sprinkled two crushed candy cane into the mix. Thanks for posting. I'm now a fan! Merry Christmas!
this recipe does sounds easy and quick! most good recipe do require lots of chocolate, or a couple of bowls. that's why I went for a brownie mix this weekend. I'll try this recipe for sure!!
these look like the perfect kind of brownie – fudgey with a crinkle top – beautiful picture, too!
I have made these brownies, love them! I could go for a few right now:)