The search for the quintessential brownie recipe is finally over! The simplest and best brownie recipe has arrived. These are fudgy, soft, very chocolatey, moist, perfect, and completely DELICIOUS.
Here’s the situation. I’ve been up to no good baking up batch after batch of brownie after brownie.
So I’ve gained a few weeks of brownie recipe testing under my belt, and my clothes are telling me that I’ve probably gained a few sumpin’ sumpin’ under my belt too. Actually, I’m pretty sure my body is made up of 4% brownie at the moment.
Whatever. It’s still the worst of winter in Chicago and so maybe now I can forgo the 7th layer of clothing and be alright.
But it’s all much more than okay because I’m here to pass along to you my ultra sinful, fudgy, and just plain perfect brownie recipe.
DANGER: These brownies couldn’t be more addicting AND they’re unacceptably easy to make.
Just kidding on the ‘danger’ part, but not on the ‘addicting’ and ‘easy’ parts. I promise, I’d never give you a recipe that I believe to be unhealthy. It’s not like you’re going to make 10 million batches back to back and eat yourself into oblivion… like I did.
But even so. It’s alllll good.
We’re working with real ingredients and we’re listening to our bodies. To me, that’s a simple definition for what’s healthy. So no caveat needed then.
And ‘healthy’ doesn’t mean low-calorie to me. Needless to say, I also don’t think “healthy” necessarily means jumping and flailing around in a brownie pit for two weeks. But things happen. And what’s awesome is that listening to your body means that after too many sweets you naturally crave more balanced foods.
But really, who doesn’t want to have a brownie from time to time? People I don’t want to meet. Unless they’re nice—then I think I’d want to meet them, but still, why don’t they want to eat a delicious brownie?
My brownie days go way back to when I was a little kid. My sister and I would buy those boxed brownie mixes from the store. And for some reason beyond me now, we just really loved those things! Maybe because it was the 90s and I thought real baking was for the bakers and box stuff was for everyone else. Ha.
Anyway, I could be watching a show on TV and when the commercial break would come on, I’d jump off the couch, bolt into the kitchen, get a batch ready to go into the oven, and I’d be back in my seat just in time for the show to come back on. It was like a weird little competition I had with myself in my head where each time I did it, I tried to break the record for “Fastest Boxed Brownie Baker” ever.
While I sometimes miss the 90s, I do not miss those boxed brownie mixes. At all. Honestly, making them from scratch is so much healthier, way tastier, and really can be just as easy.
And this recipe is a one-bowl brownie recipe because I do whatever possible to make baking as simple as possible while keeping the flavors top-notch. Top to the notch!!
And truth is, we all could use some more ‘simple’ in our lives.
So, remember all those batches I baked? You’d think we’d take some leftovers into work to share but really now, how am I supposed to stay warm in this disturbingly cold and long winter we’re having if I don’t eat all the brownies?
Ok then! So now that I baked the perfect brownies, I want everyone to take my recipe, bake them, and be happy.
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- ½ cup (1 stick) butter
- ½ cup milk chocolate chips
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 2 eggs
- ½ cup all-purpose flour
- ½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- ¼ teaspoon sea salt
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- ½ cup chopped walnuts (optional)
- Preheat oven to 350º F (175º C).
- Grease a 9x9 baking dish (or you can line the dish with greased parchment paper for easy brownie removal).
- In a large mixing bowl, add the butter and melt for 1 minute in microwave (or until the butter has just melted).
- Quickly mix in chocolate chips with a spatula. They should melt into the butter easily.
- Add sugar and mix well with spatula.
- Crack in the eggs and beat them well with the spatula.
- Add flour, cocoa powder, salt, and vanilla extract. Mix to combine everything.
- Add walnuts and combine.
- Pour mixture into the baking dish and bake for 30 minutes or until a fork poked into the center comes out mostly clean. These brownies are fudgy and moist so the fork doesn’t have to be completely clean for them to be perfectly ready. Enjoy!