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Homemade brownies in an 8 x 8 pan with plates and spoons next to it

Homemade Brownies

These homemade brownies are delicious and so easy to make.  They are full of chocolate flavor it is perfect for any chocolate lover.

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword easy brownie recipe, easy dessert recipe, April Fools Day prank
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 16 brownies
Author Jeannie Z

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter (one stick)
  • 8 ounces semi-sweet baking chocolate, broken into small squares
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 eggs, cold
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup chocolate chips (additional chocolate chips needed if you are going to sprinkle some over the top of the brownie batter, optional)

Instructions

  1. Adjust your oven rack to lower third position and preheat your oven to 350 degrees.

  2. If your pan is not a non-stick pan, line your 8 x 8 baking dish with foil or parchment paper, leaving a little extra hanging over the sides.

  3. Break the baking chocolate into small pieces. Melt the butter with the baking chocolate in a microwave safe bowl.  Heat for 30 seconds and stir.   Heat for an additional 30 seconds and stir.  If more time is needed to melt the ingredients, then do additional 10 second increments, stirring after each one, until the chocolate mixture is melted and smooth.  Let it sit for about 10 minutes to cool a little.  

  4. Once the chocolate and butter mixture is slightly cooled, pour it into a large mixing.

  5. Add in the eggs, one at a time, whisking after each one, until they are well blended.  Whisk in the vanilla extract.  Whisk in the sugar.

  6. Slowly add in the flour and salt.  Add a little flour in at a time.  Gently fold in the chocolate chips.

    Sprinkle some extra chocolate chips over the top of the brownies. (optional)

  7. Pour into the prepared pan and spread it out evenly.  Bake 38-40 minutes. The brownies are done when a toothpick comes out clean (a few crumbs are okay).

  8. Cool completely before removing from the pan. Slice into squares.  If using foil or parchment paper, lift the brownies out of the pan using the edges of foil/parchment paper. Remove the foil/parchment paper and cut the brownies.

  9. The brownies will stay fresh if stored in an airtight container up to one week.

Recipe Notes

  • When melting the chocolate and butter, make sure to stir after each time you heat them in the microwave.  When you stir the ingredients they will soften up and dissolve a little quicker.
  • Let the brownies cool completely before cutting them.  If you cut brownies when they are warm they will stick to your knife or cutting utensil.  Trust me, wait until they cool for much prettier looking brownies.
  • I like to use a thin spatula to cut the brownies.  Just use the edge of the spatula and slice straight down several times to make a straight line down the brownies in the pan.  The brownies will stick less this way over using a knife.
  • Best way to store the brownies? Store cut brownie squares in the pan covered tightly or in an airtight container at room temperature for up to one week.  They are the best when freshest, the first 2-3 days. You can also freeze them in a freezer safe container for up to 3 months.  
  • Want to jazz up your brownies a little?  Some yummy add-ins to the brownies would be chopped nuts, marshmallows, or even chopped peppermint candy.  Just add 1/2 to 1 cup of the ingredient you prefer to the batter when you add in the chocolate chips.
  • Brownie Sundae anyone?  Add a scoop of your favorite ice cream on top of the brownie and you have yourself a delicious brownie sundae!