Basic Fudgy Brownies

By Erin McDowell
January 16, 2015

Author Notes: Crackly on the top, fudgy in the center with just a liiiiiiiiittle bit of chew, these brownies are what I think of as the "just right" combo, and they satisfy many a chocolate craving in my house.Erin McDowell

Makes: one 9 x 9 inch pan
Prep time: 15 min
Cook time: 35 min

  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 8 ounces semisweet chocolate
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 3 eggs, lightly whisked to combine
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  1. Preheat the oven to 350° F. Lightly grease a 9 x 9-inch pan and line it with parchment paper, leaving at least 1 inch of overhang on the sides.
  2. In a medium heat safe bowl, combine the butter, oil, and chocolate. Place over a small pot of simmering water and heat, stirring occasionally, until the mixture is fully melted and combined. Let cool slightly.
  3. Add the sugars to the chocolate mixture and beat well to combine. Add the eggs gradually, mixing fully to incorporate before adding the next addition. Beat in the vanilla.
  4. Add the flour and salt and mix to combine; beat well to ensure there are no flour pockets, but do not overmix.
  5. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake until moist, clumpy crumbs appear when you insert a toothpick into the center of the brownies, 20 to 25 minutes. Cool completely before slicing.

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Reviews (23) Questions (1)


Abhiruchi R. June 2, 2018
What would the calorie content of one such tin of brownies be? They are so delicious though, never buying this stuff from the markets again! :)
arina May 15, 2018
can i use cocoa powder instead of chocolate bar
Nada April 9, 2018
can I use yogurt,sweetened condensed milk or coke or any club soda instead of eggs?? please tell me which ingredient should i use for brownies as i don't eat eggs
Leah F. March 13, 2018
These are awesome and add a cheesecake top with fresh raspberries or even fan sliced strawberries are divine.
Alison February 4, 2018
I made these last week after yet another batch of brownies from a mix that was disappointing (I actually tossed them, which is sad but why eat something that just doesn't taste that good?), and I realized that I had the ingredients for this recipe. These were delicious, and so easy to make that I was embarrassed--how could I have forgotten that brownies, like pancakes, are basically no more difficult to make from scratch as they are to make from a half-way decent mix? I don't want to give the impression that I don't see any reasons to use a mix ever, or that all mixes are the same, but it was a good reminder that they aren't necessarily the best option for all occasions! so, thank you, Erin McDowell, for reminding me of that and for providing me with a terrific way to indulge a chocolate craving. It would be easy to add chocolate chips or some additional cocoa if more chocolate is desired, and I may try that next time around.