Classic Chocolate Brownies from Scratch Recipe - Tammilee Tips (2024)

OH MY YUM! Classic Chocolate Brownies from Scratch Recipe for the win! There truly is nothing better than a piece of warm chocolate brownie! Add vanilla bean ice cream, and I might shed a happy tear!

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Classic Chocolate Brownies from Scratch Recipe

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You can't go wrong with a plate of classic chocolate brownies made from scratch! These are pure chocolate goodness!

I love that you can add toppings or just stick to the classic chocolate taste

When it comes to brownies, do you like a centerpiece or a crusty edge piece? I am all in for the crusty, chewy edge piece whenever possible. The crackly crust and chocolate flavor is just yum!

My husband bought me a Brownie Pan a few years ago that turns the entire pan into edge pieces, and I might have swooned.

While I love boxed brownie mixes and being able to make the perfect brownie recipe adaptions it is fun to be able to make scratch brownies.

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Here is a quick overview of the simple ingredients needed to make epic Classic Chocolate Brownies from Scratch! The printable recipe card at the bottom of the post includes specific measurements and step-by-step instructions.

  • Softened Butter
  • Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
  • Vegetable Oil
  • Sugar
  • Eggs
  • Vanilla Extract
  • All-Purpose Flour
  • Baking Powder
  • Salt

Optional Toppings: Powdered Sugar, Milk Chocolate Chips, Powdered Sugar + Milk Glaze, Chocolate Syrup, Caramel, Butterscotch Chips, walnuts, pecans, chocolate chunks

Equipment Needed

  • Hand Mixer/ electric mixer / wooden spoon
  • 8x8 Baking Pan
  • Parchment Paper

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Preparation and Storage

Make Ahead: For a make-ahead version, Bob’s Red Mill recommends refrigerating any brownie batter you don’t plan to use immediately in an airtight container up to the day before you bake your brownies. Do not keep brownie batter at room temperature for over two hours, as it contains eggs.

Storage: According to C&H Sugar, you can keep leftover brownies with no perishable ingredients, such as cream cheese, at room temperature for three to four days. They can remain in the fridge for five days.

Freezing/How to Freeze: For grab-and-go homemade brownies, you can freeze leftovers by wrapping individual brownies in a layer of plastic and foil and transferring them to a large, freezer-safe Ziploc bag. You can also wrap the pan in plastic and foil and freeze the entire block. Enjoy leftovers within three months.

How to Reheat: You can reheat brownies using your microwave or oven, depending on how many you need to prepare.

Recipe Variations + Tips for the Best Classic Chocolate Brownies from Scratch

Substitutions: You can replace the white sugar with brown sugar, which contains molasses, at a 1:1 ratio if you want your brownies to have a slight caramel flavor.

Vegetarian Option: This dessert recipe is 100 percent vegetarian!

Vegan Option: To make this brownie recipe vegan, vegans should replace the butter and eggs with plant-based substitutes.

Gluten-Free: Swap the all-purpose flour with gluten-free flour to make it safe for a gluten-free diet.

Alcohol-Free Option: This recipe is for classic chocolate brownies. Check out our Bourbon Cherry Brownie recipe for a boozy take on traditional brownies.

Smaller Serving Size + Larger Group/More Servings: The written recipe makes 16 servings and scales readily to your desired yield.

Make It Spicy: Add a few dashes of ground cayenne and cinnamon powder to make spicy-sweet Mexican Chocolate Brownies.

Sugar-Free: The written recipe contains 13 grams of sugar per serving. Replace the white sugar with a sugar-free alternative to make it sugar-free.

Recipe Tips

  • We like to cut fudgy brownies with a plastic knife.

What to Serve with the best brownies

In our home, there’s never a wrong time for a brownie that oozes chocolatey delight in every bite, and they are an easy dessert to make for a large group! Here are some pairing suggestions to inspire your menu planning.

Sides: Broccoli Casserole, Apple Stuffing, Carrot Soufflé, BLT Pasta Salad, Southern Fried Cabbage with Bacon, Air Fryer Baked Potato, Jiffy Cornbread with Sour Cream, Sweet Potato Casserole with Canned Yams, Southern Style Green Beans, CrockPot Bourbon Baked Beans

Main Dishes: Cracker Barrel Broccoli Cheddar Chicken, Stovetop Meatloaf, Chicken Casserole with Ritz Crackers, CrockPot Rosemary Pork, , , CrockPot Salisbury Steak,

Desserts: Ooey-Gooey Butter Cake, Lemon Bars, Lemon Icebox Pie, Best Rice Krispie Treats, Bisquick Blueberry Cobbler, Magnolia Bakery Banana Pudding, Bisquick Apple Cobbler, Bisquick Peach Cobbler, Molasses Cookies, Banana Bread, Buckeye Bars, Cherry Bars

Drinks: co*ke Slushie, Red Robin Freckled Lemonade, Copycat McDonald's Sweet Tea

When to Serve

  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Dessert
  • Snack time
  • Potlucks
  • Cookouts
  • Christmas
  • Comfort food

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Classic Scratch Made Chocolate Brownie Recipe

How to make delicious Classic Chocolate Brownies from Scratch Recipe

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Prep Time: 10 minutes minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes minutes

Servings: 16

Calories: 131kcal

Author: Tammilee Tips



  • In a large bowl, cream together the butter and the sugar. Add in the cocoa, vanilla, vegetable oil, and eggs and mix well. Stir in the flour, baking soda, and salt last. Mix until well combined and so no lumps remain.

  • Spread the batter into a greased 8x8 baking dish. Bake at 375 degrees for 15 to 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the brownies comes out clean. Let the brownies cool before cutting.

  • Optional topping for brownies include: powdered sugar, chocolate chips, powdered sugar + milk glaze, chocolate syrup, caramel, and butterscotch chips.

Kitchen Tools

  • Hand Mixer

  • 8X8 Pan

  • Parchment Paper


Nutrition Facts

Classic Scratch Made Chocolate Brownie Recipe

Amount Per Serving

Calories 131Calories from Fat 54

% Daily Value*

Fat 6g9%

Saturated Fat 4g25%

Cholesterol 31mg10%

Sodium 79mg3%

Potassium 54mg2%

Carbohydrates 18g6%

Fiber 1g4%

Sugar 13g14%

Protein 2g4%

Vitamin A 148IU3%

Calcium 13mg1%

Iron 1mg6%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Recipe originally shared on May 8, 2015. Updated December 2020

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