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Behold! My Best Ever Brownies recipe! Now, I know the internet is full of “Best Ever” claims and “the ultimate” recipes but this really is the end all be all of fudge brownie recipes!

Brownies have always been one of my favorite treats to bake and of course to eat. I’m all about that crisp crackly top, ooey -gooey fudge-like center, studded with chunks of molten chocolate! These Best Ever Brownies really live up to their name as they are made with high-quality cocoa powder and a whole cup of rich chocolate chunks. I don’t know anyone who wouldn’t love to sink their teeth into these, they are chocolate heaven! Prepare to get your chew on!

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The best part, these brownies can be whipped up in under 25 minutes using ingredients you most likely already have in your kitchen.

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They require just one bowl and no special mixers. They are so simple yet so decadent. You will never need another brownie recipe and will simply not be able to go back to that boxed mix!

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These are not your every day brownies, get ready to get hit in the face with chocolate! You’re welcome!

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If you love brownies, and my Best Ever recipes, then you’ll have to try these recipes:

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Best Ever Brownies
 
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Serves: 16
Ingredients
  • 1 cup (8oz/227g) butter, melted and cooled
  • 2 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons (6¼oz/184g) brown sugar
  • 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons (8¼oz/244g) white sugar
  • 4 large eggs, room temperature
  • 4 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup (5oz/150g) all purpose flour
  • 1 cup (4oz/123g) good quality, unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1½ cup (9oz/270g) roughly chopped chocolate or large chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C) then line a 7x11 inch baking trey with parchment paper and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl combine melted butter, oil and both sugars.
  3. Add the eggs, vanilla and salt then whisk for about one minute until evenly combined and light in color.
  4. Over the same bowl sift in the flour and cocoa powder. Gently fold the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients until JUST combined (do NOT over mix). Fold in half of the chocolate chunks.
  5. Pour the batter into the prepared pan, then smooth the top. Generously top with the remaining chocolate chunks.
  6. Bake for 35-40 minutes, or until the centre of the brownies no longer jiggles and is JUST set to the touch.
  7. Remove from the oven and allow to cool to room temperature before removing from the baking trey and slicing into 16 brownies. Enjoy!
Notes
Store at room temperature for 3 days or freeze.

 

 

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813 Comments

  1. Shaniya on April 23, 2018 at 3:24 pm

    Hi Gemma
    Can we make these brownies without the chocolate chips?

    • Gemma Stafford on April 23, 2018 at 8:15 pm

      For sure you can, Shaniya. Feel free just to leave them out 🙂

      Gemma.

  2. Cupcake90 on April 23, 2018 at 12:58 pm

    Made these last night and they were a big hit with the hubby these are now my go to brownies recipe 🙂

    • Gemma Stafford on April 23, 2018 at 8:21 pm

      Aw fantastic!! I’m thrilled to hear that 🙂

      Thanks for trying them out.
      Gemma.

  3. Vijatha Thomas on April 23, 2018 at 2:45 am

    Truly the beat ever brownies…. loved it n love u too Gemma…

    • Gemma Stafford on April 23, 2018 at 2:52 am

      Thank you Vijatha for this very kind review, I am happy you liked this recipe,
      Gemma 😉

  4. Rachel on April 22, 2018 at 5:07 pm

    WOW..just wow! I was looking for an awesome brownie recipe for my husband’s birthday and lets just say..this did not disappoint. Every year he asks for brownies instead of cake, so through the years I have been trying to find a favorite recipe. These turned out so gooey, fudgy, and delicious. Like literally..I will never, ever, use another recipe. I used milk chocolate chips and Hershey’s cocoa powder (all I had on hand)..not sure if this is considered good quality or not, but if not, I cant even imagine how these could taste anymore amazing. I baked for exactly 30 minutes and let them sit a couple of hours before cutting. Thank you for sharing!!

    • Gemma Stafford on April 23, 2018 at 2:19 am

      Hi Rachel,
      Good job! As I tend to say happy husband, happy wife = happy life. You seem to have hit the spot here. Nothing wrong with those ingredients, well done you,
      Gemma 🙂

  5. Leonie VanPuymbroeck on April 22, 2018 at 1:32 pm

    I’m so glad I found you!! This is the first brownie recipe I have made successfully! Thank you, Thank you, Thank you! I used Callebaut Chocolate Callets, they were semisweet. I’m going to try the bittersweet next time. My husband says they are amazing and to make it exactly the same next time. Thanks again, I won’t have to try anymore recipes, I’ve found the one! Can’t wait to catch up on all your other videos and recipes.

    • Gemma Stafford on April 23, 2018 at 2:26 am

      Hi Leonie,
      wonderful, I am so happy that this worked so well for you. That is a fabulous chocolate too, and the bittersweet will balance the sweetness too. good job, happy now!
      Gemma 🙂

  6. Momma Mary on April 22, 2018 at 11:53 am

    Oh my…I am on my third batch of these in two days. Everyone is raving and I am so glad to have a new go-to brownie recipe. Just subbed Hershey’s Special Dark cocoa and Special Dark chips. Kept everything else as is. Agree they have to bake longer to lose the jiggle. Thanks so much!

    • Gemma Stafford on April 23, 2018 at 2:41 am

      Hi Mary,
      Thank you for this lovely review, and suggestion too. I appreciate your input, and support.
      this recipe seems to have hit the spot, and bold bakers everywhere are putting their own spin on it, which is great.
      good to have you with us,
      Gemma 🙂

  7. Lakshmi Nandha on April 19, 2018 at 10:50 pm

    Can u please tell me how to bake this in microwave?

    • Gemma Stafford on April 20, 2018 at 5:47 am

      Hi there,
      I would not bake this in the microwave.
      Take a look at this recipe (https://www.biggerbolderbaking.com/microwave-mug-brownie/). This is designed for the microwave. You can increase this recipe if you wish, but bake in a round microwave safe container, this shape works best for the microwave.
      Gemma 🙂

      • Lakshmi Nandha on April 22, 2018 at 8:28 pm

        Thank u♥️

  8. Patel on April 17, 2018 at 7:00 pm

    Hi Gemma,

    I would like to know can I use walnuts in this brownie recipe also I would like to know if I can reduce sugar by 1 cup . I want to know if I reduce sugar will it be dry? It is little sweet for my liking.

    Thanks

    Patel

    • Gemma Stafford on April 18, 2018 at 3:48 am

      Hi Patel,
      Yes, reduce the sugar if you wish. I think you can take the white sugar back to the level of the brown, without causing too much of an issue. As you rightly say, reducing the brown sugar will reduce the moisture, so just adjust the white. do let us know how this worked out for you,
      Gemma 🙂

  9. FABRICIA on April 16, 2018 at 5:06 am

    Thank you so much for share this ricepe. This recipe is wonderfulll

    • Gemma Stafford on April 16, 2018 at 7:17 am

      hi there,
      thank you, I am happy you like this recipe,
      Gemma 🙂

  10. Stacey on April 15, 2018 at 8:30 am

    Thank you so much for this recipe. This is my favorite brownie ever! I did make a small alteration, instead of using 4 teaspoons of vanilla I used 1 Tbsp vanilla and 1 tsp almond extract. Super yummy!

    • Gemma Stafford on April 16, 2018 at 7:34 am

      Hi Stacey,
      Wow! Nice idea. I tend to be heavy handed with vanilla, so good suggestion, and perfect way to balance the chocolate.
      Thank you for your input, I appreciate it,
      Gemma 🙂

  11. git2 on April 13, 2018 at 4:38 am

    I made it this brownies before in a vegan way (using avocado to replace butter and banana to replace egg – but it gives the brownies banana smell & taste)

    I made it again recently since I have too many ripe avocados to eat at once! I did make some tweak to it:
    1/2 cup avocado (to replace 1 cup butter)
    2 tbsp blueberry jam ( to replace the 2 tbsp oil)
    10 dates (to replace the brown sugar)
    1/2 cup molasses (to replace the white sugar)
    4 tbsp flaxseed meal + 12 tbsp water (to replace 4 large eggs)
    1 cup all purpose flour
    1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
    1 tsp salt
    1 cup chocolate chips

    Basically I tweaked just the wet ingredient. And I think this will be my go to brownies recipe! My colleagues (who had tried the previous batch) told me this one is better, fudgier (the banana seems to make it a bit cakey), not too sweet with a strong dark chocolate & caramel taste to it.

    Thanks so much for this recipe Gemma! I absolutely love it!

    • Gemma Stafford on April 14, 2018 at 8:34 pm

      That’s fantastic! I’ll have to try it.

      Best,
      Gemma.

      • git2 on April 14, 2018 at 8:51 pm

        I just read the previous comment regarding flax seed being oily. But I think I managed to get away with it since I replaced the 2tbsp of oil with blueberry jam? I saw somewhere that adding blueberry jam increases the chocolate flavor and keeping the brownie’s texture fudgy.

        My colleagues said they feel less guilty eating these knowing they’re “healthy brownie” 🤣

        • Gemma Stafford on April 15, 2018 at 2:40 am

          Good job, and lovely suggestion! Thank you for this, I never heard this one before, but it does make sense. Any fruit puree will help I suppose, applesauce being the most common, but your is tries and tested, thank you for letting me know,
          Gemma 🙂

  12. Rapple on April 4, 2018 at 1:52 am

    Hi! The recipe looks amazing. What are the options for an eggless version?

    • Gemma Stafford on April 4, 2018 at 2:07 am

      Hi there,
      (https://www.biggerbolderbaking.com/egg-substitutes-for-baking/) the egg substitute chart is here. This type of bake works well with a fruit puree, such as banana or apple sauce. When you choose an egg substitute you ask yourself what its’ function is in a recipe. Sometimes it is used for leavening, as in a classic sponge cake, sometimes for richness as in Brioche dough/cookies/sponge cakes, and sometimes it is essential to the result as in creme brulee/custards/meringue (though aquafaba has its place here).
      Brownies are a dense bake, no leavening means that you can choose any substitute really, yogurt/curd would be good too. Flax egg is great, but it is oily, so maybe not for this recipe.
      I hope this will help you,
      Gemma 🙂

      • Rapple on April 4, 2018 at 2:52 am

        Thanks for the revert! I will surely try this yogurt.

  13. Anonymous on April 2, 2018 at 4:56 am

    I cut down the ingredients to half and used riped banana as an egg substitute, everything else remaining the same.They tasted extremely bitter and didn’t rise a bit. What could be the reason?

    • Gemma Stafford on April 3, 2018 at 9:00 pm

      Hi,

      So these don’t rise as there is no easing agent. They are quite dense (in a good way). The bitterness doesn’t make any sense to me. Can you just double check your calculations and make sure you added enough sugar. The texture will be a little different because of the banana but they should not have been bitter.

      What type of cocoa did you use?
      Gemma.

  14. DomD on April 1, 2018 at 7:37 am

    These brownies were a hit at my party! They took a bit longer to be ‘no longer jiggly’, more like 45-50 minutes, but it could just be my oven is low. I added Cadbury Mini Eggs, 250 grams, half in the batter and half topping the brownies (add the toppers half way through the bake). Thanks again!

    • Gemma Stafford on April 1, 2018 at 11:38 am

      Hi Dominique,

      I’m thrilled to hear they were a hit!!!

      Great job,
      Gemma.

  15. Erika on April 1, 2018 at 4:46 am

    Hi Gemma,
    I love your recipe. I just wanted to know if I could decrease the sugar by 4 tablespoons? If that is possible, from which sugar should I subtract 4 tablespoons from -brown or white? Or half of both, like decreasing 2 tablespoons of white sugar, and 2 tablespoons of brown sugar. Which will work best?
    Happy Easter! 🙂

    • Gemma Stafford on April 1, 2018 at 11:37 am

      Hi Erika,

      yes because it is such a small amount you can decrease both sugars by 2 tablespoon each 🙂

      Happy Easter!
      Gemma .

  16. Haruna on March 30, 2018 at 9:47 pm

    Thanks for sharing the recipe! I love your website & channel! I ever made brownies before and many of them are just too sweet for my likings. Yet I’m afraid if I cut the sugars into half, it will not have that shiny crust on top which I love. Can you help me with this? Should I cut the brown or the white or both? Thanks!

    • Gemma Stafford on March 31, 2018 at 6:48 pm

      Hi,

      Thank you some much!! I’m delighted you like my website :). So cut the sugar in 1/2 but just be warmed it might change the end result. Not dramatically but a little different.

      Best,
      Gemma.

  17. Aakriti Singla on March 28, 2018 at 11:08 pm

    Hi Gemma..
    Just love your recipes.. is there any replacement for eggs in your recipes?

    • Gemma Stafford on March 29, 2018 at 2:36 am

      Hi there,
      Yes! (https://www.biggerbolderbaking.com/egg-substitutes-for-baking/). For the brownie recipe applesauce/flax egg a.d pureed banana seem to work well for people.
      Any recipe, which relies on egg a lot, will be harder to find a sub for, and it will always change the results.
      thank you for being in touch,
      Gemma 🙂

  18. Michaela on March 27, 2018 at 8:56 pm

    Hi Gemma!
    How many ounces of brownie batter does this make? I’m making a brownie ice cream cake that needs 18 ounces of batter.
    Thank you so much this will be a lot of help! ❤ 🙂

    • Gemma Stafford on March 27, 2018 at 9:49 pm

      Hi,

      It is roughly around 18 ounces if not more 🙂

      Gemma.

  19. Nanann on March 26, 2018 at 7:37 pm

    I have made these brownies twice now – thank you so much for this wonderful recipe – they truly are the best ever brownies.

    • Gemma Stafford on March 27, 2018 at 6:41 pm

      I’m thrilled to hear that. Thanks so much for trying it out 🙂

      Gemma.

  20. Savannah Edwards on March 24, 2018 at 5:28 pm

    These were perfect for my school bake sale fundraiser!!!! I am so happy I tried this recipe, and so is everyone who ate the brownies! Absolutely Scrumptious!

    • Gemma Stafford on March 25, 2018 at 3:54 am

      That is so good to hear, thank you for this very kind review,
      Gemma 🙂

  21. Kate B on March 24, 2018 at 3:57 pm

    As you said Gemma, for a dessert to be called the best, the desserts has to stand by that, and your recipe did. I believe it was one of the best brownies I’ve ever had, thanks so much for sharing this recipe, I loved it and I will for sure make it again!

    • Gemma Stafford on March 25, 2018 at 4:24 am

      Hi Kate,
      That is great, thank you for letting me know, and for this lovely review,
      Gemma 🙂

  22. Lindsay S on March 24, 2018 at 9:36 am

    These brownies look amazing and I can’t wait to make them! 😃 Do you think I could cut the recipe in half and bake in an 8”x8” pan? Would the cooking time change? Thanks so much!

    • Gemma Stafford on March 24, 2018 at 10:18 am

      Hi Lindsay,
      An 8 x 8 inch pan is 64 sq inches. 7 x 11 is 77 sq inches, very little difference. If your pan is deep enough it will take all of this batter. It will need to be 2 1/2 inches deep or so, but it will be too thin if you cut it in half.
      thank you for being in touch.
      Gemma 🙂

  23. Iris on March 22, 2018 at 10:58 pm

    I want to make these brownies this weekend but I have a question, if I want a little less fudgy brownies, should I bake them a little longer or do I add more flour?
    (Sorry for my english I’m from the Netherlands and I’m fifteen years old so my english is not that good :))

    • Gemma Stafford on March 23, 2018 at 3:52 am

      Hi Iris,
      Je Engels is een stuk beter dan mijn Nederlands!
      Thank you for being here with us, so lovely to have so many young bakers here.
      Yes, your instinct is right, bake a little longer. I think I would take the temperature back to 170 degrees, and bake for longer. Touch the top occasionally, when it feels barely firm it is done, it will set up once removed from the oven. I hope this is of help,
      Gemma 🙂

  24. jjsnowflake on March 21, 2018 at 5:46 pm

    Hey Gemma,
    Could I use chocolate couverture for the chocolate chunks?

    • Gemma Stafford on March 22, 2018 at 4:10 am

      Hi there,
      Yes! This will usually be about 60% + cocoa solids chocolate, and is super for tempering. It has a high cocoa butter content.
      This may be a little more expensive than a bar, if it is called couverture, other than that sure, it is great for this,
      Gemma 🙂

  25. Melissa Sedlovitch on March 20, 2018 at 6:40 pm

    Your recipe asks for 1 cup or 2 oz of coco which is it???

    • Melissa Sedlovitch on March 20, 2018 at 6:44 pm

      4oz not 2 sorry

    • Gemma Stafford on March 21, 2018 at 3:30 am

      Hi there,
      Which form of measurement do you use?
      Cup measurements are based on an informal system of measurement, prior to home weighing scales. People would share recipes based on their kitchen cups, it did not matter the weight of the ingredients, or the size of the cup, as long as the same cup was used to measure all of the ingredients, in any one kitchen. It a measure of volume. Once the balance is right, then all will be well. Different ingredients have different equivalent weights too, so rice will be different to sugar, cocoa to flour, and different flours will have a different weight too. So, the rule is simple, fill your cups in the same way, scoop/level/compress, however you choose, and the balance in the recipe will be good. It is not a good idea to mix cup measurements with another method, it is unnecessary, and will not be good for your recipes. You have to trust this system, if not, get a digital scales, it will be the most accurate of all!
      I hope this is of help,
      Gemma 🙂

  26. Jollyjelly on March 20, 2018 at 6:39 pm

    May i use an oven toaster for this brownies?

    • Gemma Stafford on March 21, 2018 at 3:34 am

      Hi there,
      Yes! the important thing is to know how your oven works. The instruction book will tell you about baking, and selecting the temperature etc. These oven vary, so it is difficult for me to give particular advice, but it should work for you.
      Do monitor the bake, try a small recipe first, test it, that is what I would do,
      Gemma 🙂

  27. Turtlethebaker on March 20, 2018 at 5:14 pm

    Hi! Thank you so much for the recipe I love your best ever cookie recipe definitely now my go-to cookie recipe! I’m so excited to try this one!

    • Gemma Stafford on March 21, 2018 at 3:45 am

      Hi there,
      That is so nice to hear, thank you.
      I think you will also like this recipe, let us know!
      Gemma 🙂

  28. Tmbrandser on March 19, 2018 at 10:52 am

    Truly, the best ever!

    • Gemma Stafford on March 19, 2018 at 12:26 pm

      Thank you, that is very kind,
      Gemma 🙂

  29. Sexedrocks on March 19, 2018 at 6:19 am

    hey gemma im wondering about these brownies i baked yesterday following this recipe i baked them for 40 min and they looked undercooked im just wondering about the egg in the recipe is 40 minutes enough time to cook the egg?

    • Gemma Stafford on March 19, 2018 at 8:37 am

      Hi there,
      Yes! these are not meant to be over cooked, that is the idea of a brownie. If your oven temperature was ok, and if you used a regular oven with a thermostat then all will be well. eggs are cooked when they reach a temperature of 160F, this is easily achieved in this recipe,
      Gemma 🙂

      • Sexedrocks on March 19, 2018 at 8:44 am

        thank you gemma I was kind of scared to eat them I made these before and I was still scared to eat them the first time. Thanks again also I did a souflee it came out great tried a chocolate souflee you don’t do souflee’s on this channel i noticed will you be doing souflee’s in the future on this channel

        • Gemma Stafford on March 19, 2018 at 9:43 am

          Hi there,
          Souffles are fabulous! We will have these on the list for another time.
          Eggs are safe to eat in many places, people do not always have to worry about this, but if you do where you live then it is not a surprise that you would be concerned.
          Do buy you eggs from a trusted source, all will be well,
          Gemma 🙂

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