How to Make Brownies

For all their rich, fudgy goodness, brownies are a surprisingly easy dessert to make. Follow these simple steps to get your brownie recipe right every time. Although these baking tips are based on a chocolate brownie recipe, they can easily be adjusted and applied to blonde brownies, fudge brownies, chocolate chip brownies, and more!


Step 1: Choose a brownie recipe

When searching for the best brownie recipe, first consider the texture you hope to achieve: Do you like fudgy brownies or cakey brownies? In many brownie recipes, the proportion of flour to other ingredients is significantly less than in other baked goods. Reduce the amount of flour to make your brownies dense, fudgy, or rich. If you prefer brownies with a cakelike texture, look for brownie recipes with more flour. Some cakelike brownies contain milk or buttermilk, making their texture more like rich, fluffy chocolate cake.

Step 2: Chop chocolate

Of course, you can't make chocolate brownies without chocolate. Using a chef's knife, coarsely chop chocolate bars or squares on a cutting board. Chopped chocolate melts smoothly and evenly, and it won't scorch. Some recipes call for making brownies with cocoa powder. Both are delicious and easy ways to make chocolate brownies.

Step 3: Melt chocolate and butter
  • Place the chopped chocolate in a saucepan.
  • Cut up the butter and add it to the saucepan with the chocolate.
  • Heat and stir over low heat until all of the chocolate and butter is melted and the mixture is smooth.
  • Remove the saucepan from the heat, and let the chocolate mixture cool. This mixture will serve as the chocolate base for your brownie recipe.
Step 4: Stir in sugar

Add the sugar to the melted chocolate and butter. Stir with a wooden spoon until the sugar is completely mixed into the chocolate and butter.

Step 5: Add eggs

Add the eggs one at a time. Stir vigorously with a wooden spoon after each addition until the egg is completely incorporated into the chocolate mixture.

Beat in the vanilla with the wooden spoon.

Step 6: Add flour

In a separate bowl stir together the flour and baking soda.

Add the flour mixture all at once to the chocolate mixture.

Step 7: Mix batter

Gently stir the brownie batter until the flour is moistened.

Use a heavy-duty rubber spatula to scrape the sides and bottom of the saucepan.

If desired, stir in chocolate pieces or chopped nuts.

Step 8: Bake, cool, and frost brownies

Grease your baking pan or, if desired, line it with foil for easy removal. Spread the brownie batter in the prepared pan.

Bake brownies as directed in the recipe. Most brownies bake at 350 degrees F for 25 to 35 minutes.

Let the brownies cool completely in the pan on a wire rack.

If you want frosted brownies, wait at least an hour after baking to be sure the brownies have completely cooled.

Prepare the frosting. Chocolate-lovers may enjoy brownies with chocolate frosting, but we also recommend a simple vanilla frosting, cream cheese frosting, or even rich peanut butter frosting. Use an offset metal spatula to frost the brownies while they are still in the pan. Cut the finished dessert into bars, serve, and enjoy!

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