Recipe Exchange: Homemade Fudgy Brownies

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I teased you with an image of these delicious brownies in my parchment paper kitchen tip last week (related: Kitchen Tip: Lining Pans with Parchment). Are you ready for the recipe now? These simple from scratch brownies are one of our family’s favorite weeknight desserts.

how to line a baking pan with parchment paper

Without fail, we always have the ingredients on hand and can whip them up in a matter of minutes. I love decadent, elegant, and creative desserts. But, some evenings all I really need is a cushy place on the warm couch, a little something to watch on TV, and a fudgy chocolate brownie. Why complicate something so deliciously simple?

If you want to mix things up from the traditional, you can change up the extracts you use, add some orange zest, chopped peppermints, or any number of mix in ideas. This is the perfect bare bones brownie recipe, and it’s delicious just like this.

easy homemade fudgey brownies

I really enjoyed making this recipe with Kerrygold butter. The brownies tasted so rich and moist. If you’d like to try Kerrygold too you can participate in this recipe exchange for a chance to win an amazing gift basket!

What is your favorite recipe to use butter in? Is it a sweet one or a savory one? Come share your favorite recipe! Check out Jamie’s recipe for Holiday Recipe Exchange: Cranberry Bliss Bars.

Simplest Homemade Fudgy Brownies

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12 tablespoons Kerrygold Salted Butter
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
2/3 cup cocoa powder
1/2 - 1 teaspoon pure vanilla, orange, or peppermint extract, optional
3 large eggs
1 cup flour
A heaping 1/2 cup chocolate chunks, optional


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line an 8x8 or 9x9 square baking pan with parchment paper. Set aside.

Set a medium sized saucepan over medium-high heat and melt the butter. Next, add the granulated sugar and your choice extract. Stir well. Remove pan from heat and whisk in the cocoa powder.

In a separate bowl, lightly beat the eggs. Pour the chocolate mixture into the bowl and whisk in with the eggs until well combined. Stir in the flour and chocolate chunks, but do not beat.

Pour batter into the previously prepared baking pan. Bake at 350 degrees F for 30-40 minutes. Cool completely, or if you’re impatient like me – at least 15 minutes, on a wire rack.

Remove parchment paper (with brownies) from the pan. Peel away the parchment paper and cut the brownies into serving size pieces and store in an airtight container for up to 3 days – if they last that long!

How To Participate

For a chance to win a $150 Kerrygold Cheese and Butter Gift Basket:

  1. Write and post a recipe on your blog featuring BUTTER.
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This Week’s Prize:

$150 Kerrygold Cheese and Butter Gift Basket (1 winner), provided by Kerrygold.

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We still have three weeks open for this Holiday season. If you would like to discuss scheduling a sponsored recipe exchange please contact Katie or Jamie to discuss availability and themes.

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Katie’s lifelong interest in cooking good food has shown her that part of the goodness in life is enjoying delicious food with friends and family. She is: Mom. Writer. Photographer. Recipe Developer. Website Founder. Lover of all things good in life. A mix of great recipes, family memories, and yummy photography is what Katie serves up each week at GoodLife Eats™. Katie and her family reside in Colorado.

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  • 1
    Liz @ Blog is the New Black - December 15, 2010 @ 5:40 am

    This sounds wonderful. I def prefer fudge-like brownies to cakey ones!


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    The Blue-Eyed Bakers - December 15, 2010 @ 5:45 am

    Oh these sound just divine! Chocolate heaven! And what don’t we love with butter..!?!


  • 3
    Kristen - December 15, 2010 @ 6:11 am

    Basic brownies are my favorite!


  • 4
    lisa@smartfoodandfit - December 15, 2010 @ 7:03 am

    My kids love brownies, I never thought to add orange extract……great idea. Sounds heavenly! YUM.


  • 5
    Lindsay @ The Ketchup Diaries - December 15, 2010 @ 8:54 am

    Love homemade brownies. So much better from scratch!


  • 6
    deeba - December 16, 2010 @ 4:48 am

    These look fabulous… YUM!!


  • 7
    Robyn | Add a Pinch - December 16, 2010 @ 6:50 am

    Oh my word, Katie. These look yum, yum, yum!


  • 8
    Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction - December 16, 2010 @ 8:09 am

    These brownies look pretty fantastic!


  • 9
    piffy - December 16, 2010 @ 8:47 am

    at which part does the vanilla get added?


    • Katie Goodman

      Katie replied: — December 16th, 2010 @ 10:00 AM

      It is added with the sugar.

  • 10
    Helene - December 16, 2010 @ 9:27 am

    First time visiting your blog. Your pictures are amazing.


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    lisa - December 26, 2010 @ 9:14 pm

    can you use unsalted butter?


    • Katie Goodman

      Katie replied: — December 27th, 2010 @ 8:23 AM

      I’ve used both…whatever I have at the time. If I use unsalted then I add 1/4 teaspoon of salt to the recipe.

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    dt - December 27, 2010 @ 8:48 am

    Just baked this brownie, I added a tsp of orange concentrate and it tastes really moist and yummy…. thanks for sharing this wonderful recipe.


  • 13
    Heather - January 10, 2011 @ 3:26 pm

    I chose this recipe when looking for a made-from-scratch recipe. The brownies are delicious. Thank you!

    I used 1/2 tsp vanilla, and I sprinkled sea salt on half the brownies before baking. The salt gave them a more complex flavor, but I prefer the plain ones. This will be my go-to brownie recipe from now on.


  • 14
    stefany - February 04, 2011 @ 8:13 am

    Yesterday was my first time visiting your blog after searching for a home made brownie recipe.
    My daughter {3} and I made these brownies last night.
    Alyssa asked for “circle brownies” so I baked them in a cupcake pan and added a dollop of caramel to each. They were absolutely delicious.


  • 15
    Angie - October 06, 2011 @ 9:40 pm

    These were awesome! Found them through pinterest and made them tonight. I used a glass 8×8 pan and cooked them for 30 mins. They were perfect and gooey with a nice crust on he outside. Also I think I added more like a cup of chocolate chips. I am pregnant and measured with my eyes for that part :) lol.


  • 16
    Paradai J. - November 18, 2011 @ 12:24 am

    I followed this recipe exactly and it turned out amazing. This is my new go-to brownies from scratch. This is so much better then my current recipe. Delicious, moist, and perfect amount of chocolate.


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    Tiffany - December 23, 2011 @ 4:14 pm

    I just made this recipe for my xmas “santa hats” and can I just say it it totally awesome. Everyone is totally loving it, just gorgeous. Thank you so much and Merry Christmas! :)


  • 18
    Kelsey - March 25, 2012 @ 7:22 pm

    Just made this tonight for some guest! Super easy and everyone loved them!!


  • 19
    Sabrina - April 16, 2012 @ 10:59 am

    These sound wonderful! I don’t have a lot of experience baking and can’t quite figure out how to measure out 12 tablespoons of butter when the butter is still hard. Could you maybe give me a measurment in ounces or grams?


    • Katie Goodman

      Katie replied: — April 16th, 2012 @ 11:06 AM

      In the US butter is marked on the sticks in tablespoons. There are 8 tablespoons per stick and 1 stick is 4 ounces. So for 12 tablespoons you will need 6 ounces of butter.

  • 20
    Lisa - April 19, 2012 @ 6:40 pm

    This recipe is so easy and the brownies tasted great! I made mine with added chocolate chips and orange extract.


  • 21
    Christina - April 25, 2012 @ 12:24 am

    Made these tonight for a bible study group. I love fudgey brownies and not cake-like, so they looked good. The first batch I mixed up the steps a little, but they still turned out great. They were a bit dark-chocolatey to me, so I made a second batch and increased the sugar. I also used a teaspoon of vanilla and added walnuts. They were super easy, and a big hit with the family AND the women at bible study. Thank you!


  • 22
    Jan - July 04, 2012 @ 8:33 pm

    I doubled these and used coconut oil instead of butter. I reduced the sugar by 1/4 cup and added about 6 oz dark choc.chips. I later frosted them with the leftover Bailey’s buttercream frosting from the Guiness Bailey’s cupckaes I made last week. After a few hours in the fridge the brownies became hard, like a decadent crust and were fabulous amd better for adults than kids!


    • Amber replied: — February 10th, 2013 @ 8:52 PM

      Wow! Those sound like a good alternative to regular brownies.

  • 23
    Kara Schmitt - July 18, 2012 @ 4:10 pm

    Best brownie I’ve had so far. So fudgy and delicious! It almost killed me to eat a whole piece with all the chocolate!


  • 24
    Quirkle - July 26, 2012 @ 11:18 pm

    I had neither butter nor parchment paper. I used olive oil on the pan. I used coconut milk and olive oil instead of butter and just sort of guessed. I also added an extra egg in hope of adding more fat to compensate for no butter. I did use about 1/4th to 1/2 teaspoon sea salt also. I thought the brownies turned out quite well considering, and find this particular recipe to be very easy to alter. I look forward trying this again when I actually have all the standard ingredients!


  • 25
    Jefferson - October 07, 2012 @ 8:29 pm

    How long are we suppose to leave the butter, sugar and vanilla extract on the stove? Mine turned into what looked like butterscotch and I thought it was cooked all the way through, then I added the cocoa powder and it came out really thick, I transferred the chocolate mixture into my egg mixture and the chocolate turned rock hard. I feel really dumb at the moment but let me know what the proper procedures are, Thank you very much!


    • Katie Goodman

      Katie replied: — October 10th, 2012 @ 11:57 AM

      Just until the butter is melted. As stated in the instructions: “Set a medium sized saucepan over medium-high heat and melt the butter. Next, add the granulated sugar and your choice extract. Stir well. Remove pan from heat and whisk in the cocoa powder.

  • 26
    Stephanie - December 03, 2012 @ 8:29 pm

    Super easy and the best brownie I’ve ever had!


  • 27
    Amanda - January 05, 2013 @ 7:21 am

    I just made these. They’re the best brownies I’ve ever had!


  • 28
    Sherry - February 12, 2013 @ 8:17 am

    Does it make a difference whether you use All purpose flour or self rising flour? I am guessing that you used all purpose flour for these? Thanks : )


    • Katie Goodman

      Katie replied: — February 12th, 2013 @ 9:10 AM

      I have not tried self rising flour.

    • Sherry replied: — February 12th, 2013 @ 10:34 AM

      Thanks Katie : )

  • 29
    Jaime - February 26, 2013 @ 7:56 am

    Hi! I absolutely LOVEEE this brownie recipe-it’s so fudgy, moist and delicious! I had a question about the pan size though. I made these in an 8×8 and they came out wonderful, but I was wondering if I tried to double the recipe and use a 9×13 would it come out the same/what changes would be needed? I am making reese cup brownies with a peanut butter buttercream frosting for a work party and I wanted to use a larger pan (with this recipe!)

    Thank you!!


    • Katie Goodman

      Katie replied: — February 26th, 2013 @ 9:11 AM

      I have doubled the recipe for a 9×13 before. I usually just keep an eye on it since the baking time is different. Start with the time for the original sized recipe and then check and add additional minutes as needed

  • 30
    Grace - March 27, 2013 @ 5:39 pm

    Hi! I have a question for this recipe. I’ve been thinking about making these and it says their supposed to be fudgy brownies but I feel like the 3 eggs are going to make it cakey which I don’t want.


    • Katie Goodman

      Katie replied: — March 27th, 2013 @ 8:27 PM

      When I make them they always come out fudge. You can try decreasing the eggs if you like.

  • 31
    Kristyn - April 04, 2013 @ 8:50 am

    I made these last night and they are delicious! Thank you so much for the amazing recipe. This was the first time I’ve ever made homemade brownies (not from a mix) and they came out fantastic. I used vanilla extract, but next time might try orange or rum, I’m thinking about getting creative. Thanks again for the great recipe, my husband loved it.

    PS. We actually thought they were even better completely cooled than they are slightly warm, so we’re definitely taking your advice to cool them completely next time!


  • 32
    Erika - April 09, 2013 @ 6:46 pm

    I made these the other day with what I had. I am a peanut butter mixed with chocolate lover so I couldn’t resist. I made the brownie part with 4oz butter & 2oz coconut oil, also lining the pan w/ coconut oil then flour b/c I didn’t have parchment paper, then I poured them in the pan & let them sit as I preheated the oven and made peanut butter cookies from scratch as well to blop on top of the brownies & marble in, making cutting motions in opposite directions into the brownie mix. I baked them @ 350 F for 45min and I swear they get better as the days go by. When the were still warm thought nothing special I just won’t bake them for others. Then as soon as they were room temp they were delicious and now the next day they’re better


  • 33
    Paige - April 10, 2013 @ 4:35 pm

    I wanted to make these for my family this weekend and was wondering if you use unsweetened cocoa? I have never made homemade brownies and I love to bake!! I hope mine turn out as gorgeous as yours look!! Thanks:)


    • Katie Goodman

      Katie replied: — April 11th, 2013 @ 8:31 PM

      Yes, I use unsweetened cocoa.

  • 34
    Elizabeth - August 16, 2013 @ 8:19 am

    This is very simple and my family loves chocolate. I always need a chocolate fix with a nice cold glass of milk. Thanks for sharing I will definitely try this!


  • 35
    Janine PAul - November 11, 2013 @ 12:02 pm

    I was looking for a brownie recipe, something simple, for a family dinner party about 2 weeks ago. I made them the first time without parchment paper becuase I didn’t have any. They were amazing, I just trimmed off the edges a little becuase they got a lil hard. The second time, I picked up the parchment paper and they were amzing. I’ve made them twice this month, and am planning on making them for our Christmas luncheon at work. Easy and delicius! I added some choc chips both times,and walnuts just this weekends batch. I got rave reviews, I would def recommend these! Thanks for sharing! Great tip on the parchment!


  • 36
    Paula B. - January 31, 2014 @ 8:22 am

    I made these two nights ago, let them cool in the parchment lined pan overnight, and cutting them in the morning was so easy. I think next time I will only bake for twenty eight minutes, at thirty they were done and about to harden on the sides. What a tasty, dense brownie, good-sized, too. These would be great with any add-ins, maybe white chips and milk chocolate, I used semi-sweet this time and should have used more! Funny thing is, I kept some in the refrigerator and I think they are yummier now and still moist. Good to know this recipe can be made a few days ahead. I may add a dash of espresso powder next time… putting this recipe in my regular dessert rotation, thanks so much.


  • 37
    lauren - February 14, 2014 @ 7:13 pm

    I made these tonight. Fantastic!


  • 38
    crystsl - May 08, 2014 @ 1:01 am

    We’re in China with no oven so I tried these in our rice cooker ~fantastic!!!!


  • 39
    Shanty C - November 06, 2014 @ 6:41 am

    I found this recipe yesterday and i made it today , can’t wait too long


  • 40
    ayudiahrespatih - July 26, 2015 @ 6:27 am

    I love brownies! And this is simply and mouthwatering recipe…thanks:)


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