Easy Homemade Fudgy Brownies

Easy Homemade Fudgy Brownies are the perfect quick dessert to whip up at home. They only take a few minutes and totally satisfy your chocolate cravings. Just like the recipe promises, they’re easy! Plus, I bet you have all the ingredients on hand.

Easy Homemade Fudgy Brownies

Sometimes I really cannot believe I’ve been blogging long enough to dig up an old recipe for updating and see that it was published in 2010…and that isn’t even the the oldest thing on the site.

Well, this recipe for Easy Homemade Fudgy Brownies is one that has been around a while and it is something we still make at home all the time. In fact, I’ve even had several family members tell me that this is their go-to brownie recipe. My mom has made it so often that she apparently has it memorized (even I still reference my site when I’m making recipes I’ve previously published).

I know that it is January and we are all about the healthy eating and the exercising and the not eating dessert. I get it. That is totally me too. Remember? I just shared that recipe for Black Bean, Sweet Potato and Chicken Lettuce Wraps to help you satisfy your Taco Tuesday cravings in a healthier way?

Also? Today I went to water aerobics. I had salad for lunch. Kevin and I only ate out twice last weekend when the kids were gone: we had Gyros for lunch when he got home from the airport and we went to lunch with friends to watch a football game. Other than that it was healthy dinners at home.

But, I have to share a story about this Easy Homemade Fudgy Brownies recipe that I posted on Instagram last week….

Logan is in Home Ec this term. *proud mom moment*

I’ve been informed that it is actually called “Family Consumer Sciences.”

He is most excited about the cooking part. He has been asking me for the past week or so if he could cook something by himself (rather than just assisting me), every day I had a reason for saying “no,” like it’s 10 minutes till dinner or 20 minutes to bedtime.

Last week during a snow day an hour before he goes to his dad’s he asked again and I said “ok, how about brownies from my blog? You love them and now you can learn how to make them, plus they’re easy!”

(Seriously, did I mention that this recipe is EASY? These brownies also only require 1 pan to prepare them. ONE.

how to line a baking pan with parchment paper

I cannot tell you how much this means to me after all the years struggling with him being literally the pickiest child I had ever met. He eats pretty much any dinner I make now, though I don’t cook fancy for the kids, and usually is at least curious and sometimes interested to try new things. He likes asparagus and Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Bacon and Balsamic. He likes steak and pork, salmon, and turkey, and chicken (especially Easy Honey Mustard Baked Chicken).

There was a time I didn’t think I could get him to even taste meat to see if he would like it. No exaggeration. The rest of my family will confirm it as they are just as amazed as I am that FINALLY Logan is eating. I think Logan is pretty amazed himself!

To see him interested, excited, willing to taste and learn is more than I thought I’d ever see. Oh and he watches Food Network more than me, especially things like Chopped, Cupcake Wars, and Cooks or Cons. They will round out the Home Ec (Excuse me….Family Consumer Sciences) term with a classroom Cupcake Wars competition – he’s so excited! He’s grilling me all the time about what type of cupcakes he should make and PLEASE MOM CAN WE PRACTICE?!

There is a little bit of uncertainty about what the guidelines for said cupcake wars are. I asked him if they were supposed to bake from scratch, because after all they only have one classroom period (which is like less than an hour) to complete the project. He said he thought they were supposed to use a box mix.

That honestly baffled me a little because…hello? we are in a class learning how to cook, why not learn how to cook instead of how to open a box? I jokingly told him that no son of mine is going to make cupcakes from a box!! We all had a laugh.

Seriously though. I am so proud and so happy after all the crazy pickiest eater in the world stuff that we’ve been through. So, even though it is January and it is resolutions season and eating healthy time…here is an awesome brownie recipe. It is ok if you eat a small one. Just don’t eat the whole pan.

easy homemade fudgey brownies

Updated from the archives. Original post from December 15, 2010 follows: 

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.

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, nuts, chopped caramel bits, or any number of mix in ideas. This is the perfect bare bones brownie recipe, and it’s delicious just like this.

Simplest Homemade Fudgy Brownies

Prep Time: 5 - 10 minutes

Cook Time: 25 - 35 minutes

Easy Homemade Fudgy Brownies are the perfect quick dessert to whip up at home. They only take a few minutes and totally satisfy your chocolate cravings. Just like the recipe promises, they're easy! Plus, I bet you have all the ingredients on hand.

Ingredients:

  • 12 tablespoons Salted Butter
  • 1 1/2 cups Granulated Sugar
  • 2/3 cup Cocoa Powder
  • 1/2 - 1 teaspoon Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 3 large Eggs
  • 1 cup Flour
  • A heaping 1/2 cup chocolate chunks, optional

Directions:

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 heat and melt the butter. Next, add the granulated sugar and vanilla. Stir well with a wire whisk. Then, whisk in the cocoa powder. Remove from heat.

Add the eggs, one and a time, whisking between each addition until the eggs are fully combined. Add the flour and stir well with a wooden spoon until the flour is fully incorporated, but do not beat. Add the chocolate chunks and stir gently to fold them into the batter.

Pour batter into the previously prepared baking pan. Bake at 350 degrees F for 25 - 35 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.

Notes:

Store completely cooled brownies in an airtight container for up to 3 days – if they last that long!

This post was originally part of a fun, holiday recipe exchange post series. Butter was the theme of the post. 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.

The Kerry Gold Butter gift basket giveaway that was paired with the original post has been removed as the giveaway is no longer active.