Homemade Chewy Brownies

  • These Homemade Chewy Brownies are thick, chewy and made completely from scratch. You’ll never need a box mix again!! 

    These are my go-to brownies and I make them all the time! They are thick and chewy, so easy to make and a reader favorite! My other favorite easy desserts are these No Chill Soft Chocolate Chip Cookies and No Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars.

    Top down view of brownies cut into squares.

    *Originally published September 2015. Text and recipe updated.*

    When I first created this recipe it took me a lot of recipe fails to create what I call my perfect brownie. I had several boxes to check to call these my go-to brownies!

    Homemade Brownies should be Thick and Chewy!

    Chewy brownies have a dense interior but not so dense that there isn’t any crumb. There should be a little crumb. Having thick brownies also helps them to stay chewy.

    Close up of brownies cut into squares to show crackly top.

    Ingredients:

    • Sugar: Sugar is what creates the crust on top of the brownies. So there has to be a certain amount or the crust disappears. I know 1 1/4 cups of sugar is a lot but it was the lowest amount I could use and still have the crust on top.
    • Unsweetened chocolate: These are the baking bars of chocolate sold in the baking isle. I like to use Ghirardelli but use whatever brand you prefer. Using unsweetened chocolate really amps up the chocolate flavor in these brownies.
    • Flour: I used all-purpose flour and haven’t tested these with Gluten-Free Flour. However, Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free 1 to 1 Baking Flour is a good choice. Cake flour and whole wheat flours will not work in this recipe.
    • Cocoa Powder: This is what makes these homemade brownies similar to that boxed version. Cocoa powder helps make a chewy brownie and gives it that familiar taste. I prefer using natural cocoa powder and had the best results with it.
    • Chocolate Chips: I like adding chocolate chips because what’s more fun than biting into a pocket of melted chocolate??? Use whatever % chocolate you prefer!
    • Baking Powder: My original recipe (found below the recipe card) used 1/2 teaspoon baking powder. I lowered it to 1/4 teaspoon after a lot of readers complained about the brownies being too cakey. I find using a little leavening necessary to create a little lift. Otherwise, the brownies are too dense and lose the chewiness.
    • Salt: Salt is very important in baking so don’t leave it out!
    • Eggs: Help bind everything together and also lend to the chewiness of the brownie.
    • Oil: Fat is necessary in these brownies to prevent them from drying out. And it also helps make chewy brownies.
    • Vanilla
    Brownie in hand.

    Baker’s Tips:

    This recipe has given me a lot of grief. I sometimes wish I didn’t publish it.

    What may turn out for my family may not turn out for yours and I definitely have experienced that with this recipe.

    Maybe my definition of cakey and chewy are different from a lot of yours??? When I think of cakey I think of, well, cake and I don’t consider these to have the same spongey texture of a cake.

    These are my tips for making brownies….I can’t guarantee success because unfortunately, brownies are just one of those desserts that are difficult to master.

    1. Melt the sugar/chocolate mixture just until the chocolate has melted. Don’t boil.
    2. Don’t overmix anything. Just mix until combined and that is it.
    3. Don’t overbake. It should have some moist crumbs on the toothpick when you test it. Leave the brownies in the pan and they will finish cooking.
    4. Cool your brownies completely. This is a must if you don’t want your brownies to fall apart.
    5. Also, I highly, highly recommend you get an oven thermometer. I found that my oven wasn’t completely preheated after the beeper told me it was. It was 15 degrees cooler than it needed to be. Thanks, to a thermometer I now know when my oven it at the correct temperature. And don’t think that just because you have a brand new oven that you don’t need to worry about this because mine is new too.
    Brownies stacked on one another.

    4.59 from 46 votes
    Homemade Chewy Brownies
    Prep Time
    10 mins
    Cook Time
    40 mins
    Total Time
    55 mins
     

    These Homemade Chewy Brownies are thick, chewy, fudgy and made completely from scratch. You'll never need a box mix again!!

    Course: Brownie
    Cuisine: American
    Keyword: chewy brownie
    Servings: 9 brownies
    Calories: 455 kcal
    Author: Malinda Linnebur
    Ingredients
    • cups (265g) sugar
    • ¼ cup (60ml) water
    • 2 ounces (56.5g) unsweetened chocolate, chopped into small pieces
    • ¾ cup (100g) all purpose flour
    • cup (30g) regular not dutch process unsweetened cocoa powder
    • ½ cup (45g) semi sweet chocolate chips
    • ¼ teaspoon baking powder
    • Pinch of salt
    • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
    • ½ cup (120ml) vegetable oil
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla
    Instructions
    1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (177 degrees C). Line an 8×8 or 9×9 baking pan with parchment paper or foil and lightly grease with cooking spray. Set aside.

    2. In a small saucepan combine the sugar, water and unsweetened chocolate. Cook over medium-low heat just until chocolate is melted and smooth. The sugar will not be completely dissolved. Let mixture cool slightly (about 5 min).

    3. In a large bowl add mix together the flour (spoon flour into measuring cup and level off with the back side of a knife for accurate measurement), cocoa powder (spoon cocoa powder into measuring cup and level off with the back of a knife for accurate measurement), chocolate chips, baking powder and salt. Mix until combined.

    4. Pour in the oil, eggs, and vanilla. Pour in the melted chocolate and stir just until combined. Don't overmix!! Spread evenly into prepared pan and bake for 30-40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out with SOME MOIST CRUMBS. DO NOT OVERBAKE if you want moist and chewy brownies. Cool completely before cutting.

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    Recipe Notes
    1. Overbaking will result in drier, crumbly brownies. I accidentally overbaked them once and they were very crumbly. The toothpick needs to have a few moist crumbs on it.  Some readers like to test them 5 minutes before the suggested time. 
    2. This recipe may be doubled and baked in a 9×13 pan.  You may need to add a few extra minutes to the bake time.  
    3. Nutrition facts: Since different brands of ingredients have different nutritional information, the information shown is just an estimate.
    Nutrition Facts
    Homemade Chewy Brownies
    Amount Per Serving (1 brownie)
    Calories 455 Calories from Fat 207
    % Daily Value*
    Fat 23g35%
    Saturated Fat 16g100%
    Cholesterol 37mg12%
    Sodium 19mg1%
    Potassium 306mg9%
    Carbohydrates 61g20%
    Fiber 5g21%
    Sugar 37g41%
    Protein 6g12%
    Vitamin A 60IU1%
    Calcium 39mg4%
    Iron 4.2mg23%
    * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Since different brands of ingredients have different nutritional information, the information shown is just an estimate.

    Original Recipe

    1 1/4 cups sugar
    1/4 cup water
    1 ounce unsweetened chocolate, chopped into small pieces
    3/4 cup all purpose flour
    1/3 cup cocoa powder (dark or regular)
    2 large eggs, lightly beaten
    1/2 cup vegetable oil
    1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
    1/2 teaspoon baking powder
    Pinch of salt
    1/3 cup semi sweet chocolate chips

    1.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line an 8×8 or 9×9 baking pan with parchment paper or foil, lightly spray with cooking spray. Set aside.
    2. In a small saucepan combine the sugar, water and unsweetened chocolate. Cook over medium low heat until chocolate is melted and smooth (about 5 min) Let cool slightly.
    3. In a large bowl add in the flour, cocoa powder, eggs, oil, vanilla, baking powder, salt and chocolate chips. Pour in the melted chocolate and stir all just until combined. Don’t overmix!! Spread evenly into prepared pan and bake anywhere from 25-40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out with SOME MOIST CRUMBS. DO NOT OVERBAKE if you want moist and chewy brownies. Cool completely before cutting.
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