Easy Chocolate Brownies (That Taste Amazing!)

My recipe for easy homemade chocolate brownies that taste absolutely amazing. Includes step-by-step pictures.

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Homemade chocolate brownies cut into squares and arranged in rows. You can see the crisp, shiny top and gooey centre.

I’ve recently been looking back through my recipe index and I realised that there are quite a few basic baking recipes missing that really should be there. To rectify this I’ve decided to go on a bit of a mission to fill the gaps.

Today’s recipe is a classic chocolate brownie recipe which is easy to make. It gives you delicious brownies that are crisp on top and gooey on the inside. They’re a family favourite and Daniel (my 7 year old) told me if they sold these in coffee shops then it would be all he’d ever order 🙂

Looking down on a batch of easy homemade chocolate brownies cut into squares and arranged randomly on a white background.

What’s the secret to perfect chocolate brownies

I think the most important step in creating perfect chocolate brownies is making sure the egg and sugar mixture are whisked enough that they thicken before you fold in the chocolate (step 3 in the recipe). This is what gives the brownies their distinctive crispy top. It’s almost like a thin layer of chocolatey meringue above the gooey brownie centre.

Another important tip is to ensure that you don’t over-bake the brownies. You want to take them out of the oven when the edges are just starting to pull in from the sides of the tin. If you insert a skewer it should have a few crumbs sticking to it (unlike cake where you want it to come out clean). Don’t worry if you do accidentally overcook them, you’ll have delicious chocolate cake slices instead!

My final tip for brownie success is to let them cool in the tin. The brownies are very soft when they first come out of the oven and if you try and remove them too soon you may well find that they crumble. Leaving them for an hour or so to cool before removing them will allow them to firm up.

A batch of homemade chocolate brownies. Some on the table top, some cooling on a rack and some still in the tin in the background.

Introducing step-by-step images for my recipes

I recently did a poll on my Instagram stories asking whether people like to see step-by-step pictures on recipes and the overwhelming response was “Yes”. I listened and I’ve added some extra images to the recipe to show what everything should look like at each stage.

I’d love to know what you think… helpful? not helpful? are there other images you think it would be useful to see?

Let me know in the comments.

If they’re something you’re all finding useful then I’ll look to add them to more of my recipes in future.

Homemade chocolate brownies cut into squares and arranged in rows. You can see the crisp, shiny top and gooey centre.
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Easy Chocolate Brownies

My recipe for easy homemade chocolate brownies that taste absolutely amazing.
Active Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 12 brownies (or 48 brownie bites)

Ingredients

  • 3 medium eggs
  • 200 g unsalted butter
  • 200 g milk chocolate
  • 30 g cocoa powder
  • 100 g self-raising flour
  • 250 g soft light brown sugar

Instructions

  • Pre-heat your oven to 170ºC/150ºC fan. Line a 20x30cm baking tray with greaseproof paper.
  • Melt your butter (200g) and milk chocolate (200g). I prefer to melt mine in a saucepan over a very low heat, stirring constantly to ensure that it doesn’t burn and the butter and chocolate combine. Alternatively you can also melt them in the microwave (about 1½-2 minutes) or using a bain marie. Once your butter and chocolate have melted pour them into a different bowl to cool. They must be fully cooled before they are added to the other ingredients.
    Chocolate brownies steps 1 and 2 of the recipe. Lined baking tray and melted chocolate.
  • Whisk your eggs (3 medium eggs) until they are pale in colour. Add the soft light brown sugar (250g) and whisk until the eggs and butter are fully combined and have thickened (you’ll know they’re ready when you lift out the whisk and the drips leave a trail that takes a few moments to disappear).
  • Add the chocolate and butter mixture (it must be cooled!) and fold it into the egg mixture taking care not to knock out the air.
    Chocolate brownies recipe steps 3 & 4. Eggs whisked with brown sugar. Melted chocolate folded into the egg mixture.
  • Sift your self-raising flour (100g) and cocoa powder (30g) into the mixture and fold everything together. Stop folding as soon as they are combined to avoid overmixing.
  • Pour the mixture into your prepared tin and smooth with a palette knife or the back of a spoon.
    Chocolate brownies recipe steps 5 & 6. Flour and cocoa folded into the other ingredients. Mixture spread into the baking tray.
  • Cook for 30-35 minutes until the edges of the brownies are just starting to come away from the sides of the tin.
  • Remove your brownies from the oven and leave to cool in the tin. Once cool remove them from the tin and cut them into 12 pieces (or 48 pieces if you’re making mini brownies). You can trim the edges if you want them a bit neater.
    Chocolate brownies recipes steps 7 & 8. Brownies fresh from the oven with a shiny top and cracks.

Notes

In addition to the total time shown at the top of the recipe you'll also need to leave an additional hour or so for the brownies to cool in the tin before removing them.
These brownies taste delicious on the day they're made and even better the next day! They'll keep for a few days in an airtight container.
Have you tried this recipe? Please leave a comment and rating at the bottom of the page to let others know what you thought.

Cuisine: American
Have you tried this recipe?Please leave a comment and rating at the bottom of the page to let others know what you thought.

Nutritional Information

Calories: 334kcal | Carbohydrates: 38g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Cholesterol: 76mg | Sodium: 26mg | Potassium: 141mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 28g | Vitamin A: 9.5% | Calcium: 3.6% | Iron: 6.8%
Any nutritional information shown is the estimated nutritional information per serving. Please refer to my guide to Charlotte’s Lively Kitchen nutritional information if you want to learn more about how this is calculated.

Free From/Suitable For…

The ingredients I used to make this recipe are all free from the following allergens. However, please check any labels carefully for allergens you need to avoid as brands can vary and product recipes can change over time.

  • Suitable for Vegetarians
  • Tree Nut-Free
  • Peanut-Free
  • Sesame-Free
  • Sulphur Dioxide & Sulphite-Free
  • Fish-Free
  • Crustacean-Free
  • Mollusc-Free
  • Celery-Free
  • Mustard-Free
  • Lupin-Free

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14 Comments:

  1. Been looking for a good brownie recipe for ages. This was very easy to make and tasted delicious.. Made some for my grandaughter, she took them to school to share with her friends who thoroughly enjoyed them. Came back with an empty tin!!

  2. Gorgeous brownies, as some of the comments below have said perfectly chewy in the middle and crisp outside. Delicious

  3. hi can i use margerine or a spread instead of butter

  4. Christine Macleod

    I made these yesterday for an outing today and the box came back empty. My son said they were Brownie-licious. I am not a chocolate brownie fan but I will be making them again, a definite winner with me and everyone else.

  5. Hi Charlotte! I made the brownies today but they seem a bit greasy. Is there a reason for that? Was the butter mixture not folded in enough?

    • Charlotte Oates

      I’m not too sure as I’ve not had that problem. It may well be that the butter was the problem as it may “leak out” during cooking if it hasn’t been combined fully.

  6. I tried this recipe, I love it. For the first time I tried a a recipe that came out like it described. Chewy in the middle and nice meringue crust.

    Only thing which I will alter is reducing the sugar a bit – for me it was too sweet. Either than that was yum!

  7. I absolutely love these, I can’t stop eating them. They’re so soft and chewy in the middle. I made them to take to work as part of my lunch each day, but I’m not sure if there are going to be any left…

  8. Want to give these a go, they look so good! Quick question though – will using large eggs make much of a difference?

    • I’ve not tried it with large eggs but the recipe should work. If you want to be completely confident then crack 3 eggs into a separate bowl, beat lightly to mix the white and the yolk and then weight out 150g to use in the brownies.

  9. Hi Charlotte – I made these at the weekend and they turned out great. Really gooey in the middle which I love. I think the pictures really help as you get an idea of how it should look, although I have also liked your videos on other recipes.

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