A perfect crinkly top, a super fudgy center, and extra chocolatey… these brownies are absolute perfection.

Homemade brownies are easy to make with just one bowl and a handful of ingredients. These come out so rich and are incredibly decadent. 

Simple perfection… and they’re so good no frosting is needed.

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Death by Chocolate Brownies? There’s nothing better! Super rich and fudgy, these morsels are what brownie dreams are made of.

A Perfect Brownie Recipe

If you’re looking for the best brownie recipe, I’ve found it. This recipe is decadent & rich and was created and perfected by Dorothy, the creator of Crazy for Crust.

  • One bowl means quick prep time and easy cleanup.
  • Uses ingredients I have on hand meaning I can whip them any time!
  • They’re so moist there is no need for frosting or icing, simply bake and enjoy.
  • Perfect with chocolate chips but you can add nuts or your own favorite add-ins.

If anyone knows easy decadent desserts, it’s Dorothy. This recipe comes from her book Crazy for Cookies, Brownies, and Bars and it’s a favorite for us! The dessert recipes in this book are easy to follow, super-fast, and made from scratch.

A fudgy brownie with a crackly crust and a gooey texture.

Ingredients for Homemade Brownies

Ingredients

BROWNIE BATTER Sugar, butter, eggs, and a splash of vanilla are the foundation of any great brownie recipe and a bit of all-purpose flour holds it all together. Using both butter and a bit of oil makes these extra fudgy.

CHOCOLATE Cocoa powder combined with butter adds rich chocolate flavor and chocolate chips add even more chocolatey goodness.

THE SECRET INGREDIENT in these brownies is instant espresso powder. If you don’t have espresso powder, instant coffee powder works too (I add this to our favorite chocolate cake). Adding coffee to a chocolate dessert in a small amount doesn’t add a coffee flavor but it really enhances the flavor of the chocolate and makes it taste just a little bit richer.

VARIATIONS Add chopped nuts or swap out chocolate chips for chocolate chunks, white chocolate chips, or even mini M&Ms.

process of adding ingredients together to make Death by Chocolate Brownies

These brownies are gooey and moist, and rich with cocoa flavor.

How to Make Homemade Brownies

You’ll find these brownies in Dorothy’s book, Crazy for Cookies, Brownies, and Bars “Death by Chocolate Brownies”! They’re everything you could possibly need and want in a brownie.

  1. Combine butter, sugar, and cocoa powder per the recipe below.
  2. Stir in remaining dry ingredients and fold in chocolate chips.
  3. Spread into prepared pan & bake.

Serve them warm with a scoop of vanilla 3 Ingredient No-Churn Ice Cream, or a dollop of Whipped Cream. Or drizzle them with some Easy Caramel Sauce!

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Gift Giving Made Simple

I love this book for myself because the recipes are easy and they are delicious!

If you’re looking for a hostess gift, thank you gift, or even a gift for the dessert lover in your life, grab a copy of Crazy for Cookies, Brownies, and Bars here and pair it with a bottle of sprinkles, some fancy chocolate chips, or even a pretty baking pan.

Tips for the Best Brownies

  • For quick and easy clean-up, line the baking dish with parchment paper or foil. This also allows for you to easily remove and cut brownies by lifting them out.
  • Ensure eggs are room temperature, you can put them in a glass of warm water if you’ve forgotten to take them out early.
  • Do not overcook, brownies should be cooked until a toothpick 1-inch from the edge of the pan comes out with just a few crumbs attached. They can and should be a little bit gooey in the middle.

baked brownies in a pan

How to Cut Brownies

  • Make sure the brownies are completely cooled before cutting.
  • Line the pan with foil first, this makes the brownies easy to lift out before cutting.
  • Use a plastic knife if you have one, the brownies won’t stick to a plastic knife.
  • A regular knife can be sprayed with oil or cooking spray before cutting the brownies.

Storing Homemade Brownies

Keep brownies in a covered container at room temperature for up to 4 days. Freeze brownies in individual portions for up to 4 weeks.

Our Fave Chocolate Treats

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Homemade Brownies

These Homemade Brownies are perfectly decadent, delicious, and loaded with chocolate chips!
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 16 brownies
Author Holly Nilsson

Ingredients  

  • ½ cup butter melted
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 ⅓ cups sugar
  • cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 large eggs room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon espresso powder or instant coffee
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup flour
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips plus more for topping

Instructions 

  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a 9x9 pan with foil and coat with cooking spray.
  • Combine melted butter, oil, sugar, and cocoa powder in a large bowl. Stir until smooth.
  • Mix in the eggs, vanilla, espresso powder, and salt.
  • Slowly stir in the flour (batter should be thick) and gently fold in the chocolate chips.
  • Spread the batter into the prepared pan & top with more chocolate chips if desired.
  • Bake for 21-25 minutes or until they become glossy around the edges and a toothpick comes out clean when inserted 1-inch from the edge.
  • Let cool before cutting.

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Notes

  • For quick and easy clean-up, line the baking dish with parchment paper or foil. This also allows for you to easily remove and cut brownies by lifting them out.
  • Ensure eggs are room temperature, you can put them in a glass of warm water if you’ve forgotten to take them out early.
  • Do not overcook, brownies should be cooked until a toothpick 1-inch from the edge of the pan comes out with just a few crumbs attached. They can and should be a little bit gooey in the middle.
  • Make sure the brownies are completely cooled before cutting.
  • Line the pan with foil first, this makes the brownies easy to lift out before cutting.
  • Use a plastic knife if you have one, the brownies won’t stick to a plastic knife. A regular knife can be sprayed with oil or cooking spray before cutting the brownies.
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Nutrition Information

Calories: 227 | Carbohydrates: 28g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 36mg | Sodium: 133mg | Potassium: 135mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 21g | Vitamin A: 213IU | Calcium: 17mg | Iron: 2mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.

Course Dessert
Cuisine American

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Recipe published with permission. Kern, Dorothy. “Death by Chocolate Brownies”. Recipe. Cookies, Brownies & Bars. Quarto Publishing Group, MA. 2022. 63. Print.

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  1. these brownies were a hit. I did not have the instant coffee but instead used fresh ground dark coffee beans and added walnuts

  2. I don’t know what I did wrong. They are a gooey mess. It’s as if they aren’t done. You have to eat with a spoon. Any ideas. I followed the instructions???3 stars

    1. Hi Sheila, we bake these brownies for 21-25 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean when inserted 1-inch from the edge. Did you use a 9×9 pan? If you used something smaller, like an 8×8, they may have needed a few extra minutes. I hope this helps!

    2. Did you remember to add the flour? I myself have forgotten the flour when making cookies and realized at the end that I still needed to add it!

  3. I didn’t have any instant coffee but they turned out amazing anyway!
    I have made them three times. Making more tomorrow. I am never disappointed in your recipes. Thank you.5 stars

  4. Oh my god. These are shockingly good. Brought to a party and had everyone ask for the recipe. WILL be making this over. And over. And over!!5 stars

  5. Tried this recipe for the first time and it was amazing. Perfect crispy top with a gooey center. Loved the addition of the espresso powder in the batter. My only issue was the amount of batter. I made the recipe per the instructions and it did not seem like enough to fill my 9×9 pan and the brownies came out thinner than I would like. The next time I make this, I might use a smaller pan.5 stars

  6. ABSOLUTE BEST BROWNIES! I wanted to make these sugar free for my boyfriends family. Would I just have to use Splenda and sugar free chocolate chips? Is there anything else I should add?5 stars

    1. I haven’t tried it so I can’t say for sure but I think that should work just fine. If you try it I would love to hear how it turns out Allie!

  7. P.S. A big THANK YOU! to all of you Spend With Pennies ladies for putting together a great bunch of recipes and an easy to use site. Whenever I’m looking for something different to eat or a how-to, I come here first. Keep on rockin’ y’all !!