Delicious, thick and chewy Chocolate Brownies made in just one bowl. Enjoy them plain, with a sprinkle of powdered sugar, or with chocolate frosting on top.

If you love brownies, chances are you’ll love Triple Chip Blondies or one of my mug cake recipes (chocolate and vanilla).

Two chocolate brownies stacked on top of each other with more brownies in the background.

Chocolate Brownies

You know those yummy  “lunch lady” brownies we got at school as a kid? Thick, chewy, (sometimes topped with a frosting that totally melts in your mouth)?  Well, you’re welcome, because now you can make them from home!

This easy brownie recipe is made in just one bowl with simple pantry ingredients. Enjoy them freshly baked, or top them with chocolate frosting or make them into mint brownies!

How to make easy chocolate brownies:

Start by mixing the sugar and oil in a large bowl.  Then add the eggs, but be sure to mix each egg individually.  Next stir in the cocoa powder until it’s well incorporated.

Process photos for making brownies including a clear glass bowl with sugar and oil, an egg mixed in and then cocoa powder and flour added to finish the batter.

Finally, add the salt, flour, and vanilla and stir until combined.  Bake the brownies at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.  Although it will be tempting to cut right into them, I have found that they are best after they cool completely!

Before and after photos of a 9x13 inch pan of brownies with the batter in the pan and then the baked brownies cut into squares.

Cakey vs. Fudgy Brownies

The fudgy or cake like texture of brownies is dependent on the ration of fat to flour that is in the brownies.  If you like fudgy brownies, you can make sure there is slightly more fat in the recipe.  For cake like brownies, you’ll want slightly more flour.  This chocolate brownies recipe is the perfect combination of cake-like and fudgy, resulting in thick and chewy brownies.

Brownies stacked and served on a white plate.

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An easy Fudgy Brownie recipe stacked on a plate, ready to serve.
Prep 15 minutes
Cook 30 minutes
Total 45 minutes
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For the Brownies

For the Chocolate Frosting (optional)

  • 1/2 cup butter , room temperature
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • pinch of salt
  • 2-3 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 5-6 Tablespoons milk (or half and half, or cream)


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. 
  • In a mixing bowl add sugar and oil then stir until combined.
  • Add the eggs one at a time, mixing well after each egg is added.  
  • Add cocoa powder and mix. Add salt, flour, and vanilla then stir until combined.
  • Pour batter into a greased 9x13'' baking pan and spread into an even layer.
  • Bake at 350 degrees F for 30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Allow to cool completely before frosting.

For the Frosting:

  • Cream the butter until it seems light and fluffy. 
  • Add the cocoa powder and salt and beat until well combined. 
  • Add vanilla. Alternately add powdered sugar and milk, mixing well until you reach your desired frosting consistency. 
  • Add more milk for softer frosting or more powdered sugar for firmer frosting. Spread frosting onto cooled brownies. 
  • Store in an airtight container at room temperature or in the refrigerator.


Calories: 433kcalCarbohydrates: 55gProtein: 4gFat: 23gSaturated Fat: 6gPolyunsaturated Fat: 5gMonounsaturated Fat: 12gTrans Fat: 0.3gCholesterol: 66mgSodium: 226mgPotassium: 118mgFiber: 2gSugar: 43gVitamin A: 269IUCalcium: 24mgIron: 2mg

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*I first shared this recipe in April 2015. Updated January 2019.


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Lauren Allen

Welcome! I’m Lauren, a mom of four and lover of good food. Here you’ll find easy recipes and weeknight meal ideas made with real ingredients, with step-by-step photos and videos.

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  1. 5 stars
    These were a breeze to make and the whole family loved them!! I debated about the frosting because I didn’t want to dig out my mixer, but I’m glad I did! What an easy and delicious recipe!! Thank you!

    1. We are working on getting that fixd! Thanks for bringing it to our attention. If you double or triple you will need to use additional pans!

  2. 5 stars
    I made these for a barbecue and they were delicious! Everyone just loved them. I would definitely always frost these because the top forms kind of crust on the top. The frosting hides any cracks in the crust. Also, the frosting is just too good. Make the frosting!

  3. Oh wow! These are super! From the second I saw the recipe, I knew it was going to be perfect. I tried a lot of brownies but the best recipe made everybody sick, 🤢. This is great, not so greasy, not so puffy, just perfect! By the way, I have always been a fan of thick brownies so O added 1/2 tsp of baking powder, perfection!


  4. 5 stars
    I’ve never made brownies from scratch…and now I’ll never go back to boxed brownies! I did not frost them, but used powdered sugar instead!

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