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Easy Fudgy Chocolate Brownies

Brownies are one of every chocolate lover’s favorite desserts. Sure, you can buy a boxed mix, but did you know they are surprisingly easy to make from scratch? We think baking homemade brownies is easy as pie – except easier! All you need to get started is a few pantry staples, a mixing bowl and a hand mixer.

When the brownies are finished, you can serve them as-is for a lush, fudgy treat, or you can decorate them for a burst of holiday cheer. This will quickly become your go-to recipe for bake sales, potlucks, holiday parties and impromptu dessert cravings. Speaking of impromptu dessert cravings, I think it’s time to bake.

Fudgy Chocolate Brownies

Yield: Yields 16
Author: Hamilton Beach Test Kitchen


  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 package (12 oz.) semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 Tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup baking cocoa
  • 1 teaspoon salt


  1. Heat oven to 350°F. Line a 13×9-inch baking pan with nonstick foil or spray a foil-lined pan with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. In a large microwavable bowl, microwave the butter and chocolate chips on medium power for 2 minutes or until butter is melted and chips are shiny.
  3. With a hand mixer, beat chocolate mixture on medium until blended, about 1 minute. Add sugar and continue to beat on high until mixture is lighter in color.
  4. Add eggs and vanilla to chocolate mixture. Continue to beat on medium until well blended, about 2 minutes.
  5. Reduce speed to low, add flour, baking cocoa and salt and beat until smooth, about 1 to 2 minutes.
  6. Pour mixture into prepared baking pan. Spread evenly into corners.
  7. Bake 28 to 33 minutes or until a thin layer sugar layer has formed on the top of the brownies. Cool completely on a wire rack.
  8. Lift brownies by foil edges onto cutting board. Fold back foil and cut into squares.

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