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Do You Have a Go-To Brownie Recipe? Here’s Mine.

I’m of the persuasion that everyone needs a go-to brownie recipe. Those fudgy squares of delight are all-occasion–and for all ages.

So today, I’m sharing my beloved brownie recipe.

This is a one-bowl, one-whisk dessert that I can make from pantry ingredients and get into the oven in 10 minutes flat.

A stack of one-bowl, all-occasion fudgy brownies. Recipe at

Even the cleanup is easy. So, when the kids tell me–at the last minute–they need a treat for a school bake sale, I can bake these brownies even on a busy workday.

Celebration Brownies

We’ve had so many celebrations already this spring–from birthdays, to community potlucks to Cinco de Mayo–I’ve had a lot of reasons to bake. And brownies always seem to fit the bill.

This recipe can go in so many directions. Baked in colorful cupcake liners, it makes enough for a class birthday party. Like dark chocolate? Use it in place of semi-sweet.

I love to jazz up the basic recipe with all manner of add ins. Mini-marshmallows and mini-chocolate chips for kid parties. Cocao nibs for bittersweet adult dessert. Or a splash of mint extract for the holidays.

{For even more ideas, from fanciful to a bit crazy yet creative, check out this Food52 12 Ways to Glam Up Your Brownies post.}

A sheet pan of one-bowl, all-occasion fudgy brownies. Recipe at

A scoop of ice cream and some hot fudge sauce turns the brownie into a deluxe dessert. {I’d take it over cake and ice cream anytime, in fact.}

For a Cinco de Mayo party tonight, I added cinnamon and just enough cayenne to bring another flavor dimension to this classic fudgy brownie.

Happy Friday! Happy weekend! Happy Cinco de Mayo!


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All-Occasion Fudgy Brownies

This is my go-to fudgy one-bowl brownie recipe. I've included some of my favorite variations to try so you can serve homemade brownies for the many occasions in your life. 
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 12 large brownies
Author Lynne


  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter pastured
  • 2 cups (14 ounces) granulated sugar
  • 2 ounces chopped dark chocolate or semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 4 large eggs pasture raised
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 3/4 cup (2 1/4 ounces) cocoa powder, regular or dark natural or Dutch process
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 cup (4 1/4 ounces) all-purpose flour

For Mexican Brownies:

  • 1 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne or up to 1/2 teaspoon for extra-spicy

For Birthday Party Brownies:

  • 1 cup mini chocolate chips
  • 1 cup mini marshmallows

For Mint Brownies:

  • 1/2 teaspoon mint extract

For cocao nib brownies:

  • 1 cup cocao nibs


  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F with the rack in the upper part of the oven. Line a 9X13-inch baking pan with parchment paper and grease lightly.
  • Fill a skillet with 1 inch of water and bring it to a simmer over medium heat. Place the butter into a metal bowl and place the bowl in the skillet until the butter melts. 
  • Remove the bowl from the heat and whisk in the sugar. Return the bowl to the heat for 2 minutes and whisk until the butter and sugar are well blended and shiny.
  • Remove the bowl from the heat and whisk in the chocolate until it melts. Add the eggs and vanilla. The batter will be very thick and shiny. 
  • Add the cocoa powder and whisk to blend well. Add baking powder, salt and flour and stir until blended.
  • To make any of the add-in variations, mix in the ingredients just until incorporated.
  • Bake the brownies until a skewer inserted into the center comes out clean, 25 to 30 minutes. Transfer to a rack and cool to lukewarm before slicing.


  1. 5 stars
    Awesome…being able to make it this quick means making it more often. Easy desserts that are so delicious are a win in my books.

    1. Thanks, Gloria! Oh, how we depend on quick and delicious!

  2. 5 stars
    You have me craving brownies now! This will be perfect with my late night tea before bed. Thanks for sharing Lynne!

    1. I think I crave brownies daily, Fred! Thanks.

  3. 4 stars
    I love homemade brownies! I have actually never made them from scratch before – shameful, I know. I’m not much of a dessert baker, but these look easy and delicious. I could totally make these.

    1. They are so good, right? My husband is not a baker and he makes brownies all the time. Hope you give it a try, Nicole!

  4. Many ways to make brownie for different events, great idea! A classical made with many little twists!

    1. Thanks, Marie-Pierre. I’ve never met anyone who didn’t like a good brownie.

  5. 5 stars
    I love all your combinations – its so much fun to experiment with brownies! These look amazing – love the textural contrasts.

    1. It is great to have a base recipe you know works and then play around with the add-ins. Thanks, Nicole!

  6. 5 stars
    I haven’t made brownies in forever! This recipe looks fantastic!

    1. It had been a while for me, too, Sarah, and now I’ve made these 4 times for all kinds of events. 10 minutes to the oven! Thanks!

  7. I actually don’t have a go-to recipe for brownies, but yours sound incredible! That texture looks perfect and it doesn’t get much better than one bowl and one whisk. My kids would love making this with me.

    1. It’s a great recipe to get your kids involved in, Tara. Thanks!

  8. 5 stars
    These look amazing! My go-to brownie recipes are Connie’ s PMS Brownies from Connie Weiss book Extreme Brownies and Thomas Keller’s Ad Hoc Brownies.

    1. I’m going to have to look those brownie recipes up, Jacquee! Thanks.

  9. 5 stars
    I love how versatile this brownie recipe is. I really need to make some proper brownies soon… I usually make beetroot brownies but do not have any tried and tested recipe for regular ones, thanks for the tip!

    1. Thanks, Margot. I love desserts with beets, too, but never made a beet brownie. (I’ve got a winner chocolate beet cake recipe on the blog.) I’d love to see your recipe.

  10. All occasion is right. I wish I could make these everyday to have them in the house at all times!

    1. Roger that.

  11. 5 stars
    I DO have go-to brownies, but mine are not one whisk, one dish. Pinning for later! 🙂

    1. Keep me posted, Danielle :)!

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