- 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter
- 2 cups granulated sugar
- 4 large eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup chocolate chips or chopped chocolate (optional)
- Nuts, such as walnuts or pecans (optional)
1.Preheat the Oven:
Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C).
Grease a 9×13-inch baking pan or line it with parchment paper.
2.Melt the Butter:
In a microwave-safe bowl or on the stovetop, melt the butter until it’s fully liquid.
3.Combine Sugar and Eggs:
In a large mixing bowl, combine the granulated sugar and eggs.
Beat them together until well combined and slightly fluffy.
4.Add Vanilla Extract:
Stir in the vanilla extract into the sugar and egg mixture. Mix well.
5.Incorporate Dry Ingredients:
In a separate bowl, sift together the all-purpose flour, cocoa powder, and salt.
Gradually add these dry ingredients to the wet ingredients, stirring until just combined.
Be careful not to overmix.
6.Add Chocolate Chips and Nuts:
Fold in the chocolate chips or chopped chocolate and nuts (if using).
This step adds extra texture and richness to the brownies.
7.Transfer to Baking Pan:
Pour the brownie batter into the prepared baking pan, spreading it evenly with a spatula.
Bake in the preheated oven for approximately 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out with a few moist crumbs.
Be cautious not to overbake; a slightly gooey center is desirable for fudgy brownies.
Allow the brownies to cool completely in the pan on a wire rack.
This helps them set and makes for easier cutting.
10.Cut and Serve:
Once cooled, cut the brownies into squares or rectangles.
You can dust them with powdered sugar, add a scoop of ice cream, or enjoy them as is.
Store the brownies in an airtight container at room temperature for up to a week or refrigerate for longer shelf life.
12.Optional: Customize Your Brownies:
Get creative by adding swirls of caramel, a sprinkle of sea salt, or even a layer of cream cheese for a unique twist.
Savor the rich, chocolatey goodness of your homemade brownies with a glass of milk, a scoop of ice cream, or simply on their own!
This classic brownie recipe is sure to satisfy your chocolate cravings. Whether you prefer them gooey or cakey, these brownies are a delightful treat for any occasion. Enjoy baking and indulging in these homemade chocolaty delights!