Calling all brownie lovers! You need these quick and easy brownies in your life ASAP! Quick and easy brownies that you can make in one bowl. The brownies are thick and fudgy and loaded with chocolate!
Why you should make brownies at home?
Hey friends! It's Kristine from Kristine in between again - just stopping by with a new recipe for you. I hope you're sitting down though, because it's NOT a cookie recipe! I have something even better for you this week - a homemade, from scratch, quick and easy brownie recipe!
To be completely honest, I was never a huge brownie fan; I much preferred a good sugar cookie (as you know), but one day last week I got a wild hair to make a really good from-scratch brownie. I dunno why, but I've never done it before!
So I gathered up some ingredients and got to work. The first batch I made wasn't exactly what I was looking for. The brownies were thick, but cake-like and had very little chew. Bummer.
I wasn't about to give up that easily though, so as I sat at the kitchen table chomping away on my not-so-perfect brownies, which were still completely delicious, I brainstormed some new ideas.
What makes this quick and easy Brownies recipe so amazing?
I adjusted a few things with my previous recipe idea, added in some extra chocolate, strapped on my apron and went at it again. This time, I just knew I had a winner.
And I was right. When I pulled the brownies out of the oven, they were perfect. The center was slightly puffed up from baking and the edges were cracked and crispy. As the brownies began to cool off, the center fell and created the most delightful wrinkled brownie top you've ever seen!
The brownies themselves are the perfect chewy texture (win), and the centers of each brownie are super fudgy (also a win), and with the addition of the chocolate chunks, the brownies are super-duper chocolatey (biggest win yet).
How to make Quick and Easy Brownies?
- These brownies can be made in one bowl.
- You can using baking chocolate or chocolate chips, whatever you have handy works great!
- You want to make sure to line the baking pan with foil. It makes slicing and serving (as well as cleanup) a breeze.
- You want to avoid over-baking these brownies, 30-32 minutes TOPS will do ya. The top of the brownies should be slightly puffed up at the end.
- They are very fudgy, so they slice the best if they are completely cool, so try to resist the temptation to cut right into them - it gets messy!
- You can double the recipe and bake them in a 9 x 13 size pan if you need more.
And now time for that recipe...
Quick & Easy Brownies Recipe
- ¼ cup unsalted butter melted and set aside
- ⅓ cup flour
- ½ cup sugar
- 2 TBS + 2 tsp unsweetened cocoa powder
- ⅛ tsp sea salt
- ⅛ tsp baking powder
- 1 egg
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- ¼ cup milk chocolate chips melted smooth
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line a loaf pan with parchment paper or aluminum foil.
- Melt butter in a small dish in the microwave and set aside to cool slightly.
- ¼ cup unsalted butter, melted and set aside
- In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, cocoa powder, sea salt, and baking powder.
- ⅓ cup flour,½ cup sugar,2 TBS + 2 tsp unsweetened cocoa powder,⅛ tsp sea salt,⅛ tsp baking powder
- Add egg and vanilla and stir.
- 1 egg,1 tsp vanilla extract
- Add melted butter and mix until smooth.
- Fold in melted chocolate and stir until just combined.
- ¼ cup milk chocolate chips, melted smooth
- Pour batter into a prepared loaf pan and bake for 20-22 minutes, rotating halfway through. Brownies will puff up slightly as they bake, but the top will fall when they are done.
- Allow brownies to cool in the pan for 15-30 minutes. Lift out of the pan, slice, and serve.
- Store brownies in an airtight container for 3-4 days or freeze.
How do you make brownies cook faster?
Increasing the oven temperature by 25°F or 30°F can help brownies cook faster. However, be cautious as too high of a temperature can result in burned edges and a raw center.
Use a metal baking dish. A metal baking dish may conduct heat better and result in faster cooking than a glass dish.
What is the secret to moist brownies?
Don't overbake! Overbaking brownies can cause them to become dry and lose moisture.
To avoid this, bake the brownies until the edges are set, but the center still appears slightly undercooked. A toothpick inserted in the center should come out with moist crumbs, but not wet batter.
Another way to keep your brownies moist is to add ingredients that help retain moisture, such as sour cream, yogurt, or applesauce. These ingredients add moisture without adding too much fat.
What are the three types of brownies?
The three main types of brownies are:
Fudgy Brownies: These brownies have a dense, moist, and rich texture. Fudgy brownies have a more chocolatey taste and are often slightly underbaked to maintain their gooey texture.
Cakey Brownies: These brownies have a lighter and fluffier texture, similar to a cake. Cakey brownies are less dense than fudgy brownies and have a slightly drier texture.
Chewy Brownies: These brownies have a combination of both fudgy and cakey textures, with a crispy crust and a chewy center.