Easy From-Scratch Brownies

A Homemade Brownie Recipe From My Mom

My mom's easy homemade from scratch brownies are the absolute best in the world. They are crispy on the outside and soft, chewy, rich and fudgy on the inside. Just how a perfect brownie is supposed to be.

Easy from Scratch Brownies

Brownies… I still haven’t met one I didn’t like! I’m a huge chocolate fan, and so is most of my family. These easy from-scratch brownies though, oh these brownies!

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My Mom’s Homemade Brownies

My mom has been making these brownies for birthday parties for as long as I can remember. She would always make a pan, cut off the crispy edges, which would be eaten by my dad, and then she’d cut them into tiny squares!

adding nuts to fudgy brownie mixture in mixing bowl

To this day, when we have a family birthday and she tells me she’s bringing me something for the party, I smile because I know, it’s her brownies!

The Best Brownie Recipe in the World

OK, so at least in my world, these are the best brownies! These easy from-scratch brownies will leave you wanting more! A batch of these will never sit for long at my house, and I guarantee it won’t last long at yours!

fully mixed brownies from scratch in a mixing bowl

I remember my mom gave me the recipe for these when I was leaving for college. On one trip to Ryan’s house, I made a batch for his family and they were so impressed with the fact that they were from scratch!

close up of a tray with brownies from scratch ready to be baked

These brownies made me look good in front of my boyfriend’s family! Hmm, that may be why he married me!

My mom always puts walnuts in them, and that’s exactly how I make them. I love walnuts, and so do my hubby and most of my kids. You can certainly leave the walnuts out if you’d like, but I highly recommend them!

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Perfect Crispy Edges and a Soft Center

The edges always come out crispy and the center soft and delicious.

The trick?

Use a good quality baking pan. My mom used to bake them in a metal pan that looked like the one I use. I always use my Rachel Ray pan and they come out perfect. The two silicone handles on the sides are always cool to the touch making for easy handling without the need for oven mitts.

overhead shot of fudgy brownies from scratch

I spray the pan with PAM coconut oil before pouring the batter in so the brownies are always very easy to take out of the pan.

The Secret to Perfect Brownie Squares

So here’s the deal.

To have perfect, pretty brownie squares, use a good, sharp knife to cut them. I use my Pioneer Woman knife and the edges come out clean. I love this set of knives because well, they’re aqua, they’re high quality, and they’re affordable!

You certainly don’t need to use the same knife as me but use a sharp knife. Don’t use a butter knife. It makes such a difference.

cutting up pieces of brownies with a knife

It also helps to let them cool before you cut them. I know it’s hard not to eat them right out of the oven, but try!

This is, of course, if you’ll be serving them at a party or get-together. If they’re just for you, have them as you wish!

overhead shot of sliced brownies in a baking dish

Quick, Easy & Delicious Homemade Brownies

These brownies are always a hit! The ingredients are easy to have on hand, and the preparation takes no time at all. Don’t let the fact that they’re from scratch scare you! So easy to make and so worth it!

brownie slices on a floral designed plate

Try making these easy from-scratch brownies and let me know what you think! I’m thinking as I’m writing this and seeing the pictures of the brownies, I may have to go downstairs and make another batch! If you love these brownies, make sure to try my Easter Brownies as well!

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Easy From Scratch Brownies

HOMEMADE BROWNIES MADE WITH COCOA POWDER AND WALNUTS

4.59 from 12 votes
Servings
15 brownies
DifficultyEasy
Cooking Method(s)
  • Baking
Oven Temp325°
Prep Time
10 minutes
Cook Time
40 minutes
Total Time
50 minutes
Recipe by: Valerie Cooper
Crispy on the outside and soft, chewy, rich and fudgy on the inside, these are the perfect brownies.
Easy from Scratch Brownies

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Pre-heat oven to 325° F.
  • Melt the butter and mix in the cocoa powder.
  • In a separate bowl mix together the sugar, eggs, flour, vanilla extract, and salt.
  • Add the two mixtures together and mix well.
  • Mix in the nuts.
  • Pour into a greased 9×13 pan.
  • Bake on the middle rack for 40 minutes.

Nutrition Facts

Serving: 1brownie | Calories: 341kcal | Carbohydrates: 36g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 76mg | Sodium: 97mg | Potassium: 120mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 27g | Vitamin A: 440IU | Vitamin C: 0.2mg | Calcium: 26mg | Iron: 1.3mg
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4 thoughts on “Easy From-Scratch Brownies”

  1. I’ll definitely try this recipe. love made from scratch brownies! And so far every single one of your recipes I’ve made Has been PERRRRFECT. Thank you Valerie!

  2. Saying two bars of butter is not helpful to those of us whose butter doesn’t come packaged in bars. How much butter is in a single bar? Thanks.

    1. Hi Brenda! It should say “sticks” of butter. One stick of butter is 8tbs or 1/2 cup. You need 2 of them, so 16tbs or 1 cup.

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