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How to Make Brownies


Originally from northern Louisiana, I now live in the southern part. I have many great country, Cajun, and New Orleans recipes to share.


Easy Brownie Recipes and More

If you are a chocoholic like us, then you'll love these chocolate brownie recipes. I've included several different recipes for the cake brownie and the fudge brownie people and easy recipes for beginners as well as start from scratch ones for the more experienced bakers.

You'll also find helpful items like special brownie pans and cook books. We even found a great video that demonstrates the whole process from beginning to end. I bet you'll want to rush into the kitchen and whip up a batch of brownies as soon as you finish reading. Have fun and enjoy!

Brownie picture is GNU Documentation

Sugar, Sugar - The Archies

Sing along with Archie and the Gang while you check out the brownie recipes!

Brownies, the Easy Way or Hard Way?

Of course, the easiest (but not the most delicious) way to make brownies is to go to your local grocery, buy a box of mix and follow the directions. In 30 minutes or more you'll have brownies, but they just won't taste like your Mom's (unless that's how she made them). Since I feel that I am a connoisseur of fine brownies, I will provide you with several recipes. Some are very easy and some, like the ones made with real unsweetened chocolate, are a little more difficult, but not too hard. Heck, I made them using the "hard" recipe when I was 10 years old and was working on my "Baking" 4-H project! That's when I first got hooked on Brownies.

There are many different types of Brownies. Some people like "cake-like" ones and others want more fudge-like brownies. My husband and I belong to the fudge brownie troop. The more gooey, the better. Some people have to have icing, while others like them plain. Others like nuts added to the recipe. Once you decide whether you belong to the cake troop or the fudge troop and pick the proper recipe, then the extras can be added as you go along.


    • Always preheat the oven.

    • Don't forget to grease the pan.

    • Stick a toothpick in the middle of the pan to test if they are done. If it comes out clean, they are done. However, since we like gooey brownies, we take them out a couple of minutes before they are done.


Betty Crocker's Cooky Book

Fudge Brownie or Cake Brownie?

Do you like your brownies fudgy or cakey?

How to Make Brownies Video

Step by step instructions for making fudge brownies.


Traditional Fudge Brownie - Our Favorite!!!

I've been making these for years. The recipe is from my old 1969 Betty Crocker Cookbook

Cook timeReady inYields

45 min

45 min

Makes 32 Bars


  • 4 ounces unsweetened chocolate
  • 2/3 cup shortening
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 1/4 cups Flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup chopped nuts


  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease baking pan, 13X9X2 inches. Melt chocolate and shortening in large saucepan over low heat. Remove from heat. Mix in sugar, eggs and vanilla. Stir in remaining ingredients. Spread in pan.
  2. Bake 30 minutes or until brownies start to pull away from sides of pan. Do not overbake. Cool slightly. Cut into bars, about 2 X 1 1/2 inches. If desires, spread with Glossy Chocolate Frosting before cutting. Makes 32 cookies.
  3. Glossy Chocolate Frosting
  4. 3 tablespoons shortening or butter
  5. 3 ounces unsweetened chocolate
  6. 2 cups confectioners' sugar
  7. 1/4 teaspoon salt
  8. 1/3 cup milk
  9. 1 teaspoon vanilla
  10. Melt shortening or butter and chocolate in saucepan over low heat. Stir in remaining ingredients; beat until smooth. Place pan of frosting in bowl of ice and water; continue beating until of spreading consistency. If desired, stir in 1/2 cup finely chopped nuts. Fills and frosts two 8- or 9-inch layers or frosts a 13X9-inch cake.

Brownies for a Crowd Recipe

Here's a recipe for a large quantity of delicious chocolate brownies. It's from our old standby, The Betty Crocker Cooky Book, 1963.


Cook timeReady inYields

45 min

45 min

56 Bars


  • 8 squares unsweetened chocolate (8 oz.)
  • 1 1/3 cups shortening
  • 4 cups sugar
  • 8 eggs
  • 3 cups Gold Medal Flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 cups chopped nuts
  • 2 oblong pans
  • 13 x9 1/2x2" or 2 jelly roll pans
  • 15 1/2 x10 1/2x1"


  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease pans. Melt chocolate and shortening over low heat. Beat in sugar and eggs. Measure flour by dipping method or by sifting. Blend flour, baking powder and salt; stir in. Mix in nuts. Spread in pan. Bake 25 to 30 min., or until toothpick stuck in center comes out clean. Cut in bars; frost, if desired.

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When Do You Eat Brownies Poll

Simple Fudge Brownies Recipe

From RecipeZaar Recipe #141647 | 45 min | 15 min prep

By: Chef #241640

Oct 17, 2005

Easy and delicious!


Cook timeReady inYields

45 min

45 min



  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 eggs
  • 6 tablespoons cocoa
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour


  1. 1. Cream first 3 ingredients with a mixer.
  2. 2. Blend in cocoa, flour and eggs.
  3. 3. Bake at 350 degrees for 25 to 30 minutes.
  4. 4. Frost with your favorite icing or mix icing sugar, butter and cocoa.
  5. 5. Cut into 15-20 small squares (its pretty rich!).

Cocoa Brownies - Easy Recipe

from The Food Network

Recipe courtesy Alton Brown


Cook timeReady inYields

55 min

55 min

Makes 30 bars


  • Soft butter
  • for greasing the pan
  • Flour
  • for dusting the buttered pan
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 cup sugar
  • sifted
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • sifted
  • 8 ounces melted butter
  • 11/4 cups cocoa
  • sifted
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • sifted
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt


  1. Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F. Butter and flour an 8-inch square pan.
  2. In a mixer fitted with a whisk attachment, beat the eggs at medium speed until fluffy and light yellow. Add both sugars. Add remaining ingredients, and mix to combine.
  3. Pour the batter into a greased and floured 8-inch square pan and bake for 45 minutes. Check for doneness with the tried-and-true toothpick method: a toothpick inserted into the center of the pan should come out clean. When it's done, remove to a rack to cool. Resist the temptation to cut into it until it's mostly cool.

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Brownie Experience

Too many scrumptious brownie recipes to describe. You'll want to try them all.

Chocolate Fudge Brownies

From Nestle

Level: Easy

These basic chocolate brownies have an infinite number of variations. Choose one of the suggestions or experiment on your own!

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

15 min

15 min

30 min

24 brownies


  • * 1 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • * 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • * 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • * 1 2/3 cups granulated sugar
  • * 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter or margarine
  • * 2 tablespoons water
  • * 4 packets (1 oz. each) NESTLî TOLL HOUSE® CHOCO BAKE® Pre-Melted Unsweetened Chocolate Flavor
  • * 2 large eggs
  • * 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • * 1/2 cup chopped nuts (optional)


  1. PREHEAT oven to 350° F. Grease 13 x 9-inch baking pan.
  2. COMBINE flour, baking soda and salt in small bowl. Microwave sugar, butter and water in a large, microwave-safe bowl on HIGH (100%) power for 4 to 5 minutes or until mixture bubbles, stirring once. Add Choco Bake; stir.
  3. STIR in eggs, one at a time, until incorporated. Stir in vanilla extract. Add flour mixture; stir well. Stir in nuts. Pour into prepared baking pan.
  4. BAKE for 15 to 20 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out slightly sticky. Cool completely in pan on wire rack. Cut into bars.
  6. HEAT sugar, butter and water in a medium saucepan just to boiling, stirring constantly. Remove from heat. Add Choco Bake; stir. Proceed as above.
  8. PREPARE brownie batter; do not pour into pan. Beat 8 ounces softened cream cheese, 1/2 cup granulated sugar and 1 teaspoon vanilla extract in small mixer bowl until smooth. Beat in 1 egg. Pour brownie batter into pan. Spoon cream cheese mixture over top; swirl with spoon. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes.
  10. PREPARE brownie batter without nuts; do not pour into pan. Combine 1/2 cup peanut butter, 3 tablespoons granulated sugar and 2 tablespoons milk in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on HIGH (100 %) power for 45 seconds; stir until smooth. Pour brownie batter into pan. Spoon peanut butter mixture over top; swirl with spoon. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes.
  12. PREPARE brownie batter without nuts; bake as directed. While still hot, sprinkle with 1 1/2 cups miniature marshmallows, 1/3 cup chopped nuts and 3/4 cup NESTLî TOLL HOUSE® Semi-Sweet Chocolate Morsels. Bake for 2 to 3 minutes or until marshmallows are puffed and morsels are shiny.

The Ultimate Cake Brownie

The Ultimate Brownie is a tall cakey-brownie, but is dense like a fudgy-brownie. About Baking

Cook timeReady inYields

1 hour

1 hour

24 brownies


  • 8 - 1 ounce squares of unsweetened chocolate
  • 1 cup butter
  • 5 eggs
  • 3 cups sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • 1 -1/2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 -1/2 cups chopped pecans or walnuts (toasted)


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Grease a 9 x 13 pan.
  2. Melt chocolate and butter in a saucepan over low heat; set aside. In a mixer, beat eggs, sugar and vanilla at high speed for 10 minutes**. Blend in chocolate mixture, flour and salt until just mixed. Stir in the nuts. Pour into prepared pan.
  3. Bake for 35-40 minutes. (Don't overbake.) Cool and frost if desired, but that is not necessary.

Brownie Poll

Pyrex Mixing Bowl Set with Lids

You can't go wrong with Pyrex mixing bowls and these have lids.

Slice Solutions Brownie Pan

If you must have perfectly sliced brownies, then this is the pan for you!

Favorite Flavor for Brownies Poll

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Edwin Alcantara from California on October 31, 2019:

Thanks. All brownie recipes in one place. Will try them out.

pericaluic on April 01, 2013:

nice lens

Eric Mayo on March 17, 2013:

Who doesn't like brownies? Great recipes. Great lens! Thanx.

Bartukas on December 28, 2012:

Really great lens about cooking thank you so much :))

nicolane on October 31, 2012:

Sorry, I can't leave a long comment - I need to go and eat a brownie

imjens on August 05, 2012:

Delicious lens in all ways!

Ashly Rain on July 29, 2012:

I like the good old brownies that you make right from the box. Yum!! I have the craving now. Great lens.

ismeedee on June 04, 2012:

Great recipes here! I don't eat brownies anymore because I have given up refined sugar aghhh!!!! haha, but I will make them for the family, no need depriving them.

Millionairemomma on May 26, 2012:

Hmmm delicious. I will try this recipe.

orangegirl6020 on May 22, 2012:

Mmmm! Your lens made me hungry! I'm off to try one of your recipes...

Thank you for the great info!

KateHonebrink on May 16, 2012:

Great brownie article! Congratulations on being featured on the chocolate monsterboard!

anonymous on May 16, 2012:

I'm probably waaaaaaaaaay better at eating brownies than baking them. Super lens!

BestRatedStuff on April 23, 2012:

Great collection of some very tasty looking brownies. Yummy!

Bananko on March 13, 2012:

Chocolate brownies are my favorite! Nice Recipes you have here!

flicker lm on February 05, 2012:

Thanks for the great recipe ideas! Yum.

PippiDust on December 20, 2011:

Great idea for cold winter days. I just love chocolate and chocolate brownies.

TopToysForKids on December 14, 2011:

love this recipe, great job! :)

peppervel on October 16, 2011:

Am a lousy baker. but after reading your lens.... so tempted to try. MY younger son will scream for join if I do that!

rhodacks on October 11, 2011:

now i am craving for some brownies!

anonymous on September 24, 2011:

i'm making brownise for my bake sale!

tangy on September 14, 2011:

i just love brownies! they are the best treats you can have!

KANEsUgAr on July 01, 2011:

I'm so hungry now, I need brownies.

Cinnamonbite on June 02, 2011:

I just made brownies tonight! Now they were supposed to be the best brownies EVAR but...meh. I need to keep hunting recipes, I guess

blanckj on May 31, 2011:

I love brownies but I bake cookies all the time.

mattseefood lm on April 28, 2011:

Nice recipe! I LOVE brownies :)

Philippians468 on March 30, 2011:

i am a fellow chocoholic too! thank you for sharing this delicious lens! cheers

Kiwisoutback from Massachusetts on March 17, 2011:

I'm lensrolling this to my homemade brownies lens. Sounds good right about now! Happy St. Pat's!

AnnaleeBlysse on January 17, 2011:

I should buy a Non Stick Edge Brownie Pan! I find brownies are harder to cook right here at nearly a mile above sea-level. When I lived on an island, I never had the troubles. Maybe one of those Non Stick Edge Brownie Pan would help.

WhiteOak50 on January 10, 2011:

This page is wonderful especially with all of the neat videos. Gotta love those songs, and gotta love brownies! Yum.

peteriannuzzi on January 02, 2011:

thanks for the info

AmateurAtHTML on December 03, 2010:

I love brownies, as long as they're not over-cooked. My daughter believes that more important than eating brownies is making them. She finds the process therapeutic. And since she's fourteen, we seem to have brownies appear on the counter with some regularity. There's nothing like waking up at 3 a.m. to the smell of brownies in the oven! (I just wish I were joking!)

Thanks for this page. I love it!

AmateurAtHTML on December 03, 2010:

I love brownies, as long as they're not over-cooked. My daughter believes that more important than eating brownies is making them. She finds the process therapeutic. And since she's fourteen, we seem to have brownies appear on the counter with some regularity. There's nothing like waking up at 3 a.m. to the smell of brownies in the oven! (I just wish I were joking!)

Thanks for this page. I love it!

Tonie Cook from USA on October 03, 2010:

Brownies are the best.

Dianne Loomos on September 26, 2010:

Love brownies! I've recently become addicted to the chocolate brownies at Starbucks. Yum!

Jerry_David on September 16, 2010:

tasty lens, great work!

missbat on September 12, 2010:

This lens is making me hungry! I want that "all edges" brownie pan! Thanks for sharing!

Tarra99 on September 10, 2010:

p.s. I LOVE that apron!

Tarra99 on September 10, 2010:

you had me at "chocolate"!...I made brownies the other day...wouldn't you know it, they stuck to the pan, fell apart, one side of the pan was thicker than the other side which was thin because I threw the pan into the oven before leveling out the mix and none of it mattered...they were devoured! YUM!

anonymous on September 08, 2010:

I just got a pan with squares that you set into it to make letter and number shaped cakes. I think I might try it with brownie batter first. Personally, I love all the nuts and toppings. I bet if I made more of those the kids wouldn't eat them on me. ;) Thanks for all the recipes!

Faye Rutledge from Concord VA on August 15, 2010:

Mmm, I love brownies! Mine usually come directly from Duncan Hines! :)

Mary Beth Granger from O'Fallon, Missouri, USA on February 19, 2010:

These sound really good...lots of choices for homemade brownies. Thanks for the tips too.

anonymous on February 19, 2010:

Delicious! Thank you.

sarita from Hisar on December 04, 2009:

Good job on this lens..

Yvonne L B (author) from Covington, LA on November 15, 2009:

When I was in college, and money was tight, I used to make batches of brownies and put them in inexpensive, festive tins or boxes to give as holiday gifts.

Sharon Berry from Michigan on November 07, 2009:

I can't wait to try all of these brownie recipes. You are right, homemade brownies are soooo much better than brownies from a box.

Yvonne L B (author) from Covington, LA on November 06, 2009:

[in reply to LindaJM] Thanks bunches, Linda. Glad you like them and double fudge thanks for the blessing!

Linda Jo Martin from Post Falls, Idaho, USA on October 29, 2009:

You have some of the best recipe lenses! 5* / Angel Blessed

Mary from Chicago area on July 30, 2009:

Mmm, mmm, mmm! 5* for this tasty lens; faved and rolling this to squidoo.com/fiveminutebrownie

italianheart92 lm on June 20, 2009:

This lens is amazing I love brownies awesome lens =D

thewishpearl on June 17, 2009:

I have always made brownies from a mix but now I am definitely going to try these. My kids and their friends will love them!

ElizabethJeanAl on April 13, 2009:


This lens is now featured on The Totally Awesome Lenses home page.


CarrieGeyer LM on March 15, 2009:

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tdove on January 29, 2009:

Thanks for joining G Rated Lense Factory!

Sniff It Out on January 12, 2009:

Another great lens! The brownies sound mouthwateringly yummy, I will have to try them...

Welcome to 'The Cooks Cafe' group.

WritingforYourW on January 04, 2009:

You mean it's possible to make brownies without a box mix? Who knew? ;)

Frankie Kangas from California on December 31, 2008:

Great lens. I think I gained weight just reading through it -- drooled a little too. lol. Congrats on your runner-up award. Bear hugs, Frankie aka Bearmeister aka Cat-Woman

Frankie Kangas from California on December 31, 2008:

Great lens. I think I gained weight just reading through it -- drooled a little too. lol. Congrats on your runner-up award. Bear hugs, Frankie aka Bearmeister aka Cat-Woman

greenerme on December 30, 2008:

Congratulations on your runner up spot for the food/cooking Giant Squid Award! Great job!

julieannbrady on December 30, 2008:

Congratulations for being the runner-up Best Baking Lens in the 2008 Giant Squid Awards. Well deserved! ;)

KatherineClark on December 18, 2008:

Now you are talking my language. I love Chocolate and especially Brownies. Send Out Cards has a gift item that is Brownies and they are the best I have ever tasted. Yum. The perfect Gift for any occasion.

KimGiancaterino on December 12, 2008:

Congratulations on your Giant Squid Awards nomination!

poutine on December 07, 2008:

Very fattening lens, but I'll try some of your recipes anyway.

mistyblue75605 lm on December 04, 2008:

mmmm.. brownies! I love them!

DAD1104 on November 30, 2008:

Can you make without GLUTEN; I have Celiac disease and can not eat Gluten. Thanks

MargoPArrowsmith on November 29, 2008:

5* and a vote in the Giant contest

Nancy Tate Hellams from Pendleton, SC on November 26, 2008:

Yummy. I will take a dozen of each. Great lens.

anonymous on November 26, 2008:

I love brownies and so do my boys. They will definitely be on my Christmas baking list.

Great lens


Tonie Cook from USA on November 25, 2008:

This site is bookmarked in my online recipe file. If I ever lose my favorite brownie recipe card, it is good to know I can find it here. Congratulations on your 2008 GSA nomination.

Paula Atwell from Cleveland, OH on November 24, 2008:

Congrats on your nomination.

Joan4 on November 24, 2008:

Congratulations on your 2008 Giant Squid Awards nomination! This is a great lens!

PattB LM on November 23, 2008:

Congrats on your nomination. Looks like some great suggestions here, I'm going to have to get out the baking pans!

Kay on November 23, 2008:

Oooooh...chocolate. I am a serious chocoholic and these recipes look wonderful.

squid-janices7 on November 22, 2008:

Great 5* lens - congrats on your 2008 Giant Squid award nomination! I lensrolled you to my Kicked Up Brownie Mix Recipeslens.

clouda9 lm on November 21, 2008:

Candy for the eyes...yummy for sure! Congrats on your 2008 Giant Squid nomination...woot!

anonymous on November 21, 2008:

Congratulations on your 2008 Giant Squid Awards nomination and good luck! - Kathy

Kiwisoutback from Massachusetts on November 20, 2008:

It's funny, there's brownies in our oven as we speak, but not the homemade kind. Just boring old boxed (but still good) Brownies. Excellent work!

poutine on November 20, 2008:

I love brownies better than cookies.


anonymous on October 30, 2008:

Consider adding your great brownie recipes to http://www.squidoo.com/the-best-darn-brownie-recip... Your lens is terrific.

ElizabethJeanAl on October 25, 2008:

I love brownies almost as much as I love cookies.

Great lens


ElizabethJeanAl on October 24, 2008:

Welcome to the Totally Awesome Lenses Group.


Lou165 from Australia on October 20, 2008:

I am sitting here salivating and my brain is refusing to think of anything to say until I give it some brownies so here's 5* while I pop out to the kitchen!

Paula Atwell from Cleveland, OH on September 10, 2008:

I don't know the html to draw a brownie, so here is a "BROWNIE". Welcome to the Comfort Food Group.

KimGiancaterino on August 04, 2008:

Delicious lens! I love the smell of brownies baking in the oven. Welcome to Culinary Favorites From A to Z.

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