Everyday Brownies

Everyday Brownies

I was craving chocolate. Just chocolate. Okay … WAS is probably the wrong choice of words because I crave chocolate everyday.

Fudgy Brownies

And these easy Everyday Brownies from my friend Kamran’s new book Hand Made Baking were … p-e-r-f-e-c-t. < That was me singing btw.

So decadent and fudgy!

Brownie Ingredients

I love brownies because the ingredients are simple and you don’t have to mess with your mixer to make them. And truth be told, when I’m craving chocolate in a pinch, I will break out a brownie mix to quickly satisfy my craving. But these brownies. Oh my gosh, they are insanely chocolatey and totally worth making my craving wait an extra few minutes for their decadence.


They call for dark brown sugar in addition to the white sugar. Sweet!


And the chocolate. Oh, the chocolate. Cocoa plus chunks of chopped dark chocolate get mixed in before baking.


And in no time, you end up with these sinfully sweet squares to enjoy.


Everyday Brownies
Yield: 16 brownies

Everyday Brownies

Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes


  • 1 cup unsalted butter
  • 1-1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup packed dark brown sugar
  • 1-1/3 cups unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 3 large eggs, cold
  • 3/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 5 oz roughly chopped dark chocolate cacao (54-70 percent cacao)


  1. Position rack in upper third of the oven. Preheat oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Line an 8-inch square baking pan with parchment paper leaving an overhang on each side.
  3. In a medium saucepan, melt the butter over low heat. Mix in both sugars, the cocoa powder and salt with a silicone spatula or wooden spoon.
  4. The mixture should be lukewarm before adding the eggs. If not, set aside to cool slightly. To test, a clean finger should be able to comfortable stay in the mixture without getting burned.
  5. Vigorously stir in the vanilla and eggs. Once the batter appears shiny and the eggs are blended in well, add the flour and mix just until the flour has disappeared.
  6. Briskly stir in the chopped chocolate and spread the batter evenly into the prepared pan.
  7. Bake for 38-43 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the center emerges slightly moist with batter.
  8. Allow brownies to cool in the pan placed on a wire rack. Life the parchment paper and transfer brownies to a cutting board and cut into 16 equal squares.


Recipe from Handmade Baking 2014, shared with permission from Chronicle Books.

Want more?

Here’s a little peek.

Handmade Baking

I started out wanting to make this Everyday Chocolate Cake.

I mean if I could take a bite out of a book, I would eat the heck out of that cover.

Handmade Baking

But, then I wanted to make these Chocolate Snickerdoodles.

Handmade Baking

And then these Heartbreak Chocolate Truffle Cookies were calling to me.

They’re still calling to me… Screaming!

Handmade Baking

But there’s lots of other non-chocolate yumminess inside too.

Check out Hand Made Baking sometime if you want to satisfy your sweet tooth… or visit Kamran’s Blog, The Sophisticated Gourmet for more goodies.


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47 comments on “Everyday Brownies”

  1. About to make these & I agree with a previous comment, & question whether there is a typo with the amount of cocoa. Should it be 1-1/3 cup or 1/3 cup. Based on other recipes I’ve made I’m hedging my bets & going with 1/3 cup. 

    • Hey Jessica – I used 1 and 1/3 cup of cocoa per Kamran’s book. You can kind of tell in the ingredients photo if you compare it to the amount of sugar in the bowl. Hope yours turn out yummy.

  2. I made this today. I added in 1.5 oz of chocolate and half a cup of milk chocolate chips so that it would be a little sweeter. Brownies were excellent. Mine were done in 26 mins so I would keep an eye on them and use a toothpick so that you don’t overcook them. 

  3. Thank’s for the recipe brownies !

  4. How did you take such clear pictures of the brownies up close? I’ve been trying to take quality shots like this but maybe my camera is all wrong.

  5. WOW….what a delcious food…..I must try this one.

  6. These look so delicious. I must try. :)

  7. I loved. Especially the way so simple to explain. Thank you very much

  8. Ooooh these look so good!
    Definitely my next recipe to try at the weekend.

  9. lovely. You made this so simple. just loved it. thanks for sharing it.

  10. This is my favorite cake
    Thanks for sharing.

  11. Absolutely love brownies and these look so delicious…so much that I’m actually craving some now!!

  12. I like the way healthy dark chocolate has been used in this recipe. I personally go for the 90% cocoa though but the brownies will definitely be delicious either way…

  13. I must admin I never taste brownie in my life, but now I have a great recipe to prepare it!

  14. I make brownies twice every two weeks. My favorite brownies are plain butter and chocolate ones. I can even use the rice cooker to make the brownies. It is going to produce good result. At the first glance, the brownies is wet then I thought it was undercooked, still when eating it was pretty delightful. I will follow this recipe as it is not as complicated as mine. It can help me save more time from now on.

  15. My tip for making delicious batch of brownies is to keep the brownies baking pan in the tray filled with icy water right after being taken out of the oven. The ice is going to help the brownies get frozen more quickly rather than natural cooling. I also prefer adding some cheese.

  16. I tried the recipe and I loved it! So easy and no mixer which was great! The only thing I changed was I added only one cup of cocoa powder and I used a king sized Crunch bar instead of the chopped cocoa, otherwise it was fantastic!!

  17. Wow perfect recipe, for perfect brownies!

  18. Hi,
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    It would mean a lot xx

  19. Thanks for the brownies, I am going to make it on this Sunday, Lets see how delicious the end product is?

  20. The brownies look delicious. Thanks for sharing.

  21. Made these tonight! I got a little panicked midway through when I realized I only had 1/2 cup of cocoa (I should know by now to always measure ingredients beforehand!), but they were still so chocolatey and incredible! Balanced it out with a teensy bit more flour, and they were hands down, the best brownies I’ve ever made! They were so rich and decadent. Will absolutely make again!

  22. I made these last night with gluten free flour and I am in love. So easy, so chocolatey, so fudgey. I’m printing this out to use again next time we want brownies.

  23. Give me the Chocolate & no body gets hurt! ROFLMBBO!

  24. I love this blog and will continue to read all the future blog posts. Just wondered if anyone could check out my blog and comment their thoughts. Thank you xx

  25. These look amazing! Chocolate brownies are the best! I’ve just started my own baking blog, it would be great if you could check it out :) xx

  26. Hello! Love your recipes. I`ve already made some of them. I need your help to make a chocolate cream pie for my son. Can you help me? Thanks.

  27. I’ve just made a batch and the batter was incredibly yummy! Lets see after it’s baked! :D

  28. These look so delicious. I must try.

  29. Oh my heavens! I just made this. The only type of cocoa powder I had was Hershey’s special dark which made these EXTRA dark. And I chopped up a ghiradelli baking bar 73% cocoa. Unreal. Maybe a little strong the way I did it but the darkest richest chocolatiest brownies I’ve ever had. I’ve long been on a search for a good homemade brownie. They never seem to be as delicious and easy as store bought but my search is over. Thank you for sharing!

  30. These are in the oven, with added walnuts. yum.

  31. Brownies are my weakness, and I cannot wait to try this recipe out. I can already tell this is going to be one of my favorites! A warmed brownie and vanilla ice cream…yum!!

  32. Those brownies look amazing but chocolate snicker doodles…OMG YUM!!! Dashing over to check out this book Thanx ever so much for sharing

  33. Those looks so good! I love made from scratch brownies!

  34. Those look fabulous!

  35. you cannot underestimate the deliciousness of a classic brownie

  36. Ooooh these look so good!
    Definitely my next recipe to try at the weekend.

  37. Hi! Is that right? 1 1/3 cups of cocoa?

  38. I love that book! Seriously love. And since these are everyday brownies, does that mean I have permission to eat one everyday?

  39. Oh my, I’m sitting here with my cup of coffee trying to wake up and now…I WANT CHOCOLATE FOR BREAKFAST! I WANT IT NOW! LOL!

  40. *licks cover* I crave chocolate every day also, and I love it when brown sugar is used-I think it’s great :D

  41. That’s the most amazing book cover ever. Heading over to Amazon right now to check it out…
    Nothing is better than a bit of brown sugar in brownies. It’s so amazing!

  42. :drool: Looks soooooo good!! I don’t know much about making brownies, thanks for sharing :]

  43. Oh gosh I myself am addicted to brownies! And wait did you just say “chocolate” snicker doodles? Oh my goodness!

  44. Just made my first homemade Brownies on Saturday, but from another recipe. They went out a bit dry and not as chewy as I hoped they would. But yours look really moist and delicious, next weekend I will give your recipe a try :)

  45. Absolutely love this post. The brownies look delicious and the photography is beautiful! I’ll definitely be trying this recipe! Thankyou :) x

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