Better Than Boxed Brownies

overhead shot of brownies cut with one brownie on its side

5 from 4 reviews

Rich, fudgy brownies better than any box mix you'll ever try. Made with butter, melted dark chocolate, dutch process cocoa powder, and finished off with some semi-sweet chocolate chips-- these are perfect for chocolate lovers! 


  • 2 sticks (1 C) unsalted butter, melted
  • 100g dark chocolate, chopped
  • 29g dutch process cocoa powder (normal cocoa powder will work here too)
  • 100g brown sugar
  • 250g granulated sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon instant espresso powder (optional)
  • 120g all-purpose flour
  • 200g semi-sweet chocolate chips


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F and line a 9"x 9" or 8"x 8" metal pan with parchment paper.
  2. In a saucepan on the stove, melt 2 sticks of unsalted butter over medium heat.
  3. Once the butter is melted, add the dark chocolate and stir with a wooden spoon until completely melted. 
  4. Remove from heat and mix in the cocoa powder. Set aside.
  5. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment (a large bowl and electric mixer or by hand could work too), add the brown sugar, sugar, eggs, salt, vanilla, and espresso powder. Mix on medium speed for about 3 minutes until light and fluffy.
  6. Lower the speed of the mixer and slowly add in the butter/chocolate mixture until combined. 
  7. Sift in the flour and mix in the chocolate chips.
  8. Pour batter into pan and bake for about 30 minutes if using a 9"x 9" pan and about 36 minutes if using an 8"x 8" pan. A toothpick inserted should still have some chocolate on it and a few crumbs.  
  9. Allow brownies to cool completely before cutting and serving. If they end up too fudgy in the center, pop them in the fridge for 30 minutes to solidify a bit.


  • Storing: These can be stored in an airtight container on the counter for a few days or up to a week in the fridge. To freeze, I'd recommend storing them uncut, wrapped in plastic wrap in an airtight container.
  • Substitutions: You can substitute the butter with sticks of margarine if trying to go dairy free. Also, if you don't have dark chocolate on hand, you can use semi-sweet chocolate chips in step 3 of the recipe.  


Keywords: fudgy brownies