Brownies From Scratch

Cookies, Brownies, Bars, Southern Desserts

You’ll skip the boxed brownie mix once you try these delicious homemade brownies from scratch! They are perfectly chewy and delicious.

Brownies might not be an original Southern thang (think Chicago instead) but we sure do like baking from scratch. And these brownies will give any boxed mix a run for its money.

Ingredients like cocoa powder, melted butter, and vanilla give these brownies a rich flavor edge over the “just add oil and eggs” mixes.

I make this brownie recipe at home with my young son, because he thinks these are the best brownies ever! I love how making special and simple recipes together, like these chocolate brownies, has really instilled in him a love of baking at an early age.

Options for your Brownies

There are many yummy mix-ins that work great with brownies. Here are a few of my favorites.

  • Dark chocolate chips 
  • Milk chocolate chips
  • White chocolate chips
  • Caramel or butterscotch chips
  • Peanut butter chips
  • Chopped pecans (we’re using these in this recipe)
  • Chopped walnuts
  • Peanut halves
  • Almond slices
  • Mini-marshmallows
  • Dried coconut flakes
  • A teaspoon or two of instant coffee or bit of espresso powder

Or on top, you can add some extra pizazz!

  • Caramel sauce
  • Chocolate sauce
  • Nutella
  • Powdered sugar
  • A scoop of ice cream
  • Whipped cream
  • Or all of the above for a brownie sundae…don’t forget the cherry on top!

You can also give them a pumpkin cheesecake topping if you want to try something really special!

Other Tips for Your Brownies

To make a cakey brownie or a fudge brownie…that is the question! Which type do you think are the best brownies?? 

  • For a cakey brownie, add up to 1 additional cup of flour. 
  • For a chewier fudgy brownie, reduce the number of eggs from 4 to 3.

Unsweetened cocoa powder is listed in our brownies recipe because it’s more common, but cacao powder can also be used. The measurement is the same. Cacao is what I have at home and use in my chocolate baked goods.

Slice after they’ve completely cooled. Then store your brownies in an air-tight container. (Because no one likes dry brownies.) I typically move them into the fridge after a few days, if they last that long!

We hope you’ll enjoy our Homemade Brownies from Scratch recipe!

And if you enjoy our brownies, you’ll also love our cookies!

brownies from scratch with nuts

Brownies from Scratch

You'll skip the boxed brownie mix once you try these delicious from-scratch brownies! They are perfectly fudgy and delicious.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 16
Calories 255 kcal


  • brownie pan
  • large mixing bowl
  • small bowl


  • 1 cup flour
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder unsweetened
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup unsalted butter melted
  • 1/2 cup pecans chopped


  • Preheat your oven to 350 F.
  • Grease a 9×13" brownie pan.
  • In a large bowl, stir together the flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking powder, and salt until fully mixed.
  • In a separate bowl, beat the 4 eggs.
  • Stir the eggs and melted butter into the dry mixture until fully combined and there are no lumps in the batter.
  • Stir in the chopped pecans.
  • Pour the wet mixture into your prepared pan. Add additional pecan halves to the top to decorate, if desired.
  • Bake for 25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out dry.


Calories: 255kcalCarbohydrates: 33gProtein: 2gFat: 14gSaturated Fat: 8gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 31mgSodium: 175mgPotassium: 79mgFiber: 1gSugar: 25gVitamin A: 356IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 16mgIron: 1mg
Keyword chocolate
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  1. 5 stars
    Amazing!!! They are chewy and soft and easy to make and didn’t make a huge mess. I will definitely see if she had anymore recipes

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