Best Ever Chewy Brownies Recipe - Handle the Heat

Best Ever Chewy Brownies

March 15th, 2017
4.84 from 925 votes
4.84 from 925 votes

The BEST Chewy Brownies are just as chewy as the boxed brownies but packed with way more chocolate flavor. One bowl recipe made in less than 1 hour!

Yield: 9 large or 16 small brownies

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook: 30 minutes

Tessa's Recipe Rundown...

Taste: Just the right amount of chocolate and sweetness.
Texture: CHEWY, of course 🙂
Ease: Super easy. One bowl, no melting chocolate, and no electric mixer.
Appearance: You can just see how gooey and moist these are!
Pros: Better than boxed and almost as easy.
Cons: None.
I make this again? Absolutely.

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I have shared a whole lot of brownie recipes over the years. Almost 40 to be exact!

Between all that brownie baking and completing my Ultimate Brownie Guide I’m pretty much your go-to brownie expert for the best brownie recipe. Really, I should put that on my business card.

But what I realized in looking at all those brownie recipes is that I’ve never shared a CHEWY brownie recipe. Sure, my Ultimate Brownies have a good level of chewiness. But they’re also very rich and fudgy. So these Chewy Brownies have been a long time coming. If you love box mix brownies, you’ll love these both for their chewiness and for how easy they are. Much quicker and easier than my Ultimate Brownies!

Ultra chewy brownies on parchment paper with crinkly crust on top. Better than box mix!

I think if you read some of the comments for these best homemade brownies below you’ll want to make this recipe ASAP. Just see what Susan said:

These are the BEST brownies ever! My husband says that in the 31 years we’ve been married and I’ve been baking these absolutely his favorite of all time.

The Kitchn recently tested this Chewy Brownie recipe, with author Grace Elkus raving about how quick and easy this recipe is! She says the brownies “form a shiny, crackly top as promised. Each square is thick and decadent, with melty chocolate chips studded throughout.” Thanks so much to Grace Elkus and The Kitchn team for trying this recipe.

Bon Appétit also recently used this Chewy Brownie recipe as part of their research in their quest to create a perfect brownie. Thanks so much to Chris Morocco and the Bon Appétit team for including us!

How to Make Chewy Brownies

Ultra chewy brownies better than box mix!

Let me explain exactly what makes these brownies so chewy and easy. You can skip this if you don’t care WHY these brownies are the way they are and you just want the printable recipe asap.

Chocolate & Cocoa Powder

Unlike my Ultimate Fudgy Brownies, which utilize two types of melted chocolate, these brownies get their main chocolate flavor from cocoa powder with semi-sweet chocolate chips stirred into the batter. Cocoa powder definitely yields a chewier brownie and has a flavor reminiscent of boxed brownies.

The photos on this post show what the brownies look like if you use regular unsweetened cocoa powder. In the recipe video, I used Hershey’s Special Dark cocoa powder. It gave the brownies an ultra dark chocolaty appearance with a little less sweetness.

Since creating this video, however, Hershey’s has changed the formula of that specific cocoa powder to a Dutched cocoa powder. I recommend sticking with a natural cocoa powder, such as Ghirardelli Cocoa Powder or Penzey’s Natural Cocoa Powder, for best results. Learn more about the differences between Dutch-process cocoa powder and natural cocoa powder here.

Feel free to fold in any kind of chocolate chips you want from dark chocolate or milk chocolate, but semisweet is my favorite. Whatever you do, don’t skip the chocolate chips! They help to develop that shiny crust on top of brownies.


With any cocoa powder-based brownie recipe, we need quite a bit of fat to prevent the cocoa powder from drying the brownies out and making them crumbly. In looking at what makes box mix brownies so chewy, it appears that the combination of saturated (solid) fats and unsaturated (liquid) fats is the winning answer. According to Cooks’ Illustrated, boxed brownies have the saturated fat component covered which is why you add oil (unsaturated) to the mix. I opted for a combination of melted butter and vegetable oil for the best marriage of taste and texture.

Make sure your vegetable oil is fresh to avoid any off flavors and use unsalted butter so you can fully control the level of saltiness. I haven’t tested these brownies with canola oil.

For a full breakdown on these two types of fats and how they affect flavor, tenderness, and texture, check out my Butter vs. Oil in Baking article. There are lots more side-by-side comparisons like this one (and not just with brownies!):

sliced brownies on a pan comparing whether oil or butter is better in baking


I stuck with granulated sugar here because although I love the taste of brown sugar, I didn’t want to add any more moisture (brown sugar contributes more moisture due to the molasses that’s added in) to these already very moist and rich brownies. Too much moisture creates brownies that have lots of holes on top instead of that shiny tissue thin crust.


2 large eggs is pretty standard for an 8 by 8-inch brownie recipe, but I just had to add in an egg yolk for the extra dose of chewiness and richness it gives. The protein and the fat in the egg yolk helps achieve those textures. We use cold eggs, instead of room temperature, to prevent the brownies from doming and to increase moisture with a tighter crumb texture.


All-purpose flour is the way to go here, cake flour makes these brownies way too tender and light. We can achieve enough chewiness without having to use bread flour, which can prevent an extra trip to the store for a lot of people. To make chewy AND fudgy brownies, we only need to use a little bit of flour. Any more flour will create drier or cakier brownies. If you want to be super accurate and weigh your flour, 1/2 cup equals 63 grams or 2.25 ounces. Check out my How to Measure Flour article for step-by-step instructions for weighing dry ingredients using a digital scale.

If you live in a very humid environment, or really dislike any kind of “greasiness,” you may want to add an extra 2 tablespoons of flour to your brownie batter mixture.


With my brownie recipes, I usually prefer a very small amount or no chemical leavener (baking soda or baking powder). The reason is because I like brownies to be very rich and on the denser side, not even remotely cakey. Since they lift and give a lighter airier texture to baked goods, we’re only using 1/8 teaspoon baking soda here for just enough leavening to get a nice thick texture.


This little secret ingredient really helps to improve the texture of these brownies so they’re that much closer to the box mix kind. 1 tablespoon of cornstarch makes the brownies thicker and improves that crust on top.

Make sure to measure correctly, and don’t skip this ingredient! When shooting the photos for my article on how to make brownies with a shiny, thin crust, my food photographer captured the shocking differences between a batch made with 1 tablespoon of cornstarch vs brownies made with an accidental amount of 1 teaspoon cornstarch. The bottom brownies also had no chocolate chips. Take a look:

overhead comparison of brownies made with 1 tablespoon of cornstarch vs 1 teaspoon of cornstarch

Can I Add Nuts to Brownies?

Yes! You can add 3/4 cup chopped walnuts or pecans. You can add them either in addition to the chocolate chips or in place of the chocolate chips. Just note if you remove the chocolate chips your crust on top may not be as shiny. For best flavor, try toasting the nuts on a lined tray in a 350°F oven for about 6 to 8 minutes, stirring once.

How Long to Bake Brownies:

Bake these brownies in a 325°F oven for about 30 minutes to avoid overbaking. There will absolutely be moist crumbs attached to a tester by the end of the baking time. That’s what we want. Even after 30 minutes if the middle still seems too moist, just remove the brownies from the oven. Carry-over cooking, the residual heat of the oven and pan, will continue to cook the brownies.

Some readers have said their brownies were really undercooked after 30 minutes. I’m guessing they used a glass baking pan, which I DON’T recommend for this recipe. I recommend a metal baking pan like this one lined with foil or parchment paper. Learn more about the differences between Glass vs. Metal Baking Pans here.

comparison in height differences of brownies baked in a metal pan vs. a glass pan

Also, you might want to check your oven temperature with an oven thermometer as many home ovens run cold (especially when they say they’ve just preheated).

For best results, allow the brownies to cool completely before slicing and serving.

How to Store Brownies:

The brownies definitely taste best the day they are baked, but can be stored in an airtight container for up to 3 days at room temperature or up to 5 days in the fridge. They are even more fudgy when they’re chilled.

Brownies Substitutions:

This brownie recipe is written exactly the way it is for very specific reasons, as noted in the explanations above. If you can’t use one of the ingredients listed, take a look at my extensive brownie index for other options (including coconut oil brownies). If you try to reduce the sugar, use a sugar substitute, use a butter substitute, or make this recipe vegan the results will NOT be the same. Feel free to add in nuts, chips, toffee bits, or anything else to the batter (1/2 cup to 1 cup, depending on how much you’d like).

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How to make
Best Ever Chewy Brownies

Yield: 9 large or 16 small brownies
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
The BEST Chewy Brownies are just as chewy as the boxed brownies but packed with way more chocolate flavor. One bowl recipe made in less than 1 hour!


  • 5 tablespoons (71 grams) unsalted butter
  • 1 1/4 cups (249 grams) granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs plus 1 egg yolk, cold
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 3/4 cup (75 grams) unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup (63 grams) all-purpose flour
  • 1/8 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup (128 grams) semisweet chocolate chips


  1. Preheat the oven to 325°F. Line a 8 by 8-inch pan with foil or parchment paper and spray with nonstick cooking spray.

  2. In a microwave safe bowl, add the butter and sugar. Microwave for about 1 minute, or until the butter is melted. Whisk in the eggs, egg yolk, and vanilla. Stir in the oil and cocoa powder.
  3. With a rubber spatula, stir in the flour, baking soda, cornstarch, and salt until combined. Stir in the chocolate chips.
  4. Spread the brownie batter evenly into the prepared pan. Place in the oven and bake for 30 minutes, or until the brownies are set and a cake tester inserted into the center has moist crumbs attached. Do not overcook. Let cool completely before cutting and serving.

  5. Brownies can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days.

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Recipe Notes

To double this recipe, use a 9x13 pan and bake for the same amount of time.
Course : Dessert
Cuisine : American
Keyword : brownies, chewy brownies

This recipe was originally published in 2017 and updated in 2021 with more tips and new photos. Photos by Ashley McLaughlin.

May 2021 Baking Challenge

This recipe was the May 2021 pick for our monthly baking challenge! Every month you can join the challenge by baking the recipe and snapping a photo for a chance to win prizes! Learn more about my monthly baking challenges here. Check out everyone’s brownies:

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I share trusted baking recipes your friends will LOVE alongside insights into the science of sweets. I'm a professionally trained chef, cookbook author, and cookie queen. I love to write about all things sweet, carb-y, and homemade. I live in Phoenix, Arizona (hence the blog name!)

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  1. #
    Leigh — October 28, 2023 at 12:59 pm

    What changes should I make to the recipe if I live at a high altitude (5,000 feet)?

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    Fia — October 28, 2023 at 10:18 am

    Can I use circle 8 inch pan or 9 inch? I haven’t been able to find my square pan for a while and have used those for and type of bar recipes. And would this change the baking time?

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      Kiersten @ Handle the Heat — October 30, 2023 at 8:58 am

      Hi Fia! We haven’t tried baking these brownies in a round pan, but as long as your 8-inch round pan is at least 2″ high, it should work just fine. If it’s a dark-colored pan, reduce the temperature by 25°F and bake a few minutes longer. If you must use a 9-inch pan, just note that your bake time will be shorter and your brownies will be thinner. Let us know what you think of these brownies once you have given them a try 🙂

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    Fi — October 28, 2023 at 10:11 am

    Would the amount of sugar to cocoa powder stil have a bitter/overly chocolate after taste or a good amount of sweetness to cocoa? I’ve tried so many brownie recipes and besides the boxed ones they are always bitter because of how much chocolate there is, do you think I can replace so cocoa powder with flour to make it not too bitter if yours still has that type of after taste? Thank you and God Bless

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      Kiersten @ Handle the Heat — October 30, 2023 at 8:54 am

      Hi Fi! We think these brownies are perfectly-balanced and have the ideal sweetness to chocolate-y flavor. Do not substitute cocoa for flour (or vice-versa!) as they have different chemical reactions to other ingredients and cannot be simply swapped. If you don’t typically like the flavor of cocoa, I would encourage you to do some research on cocoa powders and maybe try a different type – learn more about how Natural vs. Dutch Process Cocoa Powders work here, and learn more about cocoa powders and how different brands differ here.

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    Saylor — October 26, 2023 at 11:48 pm

    Hi, it’s me again. Srry for asking too many questions, I’m a young baker trying to expand my knowledge and get to know the reasons for each ingredient. My questions are:
    1. Why did u use white sugar instead of brown sugar to make the brownies chewy?
    2. Which cocoa powder makes brownies chewier? Since Natural and Dutch are different in pH.
    3. Is this recipe chewy all throughout and not the sides only? Just wanna fix my question from my last comment

    I’d really really appreciate it if u answered because I really wanna finally make the perfect brownies that would meet my preference which is a chewy brownie all throughout and not the sides only because based on my experience of trying all these recipes it’s only fudgey but not chewy.

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      Kiersten @ Handle the Heat — October 27, 2023 at 7:17 am

      Hi Saylor! Tessa’s recipes are amazing because we test them repeatedly to make sure they’re perfect, and to ensure they work in a variety of climates, as our team is spread across the whole USA. Tessa also includes a ton of tips and information about the recipe in the pink tip box, which can be found above the recipe card. Answers to your questions about the sugar types and cocoa powders can be found by reading through the info in that pink tip box! If you follow all her tips, use high-quality cocoa powder, don’t skip or substitute any ingredients, and bake in a light-colored metal pan, your brownies will be perfect 🙂 Bonus tip: keep your brownies in the fridge for extra chewiness 🙂 Let us know how it goes!

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        Saylor — November 9, 2023 at 11:18 am

        Just finished making the brownies and it was actually pretty good. It was slightly chewy and cakey because I overbaked it and used natural cocoa powder, it was also fudgy and it also had a good crust on top. Overall even though I overbaked it, it had a good balance of chewiness and fudginess. The tips were really helpful and they helped me understand the science behind it. Thank you <3

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          Kiersten @ Handle the Heat — November 9, 2023 at 2:57 pm

          Glad to hear that you enjoyed the brownies and Tessa’s baking tips and info, Saylor!

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            Saylor — November 10, 2023 at 2:44 am

            Update: It’s been the next day and the texture of the brownies improved, it got chewier, still fudgy, and had a great crust because the sugar melted in the hot butter. Best brownies out there, highly recommend them.

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            Kiersten @ Handle the Heat — November 10, 2023 at 8:03 am

            Woohoo! So happy to hear that, Saylor!

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    Saylor — October 26, 2023 at 11:46 pm

    Hiiii, I’ve tried sooo much brownie recipes already and I can’t seem to get that chewy texture. I’m just wondering does this recipe actually come out chewy and not the sides only? Sorry, I’m tired of baking too many brownies. I’m just wondering to make sure this actually works.

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      Kiersten @ Handle the Heat — October 27, 2023 at 7:13 am

      Hi Saylor! Yes, if you make this recipe exactly as directed, you’ll get perfectly chewy brownies. Read through all the info Tessa has included in the pinkk tip box, above the recipe, for lots of tips and info to ensure your brownies are perfect. Enjoy!

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    Jessie — October 25, 2023 at 7:15 pm

    Super easy directions to fallow and so delicious! I’m a beginner baker and I enjoy making these.

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    Tommie — October 25, 2023 at 1:48 pm

    I made these a couple days ago and split them between myself and a neighbor friend ..she said these are the best brownies she’s ever had ! amazing recipe ! thank you ..and completely tweakable too .I left out the chips and used a GF baking mix !! OMG sooo yummy !! They are my faves now as well !!

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    Katelyn — October 24, 2023 at 8:59 pm

    I used a glass pan and cooked for 45 minutes instead and accidentally forgot the corn starch and they still came out super good. The tops of the brownies came out crispy which is a weird but unique way I’ve seen brownies and it makes them enjoyable

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      Kiersten @ Handle the Heat — October 25, 2023 at 6:32 am

      Glad to hear that you enjoyed these brownies, Katelyn!

  9. #
    Monik — October 22, 2023 at 5:37 pm

    I’ve made them 5 times already! Cant get enough of them!

  10. #
    Naureen — October 22, 2023 at 6:59 am

    Excellent recipe my kids loved it but I didn’t get a shiny top. Followed the recipe to a T…any advice

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    Ruprecht W. — October 21, 2023 at 1:47 pm

    I’ve made a lot of different brownie recipes and this one is the best. I wanted to make a few changes but decided to follow directions at least once before I messed with anything. After eating them I’m not going to change anything about it.

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    GREGORY — October 20, 2023 at 9:26 pm

    How can I make this recipe more sweet?

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      Kiersten @ Handle the Heat — October 23, 2023 at 9:48 am

      Hi Gregory! The easiest way to sweeten this recipe would be to use milk chocolate chips, white chocolate chips, caramel chips, etc – think anything on the very sweet side for mixing in. You can also add a ganache or buttercream frosting to the tops of the baked, cooled brownies. We don’t recommend altering the sugar, as this has an impact on the texture as well as the flavor/sweetness – learn more about that here. I hope this helps! Happy baking 🙂

  13. #
    Jani — October 18, 2023 at 9:19 pm

    Chewy and delicious! Very chocolatey!!

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    Catherine — October 17, 2023 at 4:33 pm

    Yup. Absolutely the best brownies I have ever had (and I am an old lady). Terrific chocolatey goodness and toothsome texture. I freeze individual squares…they are really good frozen. Very special treats. Thank you for sharing the recipe.

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    Iris — October 16, 2023 at 4:52 pm

    I didn’t have an 8*8 metal dish so I ended up putting these into cupcake tins! I put 2 tablespoons in each cup and ended up with 21 brownie bites. I also added almonds to about half the batter, and put flaky sea salt on some of them. I put them in for about 20 minutes instead of thirty
    these are soooo good, perfectly chewy and rich. I’m having a hard time keeping my hands off of them.

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      Fia — October 28, 2023 at 10:20 am

      Was this mini or regular sized muffin tins?

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    Abira Khan — October 16, 2023 at 10:45 am

    I have made these brownies quite a few times before. These are absolutely delicious and my go to recipe. I have a question though. The first step which states mixing the sugar and butter always makes my sugar clumpy. There are so many tiny clumps and they don’t get dissolved easily then. Can you pls help what I might be doing wrong. thankyou!!

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      Kiersten @ Handle the Heat — October 18, 2023 at 9:31 am

      Hi Abira! We haven’t experienced this issue, so I’m not sure what’s going wrong here. It sounds like your butter/sugar might not be getting hot enough, so I would recommend heating it just a little longer (without burning it), then use a whisk to mix thoroughly, and see if that helps. Is your sugar clumpy beforehand? If so, you can try to use a fine mesh sieve and break the clumps up that way, or throw the sugar in a food processor and pulse a few times, to break the sugar up that way instead. I hope something here helps! Happy baking 🙂

  17. #
    Alexander Alves — October 14, 2023 at 11:08 pm

    These brownies are a true masterpiece of indulgence! I can practically taste the rich, chocolatey goodness just by looking at this picture.

  18. #
    Ben — October 14, 2023 at 2:28 pm

    This was awesome such a great treat for my sleepover

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    Sara — October 14, 2023 at 9:52 am

    I made these this morning for National Dessert Day…wow 😀

    Followed the directions exactly and they are perfect. You will never buy a boxed mix again. Ever.

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    Sarah — October 13, 2023 at 4:07 am

    Hi lovely people 🙂 I’m planning on making these tomorrow but only have a glass baking tray as opposed to a metal one. Is that a train smash? And would I need to tweak the recipe/cooking time as a result?

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      Kiersten @ Handle the Heat — October 13, 2023 at 8:23 am

      Hi Sarah! We really recommend using a metal baking pan for these brownies, but Tessa has included some information and adjustments for baking in glass if that’s all you have. Check it all out in the pink tip box, above the recipe. Let us know what you think of these brownies once you have given them a try 🙂

  21. #
    Rebecca — October 10, 2023 at 1:07 pm

    Hooray, my search for the perfect brownie recipe has ended. These are wonderful!

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    Ofentse Moswang — October 9, 2023 at 10:44 pm

    I tried these yesterday. I didn’t have choc chips but added choc flakes which is what I had. And spread clover caramel treat on top after it cooled.
    Delicious and keeping the recipe

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    A — October 7, 2023 at 12:35 pm

    I made this today, it was really nice but just one thing I found that in the centre it was shallow and really quite moist. There was a nice chew and height to the edges but the centre was more dense. Your photo shows a nice deep, chewy consistency! I did cook it in a metal tin at the correct measurement and for slightly longer than the recipe stated. Any ideas please?

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      Kiersten @ Handle the Heat — October 9, 2023 at 8:53 am

      Hi there! We’re glad to hear that you enjoyed these brownies. The overly-moist center you describe sounds like the brownies may have needed a couple minutes longer in the oven, which also could have caused the middle to sink a little as described. Here are a couple thoughts as to what may have happened here:
      – Your oven might be running a little cool. Do you have an oven thermometer to check that? Check out Tessa’s article here about ovens, full of tips and info. Ovens that run a little cooler mean that your bakes might take a few extra minutes to bake beyond what the recipe recommends. If you don’t have an oven thermometer to ensure your oven is at the temperature it says it is, invest in one now! They are inexpensive and really help your baking so much. This oven thermometer is one of Tessa’s favorites.
      – How do you measure your ingredients? By volume (using cups), or by weight (using a digital kitchen scale)? When measuring by volume, it’s so easy to mis-measure ingredients (particularly flour) and throw off the entire chemistry of a recipe. Check out Tessa’s article here, where she talks about how to best measure ingredients to ensure accuracy every time.
      I hope this helps, and I hope you give these brownies another try – they really are incredible! Happy baking 🙂

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    Ashley — October 6, 2023 at 12:29 pm

    can I bake this in a 9×13 metal pan ?

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      Kiersten @ Handle the Heat — October 6, 2023 at 1:14 pm

      Hi Ashley! As mentioned in the recipe notes, “To double this recipe, use a 9×13 pan and bake for the same amount of time.” Happy baking!

  25. #
    Samantha — October 5, 2023 at 5:20 pm

    I made these and it was absolutely delicious. I used sprouts brand canola oil because that’s all that I had and they were very good! Even my picky child who normally doesn’t like brownies told me that these brownies are amazing. I am going to make these again already. This will be my go to recipe from now on. So easy to make.

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      Kiersten @ Handle the Heat — October 6, 2023 at 6:33 am

      Woohoo! So glad to hear that these were such a hit for you, Samantha! 🙂

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    Jeremy — October 2, 2023 at 10:16 pm

    Are these very rich? I am looking for something chewy, but not too rich. Just had Alvin’s 100 hour brownies and it was way too rich for me.

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      Kiersten @ Handle the Heat — October 3, 2023 at 1:47 pm

      Hi Jeremy! We don’t find these too rich, and think they’re perfectly balanced, but everyone’s tastebuds are different! Let us know what you think of these brownies if you give them a try 🙂

  27. #
    Kelly — September 29, 2023 at 12:35 pm

    These brownies are amazing. I constantly get compiments on them. Wondering if they could be frozen for up to two weeks? Thank you!

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      Kiersten @ Handle the Heat — September 29, 2023 at 12:43 pm

      Hi Kelly! Yay, glad to hear that! Yes, these brownies freeze beautifully! Follow the instructions in the bottom of the pink tip box, right above the recipe 🙂

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      Maz — October 28, 2023 at 2:54 am

      Can the best every chewy brownies be made without vanilla extract? Or is it a must?

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        Kiersten @ Handle the Heat — October 30, 2023 at 8:45 am

        Hi Maz! While we love the beautiful flavor vanilla adds, and it does help to round out the flavors here, your brownies will still be delicious if you simply omit it. Happy baking!

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    Allen — September 26, 2023 at 11:08 am

    This was fantastic, I loved how it turned out just the perfect consistency. I also added a tiny bit of peppermint oil and the proportions were just right. I highly reccomend this!!!

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    Grace — September 25, 2023 at 3:42 pm

    can I make this into mini brownie bites. if so what is the baking time.?
    thank you

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      Kiersten @ Handle the Heat — September 27, 2023 at 8:19 am

      Hi Grace! We haven’t tried that, so I can’t say for sure. I would recommend following the sensory indicators mentioned in the recipe (bake “until the brownies are set and a cake tester inserted into the center has moist crumbs attached”). Let us know how it goes 🙂

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    Noor Hairani Ahmad — September 22, 2023 at 9:41 pm

    Tried this recipe & love it. From Malaysia

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    Cindy — September 22, 2023 at 11:59 am

    WOW! WOW!! I have never liked making brownies because they always turn out horrible. Dry and crumbly or hard as a rock! I followed the recipe. The 3/4 cup of chocolate chips I did 1/4 white chocolate chips, 1/4 milk chocolates chips and 1/4 dark chocolate chips and added 3/4 cup of chopped pecans (niece requested)
    I will ALWAYS USE THIS RECIPE wish I could post a pic

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    Matt — September 17, 2023 at 7:50 am

    Hi! I love this recipe. I wanted to try making it as the filling for a pie with a graham cracker crust, but I was wondering about bake time/temperature as it would be in a pie dish and a crust. Any insight would be welcome!

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      Kiersten @ Handle the Heat — September 18, 2023 at 1:37 pm

      Hi Matt! We haven’t tried that, and while it may work, I don’t have any tips for that, sorry! I also don’t know how well the brownie will stick to the graham cracker crust. Alternatively, Tessa has a delicious recipe for Chocolate Pudding Pie or her French Silk Pie, if you’re interested in that! Let us know how it goes if you give that a try!

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        Matt — September 25, 2023 at 8:12 am

        The recipe worked out well as is, tastes great in the graham cracker crust with some marshmallow cream on top! I have made the French Silk many times before too, it’s mine and my dad’s favourite.

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          Kiersten @ Handle the Heat — September 25, 2023 at 9:45 am

          Yay! So glad to hear that, Matt! 🙂

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    Emaan — September 17, 2023 at 6:18 am

    Can I use olive oil?

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      Kiersten @ Handle the Heat — September 18, 2023 at 1:39 pm

      Hi Emaan! We don’t recommend using olive oil here because it has such a prominent savory flavor that we don’t think compliments the brownies well. We typically use vegetable oil, but other readers have used avocado oil, canola oil and grape seed oil with success. I hope that helps! Happy baking!

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    Nisha — September 15, 2023 at 8:35 pm

    Followed the recipe exactly and didn’t last a day. They were unbelievable.

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    Lauren — September 14, 2023 at 9:43 am

    So ridiculously good and easy to make!! This was todays baking project for my 5 year old daughter and I. I didn’t have any cornstarch, and I also used only (ha) 1 cup of sugar AND I used a glass baking dish, but despite all that the brownies came out absolutely perfect!

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    Eryka — September 13, 2023 at 12:33 pm

    Hi can I do a double batch in the 9×13 to make them bigger? Do I just cook longer? Last time I tried to make (another recipe) brownies they were skinny.

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      Kiersten @ Handle the Heat — September 13, 2023 at 12:40 pm

      Hi Eryka! As mentioned in the recipe notes, “To double this recipe, use a 9×13 pan and bake for the same amount of time.” Happy baking!

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    Connie — September 10, 2023 at 5:57 pm

    These are the best brownies I’ve ever made. They are so delicious and chocolately. My family loved them and they will become one of my saved recipes. Thank you for the tip on using the metal pan vs a glass one!

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    Nylah — September 10, 2023 at 12:38 pm

    Can I double and what size pan would I use

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      Kiersten @ Handle the Heat — September 11, 2023 at 8:58 am

      Hi Nylah! As mentioned in the recipe notes, “To double this recipe, use a 9×13 pan and bake for the same amount of time.” Happy baking! 🙂

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    Hunter wood — September 8, 2023 at 6:57 am

    Sooooooo good!!!! My husband loved them! Now on to your chocolate chip cookie recipes!

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    Nik — September 4, 2023 at 10:15 am

    I subbed out the cornstarch for arrowroot powder and it worked the same. I avoid using cornstarch due to digestion issues. Allows the same crackle and shine top. Came out good.

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    Magibbly — September 1, 2023 at 6:15 pm

    Literally the best brownies ever. I didn’t have chocolate chips so I had to susbtitute with baked beans. Came out perfect

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      YumInMaTum — September 12, 2023 at 2:49 am

      I had everything but chocolate chips too so i subbed them for wood chips for that extra crunch

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    CLF — August 27, 2023 at 8:40 am

    can i freeze these? what is best way?

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      Emily — August 28, 2023 at 1:08 pm

      Sure! Wrap the brownie slices in plastic wrap in an airtight container (or as an entire slab) and let come to room temperature before serving. You can even place them in the microwave for a few seconds to warm them up. You can typically freeze brownies for about two months, but I doubt they’ll last that long! 🙂

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    Brianna — August 25, 2023 at 9:18 am

    I made these and they were amazing. Only problem was that they didn’t crinkle on top. Any ideas as to why?

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      Emily — August 28, 2023 at 1:37 pm

      Hi Brianna! Did you make any changes to the recipe? I’d recommend reading the baking science tips in the pink box above the recipe to see if that helps first. You can also read more about how to achieve shiny, crinkly brownie crust here. I hope that helps!

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    Caleb Zickefoose — August 23, 2023 at 10:31 am

    I am a professional baker for a large batch kitchen. The issue I have always had is not being able to get the box mix like texture, which I love. I’ve always wanted to replicate that texture using premium ingredients. While it took many attempts with this recipe, I believe I am close. I had to multiply this recipe by 62 and convert all ingredients to ounces and pounds; not an easy task and my 60qt mixer was begging for mercy. My supplier only has Dutch process cocoa and no egg yolks at the moment (supply chain is still crazy right now). But even with those issues, I was able to get closer to the chewy goodness than ever before. I am sure when the proper ingredients come in, full success will be made (even the ones that don’t measure up are amazing). I want to thank the author of this recipe and assure anyone who reads this comment, this recipe works. If it doesn’t work out for you, you did something wrong.

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      Kiersten @ Handle the Heat — August 24, 2023 at 7:36 am

      Hi Caleb! Thank you so much for trying Tessa’s brownie recipe! We’re so thrilled to hear that this recipe was such a success for you. Thanks so much for your comment 🙂

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    Linda — August 22, 2023 at 5:13 pm

    Best brownies ever eaten. I did have to bake for 50 minutes before my toothpick came out with a few crumbs but oh so worth it.

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    Donna — August 21, 2023 at 9:02 am

    Made these with a few tweaks and they were incredible! I doubled the recipe for a 9×13 pan and baked for about 45 mins and they were PERFECT. I also browned the butter on the stove top and added the sugar and browned butter to my bowl instead of microwaving it together. added walnuts and used dark cocoa powder and dark chocolate chips. Best brownies I’ve ever had!!

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    Haley Tran — August 20, 2023 at 5:22 pm

    Hi! I’m planning on making this recipe, but I only have a 9×9 metal pan. Should I still bake for the same amount of time?

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      Kiersten @ Handle the Heat — August 21, 2023 at 8:17 am

      Hi Haley! We haven’t tried these brownies in a 9×9-inch pan, but you would definitely need to shave a few minutes off the bake time, as your brownies will be thinner than if you were to use an 8×8-inch pan. Try baking for 25 minutes, and add a minute or two if necessary, baking only just until the brownies are set and a cake tester inserted into the center has moist crumbs attached. Let us know what you think of these brownies once you’ve given them a try! 🙂

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    Susie — August 18, 2023 at 10:33 am

    I love this recipe! It’s always a huge hit with my family whenever I make it. I want to try making two-bite brownies with this recipe using a mini muffin pan and was wondering if it would work. And if it would work, how should I adjust the baking time and temperature?

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      Kiersten @ Handle the Heat — August 21, 2023 at 7:38 am

      Hi Susie! We haven’t tried that, so we can’t say for sure! Let us know how it goes if you give that a try 🙂

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        Susie — August 26, 2023 at 9:28 am

        I did end up trying it. I found that they were done around 12-13 minutes when baked at 325F. They were a bit difficult to get out of the pan in one piece because I filled them too much. If anyone were to try this I would say you should only fill them about halfway or less and let them cool completely once baked before removing them very gently with your hand or a small spoon or something like that.

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          Emily — August 28, 2023 at 2:00 pm

          Thanks for sharing your results, Susie!

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    Stephanie — August 17, 2023 at 6:17 pm

    Perfect brownie!

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    Lisa — August 16, 2023 at 8:14 pm

    These were delicious! Tasted and had consistency just like a boxed mix but homemade without freaky ingredients! Looking forward to trying some of the other recipes. A definite keeper, going in my file! Thank you for such a great recipe.
    FYI, I did not have enough white sugar and had to sub 1/2 cup of brown sugar. I was concerned about it changing the consistency, but my husband was really craving brownies. I don’t know if it did or not as I have only made them once, but they sure were good. I also did not include the single egg yolk, just the two eggs and it seemed fine.

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    Shruti — August 14, 2023 at 12:46 pm

    I made these at sea level, and they were perfect. However, I recently moved to CO and the elevation is 5300. The brownies turned out cakey and sank in the middle. Any suggestions on how to get the desired chewy texture without the sinking effect?

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      Kiersten @ Handle the Heat — August 16, 2023 at 6:52 am

      Hi Shruti! I’m glad to hear that you enjoy these brownies when baking at sea level! Tessa and the rest of our team have never lived at high altitude, so we don’t have much experience with baking adjustments for this. King Arthur Baking has a terrific article on baking at high altitudes here. Because there’s so little leavening in this recipe (usually the first thing to adjust for high altitude baking), I would recommend starting with King Arthur’s suggestion of adding a little additional flour, along with their oven temperature/bake time adjustments, and adjust further as needed from there. Good luck in your quest! Happy baking!

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    Kaylee — August 13, 2023 at 4:16 pm

    Wow! Amazing way better than store bought. So rich and creamy and the time and heat was perfect. Absolutely best recipe with the best flavor and consistency.

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    Sally — August 13, 2023 at 4:07 pm

    Can you double this recipe & bake in 9″ x 13″ pan?

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      Kiersten @ Handle the Heat — August 14, 2023 at 9:44 am

      Hi Sally! Yes, to double this recipe, use a 9×13 pan and bake for the same amount of time. Happy baking 🙂

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    Debbie — August 13, 2023 at 12:23 pm

    Do you have to use parchment paper or foil in the pan?

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      Kiersten @ Handle the Heat — August 14, 2023 at 9:39 am

      Hi Debbie! We definitely prefer to use parchment or foil, so we can easily remove the brownies from the pan for cutting and serving. Feel free to skip it, but just note that it’s possible the brownies may then stick to the pan and be difficult to remove.

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      Kristine — September 21, 2023 at 7:53 am

      can I make these in a 9×13 pan? I need to feed about 20 people and an 8×8 won’t cut it! I was thinking if I doubled everything? do you have a suggestion?

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        Kiersten @ Handle the Heat — September 22, 2023 at 6:57 am

        Hi Kristine! As Tessa mentions in the recipe notes, “To double this recipe, use a 9×13 pan and bake for the same amount of time.” Happy baking!

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    Bakaholic — August 10, 2023 at 3:20 pm

    Interesting. I baked these twice, and I find the flavor and texture of the brownies improves *significantly* as they age. The first day these are baked, they’re alright. They taste like boxed brownies as the author noted, and the flavor is dulled somewhat by the oil in the batter (I used grape seed oil, which shouldn’t be too overwhelming.) Day 2 and 3 onward, they soften, become smoother, and the chocolate flavor intensifies and deepens. I suppose this is because the gluten softens and the flavors have time to mingle. I thought they were delicious after they aged. These are definitely brownies for people who prefer dough-y to gooey brownies. I’d recommend baking these a couple of days ahead of serving them, which is counter intuitive for a lot of baked goods.

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    Nikki — August 8, 2023 at 5:27 am

    I can’t use cornstarch and would love to try this recipe. I typically sub out baking powder for cornstarch in baking anyway. However, I don’t know in this recipe if that will make it rise too much as the objective is chewy. Any suggestions or thoughts?

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      Kiersten @ Handle the Heat — August 9, 2023 at 8:15 am

      Hi Nikki! Adding more leavening agent to these brownies will definitely change the texture – it will make them rise more and give them a cakier texture, so we definitely don’t recommend that. If you cannot find cornstarch where you live, give arrowroot a try instead. We haven’t tried it ourselves, so we can’t say for sure how it will go – but it’s a thickening agent similar to cornstarch, so it may yield similar results. Alternatively, just skip the cornstarch – but your brownies may not be quite as thick or chewy, and it may not develop that beautiful shiny crust (see the pink tip box above the recipe for more info and side-by-side pictures!). I hope that helps! Let us know what you think of these brownies once you’ve given them a try 🙂 Happy baking!

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      Savannah — August 26, 2023 at 10:11 pm

      Didn’t have corn starch on hand so used an additional tablespoon of flour and turned out perfect. Also made it in mini bread load silicone pan and it came out amazing too.

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    Katherine — August 8, 2023 at 5:19 am

    good basic brownies. used a metal pan. didn’t have an extra yolk so I added 20g butter. sugar less 40g. is this why I didn’t get a nice crackle top? irs always elusive to me

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      Kiersten @ Handle the Heat — August 9, 2023 at 8:12 am

      Hi Katherine! This recipe is written in a very specific way, to produce perfectly chewy brownies with a shiny, crinkly crust. Adding additional fat will change the ratios of the recipe and therefore alter the outcome, and reducing the sugar will also reduce moisture and change the texture. These changes are almost definitely the reason for your brownies not getting that lovely crust on top. You can read more about how to achieve that shiny brownie crust here, and read about why reducing sugar in baking can have big results on the outcome here. I hope that helps, and I hope you give these brownies another try as written sometime – they really are amazing! Thanks so much for trying Tessa’s recipe and Happy Baking! 🙂

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    Linda — August 5, 2023 at 6:58 pm

    Delicious!! I added. nuts to the mix.
    Needed an extra 8 to 10 mins to bake. So good!!

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    Vyvy — August 5, 2023 at 11:41 am

    Amaaaazing recipe ! Dark chocolate lovers are going to enjoy this one. Just the right sweetness with a deep chocolate flavor. I used Dutch processed cocoa powder, 50/50 white and brown sugar and added freshly toasted walnuts. Such a delight ! Highly recommend 😀

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    Lucy Harris — August 5, 2023 at 12:24 am

    Just made these and amazing! Thank you. Wanted to check are your oven temperatures fan or conventional? As in if I am using a fan oven in the UK do I need to take 20 degrees off the temperature you state? Thank you.

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      Kiersten @ Handle the Heat — August 7, 2023 at 9:43 am

      Hi Lucy! So happy to hear that you enjoyed these brownies! 🙂 All our recipes (and most American recipes, generally speaking, unless otherwise stated) will use conventional temperatures, as convection ovens and convection settings aren’t as common over here. You will need to shave about 25°F off the stated temperature for best results. Learn more about this in Tessa’s Ovens 101 article here! 🙂

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        Lucy Harris — August 7, 2023 at 12:15 pm

        Thanks so much for taking the time to answer.

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