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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.

Recipe Video

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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Author: Tessa Arias

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!)

Tessa Arias

About Tessa...

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. #
    Omar — October 7, 2016 at 7:07 pm

    This is so fire!!

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      Tessa — October 10, 2016 at 10:33 am

      Yay! Glad to hear that!

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    Adilah bahrin — September 17, 2016 at 9:25 pm

    Perfect! Sooo chewy and easy to do…I just reduce the amount of sugar.. thanks!

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    Jackie — September 1, 2016 at 4:37 am

    Oops! I did look over the corn starch part! Thanks!

    Thanks for the tip on whole wheat!

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    Jackie — August 31, 2016 at 5:57 am

    Wow, thank you so much for breaking down each ingredient and educating us on the effects of each one! Just curious, what is the purpose of the corn starch? and what would happen if it’s substituted with flour? Also, what do you think would happen if I use all purpose whole wheat flour or whole wheat pastry flour?

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      Tessa — August 31, 2016 at 8:52 am

      Hi Jackie, did you miss the line explaining why cornstarch is called for? Here it is, “Cornstarch This little secret ingredient really helps to improve the texture of these brownies so they’re that much closer to the box mix kind.” You can think of it as a tenderizer. I would reccomend following the recipe exactly as I’ve written it the first time, then experiment with changes.

      Whole wheat flour would make the brownies denser with a more pronounced wheat flavor. I would start with no more than 50% whole wheat, 50% all purpose.

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    Esther — August 19, 2016 at 4:41 pm

    These required much longer than 30 minutes in the oven. They were still completely gooey throughout. Not sure what happened.

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      Tessa — August 20, 2016 at 9:51 am

      Hi Esther, what kind of pan did you bake them in? And did you track your oven’s temperature with an oven thermometer?

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    karen — August 17, 2016 at 8:43 pm

    Too tart,,not enough sweetness. Cocoa powder needs to have more sweetness to balance flavour.
    Fudge but not the best recipe.

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      Tessa — August 18, 2016 at 7:54 am

      I’m sorry to hear that, Karen! But 1 1/4 cups sugar for an 8-inch brownie plan should be plenty of sweetness. And based off the other positive reviews, I’m thinking that maybe next time a different brand of cocoa powder might work better 🙂

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    Emma — August 6, 2016 at 9:21 am

    Whoah so good this is an awesome website thanx for this recipe Tessa!

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    bethany king — July 23, 2016 at 6:01 pm

    WOW. These are SO good. I usually don’t follow instructions perfectly, and my baked stuff is really tasty (for me and my hubby and kid anyway!). But I loved the way you broke down WHY things needed to be done a certain way. Like, normally when I see “let it cool”, I just ignore that (shh) but I let the batter cool as you instructed. I used olive oil since we don’t usually have veggie oil. Anyway, long story short, this is my new go to brownie recipe! And I can’t wait to check out other goodies from your site!

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    Hiral — July 20, 2016 at 8:52 pm

    Hi Tessa. This recipe looks so yummy I can’t wait to try it out in a few days! The only problem is that why is the 3/4 cup (128 grams) semisweet chocolate chips and the 3/4 cup (75 grams) unsweetened cocoa powder the same amount in cups if the grams are different? What I mean is that both are 3/4 cups but they are different amounts of grams. Would love if you could answer back asap. Thank you! ☺It does not really matter as I can figure it out in grams but just asking to be prepared when I make them!

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      Pamela Avila — October 1, 2021 at 6:56 pm

      The reason for the difference in grams is because of the weight difference in the chips, which are heavier, than the cocoa powder, even though both are the same measurement of 3/4 cup.

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    Rebecca — July 20, 2016 at 12:46 am

    Tried so many brownie recipes but none of them ever turned out as fudgy! Added some hazelnuts in for an extra crunch. My family absolutely loved the brownies. Will definitely stick to this recipe from now on. Thanks Tessa!

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      Tessa — July 20, 2016 at 10:31 am

      So happy to hear that, Rebecca! 🙂

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    Sara — June 26, 2016 at 10:11 pm

    Hi. i know this might quite a weird question. but after putting the butter and sugar into microwave for 1 minute, would i expect the sugar to be melted along with the butter ? or only the butter would be melted ? I haven’t make this yet but want to make sure what i should expect it to be upon melting both. thanks !

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      Tessa — June 28, 2016 at 9:18 pm

      No.. it should just begin to dissolve slightly into the butter but sugar requires a very high temp to melt.

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    Jessica Tinoco — June 23, 2016 at 8:29 pm

    Thank you so much for this recipe! It was exactly what I was looking for. I made a double match and it was a hit!

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    Lindsay — June 15, 2016 at 5:40 am

    I used my kitchen scale for the first time to make these, so I followed the recipe to the gram! Thesy are the best brownies I’ve ever had, hands down. Wow. And just as good for breakfast the next morning. 😉

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    Allyson — June 12, 2016 at 5:02 pm

    the picture, the ingredients, everything looked and sounded so awesome! but all I taste in mine is sugar! I feel like I can even feel the grit! but I am the only one who had this issue I see, as soon as my dishwasher is done, I’m going to make sure I used the correct ones!

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    L — June 5, 2016 at 9:06 am

    Hi Tessa. Thanks for answering. I followed the recipe exactly. 🙁 I was thinking maybe the butter melted into the sugar?

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    L — June 5, 2016 at 5:51 am

    Hello. New to baking and I tried out this recipe. I’m not sure what I did wrong but I hope you guys can help me out. My brownies turned hard and crispy. 😐 And not as chewy. It’s crumbling when I cut them into pieces. Thanks.

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      Tessa — June 5, 2016 at 7:55 am

      Sounds like maybe the ingredients were mis-measured (especially the flour, it’s really easy to compact the flour into the measuring cup and add way too much) or you forgot to add an ingredient 🙁

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    Mary Long — May 26, 2016 at 1:09 pm

    Tessa these are my new favorite brownies! I have a lot of recipes for brownies that I enjoy but I have been looking for a chewy brownie that is also rich with chocolate flavor. I added in some candied cherries on top my second go round and sliced so that each one had a cherry.
    Easy and wonderful thank you for your recipe!

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      Tessa — May 26, 2016 at 9:03 pm

      So happy to hear that, Mary! Thanks for taking the time to comment 🙂

  18. #
    YeLim — May 24, 2016 at 7:20 pm

    it’s Sooooo perfect I’ve ever seen! Thank you for sharing this recipe!!! 😀

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    Caroline — May 22, 2016 at 10:40 pm

    Yes you can use Dutch Cocoa powder. Someone mentioned about cooking at a higher altitude. Usually with cooking at higher levels you have to make an adjustment. Only seen the cooking tip on the back of the baking boxes.

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    Meredith Knoop — May 17, 2016 at 6:00 pm

    I had given up hope on finding a brownie recipe better than the box, and you delivered. Thank you

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    Tessa — May 16, 2016 at 8:35 pm

    Finally!!!! I’ve tried probably a half a dozen homemade brownie recipes that claim to be as good as boxed but they failed miserably! Too grainy, bad taste, etc… But I was intrigued by your scientific approach and knew I had to give them a try! My hopes were really low bc I love boxed brownies, but wow wow wow! I’m in love!!! The texture and flavor is perfection! They remind me of my favorite ghirardelli mix, but these beat those because they are homemade! My husband, who is a more picky brownie eater than myself, raved about them and couldn’t believe they were homemade. Thanks so much for sharing this recipe! I can’t wait to try more from you! 🙂 Haley

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      Tessa — May 16, 2016 at 9:36 pm

      Haley, you have no idea how happy this comment makes me! I’m so glad you and your husband enjoyed the brownies. Can’t wait to see what you bake next 🙂

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    Mya — May 16, 2016 at 2:18 pm

    would there be a difference if u dont use the constarch

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      Tessa — May 16, 2016 at 9:38 pm

      This recipe was very carefully created to make the chewiest brownies possible that replicate the boxed mix taste and texture. Every ingredient is added for a specific reason, so the best results will come from following the recipe exactly.

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        Izzy — October 19, 2020 at 8:43 am

        I’m in the UK and I think the closest match is cornmeal polenta – has anyone tried with this and got on ok!? How exciting!”

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          Leslie — December 28, 2020 at 11:53 am

          If you are referring to the cornstarch it is the same as cornflour. Cornmeal polenta is not the same at all!

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            Kisa Nao — June 19, 2021 at 5:26 am

            Hi. 2 Questions if you will. Can the butter be cold or must it be room temperature? And what if I blend my sugar into powder sugar? Will it not be chewy like biscuit in texture?

            Cause I think if granulated the sugar might not fully corporated and when baked would still be many tiny sugar crystals.


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            Tessa — June 21, 2021 at 1:20 pm

            The butter is melted in the directions, so it doesn’t matter if it’s cold or room temp beforehand 🙂 I wouldn’t recommend substituting powdered sugar for the granulated sugar as the outcome will not be the same. I’ve tested this recipe extensively, and the sugar will slowly start to dissolve when added to the butter in the microwave and you won’t have crunchy sugar in your brownies once they’re baked. This important step also helps with the shiny tissue thin crust! 🙂

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    Vance — May 11, 2016 at 12:27 pm

    Can i use dutch cocoa powder in this?

  24. #
    Megan — May 5, 2016 at 7:18 pm

    These turned out perfectly! They were nice and fudgey with a nice top. When making the batter and taking them out of the oven, I could tell and smell that it would be great. I took them to a bake sale, they sold out with a little help from my friends, but I was reluctant to part with them! Thanks for the recipe and insteresting explanation of how it works.

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      Tessa — May 6, 2016 at 8:51 am

      Wow, thanks so much Megan! Loved reading your comment 🙂

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    carol — May 1, 2016 at 2:14 pm

    don’t like that you can’t print out the picture

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      Tessa — May 1, 2016 at 7:57 pm

      Do you mean the picture on its own or along with the recipe?

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    Eilis — April 29, 2016 at 9:23 am

    Hi Tessa, I just made these brownies using gluten free flour, coconut butter, coconut sugar and dairy free chocolate chips as I have an intolerance to wheat, dairy and cane sugar. I just wanted to pass on that they are devine..even though I overcooked them slightly…but that was a mistake on my part.

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      Tessa — May 1, 2016 at 8:02 pm

      Awesome! Glad they worked with your intolerances 🙂

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    Gina — April 29, 2016 at 8:37 am

    Can you double the recipe, and what size pan would you use?

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      Tessa — May 1, 2016 at 8:02 pm

      Sure! 9×13″ pan.

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    Kauthar — April 28, 2016 at 11:18 pm

    Thanks a million for adding grams!!

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    Kauthar — April 28, 2016 at 11:17 pm

    Thanks a million for adding grams!! Can’t wait to try these.

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      Tessa — May 1, 2016 at 8:03 pm

      I’m glad it’s appreciated! Happy baking.

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    Kitta — April 23, 2016 at 4:03 pm

    I thought these were the best brownies I’ve ever made!!!!! Thank you for sharing this recipe!

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      Tessa — April 24, 2016 at 5:31 pm

      Awesome, Kitta! Thanks so much for your lovely comment 🙂

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    Liz Vi — April 23, 2016 at 12:53 pm

    Can i use cane sugar instead?

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      Tessa — April 24, 2016 at 5:32 pm

      I have no clue, unfortunately. I’ve never tried.

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      Katie — April 27, 2020 at 3:22 pm

      Can this be put in 9×13 pan instead?

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    Sarah — April 21, 2016 at 3:38 am

    I like big butts 🙂

  34. #
    Abby — April 21, 2016 at 3:37 am

    I made these brownies for a school project. Very tasty and chewy 🙂
    Thank you so much.

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    Penny — April 20, 2016 at 5:33 pm

    When my 2 1/2 year old granddaughter asked for brownies, I just had to make some but I only had cocoa powder. So glad I found your chewy brownie recipe on Pinterest! I’ve made this recipe 3 times already this week. It’s a great way to use up all those pieces of bags of chocolate chips in the pantry. I’ve used semi-sweet, milk chocolate and dark chocolate chips with fabulous reviews. We even added some walnuts to one batch and it’s delicious. Thanks for sharing!

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    Johanna — April 19, 2016 at 1:04 am

    I am SO glad I found these! I’ve been looking everywhere for a fudgy yet chewy brownie. Oh, by the way, are the chocolate chips absolutely needed? I’m out of chocolate chips and I won’t be buying any for a while. Again, fantastic recipe!

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      Tessa — April 19, 2016 at 9:13 pm

      Yay! And no, definitely not necessary if you are out. Just an added flavor / texture bonus 🙂

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    Jyoti — April 18, 2016 at 10:43 am

    They look so yummy want to bake it now.cannot wait for tomorrow .thanks so much

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    Noey — April 2, 2016 at 8:10 pm

    Is that you mean natural cocoa? I normally use only dutch processed cocoa ,thanks

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    Brenda — March 30, 2016 at 7:04 pm

    I live in Globe, AZ. Do I need to change anything because of higher altitude? I really want to make these!

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      Tessa — March 31, 2016 at 8:36 am

      Hi Brenda! I’m not really sure because I’ve never baked at a higher altitude. If you find that you normally need to make adjustments for a recipe to turn out, then I would stick to whatever you normally do. Good luck!

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    ruby — March 30, 2016 at 1:52 pm

    Recipe works awesome they taste better than store bought , only thing I didnt add was the extra egg yolk but still turned out great

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      Tessa — March 30, 2016 at 4:40 pm

      Glad you enjoyed the recipe!

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    Laura — March 14, 2016 at 3:49 pm

    Finally!!! A recipe that delivers chewy brownies with a shiny top, just like the ones from a mix. I realized some time ago that without vegetable oil I was never going to achieve that effect from scratch, but all the brownie-mix copycat recipes out there still looked wrong. But yours is just perfect–plenty of butter for flavor, no water to dilute the batter, and the corn starch seemed like a genius idea. I was nervous during baking, as these puffed up like a souffle, but they settled into exactly the brownies I’ve been trying to make for YEARS. Next time I will heed your advice about the cold eggs. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

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    Alva — March 7, 2016 at 3:01 pm

    Hello! 🙂 These brownies look so damn delicious, like the most delicious ones I’ve seen in my life. My only question is how big your bakning pan was when doing them? Thank you for amazing recipes, hugs from Sweden!

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      Tessa — March 7, 2016 at 3:49 pm

      Hi Alva, thank you! Did you have a chance to read the recipe? It states that an 8×8-inch baking pan is the size needed 🙂

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    Michelle O — March 6, 2016 at 7:05 pm

    All I can say is WOW! These are super easy to make and so delicious!! I absolutely love a chewy brownie and have never found a more perfect recipe until now! These are excellent when they are still warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and yummy the next day by themselves! You’ve done it again Tessa! Awesome, awesome recipe!

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      Tessa — March 7, 2016 at 9:06 am

      Ah thank you so much, Michelle!!

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    Liz — February 27, 2016 at 8:20 pm

    For some reason, these required a lot longer baking time than you listed. I had to bake them at 325 for about an hour for them to be done. I use an oven thermometer, so I know my oven was heated at the right temperature. Also, they turned out much thicker and cakier than your photos, even though I followed the recipe exactly. Any advice?

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    Michelle — February 21, 2016 at 11:12 am

    Just made these and they turned out delicious! The only thing is my top didn’t turn out shiny like yours. The only thing I did different was not use the extra yolk, which honestly, I don’t think it needed. It was moist and chewy. Could I have mixed it too much? I know it’s weird, I just like shiny tops on my brownies. Other than that it was awesome.
    Thanks for all your expertise:)

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    Isabel — February 19, 2016 at 8:30 am

    Thanks for the recipe. I have just made a batch and they are gorgeous. I love brownies and I like trying different recipes and this is my favourite. Love from Spain.

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    Leslie — February 18, 2016 at 5:35 pm

    Just about to make these and realize I only have cacao powder not cocoa powder. Will it still be as good or no?

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    Chaka — February 18, 2016 at 3:21 pm

    Hi Tessa – these brownies looks absolutely delicious! I am definitely going to try your recipe will let you know how they turn out.

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    Rene — February 17, 2016 at 8:54 am

    I made these last week – so good! I am always skeptical of homemade brownie recipes having never found one as good as the boxed. These were great and truly a replacement for my favorite boxed brownies. Thank you for creating such wonderful recipes. I feel better making these since I see what is actually in the final product. Bless you 🙂

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    Joanne — February 16, 2016 at 8:44 pm

    Thank you for this post; I like how well you explained your brownie recipe.

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    Kristen @ The Endless Meal — February 16, 2016 at 11:44 am

    I always love how thorough your posts are. I know I can always learn something about baking from you! Thanks for the geat recipe. 🙂

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      Tessa — February 16, 2016 at 4:43 pm

      Awe thank you Kristen 🙂

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    Neeli — February 14, 2016 at 10:09 am

    Great-looking brownies, Tessa. I used to be one of those people who felt that using a kitchen scale was a waste of time, but I no longer feel that way. I love my scale and it makes baking so fun when your baked goods turn out they way you want them to. I’ve had my kitchen scale for over a year now, and I can’t go back to using measuring cups unless I’m measuring an ingredient that I haven’t used before.

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    Jennifer — February 14, 2016 at 6:43 am

    Hiii… Love the recipe but I also love that headline typography. Which on is it??

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    Susan D — February 13, 2016 at 11:27 pm

    Hi Tessa, I’m with Joanna and Sarah. I appreciate you posting ingredients in grams as well, so much easier and consistent 🙂 I can’t wait to try these chewy brownies they look so yummy!!

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    Pam — February 12, 2016 at 12:04 pm

    Hi Tessa,
    These look great! Do you add the oil with the butter in the microwave, or later? I may be having a mind toot but couldn’t find it in the recipe. I do enjoy your blog. I was a medical scientist in a hospital lab for 21 years before retiring. Thank you!

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      Tessa — February 12, 2016 at 12:37 pm

      Thanks for pointing that out Pam, it was a typo. Fixed now 🙂

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      Lindsay — April 25, 2020 at 10:07 pm

      Wow this is EXACTLY what I was looking for in terms of a CHEWY brownie! I honestly feel like this should be the first brownie recipe that pops up when anyone googles a brownie recipe. And I LOVE all the explanations for all the main ingredients! I feel like I learned so much after reading your post. Can’t wait to look through more of your posts/recipes! Simply the best! The best teacher, the best recipe, the best brownie and the best night of quarantine with a glass of milk!

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    jeanette lalor — February 12, 2016 at 10:52 am

    hi tessa
    i am the 74 year old grammy who wants everything to be easy. when i saw your recipe for brownies, this is just what i was looking for! maybe i can give my 6 grandchildren a little bit o’heaven for valentine’ day. thank you SO MUCH, tessa. jeanette

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      Tessa — February 12, 2016 at 12:37 pm

      Wonderful! Happy Valentine’s Day!

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    Sarah — February 12, 2016 at 10:06 am

    Thanks for adding grams to the recipe…love that=)
    These look super yummy!

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      Tessa — February 12, 2016 at 12:37 pm

      Happy to hear it’s appreciated! Will try to include grams moving forward 🙂

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        Linda Waller — October 20, 2019 at 8:36 am

        Please reply as soon as possible.
        Can you use whole wheat flour instead of refined (all purpose) flour? I don’t use refined flour when I make baked goods only whole wheat flour. Thanks!

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          ImpressedHuman — April 8, 2020 at 3:14 pm

          Yes but it would not be as…tasty. I tried it both ways!

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            Tom — April 9, 2020 at 10:18 am

            Have you tried with bread flour? I’d be interested to know if they become chewier!

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            Tom — April 9, 2020 at 10:20 am

            Have you tried it with bread flour? I’d be interested to know if that makes it chewier!

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          zoya lodhi — May 9, 2021 at 11:09 pm

          makes the brownies denser and more flour tasting. they’re still delicious though.

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    Joanna — February 12, 2016 at 8:41 am

    Hey Tessa!
    Thank you so so much for this recipe! And especially for adding the amount of ingredients in grams 🙂 It’s really helpful.
    I always look forward to your newsletter because your recipes always turn out perfect.
    Thank you so much and have a wonderful day!


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      Tessa — February 12, 2016 at 12:38 pm

      You are so welcome! I’m planning on including grams since it seems so appreciated! Thanks so much for subscribing.

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    Jasmine — February 12, 2016 at 8:27 am

    They look delicious, thanks for posting! Does that mean they don’t taste fudgy though?

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      Tessa — February 12, 2016 at 12:38 pm

      Still fudgy!

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      Makaylas ❤️ Noonan — January 6, 2021 at 10:52 pm

      My mom made the same brownies it’s so good it’s chew and fuigy it’s amazing

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    taylor @ Food Faith Fitness — February 12, 2016 at 4:50 am

    I’ll take that entire plate! These look soooooooo good! Mouthwatering actually 🙂

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      Alissa — May 18, 2021 at 1:35 pm

      Clear to follow along and really easy with great results on short time.

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