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A Simple Homemade Brownie Recipe from Scratch

Updated on July 13, 2012

Brownies are one of my favorite desserts to make. Aside from being ridiculously easy to prepare, they can be cut into almost any size- from super indulgent blocks of awesome to nibble-sized party pleasers.

This is my absolute favorite brownie recipe. It has a hint of cinnamon (which you're free to leave out, but I recommend including! It's amazing!) and includes a fudgy, indulgent frosting. to make things super simple and to cut down on the number of measuring cups you get dirty, I've shared ingredients in weight (as well as traditional cup measurements), so if you have a scale, you can save both preparation and cleanup time by tossing ingredients directly into your mixing bowls.

I'll admit that I used to make brownies from mixes, and they can taste just fine, but these brownies are virtually just as easy to make, plus they're made from scratch and are far more delicious. This recipe requires only 30 minutes of prep time (including cleanup) and 35 minutes of baking time, so the entire project can be finished in just over an hour. I hope you give it a try- and never return to boxed mixes again!

Mmm. Chocolate.
Mmm. Chocolate.
Simple ingredients!
Simple ingredients!


This recipe yields about 16 average-sized brownies, but the number really varies depending on how you cut them.

For the brownies:

  • 120 grams of (unsalted) butter (one stick or 1/2 cup)
  • 180 grams of sugar (1 scant cup)
  • 2 eggs (about 110 grams)
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 40 grams cocoa powder (1/2 cup)
  • 60 grams (all purpose) wheat flour (1/2 cup)
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon (I recommend Saigon cinnamon)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder

For the frosting:

  • 45 grams softened butter (3 tablespoons)
  • 15 grams cocoa powder (3 tablespoons)
  • 1 tablespoon of honey
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 100 grams confectioner's sugar (1 cup)

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Easy as pie... er, well, technically easier.Dust with cocoa- not boring ol' flower!It helps to sift the powdered sugar for the icing to prevent lumps ^_^
Easy as pie... er, well, technically easier.
Easy as pie... er, well, technically easier.
Dust with cocoa- not boring ol' flower!
Dust with cocoa- not boring ol' flower!
It helps to sift the powdered sugar for the icing to prevent lumps ^_^
It helps to sift the powdered sugar for the icing to prevent lumps ^_^


For the brownies:

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and stage your ingredients so you don't leave anything out by mistake!
  2. In a pan, melt one stick of butter (you can also melt the butter in a microwave-save bowl using your- you guessed it- microwave!)
  3. Stir in the sugar, eggs, and vanilla.
  4. Once those elements are combined, add the cocoa (saving a bit for the pan), flour, salt, cinnamon, and baking powder
  5. Grease your pan with the remnants of the butter from the wrapper (that's one of the major benefits of using a whole stick- you can use the wrapper, too!) and dust it with cocoa powder instead of flour
  6. Bake the brownies for 25-30 minutes - do not let them sit in longer lest they dry out!

For the frosting:

  1. Combine the butter, cocoa, honey, vanilla, and sugar
  2. Frost the brownies while they are still warm

3.4 stars from 18 ratings of Simple Chocolate Brownies

Cook Time

Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 30 min
Ready in: 40 min
Yields: twelve brownies


This recipe is adapted from the "Best Brownies" recipe by Angie on

I increased the cocoa powder ratio, reduced sugar slightly, added cinnamon, changed measurements to weight, and added the note about greasing and dusting pans with cocoa powder.


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    • JanisaChatte profile image


      2 years ago from Earth

      This recipe has a little too many ingredients for my definition of a simple recipe, but a frosting with honey must be delicious!

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      Karen Metz 

      8 years ago from Michigan

      Cinnamon? I've never heard of putting that in brownies...worth a try! Thanks for the recipe!!

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      Simone Haruko Smith 

      8 years ago from San Francisco

      You can really choose whatever size pan you like. Sometimes I even make them in minimuffin-sized cups, so go for whatever you like!

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      Patty J 

      8 years ago

      Did I miss something? What size pan? Anxious to try the brownies. Getting tired of expensive brownie mixes.

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      Amber White 

      8 years ago from New Glarus, WI

      will definitely try this recipe!

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      Kristin Trapp 

      8 years ago from Illinois

      These look amazing and I think I actually have all the ingredients. I never would have thought to have added cinnamon and didn't ever think to sift the powder sugar to avoid lumps in the frosting. Great hub!

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      50 Caliber 

      9 years ago from Arizona

      Simone, looks like a winner, I got the munchies yesterday and holding back so I could eat some and blame my cooking on you, they turned out right and are tasty to boot, never would have added cinnamon on my lonesome, thanks, Dusty

    • rikabothra profile image


      9 years ago

      Great recipe and seems easy to make. However, could we make it without eggs? Is there any other substitute for it?

    • Chatkath profile image


      9 years ago from California

      Got to try this one! Sounds like a perfectly tailored Brownie to me! Complete with the cinnamon which I always found nice with the chocolate.

    • anglnwu profile image


      9 years ago

      I've to confess I'm a reluctant baker and will often cheat by baking from mix. Yours sound simple and wonderfully tastier--will give it a try.

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      Susan Holland 

      9 years ago from Southwest Missouri

      This reminds me of the brownies my mother used to make. DELICIOUS!!

      Voted up and useful!! :-)

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      Verlie Burroughs 

      9 years ago from Canada

      This looks so yummy! A tip on brownies, if you are stuck with a mix, try adding a cup or more of cherry pie filling (reduce the water and oil proportionately) it's really good!

    • theseattlegirl profile image


      9 years ago

      I *love* me some brownies.

      Can I just say that I wish everyone did everything related to baking by weight? When I switched to using my digital food scale a few years ago, life suddenly got much easier, and much more exact.

      I'm definitely feeling some food scale love!

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      Brenda Barnes 

      9 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

      Yum. I love cinnamon and will add it to the next batch I make of...well, most anything. hehe

      Since I am eating all things healthy, I must wait a while to make these, but they are on my list now. Thanks Simone.

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      9 years ago from Philippines

      I love to bake.One of the simple joys of life.Thank you,I'll give your recipe a try.

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      9 years ago from Rep Boston MA

      You know Simone, you should have made the brownies we had at Hubcamp Boston. I bet yours would be awesome (and extra chocolaty.)


    • FloraBreenRobison profile image


      9 years ago

      I love brownies. I will have to try this recipe.

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      Rod Martin Jr 

      9 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Sounds yum! You're making me hungry. I'll have to try this.

      Thanks, Simone!

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      Mishael Austin Witty 

      9 years ago from Kentucky, USA

      Love the pictures! I tried adding cinnamon to some cake mix brownies I made not too long ago, but I didn't measure it, so I ended up using too much! LOL

      I hated them, but my husband and 2-yr-old seemed to like them. :-) Next time I will know!

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      Peggy Woods 

      9 years ago from Houston, Texas

      I'll bet that touch of cinnamon really is good in your brownie recipe. I always loved my mother's recipe best of all the ones I have tasted...but yours sounds like one worth trying. Oh dear...guess I'll be buying more pants with elastic waists! :))

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      9 years ago from East Texas

      These really do sound good.

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      Simon Cook 

      9 years ago from NJ, USA

      Wow these sound so easy to make and look so good! When are Hubpages introducing the Scratch and sniff interface?

      One question - what's the difference between 1 cup and 1 scant cup?


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