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Simply Delicious Chocolate Brownies from Scratch!

Updated on August 23, 2017
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Mickie Gee is a retired librarian and a grandmother. She learned all her book-repair tricks on the job or in the kitchen!

A yummy, moist, made from scratch brownie!


A mouthwatering recipe that will MAKE you celebrate the brownie!

Attention! This recipe is the absolute best homemade brownie you will ever put in your mouth! So celebrate the chocolate brownie by making a batch today!

By the way, December 8th is the "official" National Chocolate Brownie Day in the US! As if one needed an excuse to make brownies! August has been designated as "National Brownies at Brunch Month", so you have even more days to celebrate the brownie and have a cup of fresh Starbucks coffee (see my page where I review Starbucks K-cups).

Why do we love brownies? Because they are made with chocolate? Because there are so many great mixes that are easy to make? Who knows the real answer? Who really cares why we love this delectable treat?

Almost everyone I know has a favorite scratch recipe or mix that they swear by. Those same cooks also have a secret ingredient or trick that they use to make their "award-winning" chocolate brownie. (My secret for box brownies is to throw in a handful of chocolate chips!)

I found this fudgie brownie recipe in the August 2009 Southern Living Magazine. After I made the recipe that I am sharing with you below, I decided that I will no longer buy a mix--unless I must. Sometimes one just needs to use a mix when the your pantry is lacking proper scratch ingredients. However, I must say that it was extremely easy to make the scratch brownie recipe I am sharing.

And DO make some brownies on December 8th--National Brownie Day!

Also, go express your opinion about whether the brownie can be a "cookie". Keep on scrolling to voice your opinion. Then Tweet it!

(Brownie Image credits: Mickie_G)

My New Favorite Homemade Chocolate Brownie Recipe: - This "So Good" brownie recipe is from Southern Living Magazine August 2009

The actual recipe in Southern Living!
The actual recipe in Southern Living! | Source

Sorry the picture is so "non-professional", but I must give all the credit for this gooey delightful brownie to SL magazine! That is why I took the picture!

Ingredients that you might need to make the Southern Living Brownies:

I also used unsalted butter. This you cannot get fresh from Amazon.

I also use Eggland's Best Eggs.

Ghirardelli 100% Cacao Unsweetened Chocolate Bar - 4 oz
Ghirardelli 100% Cacao Unsweetened Chocolate Bar - 4 oz

American Chocolate for the all-American Brownie recipe from Southern Living


Ohhh so moist brownie made from scratch!

Chocolate Brownie Image by Mickie Gee first published on
Chocolate Brownie Image by Mickie Gee first published on

Yes, this recipe came from Southern Living Magazine. I cannot take full credit for the ingredients, but I can share with you how easy it was to make this fudge like brownie. In the ingredients list, I share with you the brand names and/or type of product I used to make my own brownies.

See that dark, fudgey center in my image shown here? I promise you that this brownie will melt in your mouth.

The best way to cut warm brownies is with a cheap plastic knife--the kind you get with your "take-out" food! I kid you not.

Prep time: 11 min
Cook time: 1 hour 49 min
Ready in: 2 hours
Yields: 16


  • 4 one ounce unsweetened chocolate baking squares (I prefer Ghiradelli)
  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 1/2 cups granualted sugar (I use organic)
  • 1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar (light or dark)
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour (I use unbleached organic)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract (pure)
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Line bottom and sides of an 8-inch pan with aluminum foil, allowing 2 to 3 inches to extend over sides
  3. Spray the foil with a product like "Pam"
  4. Microwave chocolate and butter in a large micro-safe bowl or measuring cup at High 1 1/2 to 2 minutes or until melted and smooth stirring at 30-second intervals. Impt! to do this step.
  5. Whisk in granulated and brown sugars
  6. Add eggs, 1 at a time, whisking just until blended after each addition
  7. Whisk in flour, vanilla and salt. (NOTE: you might need to switch to a spoon when adding the flour)
  8. Pour mixture into prepared pan.
  9. Bake at 350 degrees for 40 to 44 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out with a few moist crumbles. Cool completely on a wire rack (sure!)
  10. Lift brownies from pan, using foil sides as handles
  11. Gently remove foil and cut brownies into sixteen squares with a cheap plastic take-out knife
Cast your vote for "So Good Brownies" Recipe (from Southern Living Magazine August 2009)

Definition Duel: Is a Brownie a "Bar Cookie" or not? - Get out your plastic knives for this brownie battle!

Could the brownie be considered a "bar cookie"? What about just a "cookie"?

Be sure to sign my guestbook further down the page.

Can a brownie be called a "bar cookie"?

Images of my fudgey "scratch" brownie! - Click on the small images to make this "melt in your mouth" brownie larger!

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The top of this perfect brownie is thin and crunchy.The magazine page. Note the stains on the page; my two year old grandson "helped" me make this recipe on his birthday.The Southern Living Issue where I found the recipe. I will not take the credit for making it up.
The top of this perfect brownie is thin and crunchy.
The top of this perfect brownie is thin and crunchy.
The magazine page. Note the stains on the page; my two year old grandson "helped" me make this recipe on his birthday.
The magazine page. Note the stains on the page; my two year old grandson "helped" me make this recipe on his birthday.
The Southern Living Issue where I found the recipe. I will not take the credit for making it up.
The Southern Living Issue where I found the recipe. I will not take the credit for making it up.

TIP: Tool you might need to serve up this perfect chocolate brownie:

The most important tool you must have is a plastic knife! The kind of plastic knife that comes with "take-out" meals or that you can get at a fast food restaurant! Why? It is the best knife to cut brownies! No sticking. No crumbles. Honest. Works really well when the brownies are warm. So go ahead and enjoy those freshly made brownies--now!

You should have a square baking pan!

Nordic Ware Natural Aluminum Commercial Square Cake Pan with Lid, Exterior 9.88 x 9.88 Inches
Nordic Ware Natural Aluminum Commercial Square Cake Pan with Lid, Exterior 9.88 x 9.88 Inches

I find numerous uses for my square baking pan. However, this pan is perfect for making the scratch brownie recipe I have shared here with you. The best thing about the pan on Amazon is that it comes with a lid. Love lids that go with baking pans. Aluminum foil wrapped around a pan never really keeps cakes or brownies moist.


Thanks in advance for visiting my chocolate brownie lens (that is what an article on Squidoo is called)!

Yes, I do use a brownie mix occasionally. When I do, I prefer Ghirardelli Dark Chocolate Brownie Mix. (click to purchase)

Even if you do not like chocolate or brownies you are invited to leave a comment!

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    • Mickie Gee profile imageAUTHOR

      Mickie Gee 

      5 years ago

      @Miracle Magnolia: I am a closet potato chip eater, myself.

    • Miracle Magnolia profile image

      Miracle Magnolia 

      5 years ago from Atlanta, GA

      The very day I decided to go on a diet, I had to run across this scrumptious brownie recipe! So, I have now decided to put off the diet for just one day (but eat a whole pan of brownies tonight--all by myself, in the closet!)

    • Mickie Gee profile imageAUTHOR

      Mickie Gee 

      5 years ago

      @Merrci: I must make my brownie recipe for the Holidays! They are delicious and easy. Thanks for stoping by.

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      Merry Citarella 

      5 years ago from Oregon's Southern Coast

      They look so moist and delicious. Time to give up the box and make from scratch! Thanks for sharing this.

    • OldStones LM profile image

      OldStones LM 

      8 years ago

      Your recipe and the thought of brownies has my mouth watering so that I am worried about my keyboard. I may have to take a break and bake some brownies while the old keyboard dries out ;)

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      9 years ago

      Thank you for the blessing! I was missing a great recipe for my Southern Living pick on my favorite cookbooks lens so I added this one!

    • Mickie Gee profile imageAUTHOR

      Mickie Gee 

      9 years ago

      Thanks for the feature, rms! I love your blog! Cabaret Squidoo[in reply to rms]

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      Robin S 

      9 years ago from USA

      This delicious lens has been added to a post at the Cabaret Squidoo blog.

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      andreaberrios lm 

      9 years ago

      Yummy! I love brownies, I'm going to try your recipe. Nice lens!

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      Sandy Mertens 

      9 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      Thanks for adding this to Recipes, Reviews and Food Collection

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      9 years ago

      Great lens (but, will still use any packaged mix and add 1/4-1/2 cup chopped walnuts and extra chocolate chips). BTW found this lens on Lensroll.

    • Bellezza-Decor profile image


      9 years ago from Canada

      I love anything Chocolate too!

    • SandyMertens profile image

      Sandy Mertens 

      9 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      I love anything with chocolate. Brownies are always a treat! Thanks for these recipes.

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      10 years ago

      Wonderful recipe lens. Love your brown backgrounds.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 

      10 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      Yummy. I do remember seeing that recipe in my Southern Living but didn't try it then. I am glad to have this reminder since I need to take cookies to a picnic Monday. Thanks.

    • WindyWintersHubs profile image


      10 years ago from Vancouver Island, BC

      Wonderful Lens. So delicious and tasty!

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 

      10 years ago from United States

      Awesome! Chocolate brownies are my comfort food

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      10 years ago

      Chocolate is my favorite health food! And a good brownie is hard to beat. I like to put caramels in mine for extra gooey delight.

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      10 years ago

      Yummy lens.

      I love brownies and make them a few times a year.

      But I put icing on them.

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      10 years ago

      Sweet Recipe!

    • Mickie Gee profile imageAUTHOR

      Mickie Gee 

      10 years ago

      [in reply to 0ctavias0fferings] Wonderful. When shall I show up? That is IF I can afford a plane ticket to the UK.

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      10 years ago

      Fabulous, I shall have a chocolate brownie birthday :)


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