Best Ever Chewy Brownies

Best Ever Chewy Brownies

Best Ever Chewy Brownies have the softest center and crackly candy-like top crust.  It’s one of the most sought after delights at our place, and it doesn’t matter if I load them up with toasted nuts or frost ’em. A cherished Cheery Basic recipe, be watching for lots of fun ways to switch them up, for special occasions, making them your very own!

Best Ever Chewy Brownies

I have never used a boxed brownie mix.  I’ve tasted them though, yuck, because so many people use them.  All the credit for my from scratch only mentality goes to my sweet friend, Frankie, a serious foodie and great cook. She made huge pans of her brownies and frosted them with thick fudge frosting.  Always generous, she shared them with everyone she loved, along with her recipe.  Years later when The Silver Palate Cookbook came out, their Brownies, “traditional American Brownies,” were pretty close to Frankie’s. As far as I know she was the originator, even though they are the Best Ever Chewy Brownies, they will always be “Frankie’s Brownies” to me.

Best Ever Chewy BrowniesSo get excited cause you’re going to love these so much better than mix sweets!  But first, you need to make them, so preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. and grease and flour a 9 x 13″ pan, you know I love Baker’s Joy, it’s just so fast and easy and does a great job.  With an electric mixer, (my pet, use it 20 times a week), cream sugar and butter, add eggs, and vanilla mixing well.  Add flour and cocoa and mix well.  I always add nuts, Frankie didn’t,  but I use pecans, walnuts, or almonds that I’ve toasted, if you like them too.  Spread the thick batter evenly into your pan, and place in the hot oven.  Bake for 30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.

Best Ever Chewy Bronies

Cool on a wire rack and sprinkle with confectioner’s sugar if desired.

Best Ever Chewy Brownies

Best Ever Chewy Brownies yields 24-2″ square brownies.

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Best Ever Chewy Brownies
 
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Best Ever Chewy Brownies have the softest center and crackly candy-like top crust.
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Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Serves: 24 brownies
Ingredients
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 sticks butter
  • 4 eggs
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 cups flour
  • ⅔ cups cocoa
  • 1 cup toasted walnuts, chopped
  • Confectioner's sugar
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. and grease and flour a 9 x 13" pan, (I use Baker's Joy)
  2. Cream sugar and butter, add eggs, and vanilla mixing well.
  3. Add flour and cocoa and mix well.
  4. Add nuts if desired.
  5. Spread into prepared pan and place in the oven.
  6. Bake for 30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.
  7. Cool on a wire rack and sprinkle with confectioner's sugar if desired.
Notes
Be sure to use a toothpick to check for doneness. Oven temps vary and mine take 35 minutes.

Frankie always adds a thick layer of chocolate frosting!

Best Ever Chewy Brownies

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Best Ever Chewy Brownies

About The Author

Renée

Renée is passionate about making and sharing ALL things delicious! Her happy place really is her kitchen where she loves whipping up memories with her family and friends. Raised in sunny Southern California she's spent her adulthood in Idaho, both sides of her great state. She's married to an amazing man, and together they have 5 children, who gave them five more, and now they have 28 grandchildren. So there’s always a reason to cook and celebrate around their place!

70 Comments

  1. Julie

    Love brownies and Best Ever, just says try me. Hope you’re having a wonderful holiday season!

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  2. Heather Johnson

    You had me at brownies. I love chewy brownies the most. This recipe sounds perfect for me to try out!

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    • Renée

      Us too, they have to be chewy, so please let us know what you think. Thanks Heather.
      Renée recently posted…Cheers! BreakfastMy Profile

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  3. Amy Scott

    My favorite dessert! I only ever make brownies with walnuts, gotta have that crunch in there!

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  4. Marta

    I’ll try them in a vegan version, thanks for sharing!

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    • Alison

      Yes, that would be great!

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  5. Freya Farrington

    These look absolutely delicious, and I always thing walnuts should be added!

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    • Alison

      I agree, Freya! I love walnuts!

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  6. Kaley

    I love a good chewy brownie! I’ll definitely have to try my hand at making these.

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  7. Erica Velasco

    This looks amazing and I just downloaded the recipe card! Can’t wait to try it!

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    • Alison

      Thanks, Erica! I am so glad you like it!

      Reply
  8. Trish Delgado

    This brownies look so rich and decadent. Unfortunately I cannot have sugar or flour but my children can still benefit from this recipe!

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    • Renée

      We are crying for you Trish, we hope the kids love them!
      Renée recently posted…Cheers! BreakfastMy Profile

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  9. David

    Looks so tasty, I’m being obsessed with sweet food. I must try this. And it’s not too difficult to make.

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    • Renée

      Easy and so good, try away!

      Reply
  10. Andrea

    ALWAYS better to make things homemade (I’m a brownie girl too 😀 )

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    • Renée

      YUM, thanks Andrea, welcome to our club!

      Reply
  11. Julie Syl Kalungi

    Nom Nom Nom…Brownies, Chocolate, Gorgeous, Will show my baker son!

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    • Renée

      Send him over, we need a baker son!

      Reply
  12. Deanna

    These sound great! My family loves brownies, they never last more than a day at our house. I will try this recipe out!!

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    • Renée

      Thanks and enjoy Deanna!

      Reply
  13. Jacqui Odell

    My family loves brownies!! I bet they would love these.

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    • Renée

      Oh I hope so Jacqui, we sure love your fun blog! Thanks.

      Reply
  14. Agnes

    I have never made brownies and this recipe sounds like a great one to start with. looks delicious!

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    • Renée

      How exciting Agnes, we love having newbies join us in the kitchen. This is an easy, basic, fabulous brownie and we’d love to hear about your first time, thanks!

      Reply
  15. Berlin

    I always want my cookie or brownie chewy. I dont bake though. The boys and I only make no-bake cookies and brownies and pies. We dont have an oven at home, and we need to visit my mom and borrow her oven should we want to bake. This is something worth trying as we love munching cookies and brownies at home.

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    • Renée

      These are worth a trip to Mom’s oven Berlin! Cheers to you and the boys.
      Renée recently posted…Grilled Mojo ChickenMy Profile

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  16. Laura H

    I think a good brownie has to be slightly chewy otherwise it’s basically like thick chocolate cake! Haven’t seen a recipe for chewy ones before so this will be very useful for me 🙂

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    • Renée

      Amen Laura, that is a great description. I guess that’s why they’re called cakey brownies!
      Renée recently posted…Grilled Mojo ChickenMy Profile

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  17. Elizabeth O

    Chewy brownies are always so tasty and satisfying. I’m not a big fan of brownies but I like the chewy kind.

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  18. GeorgIa

    I love brownies and the chewy the better in my opinion! Although I am the worst at making them!! Right now I’m on a sugar ban so maybe when I lift it I’ll give these a go! As always a brilliant recipe from you!

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    • Renée

      It would be so great if we could just serve you up a little virtual sample Nicole!
      Renée recently posted…Grilled Mojo ChickenMy Profile

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  19. Renata Pereira

    I loooooove chocolate, but avoid preparing brownies at home as so far they have never tasted fantastic… Will definitely give this one a try! If I use whole wheat flour, should I make any adjustment to the recipe?

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    • Alison

      These brownies are the BEST recipe I have ever had and that is saying a lot! I have never tried them with whole wheat flour so I can’t tell you what adjustments to make off hand. 🙂

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      • Renée

        Renata, whole-wheat flour will make your baked products denser and heavier than all-purpose flour does. Substituting whole wheat flour for white flour takes a little experimentation, but you will almost always be successful if you use ¾ cup of whole wheat flour to replace 1 cup of all-purpose flour. Have you ever tried baking with white whole wheat flour? It’s a little lighter, less dense.
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  20. Subha natarajan

    Looks awesome..my son loves chocolate…so will try this recipe for him for sure!!

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  21. Sabine

    I am guilty of using box brownies!!! Im sorry haha! I took a printscreen and Im gonna do this, I promise! I will leave the nuts out, I will add ice cream and strawberries next to it. By the way what are two sticks of butter?

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    • Alison

      I am so glad you are going to make these! They are so good. Two sticks of butter is 1 cup of butter. We have 1/2 cup sticks of butter here in the United States. Sorry about that!

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    • Renée

      Sabine, I’m glad you want to try baking brownies without a mix. Trust me, it’s so much better! Each stick of butter is 1/2 cup, so the recipe calls for 1 cup of butter.
      Renée recently posted…Grilled Mojo ChickenMy Profile

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  22. ROBERT LEE

    Hi, Renee! Very nice post because I happen to like brownies. I don’t have the kitchen equiptment to bake but let me tell you how I enjoy brownies. I love having a piece with me when I watch a video. I take a small bite and instead of munching and swallowing, I kinda suck it until its gone, which is why I have only one piece that could last an episode. 🙂

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    • Renée

      I love your strategy for making it last!!! Thanks Robert.

      Reply
  23. kathryn Maher

    Oh, I loooove chocolate and these cookies sound and look delicious. I love the fact that they are moist and the addition of nuts make them irresistable to me. Yummy!

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    • Renée

      Thank you Kathryn, they are amazing!

      Reply
  24. Jasmine Watts

    Yumm… Chewy Brownies look so delicious!! I would love to try this recipe today!

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  25. Lily from lilydaily.com

    I love brownies but never tried making it yet because I’m afraid I’ll end up eating everything in one seating! Lol

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    • Renée

      I make them and freeze them in individual bags. Most of the time the “out of sight, out of mind,” thing works for me so I don’t indulge!

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  26. Lynn Blackmar

    Do you think vegan margarine would have the same effect? I’m allergic to dairy, so it’s not really an option for me, but these do look delicious!

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    • Renée

      Lynn, have you ever tried coconut oil? I have a grandson who can’t tolerate dairy, and I’ve had good results using it. I have never tried vegan margarine, just remember whatever you use needs to be 80% fat for good results in baking.
      Renée recently posted…Grilled Mojo ChickenMy Profile

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  27. Kalliopi

    I totally agree with the title. I love brownies and would kill for them. I will try them next Sunday for the kids.

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    • Alison

      These brownies are perfect for a Sunday afternoon!

      Reply
  28. Dreammerin

    I’ve never made brownies but I need to try! Very nice post! It looks so delicious! Yummy!

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    • Alison

      Try it! They are so worth it!

      Reply
  29. Jen

    i love brownies! Yours looks so yummy! It’s so nice to stumble upon your post and read the tasty ingredients of brownies. I don’t bake too much but seeing your scrumptious brownies makes me want to try baking it! By the way, nice photography tho 🙂

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    • Renée

      Gee Jen, thanks so much for stumbling and your kind comments!!!!

      Reply
  30. Kati

    I love brownies and these look delicious! I’d probably add nuts even if you didn’t mention it, as for me chocolate and nuts is always the best combination 🙂 I’m also “baking from a scratch” person, never got the idea of ready mixes – it really doesn’t take much more time to put things together yourself and at least you know exactly what you mix in!

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    • Alison

      Thanks, Kati! It sounds like we are on the same page!

      Reply
  31. Lauren Cheely

    OMG, brownies are my favorite. These look delicious and I will be making these for dessert soon.

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  32. Sonnie

    Brownies is one of the family faves, my teen daughter occasionally bakes one. This recipe will greatly help for reference. Thanks!
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  33. Raffa

    Alison, I have read this post the other day and because I LOVE brownies (and I’m not the only one around here) I had to try this. I have to say that they turned out pretty good!! I love the texture. I think that my family also enjoyed them because in less than nothing they disappeared – and I didn’t even took a picture of them! 🙁

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