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One Bowl Brownies

Yield: 16 brownies (1 8x8-inch pan)
Prep Time:
15 mins
Soft, fudgy brownies that are ready to bake in 10 minutes and use just one bowl! This is the BEST brownie recipe. So easy, you will never buy a mix again!


  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter — (1 stick)
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder — plus 2 tablespoon (Dutch process cocoa will yield an even more intense brownie)
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon espresso powder
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat pastry flour  — or substitute all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips — or up to 2/3 cup of any desired mix-ins: nuts, peanut butter cups, chopped chocolate-covered espresso beans, or any of the ideas I’ve listed in the post above


  1. Place a rack in the lower third of your oven and preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Line the bottom and sides of an 8x8-inch baking pan with parchment paper and set aside.
  2. Combine the butter, sugar, cocoa powder, and salt in a medium heat proof bowl set over a pan of simmering water. Stir periodically until the mixture is smooth, the butter is melted, and it feels quite hot (but not burning) to the touch. Remove the bowl from the saucepan and set aside until it is just warm. The mixture will appear gritty.
  3. Stir in the espresso powder and vanilla. Then, stir in the eggs, one at a time, fully incorporating after each. Continue stirring until the batter looks shiny, then add the flour and stir just until combined. With a wooden spoon or rubber spatula, stir the batter for 40 rotations (strokes). Stir in chocolate chips or any other desired mix-ins.
  4. Transfer the batter to the prepared pan, smooth it into an even layer, then bake until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out mostly clean with just a few crumbs clinging to it (25 to 35 minutes). Let brownies cool completely on a wire rack. Using the parchment paper “handles”, gently lift the brownies onto a cutting board. Slice into squares and enjoy.
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Easy Dessert Recipe, One Bowl Brownies

Nutrition Information

Amount per serving (1 brownie) — Calories: 169, Fat: 9g, Saturated Fat: 5g, Cholesterol: 39mg, Sodium: 28mg, Carbohydrates: 22g, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 16g, Protein: 3g

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