Chocolate brownies

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  • Makes: 24

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  • Costs: Cheap as chips

  • Skill level: Easy peasy

  • Child friendly
  • Freezable
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Chocolate brownies always go down a treat with children and adults alike, and this chocolate brownie recipe makes rich, fudgey brownies that will come out perfectly every time. Chocolate brownies are meant to be gooey in the middle and this simple brownie recipe shows you exactly when it's time to take the brownies out of the oven. These chocolate brownies are made with delicious dark chocolate for a really chocolatey result. The trick is to take them out of the oven when they are firm but fudgey, as the brownies will continue to cook after they've come out of the oven. Don't be tempted to leave them in for longer, as you'll love that squidgy consistency that makes brownies just perfect. This easy recipe for plain brownies is so simple, with just store cupboard ingredients, and you can make it as a special weekend treat or even as pudding, served with vanilla ice cream. These easy chocolate brownies are ready in just 30 minutes, so you won’t have to wait that long to taste our best brownie recipe! The kids will go nuts for these chocolate brownies and you can even get their help when making them for scratch. This chocolate brownie recipe makes a batch of 24 brownies, so it’s perfect if you want to make them for a little family gathering or if you’re having friends round – they’ll love you for it!

These brownies are delicious eaten warm with ice cream.


  • 200g dark chocolate
  • 100g unsalted butter, very soft
  • 250g caster sugar
  • 4 large free range eggs, beaten to mix
  • 1tsp vanilla essence
  • 60g plain flour
  • 60g cocoa powder
  • 15cm square brownie tin or baking tin greased and base-lined


  1. Heat the oven to 180C, gas 4. Break up the dark chocolate. Put into a heatproof bowl and melt gently in a pan over simmering water, making sure the water doesn't touch the base of the bowl. Remove the bowl from the heat and leave to cool until needed.
  2. Put the butter and sugar into the bowl of a food mixer and beat until fluffy. Gradually beat in the eggs, beating well after each addition. Beat in the vanilla essence.
  3. Spoon the cooled melted chocolate onto the mixture then mix in thoroughly. Sift the flour and cocoa powder onto the mixture and gently stir in.
  4. When completely combined, spoon the mixture into the prepared tin and spread evenly.
  5. Bake in the heated oven for about 20 mins until the chocolate brownies are firm to the touch but still a bit fudgy. The chocolate will continue to cook slightly for a few mins after coming out of the oven.
  6. Remove the tin from the oven and set on a wire cooling rack. Leave the chocolate brownies to cool completely before cutting into pieces. Store the brownies in an airtight container and eat within 4 days.

Nutritional information

Guideline Daily Amount for 2,000 calories per day are: 70g fat, 20g saturated fat, 90g sugar, 6g salt.

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GTK Recipes editor

Hi pm, yes you can freeze brownies. To freeze brownies, cool completely, but do not cut into individual servings. Wrap tightly in plastic wrap, then wrap again with foil. Freeze up to 3 months. When ready to serve, thaw at room temperature before cutting into individual servings.


can you freeze brownies


I made these brownies yesterday and they are absolutely gorgeous! I melted the butter though and then mixed in the sugar and chocolate, which made it really fudgey and soft in the middle. I also added mini marshmallows, which completely melted during cooking and you couldn't tell i'd even used them! Fantastic recipe though!

GTK Recipes editor

Hi siobhan, if you want a fudgier brownie, try melting the butter first and also try not to overcook - remove from the oven as soon as the brownie pulls away from the edges of the tin. Hope that helps!


i made chocolate brownies today for the 2nd time but for some reason they dont turn out right. they are more like a sponge cake than a brownie...not crispy on the top? just wondering if using a baing tray that isnt as deep would help? any tips would be great thanks.

Goodtoknow editor

Hi DM, you can use salted butter. You will find that it takes a bit longer to get soft and the brownies will have a very slight salty taste. Jolene


Just wondering what would happen if I use salted butter instead of unsalted butter for the chocolate brownies!!


Hi - Just wondered if the receipe does make 24 portions - 6inch square tin seems quite small. I Don't need huge portions but it a small tin.

GTK Editor

Hi Amy, This is the length of the tin. However, if you have one that's a little shorter or a little longer then you just need to cook the brownies for a bit more or a bit less. Let us know how you got on!


I've just made the recipe, hopefully they will come out great! I was a bit confused by the baking tray though, you only said 6inches. Is that the length of the tray or the depth of it?

sharon salmon

Just tried this recipe. They were very nice. Will defo cook them again. Thank you.


I'd use this, but I couldn't see what size tin to use. It would be helpful to know.


delicious... spific... gorgeos


These were easy to make and tasted AMAZING...everyone at work loved them! Thank you!

Kathryn Holland

Totally easy and totally gorgeous!




Mmmmmm... There gorgeous, i've bookmarked it already. Great fun making and even better eating!!! Thanks Meg


exellent recipe, my grandchildren are a big fan of these brownies, they ask for them every time rget come to visit me

Danielle Chelsey Christine Fai

this recipe is very very good i made lovely brownies using this recipe i have decided to share this with all my friends


excellent result, easy to do, would recommend. My kids prefer brownies without nuts.

Riley J. Froud

I used half and half dark and milk chocolate and they came out absolutely delicious!

Will Rich

we left it for 22 minutes and 42 seconds. was falling off the bone so to speak. perfect with egg shells sprinkled on top. we also swapped cocoa powder for coffee so loooooool


Just made these brownies, so easy and quick really sticky and yummy, easy peasy.

Kasey Hazel

I recommend an extra 5 mins in the oven for this recipe


Just to be sure, the oven temp should be 180°C fan forced or not? (I assume not?)


shut up mariam


These were good made them for my foodtech coursework. Can anyone tell me how to do the feathering technique.


What size baking tin. 6 inch stated in recipe but this cannot be correct.


how much would it cost per portion?


name stealer


Really good simple recipe, I left in 5 extra minutes and used one bar of milk chocolate and one bar of dark instead; I just prefer it that way. First time ever making brownies and very successful, whole family loved as well!


I'm a choc-a-holic. I'll give this one a try, as I've never made Chocolate Brownies from scratch.


Well for the chocolate it depends on what chocolate. I get sainsburys basics and they 30p!! Haha


Roughly how much would it cost?

Veronica D'Souza

perfect!!! :) need i say more?


really easy and if you want to add alittle orange extract/essence to it ssoooo Nicceee


yummy yummy excellant result ...thank you


Well ..if thats not easiest browine reciepe ever ! Just awaiting the results :))


I made these today, but use 100g dark and 100g milk choc, also added chopped nuts in. They are delicious and ill be making these again!

Susan Robinson Hamilton

I love this Brownie recipe as its easy to make and my son is a fussy eater and LOVES it. It is so nice to make it with his help. I have done this and added smarties into it as my son loves it like that and its a nice extra little treat. My Otherhalf likes me to throw a few chocolate borboms into as well.So i end up having to make around 3 of theses each time i make them as everyone loves diff things in them. My family love this as well. Over Easter my mum called me one afternoon asking for choc brownies she said she had to haev them NOW! SO i had to s tart baking them and sent them to her's in a cab as she needed them that much. :) x


I thought it was very gooey in the middle but turned the oven off and left them in to cool when cool the chocolate set and was very moist and gooey in the middle easy and brilliant recipe ! thanks


These brownies are the best brownies I have evere tasted! I took them to school, so my friends could try them and they said the were AMAZING! That's exactly why i'm going to bake them tonight again! My mum's on her way to tesco to get the ingrediants for me! And another great thing...they didn't take long at all, they were easy to make and also fast to make! :)

Jolene goodtoknow Editor

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i just made this recipe and it smells delicouse but i have one concern in the centre of the tin i poked a knife to see if it was cooked and for some reason it was still very very gooey and uncooked even though i left it in for 40 min. is it ment to be like this? or has something gone wrong? any ideas? but the egdes were cooked perfectly.


I was using different tin so played a bit with the baking time and left them for too mong int he oven. brownies were not gooey at all :( so i cut them in half and added some dates mashed with rum n a bit of orange juice.

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