Rich Chocolaty Homemade Brownies

by Tammy Taylor

Anyone that knows me knows that I’m a confirmed chocoholic.  That’s right, an unashamed, unrepentant, CHOCOHOLIC!  Now I love brownies, but I love the fudgy, bendy, chocolaty ones.  Oh yeah, you know the ones – you pick them up & they are so soft, and with just one bite you’re transported into chocolate heaven.  THOSE BROWNIES!  I have a secret to tell you, I hold the recipe to that chocolate deliciousness (shhhhh….)

Rich Chocolaty Fudgy Brownies In The Same Time As A Premade Mix, But BETTER! #TaylorMadeHomestead

My Dessert Choice Is ALWAYS Chocolate!

Recently my parents hosted a family gathering which we all do relatively often.   In my family each family unit in attendance brings a dish so that no one is burdened with feeding a large crowd all by themselves.  I of course volunteered to bring homemade brownies.  Whaaaa…. Selfish choice?  What ever do you mean? 😉  Usually if there will be lots of folks in attendance and I want to make sure I get some… I mean I want to make sure that everyone has a chance to enjoy a piece so I’ll double the recipe to make a large 9×13 pan of them, but today I should be safe with an 8×8 pan.

Rich Chocolaty Fudgy Brownies In The Same Time As A Premade Mix, But BETTER! #TaylorMadeHomestead

I brought out my ingredients – vegetable oil, butter, sugar, vanilla, eggs, flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, salt and chopped pecans.   I preheated the oven to 350 degrees and greased my 8×8 pan.  Then in a medium bowl I mix together the oil, butter, sugar and vanilla.  Then I beat in the eggs and set the bowl aside.  In my KitchenAid mixer I combine flour, cocoa, baking powder and salt and allow the mixer to thoroughly blend the ingredients.  Then I gradually stir the flour mixture into the egg mixture just until blended.  Finally I stir in the chopped pecans.  Now I spread the batter evenly into the prepared pan and bake for 20 – 25 minutes, or just until the brownie started to pull away from the edges. (note: for extra decadent goodness, you can frost the cooled brownies with this simple no-cook fudgy frosting.)

My mama taught me to share, so of course I’ll share the brownie recipe with you!

Homemade Fudgy Brownies –  (8×8 pan)

Ingredients
•    1/4 cup vegetable oil
•    1/2 stick (4 tablespoons) melted butter
•    1 cup white sugar
•    1 teaspoon vanilla extract
•    2 eggs (my free-range chickens are providing small-sized eggs)
•    1/2 cup all-purpose flour
•    1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
•    1/4 teaspoon baking powder
•    1/4 teaspoon salt
•    1/2 cup chopped pecans (optional)

Directions
1.    Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. (325 degrees F for glass pans) Grease an 8×8 inch baking pan.
2.    In a medium bowl, mix together the oil, butter, sugar, and vanilla. Beat in eggs. In separate bowl combine flour, cocoa, baking powder, and salt; When fully combined, gradually stir flour mixture into the egg mixture just until blended. Stir in nuts, if desired. Spread the batter evenly into the prepared pan.
3.    Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, or until the brownie begins to pull away from edges of the pan. Let cool on a wire rack before cutting into squares as brownies will be very soft while hot.

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Now folks I’m here to tell ya that these brownies never fail to satisfy!  I once commented to my sis that it takes no more time to whip these up from scratch than it would to open up a packet of commercial brownie mix since with both options you have to read the directions, add the wet ingredients and bake.  The only difference is combining the few dry ingredients for my homemade version and let’s be honest here – MINE ARE BETTER!  (Hey, it ain’t braggin’ if it’s TRUE!)   And with homemade brownies there’s the added bonus of having no questionable hard-to-pronounce ingredients, it costs only a fraction of the price of buying a pre-made mix and there’s precious little trash making its way to a landfill to satisfy my choco-craving.   Go ahead & give ’em a try, you’ll be amazed!

~TMH~

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39 thoughts on “Rich Chocolaty Homemade Brownies

  1. Darby

    I made your brownies and they were a hit with my grown kids, grandkids and husband! So simple and so good! Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Taylor-Made Homestead Post author

      OMGosh Darby, aren’t they amazing??!! And so easy too… plus I’ve found they’re even better (if that’s even possible) the next day. So glad your family enjoyed ’em! ~TMH~

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  2. Scotsgal

    I discovered this recipe on Carol Pagan’s Blog. Sane Superwoman Club. Carole writes about making life easier, taking care of ourselves, eating healthily and keeping it all together at home. Carole mentioned she made your Brownies for Easter, I tried the recipe and my whole family liked them so much. Your recipe is a keeper. Thank you so much, and I am now following you on Pinterest!

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    1. Taylor-Made Ranch Post author

      Oh how awesome thanks for coming back here to let me know! I’m not gonna lie, it’s by far my favorite brownie recipe E-V-A-H! (although to be perfectly honest I prefer them iced, but I use my own no-cook chocolate frosting for that too!)

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  3. Joanne T Ferguson

    Always enjoy seeing your posts and thanks for sharing with the Say G’day Party! Pinned and hope to see you on Saturday!

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  4. Terri Presser

    These look delicious and I am definitely going to give these a go and it is a perfect recipe for our daughter to whip us. Thanks for sharing at Good Morning Mondays. Blessings

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  5. Gentle Joy

    Wonderful… homemade brownies are SO much better than box mixes… and they aren’t that much more work. 🙂

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    1. Taylor-Made Ranch Post author

      I agree. With a boxed mix you’d still be reading the directions & measuring & adding the wet ingredients, so the only difference in dry boxed vs. delicious homemade is the tiny fraction of time it takes to measure the few dry ingredients for the recipe! I knew when I was younger I thought it was much more time to make things homemade but it’s really only a tiny fraction more. ~TMR~

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    1. Taylor-Made Ranch Post author

      Not only are they easy to make Sami, but they’re the good kind of chocolate brownies that are moist, delicious and “bendy”. OMGosh I’m not gonna lie – these are To. Die. For. Give ’em a try! ~TMR~

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  7. MM

    Yumminess in a pan! Thanks for sharing your recipe, and your secret to pulling them out of the oven at just the right time. I am convinced this is what makes them so awesome!

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  11. Linda B

    Thanks for sharing. I can’t wait to try these out and with so little flour, I will try a gluten-free rendition for my gluten intolerant kiddos. ~~ Linda stopping by from R&R

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    1. Taylor-Made Ranch Post author

      Oh these brownies are a HIT each & every time I make them – give ’em a try! ~TMR~

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  12. Erlene

    Yum! I’m not ashamed to admit I’m a chocoholic too 🙂 I don’t see anything wrong with it if everyone gets at least one piece, right? Thanks for sharing on Merry Monday.

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  13. Kathy

    These sound really awesome – I’m a chocolate fan too! I appreciate you sharing with Home and Garden Thursday,

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    1. Taylor-Made Ranch Post author

      As a confirmed chocoholic I can tell ya – this recipe does the trick! ~TMR~

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  15. Crystelle

    Sounds and looks like the chocolatey kind of desert I like!!! 🙂 “hugs” Crystelle Crystelle Boutique

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  16. Sandra @ Scrumptilicious 4 You!

    Nothing I love more than chocolate! Love your link! Thanks for partying with us on the Four Seasons Blog Hop! Sandra from Scrumptilicious 4 You!

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  17. Janet Garman

    Well you had me at chocolate! Once again, your post was chosen for the feature on Simple Saturdays Blog Hop. Way to go with the brownie recipe! thanks for joining us. Can’t wait to see what you share this week! Janet http://timbercreekfarmer.com

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  18. Karen

    So what you’re saying is you have to be patient… We’re talking chocolate here. 🙂 Thanks for the great advice and the recipe.

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  19. Taylor-Made Ranch Post author

    Karen, I’ve found that if you cook the brownies until no batter remains on the toothpick when stuck in the middle, the brownies will be hard & crunchy & overcooked everywhere but the middle. I bring the brownies out of the oven when they still look barely undercooked in the middle, just when the edges begin to pull away from the pan. Then if you allow the brownies to cool completely they are just about right when you cut in to them. Here’s the deal though, over the weekend I made these brownies for another family gathering and although I warned that they were not yet ready to cut, several people could not wait and cut into them anyway. They all said it would be worth it if they had to eat it with a SPOON – it was that good. But of course after we all had a gooey-warm brownie the rest of the pan was allowed to fully cool and they cut just fine. ~TMR~

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  20. Karen

    Confirmed chocoholic here too! I love that this recipe is simple in its ingredients. I will definitely give it a try! Say?… Is there a secret of how not to undercook or overcook brownies so that they are moist but not gooey?

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  21. Katie

    These look great I might have to bless my kids with some this afternoon. I just found your blog and wanted to say thanks for all the inspiration.

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    1. Taylor-Made Ranch Post author

      Awwww… what a sweet thing to say Katie – thank you. I think the kids would love for you to bless them with these brownies this afternoon – can you send me a serving too?? 😉 ~TMR~

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  22. ColleenB.~Texas

    I’ve always used a family favorite brownie recipe but will try out your recipe in a few days. Only thing I don’t have is the farm fresh eggs so will have to go with store bought on this end. I agree; Homemade baked goodies is Always the best. Warm brownie with a large scoop of vanilla ice cream topped with hot fudge chocolate with a cherry on top. Yum. Thanks for sharing your recipe. :}

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    1. Taylor-Made Ranch Post author

      Oh fine Colleen. “large scoop of vanilla ice cream topped with hot fudge”?? REALLY??? Must. Have. Chocolate. NOW! LOL That sounds amazing. ~TMR~

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