Homemade Brownies

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5 from 12 votes
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 30 minutes
Total: 40 minutes

My grandmother’s Homemade Brownies scratch recipe is one of my most treasured recipes.  Her brownies were soft and chewy and oozing with chocolate flavor.

Homemade brownies Scratch

Homemade Brownies Scratch

My Mammy (my mom’s mom) was well known in our family for her brownies.  She was also well known for her Forgotten Meringue Cookies and Zucchini Cookies but her brownies were her biggest claim to fame.  Thick, chewy, chocolately. Her homemade fudge brownies were the best I’ve ever tasted.

We would always request that she make them for every sleepover, family dinner or just because.  They were a staple in our family for as long as I can remember.

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There is no need to use a boxed mix when you can make this incredible homemade fudge Brownies recipe from scratch.  There aren’t any hard to find ingredients or complicated steps.  The entire recipe comes together in less than 5 minutes.  And, you probably already have all of the ingredients on hand.

Homemade Fudge Brownies Recipe

Homemade Fudge Brownies Recipe Ingredients

  • Flour
  • Salt
  • Baking Soda
  • Butter
  • Milk
  • Sugar
  • Milk Chocolate Chips
  • Eggs
  • Vanilla

Plus, there’s my secret twist that I put on the recipe that really amps up the chocolate flavor.  Make sure you check out the full recipe at the end of the post.

How to Make Homemade Brownies

Making these easy homemade brownies couldn’t be easier.  The first step is always to put on my Mammy’s apron.  It makes me feel closer to her when I make them.

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I start by making the chocolate mixture.  It’s a combination of butter, sugar and milk.  Milk really does make everything better.  I use whole milk when baking to add a little more richness to the recipe.

Then comes the chocolate.  This homemade fudge brownies recipe wouldn’t be right without a healthy dose of chocolate.  This recipe adds chocolate in two separate steps to really take it over the top.

After the wet ingredients are added, it’s time to sift in the dry ingredients into the batter.  I suppose you really don’t need to sift the ingredients if you’re in a hurry but doing so gives you a lighter brownie.  Plus, sifting is so relaxing.  I’m always in a such a rush to get things done.  Sometimes I just need to chill out and sift.  It’s good for the soul.

Once the batter is together, it’s just a matter of patiently waiting.  I think this is the hardest part of the entire process.

Now, don’t be alarmed if the brownies seem to sink into the pan as they are cooling.  That’s perfectly normal.  They puff up while baking and then sink into the pan as they cool.  This is how you get that crave-worthy crispy edge.

Serving Ideas for Easy Homemade Brownies

Mammy would always slice her homemade brownies scratch into neat little rectangles and neatly pack them between layers of waxed paper in a cookie tin (or even a department store shirt box).

While I was away at college, I received many homemade brownie care packages.  I would pour myself a big glass of milk, grab a brownie and sit down to read her letter – filling me in on all of the local news from home.  I treasured those times.

But, if she was serving them at a family get-together, her easy homemade brownies would be carefully arranged on her silver platter or her china serving plate with the little pink flowers.

How to make homemade brownies

The only thing that made brownies taste better was a big glass of milk.  We are big fans of cow’s milk.  One cup has 8 grams of protein, no added sugar and a very short ingredient list. Non-dairy milk doesn’t have the same nutritional benefits as cow’s milk.

Not only is cow’s milk nutrient rich, but it’s also more affordable than plant-based milks.  Plus,  I think it tastes better.

If you’re lactose intolerant, you can even get a lactose free version of cow’s milk.  You can learn more here.

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Homemade brownies Scratch
5 from 12 votes

Homemade Brownies Scratch Recipe

Yield: 8 brownies
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 30 minutes
Total: 40 minutes
My grandmother's Homemade Brownies scratch recipe is one of my most treasured recipes.  Her brownies were soft and chewy and oozing with chocolate flavor.  
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  • cup  butter
  • 2 tablespoons  milk
  • ¾ cup  sugar
  • 2 cups  milk chocolate chips, divided
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon  vanilla
  • 1 tablespoon strong coffee
  • ¾ cup  flour
  • ¼ teaspoon  salt
  • ¼ teaspoon  baking soda


  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
  • Grease a 9x9 baking pan and set aside.
  • In a small saucepan over medium low heat, add butter, milk and sugar; stir continuously until it just starts to bubble.
  • Remove from heat and stir in 1 cup of milk chocolate chips.
  • Add chocolate mixture to a large bowl and stir in the eggs, one at a time, until fully combined.
  • Stir in vanilla and coffee.
  • Sift the flour, salt and baking soda into the mixture.
  • Fold in remaining 1 cup of chocolate chips.
  • Pour batter into a greased 9×9 pan.
  • Bake for 30 -35 minutes at 325 degrees.

Expert Tips

The coffee is completely optional, but it does intensify the chocolate flavor so I highly recommend it.

Estimated Nutritional Information

Calories: 553kcal | Carbohydrates: 79g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 23g | Saturated Fat: 14g | Cholesterol: 71mg | Sodium: 230mg | Potassium: 43mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 59g | Vitamin A: 440IU | Vitamin C: 0.3mg | Calcium: 85mg | Iron: 1.9mg
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19 thoughts on “Homemade Brownies”

  1. I’m dying to try this recipe, don’t get me wrong I enjoy a moist fudgey brownie, but I also like them to be chewy ? Any tips on what I can add?

  2. 5 stars
    That’s so sweet that you still have her apron! I treasure recipes like this that get past on and loved by the family. I tried these without the coffee (since we don’t drink it and never have it on hand) and they were still wonderfully chocolately and delicious!

  3. 5 stars
    This is a perfect, fudgy brownie recipe! I don’t often get a craving for brownies, but when I do this hits the spot!

  4. Mmmmm! These are my kind of brownies! And I can ONLY eat them with an icy cold glass of milk! Now pass me all the edge pieces!

  5. 5 stars
    My women’s group loved these! And the coffee really brings out the chocolate flavors. YUM!


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