Classic Eats: Traditional Fudgy Brownies

With oodles of unique, drool-worthy brownies out there these days, I have to wonder if this old-school treat is about to become the new doughnut (which became the new cupcake quite recently, apparently). Are people just so unhappy with traditional brownies now that they have to stick an Oreo in them and call them slutty? From cheesecake-swirled to peanut butter-infused, brownies have the ability to take on a whole new taste and form with the addition of a few ingredients. But sometimes it's worth it to enjoy the original.

Rich and chocolatey, this classic recipe for Traditional Fudgy Brownies tastes so much better than any brownie I've ever had - homemade, store bought, or box brand. No joke. It's probably because I've never had brownies with two sticks of butter before (which is a surefire way to increase the amount of fudgy-ness). These are dense with a moist, intensely chocolatey interior.

The batter made so much that I was able to bake an entire pan of mini "muffin" shaped brownies (above) - PLUS an entire 9x13 pan.

What's your favorite way to eat a brownie?

Classic Eats: Traditional Fudgy Brownies

  • 2 sticks of butter
  • 2 ¼ cups of sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • 1 ¼ cups of cocoa powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups chocolate chips,  optional

1. Grease a 9x13 inch pan and preheat the oven to 350º.

2. Add butter and sugar in a microwave safe bowl. Heat in the microwave, stirring about every 30 seconds, until the mixture is bubbly and smooth (you can also do it on the stove top if you want). 

3. Add in the eggs and vanilla and beat until smooth. 

4. Mix together the cocoa powder, salt, baking powder, and flour and add to the butter mixture, mixing until smooth. 

5. Allow the mixture to cool before stirring in the chocolate chips. 

6. Pour the batter into the pan. Bake for about 28 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out with just a bit of batter still clinging to it.


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