Easy Homemade Brownies without a box – Brownies from Scratch

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Chocolate Fudge Brownies from scratch are a cinch to make. These Easy Homemade Brownies without a box use a handful of pantry staples to make a chewy brownie that rivals any box mix.

Chocolate Fudge Brownies from scratch are a cinch to make. These Easy Homemade Brownies without a box use a handful of pantry staples to make a chewy brownie that rivals any box mix.

Easy Homemade Brownies Recipe:

Brownies are at the top of my list of favorite desserts. In a bind, I tend to grab a box brownie mix, but after making these chocolate fudge brownies from scratch, I’m not going back.

Now don’t get me wrong, I am the queen of making desserts using box mixes (Gooey Bars, Darn If I Know Cake, Pumpkin Crunch, and Caramel Bars to name a few). However, this from scratch brownie recipe is just as easy so why not?

This is Granny’s go-to brownie recipe.

She made numerous pans of these during her lifetime, and that’s because they are the easiest homemade brownies.  The ingredients are as follows: shortening, eggs, sugar, vanilla, flour, cocoa powder, and baking powder.  If you are like me, these ingredients are always on hand.

Brownies from Scratch

How do you make homemade brownies? Easy! Cream together a few wet ingredients. Combine a few dry ingredients. Mix the two together, and boom – homemade fudge brownies.

Looking at the finished result, they look almost identical to a boxed cake mix. But the one difference? They are fudgier and chewier. Score!

Want to know a secret for the best ever brownies? Add a half of a cup or chocolate chips (mini or regular), and be prepared to be wowed!

Chocolate Fudge Brownies from scratch are a cinch to make. These Easy Homemade Brownies without a box use a handful of pantry staples to make a chewy brownie that rivals any box mix.

Ingredients for Brownies without a mix

What do I need to make brownies with no mix?

Shortening

Sugar

Eggs

Vanilla Extract

Flour

Cocoa Powder

Baking Powder

Chocolate Chips, optional

Chopped Nuts, optional

How to Make Easy Homemade Brownies without a box:

Instructions:

  1. Cream shortening, sugar, eggs and vanilla with a mixer.
  2. Combine dry ingredients (flour, cocoa and baking powder) in a separate bowl.
  3. Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients until just incorporated.
  4. Pour into a greased 9 x 9 inch (or 8 x 8 inch) pan.
  5. Bake for 25 minutes at 350 degrees F.

For the full recipe steps and ingredient amounts for homemade brownies without a box mix, scroll to the recipe card at the bottom of this post.

Notes About Chocolate Fudge Brownies from scratch:

  • Easy homemade brownies are just as easy as making box brownies.
  • You most likely already have the ingredients at home – flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking powder, eggs, shortening, vanilla.
  • Do not overbake your brownies. To check doneness, use a toothpick in the center. When it comes out, it should have a few crumbs stuck to it, not completely dry!
  • I love adding chocolate chips (regular or mini) to my from scratch brownie recipes.  They get melty and add to the fudgy texture.
  • Chopped nuts such as walnuts or pecans are also a great addition, if desired.

Chocolate Fudge Brownies from scratch are a cinch to make. These Easy Homemade Brownies without a box use a handful of pantry staples to make a chewy brownie that rivals any box mix.

  • You can make these in an 8 x 8 inch pan instead of a 9 x 9 inch if that’s what you have. The baking time can increase up to 5 minutes with this change.
  • Love a chocolate fudge brownie? This recipe is just that!
  • Chopped nuts are optional.  Stir in the 1/2 cup right before pouring into a pan.
  • When Grandma made brownies from scratch, she always greased her pans with shortening.  Feel free to use a short cut by spraying with nonstick cooking spray.
  • Prefer to make a bigger pan of brownies? Try Grandma’s Homemade Brownie recipe.

More of Grandma’s Dessert Recipes

Grandma’s Sour Cream Apple Squares

Grandma's Sour Cream Apple Squares is an old-fashioned dessert that will have your family begging for more.  These delicious bars have two layers including a creamy apple layer and a sweet brown sugar crust. Serve these with whipped cream just like our Grandma did.

Grandma’s Easy Apple Crisp

Grandma's Easy Apple Crisp recipe is a traditional apple crisp without oats. The melt-in-your-mouth crumble topping screams cinnamon and butter and will have your family begging for more.

Cherry Fluff

Grandma's Cherry Fluff recipe has just five ingredients and is a dump and go dish perfect for pitch-ins.

Grandma’s Caramel Corn

Grandma’s Rhubarb Bars (not our grandma’s recipe but that’s OK)

Easy Homemade Brownies without a box - Brownies from Scratch

Chocolate Fudge Brownies from scratch are a cinch to make. These Easy Homemade Brownies without a box use a handful of pantry staples to make a chewy brownie that rivals any box mix. 
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Brownies, brownies from scratch, Brownies without a Box, Easy Homemade Brownies, grandma's homemade brownies, Homemade Brownies
Servings: 12 servings
Calories: 229kcal
Author: Barbara

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 cup chopped nuts, optional
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips, optional

Instructions

  • With a mixer, cream shortening, sugar, eggs and vanilla until smooth using medium speed.
    Chocolate Fudge Brownies from scratch are a cinch to make. These Easy Homemade Brownies without a box use a handful of pantry staples to make a chewy brownie that rivals any box mix.
  • In a separate bowl, combine flour, cocoa, baking powder.
  • Add dry ingredients in 3 additions to the wet ingredient, mixing until just combined on low speed.
    Chocolate Fudge Brownies from scratch are a cinch to make. These Easy Homemade Brownies without a box use a handful of pantry staples to make a chewy brownie that rivals any box mix.
  • If adding nuts or chocolate chips, stir in until just mixed.
  • Pour into a greased 9 x 9 inch pan.
    Chocolate Fudge Brownies from scratch are a cinch to make. These Easy Homemade Brownies without a box use a handful of pantry staples to make a chewy brownie that rivals any box mix.
  • Bake at 350 degrees F for 25 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
    Chocolate Fudge Brownies from scratch are a cinch to make. These Easy Homemade Brownies without a box use a handful of pantry staples to make a chewy brownie that rivals any box mix.

Notes

  • Easy homemade brownies are just as easy as making box brownies.
  • You most likely already have the ingredients at home - flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking powder, eggs, shortening, vanilla.
  • Do not overbake your brownies. To check doneness, use a toothpick in the center. When it comes out, it should have a few crumbs stuck to it, not completely dry!
  • I love adding chocolate chips (regular or mini) to my from scratch brownie recipes.  They get melty and add to the fudgy texture. 
  • You can make these in an 8 x 8 inch pan instead of a 9 x 9 inch if that's what you have. The baking time can increase up to 5 minutes with this change.
  • Love a chocolate fudge brownie? This recipe is just that!
  • Chopped nuts such as walnuts or pecans are optional. Stir in the 1/2 cup right before pouring into a pan.
  • When Grandma made brownies from scratch, she always greased her pans with shortening.  Feel free to use a short cut by spraying with nonstick cooking spray.
  • Prefer to make a bigger pan of brownies? Try Grandma's Homemade Brownie recipe. 

Nutrition

Calories: 229kcal | Carbohydrates: 27g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 27mg | Sodium: 30mg | Potassium: 94mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 17g | Vitamin A: 40IU | Calcium: 23mg | Iron: 1mg

 

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