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Easy Homemade Brownies

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 without a Box, Easy Homemade Brownies, grandma's homemade brownies, Homemade Brownies
Servings: 12 servings
Calories: 229kcal
Author: Barbara


  • 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


  • With a mixer, cream shortening, sugar, eggs and vanilla until smooth using medium speed.
  • 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.
  • If adding nuts, stir in until just mixed.
  • Pour into a greased 9 x 9 inch pan.
  • Bake at 350 degrees F for 25 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.


  • 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, and vanilla.
  • 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. 


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