Best Basic Brownies

Angela (Grammy) Derby


These brownies are a chocolate lover's dream! I've been making them for years, and even though I've used boxed mixes too, I always go back to this recipe, and wonder why I even bothered with the others...I've never been disappointed with these brownies.


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12 servings
15 Min
30 Min



  • 1 c
    butter (2 sticks)
  • 2 c
  • 4
  • 2 tsp
    vanilla extract
  • 2/3 c
    unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 c
  • 1/2 tsp
  • 1/2 tsp
    baking powder

  • 6 Tbsp
    butter, softened
  • 6 Tbsp
    unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 Tbsp
    light corn syrup
  • 1 tsp
  • 2 c
    confectioners' sugar
  • ·
    dash of salt
  • 4-5 Tbsp
    milk (add a little at a time until of spreading consistency)

How to Make Best Basic Brownies


  1. Preheat oven to 350'F. Grease a 9x13 pan.
  2. Melt butter. Remove from heat and add ingredients in the order listed, stirring well by hand, until all ingredients are blended. Do not over-stir or brownies will get tough.
  3. Bake for 25-30 minutes (mine took exactly 24 minutes). Do not overbake. If you want those wonderful clean edges, use a plastic knife to cut them (best brownie trick ever).
  4. In a mixer bowl, beat butter, cocoa, corn syrup and vanilla until blended. Add powdered sugar and milk; beating until spreading consistency.

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About Best Basic Brownies

Course/Dish: Chocolate
Main Ingredient: Flour
Regional Style: American

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