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How To Make Brownies From Scratch

Today I’m going to show you how to make brownies from scratch. This easy brownie recipe will be your go-to favorite!

making homemade brownies from scratch

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Learning to make brownies from scratch doesn’t have to be hard or tedious. Use this tried and true recipe to make your own homemade brownies. You’ll never go back to the boxed mix!

Is it cheaper to make brownies from scratch?

Sure thing! Making brownies from scratch usually saves you some cash because basic ingredients like flour, sugar, and cocoa powder are wallet-friendly. But don’t get too caught up – the difference might not be huge, and if you’re short on time or have some brownie mix lying around, that’s great as well! Just go with what makes your taste buds and wallet happy.

What is the toothpick method for brownies?

Picture this: you’ve got a batch of brownies baking in the oven, and you’re eager to know if they’re all set. That’s where the toothpick hero comes in! The toothpick method is like a brownie detective – you take a clean toothpick and stick it into the brownies.

lunch lady brownies from scratch recipe

If it comes out with just a few moist crumbs clinging to it, it means your brownies are cooked to gooey perfection inside. But if it comes out all wet and gooey, give them a bit more time in the oven.

Here is what you will need to make lunch lady brownies:

From the pantry you’ll need milk, flour, sugar, cocoa powder, eggs, chocolate chips, butter, vanilla extract, and granulated sugar. You can also use a sugar substitute to lower the overall sugar content in the recipe.

For the best mixing tools, you can use a hand mixer or a stand mixer, just be sure not to over mix your batter! It’s possible and totally not necessary, these brownies will come out great with very little effort.

How to make brownies step by step:

Of course we will have a few more steps than with a boxed mix but don’t let that scare you, these brownies from scratch are not that much more difficult and the end result is much tastier!

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Using wax paper, line a baking sheet. Set aside. 

ingredients for brownies from scratch

In a bowl, add the butter and sugar. Beat until smooth using an electric mixer. Then add the eggs and all remaining ingredients and beat until smooth. Bake the cake for 40 minutes or until fully baked, cool for 10 minutes.

making brownies from scratch

For the frosting, heat the butter, milk, sugar and salt until fully dissolved. Remove the saucepan from heat and add the chocolate chips. Stir until they are melted. Spread the frosting over the cake.

brownie batter from scratch

Don’t forget to let the frosting set properly before serving. Your homemade brownies made from scratch are ready!

Homemade Brownies with Chocolate Frosting

Here are some other delicious desserts to try:

I love making desserts. They’re such a crowd pleaser and who doesn’t love to have a sweet treat now and again? If you are looking for desserts try out some of my favorites.

Printable Guide For How To Make Brownies From Scratch:

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How To Make Brownies From Scratch

how to make brownies from scratch

Today I'm going to show you how to make brownies from scratch. This easy brownie recipe will be your go-to favorite!

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes



  • 1 ⅔ Cup Granulated sugar
  • 1 ½ Cup Butter softened
  • 2 tsp. Vanilla extract
  • 2 Large eggs
  • 1 Cup Cocoa powder
  • 1 ¼ Cup Milk
  • 2 ¼ Cup All purpose flour
  • Pinch of salt


  • 5 Tbsp. Butter
  • 1 Cup Chocolate chips
  • ⅓ Cup Milk
  • 1 Cup Sugar
  • Pinch of salt


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. 
  1. Blend together the 1 ½ cups of butter and the 1 ⅔ cups of sugar until creamy. 
  2. Add the remaining ingredients for brownies into the mixing bowl, and beat until smooth. 
  3. Spread the brownie batter evenly into a well greased 9x13 baking dish. 
  4. Bake for 40 minutes, or until completely cooked through. 
  5. Let cool for 10 minutes. 
  6. While the cake is cooling, add the butter, milk, sugar and salt for the frosting to a saucepan over medium heat. Stir, and warm the mixture until the bitter has melted and the sugar is dissolved. Do not boil. 
  7. Remove the saucepan from the heat, and add in the chocolate chips, whisking continuously until the mixture is smooth. 
  8. Immediately spread the mixture over the warm cake. 
  9. Allow the cake to cool completely and the frosting to set before serving. 

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 286Total Fat: 12gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 58mgSodium: 1285mgCarbohydrates: 43gFiber: 1gSugar: 32gProtein: 3g

I am not a medical expert. These calculations are provided as a courtesy.

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