Best Made From Scratch Brownies

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The Best Made From Scratch Brownies are easier than you may think. In fact, you probably have all the simple ingredients you need in your pantry already!

Best Made From Scratch Brownies Recipe- consistent results every time using simple pantry ingredients.

I’m a boxed cake and brownie kind of girl. I blame it on the fact that I rarely plan ahead enough to gather ingredients. I’m more of an I want brownies right now kind of person. However sometimes you just want to be able to sit back and devour a plate of something that came from your own 2 hands. No? Still just me? The best thing about this recipe is that I bet you have all of the supplies on hand and at the ready. No need to run to the store for a box!

Best Made From Scratch Brownies Recipe- consistent results every time using simple pantry ingredients. Topped with a milk chocolate honey frosting (optional).

I had an epic brownie failure this week. And by epic I mean the whole pan went straight to the trash. I didn’t even force taste testing on my family. The good news is that there really is beauty from ashes because this recipe followed. Anyway if you want a go-to brownie recipe I have just the right one for you to try. These are moist and fudgy and the flavor gets better the second day. I topped mine with an nontraditional Milk Chocolate Honey frosting- feel free to skip the frosting if you are crazy.

A few weeks ago I mentioned on Twitter that I wanted to have a #BYOBrownies party…wouldn’t that be the best party ever? I was surprised that people were actually listening and wanted to join in on the fun. Oh how I wish this were the real deal but it’s the next best thing: Virtual Bring Your Own Brownies Party!! You’re not going to want to miss these! If you are a blogger I hope you will join us this week and share a new favorite or old standby brownie recipe using the hashtag #BYOBrownies.

Best Made From Scratch Brownies Recipe and Milk Chocolate Honey Frosting Recipe

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Best Made From Scratch Brownies

Chewy made-from-scratch brownies that give consistent boxed results, topped with a milk chocolate honey frosting (optional)
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 24 brownies


  • For the Brownies:
  • 1 Cup butter
  • 2 Cups sugar
  • 3 Eggs
  • 3 teaspoons vanilla
  • 2/3 Cup cocoa powder
  • 1 Cup flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • For the Frosting:
  • 3 Tablespoons butter softened
  • 3 Tablespoons hot fudge sauce I used Smuckers
  • 1 Tablespoon honey
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 Cups Powdered Sugar


  • For the Brownies:
  • Preheat oven to 350F. Butter the bottom and sides of a 9 by 13 inch metal baking pan. Put a long piece of parchment paper in the bottom of the pan, letting the parchment extend up two sides of the pan and overhang slightly on both ends. Butter the parchment.
  • In a medium saucepan over medium heat, melt the butter. Remove from heat and add the sugar; stir to combine. Beat in eggs and vanilla until combined.
  • Mix in cocoa, baking powder and salt. Add flour and stir until just combined. Pour into prepared pan and spread into an even layer. Bake for bake 25-30 minutes. Let cool completely in pan on a cooling rack.
  • For the Frosting:
  • While the brownies are cooling, make the frosting. Beat butter, hot fudge sauce, honey, and vanilla until blended. Add powdered sugar and beat to desired consistency.
  • Pour over brownies.
  • Chill to set the frosting until ready to serve (if desired).

- Katrina

33 Responses to “Best Made From Scratch Brownies”

  1. #
    [email protected] — October 1, 2012 at 10:36 am

    Oh fun. A brownie party! They look amazing and I like your portions sizes. 🙂
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  2. #
    DessertForTwo — October 1, 2012 at 11:52 am

    Holy wow! Milk chocolate honey frosting?!! These look great!!
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  3. #
    chipchiphooray — October 1, 2012 at 12:28 pm

    These look like my *perfect* brownies! Dense and fudgey. Mmmm. And that frosting is so cool! Definitely never would have that of that. 🙂

  4. #
    thedomesticrebel — October 1, 2012 at 1:49 pm

    I'm totally beyond super guilty of being a cake mix girl. Anything in a box mix screams "I am easy and now you have more time to online shop, you're welcome" and I listen to the voices of boxed mixes, soooo… Anyway, these brownies look phenom! So fudgy and delicious. Love BYOB week!
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  5. #
    food_dreamer — October 1, 2012 at 2:03 pm

    Oh heavenly, heavenly brownies! Those are gorgeous. Pinning…
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  6. #
    Jocelyn @BruCrewLife — October 1, 2012 at 2:04 pm

    I love your portion control…just the size I like my brownies to be:-) And honey and fudge sauce in the frosting…I just want to eat it straight from the bowl!!!
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  7. #
    Cookin' Canuck — October 1, 2012 at 2:58 pm

    That frosting sounds wonderful! You're so right…sometimes the best recipes directly follow a kitchen disaster.
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  8. #
    spiffycookie — October 1, 2012 at 3:21 pm

    I'm so glad one of us made an actual brownie haha. And a great recipe to have too, I am always looking for a good from scratch brownie instead of using the box.
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  9. #
    BakeYourDay — October 1, 2012 at 3:42 pm

    These look perfectly dense and chewy, my kind of brownie! I love new brownie recipes, can't wait to try this one.

  10. #
    Diethood -noun- The state of being on a diet... always! — October 1, 2012 at 3:53 pm

    These brownies look so freakin' good! And that frosting is to die for!!
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  11. #
    bakedbyrachel — October 1, 2012 at 4:43 pm

    I'm with you – totally a box girl but I want to lick that frosting. Mmm.
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  12. #
    claire — October 1, 2012 at 6:58 pm

    I do not doubt you AT ALL that these are the best brownies EVER.

  13. #
    amanda @ fake ginger — October 1, 2012 at 10:09 pm

    I can't believe I missed out on the party! Maybe I can get some brownies whipped up tonight! These look delicious – I love the frosting! Yuuuum!

  14. #
    KatrinasKitchen — October 1, 2012 at 10:36 pm

    Just tweet a recipe with the hashtag and you're in 🙂 Share an oldie…I know you have some brownie recipes in there!!

  15. #
    @damn_delicious — October 2, 2012 at 4:29 am

    That chocolate frosting right there totally sealed the deal for me 🙂
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  16. #
    Charlie — October 2, 2012 at 1:32 pm


    So glad these are not from a box.

    I cannot have chocolate because I get major migraines from it. The darker the more severe.

    I have to break my willpower with these.

    I have to make them!

    I'll take three motrin eat a brownie and pray I don't end up with a migraine.

    Have a Joyful Day :~D

  17. #
    Sandras Easy Cooking — October 2, 2012 at 3:28 pm

    Have mercy on my soul, Katrina…those look "the best" brownies that I've ever seen! Amazing and yup I am drooling !:)
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  18. #
    Erin @Dinners, Dish — October 3, 2012 at 2:59 am

    Love brownies!! My all time favorite dessert! What a great frosting to put on them too!

  19. #
    Kate from Scratch — October 3, 2012 at 3:31 pm

    Looks great Katrina! So glad you found a great recipe you enjoyed. Brownies are always a hit around here, I'll give them a try!
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  20. #
    Jen @ JFC — October 4, 2012 at 3:50 pm

    I've always had trouble with scratch brownies… they never seem to turn out quite as fudgy and delicious as I think they should. I've been on the hunt for the perfect fudgy but not too gooey brownie! I'm for sure trying this one!
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  21. #
    Kristen — October 4, 2012 at 6:20 pm

    So I'll admit to my favorite brownies still being from a box. I have some recipes I like ok, but Betty Crockers fudge brownies are my craving and the best I've found so far. Don't judge 😉

  22. #
    julie — October 6, 2012 at 12:08 am

    how much corn syrup in frosting?

  23. #
    julie — October 6, 2012 at 12:23 am

    Also how much cocoa in frosting…?

  24. # — January 7, 2014 at 10:35 pm

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  25. #
    Kathryn Jones — January 28, 2014 at 2:50 pm

    Missing some of the measurements for ingredients… directions said Cocoa and corn Syrup… Ingredients doesn’t mention either one…
    Would love to know what they are so i can try this one 🙂 Thankyou for your time.

    • #
      Katrina Bahl — January 30, 2014 at 6:29 pm

      Hi Kathryn, my apologies- the recipe instructions have now been updated. I had retested the recipe again with hot fudge sauce and honey in place of the cocoa and corn syrup. I forgot to adjust the instructions to match the ingredients list. What you see is now correct. Thanks!

  26. #
    patty — January 31, 2014 at 10:59 am

    Mine came out dry, I followed the recipe, I don’t understand why they didn’t come out like the picture that looks so moist….What did I do wrong?

  27. #
    Natalie — February 1, 2014 at 7:29 am

    These look awesome! I’m probably going to make them for Valentine’s day. Silly question…do I use salted or unsalted butter?

    • #
      Katrina Bahl — February 9, 2014 at 6:14 pm

      I used unsalted butter.

  28. #
    Bre Willard — February 24, 2014 at 3:34 am

    These are awesome! I used 1/2 cup of butter and 1/2 cup of applesauce instead of 1 cup of butter. It made them not as chewy as tipical brownies, but still yummy. Then I topped them off with dark chocolate fudge frosting and dark chocolate and peanut butter chips!

    • #
      Katrina Bahl — February 24, 2014 at 11:12 am

      So great to hear it! I love lightening up my favorite recipes too! And these brownies are so versatile. I’m glad your family loved them as much as ours does!

  29. #
    Shannon — March 30, 2014 at 2:29 pm

    Brilliant work Katrina! I love the simplicity of these brownies, not to mention the great taste. My favorite part? Mixing everything in the one pan, which led to fewer dishes to wash.
    I used a large non-stick saucepan when I tried this recipe yesterday for the first time. When I went to pour the batter into the pan, everything slid right into the brownie pan. I didn’t even need a spatula to scrape the saucepan, which meant nothing left behind. Loved that too.

  30. #
    Steph — April 12, 2014 at 1:06 pm

    Is it self raising or plain?

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