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)

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  • 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).
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