Delicious, Easy Not-From-A-Box Brownies

I used to always make brownies from a box.  Why not?  Easy, cheap, fast.  So I don’t entirely remember why one day I made brownies from scratch, using the recipe from Marc Bittman’s (excellent) cookbook How to Cook Everything: Simple Recipes for Great Food.  However, make them I did and discovered that not only was the recipe delicious, but it’s not actually that hard and it doesn’t take that much more time.  And, although it’s hard to beat the cost of a $5 box of brownies, if you’re anything like me, you already have these ingredients lying around the house.  Give it a try and see if you can go back to boxed brownies!

Delicious, Easy Not-From-A-Box Brownies

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 35 minutes

Yield: 1 Dozen


  • 2 oz Unsweetened chocolate, roughly chopped
  • 1 stick Unsalted butter (I go ahead and use salted), softened, plus a little for the greasing pan
  • 1 cup Sugar
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1/2 cup All-purpose flour
  • Pinch Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Vanilla extract


  1. Preheat the oven to 350F. Grease an 8-inch square baking pan, or line it with aluminum foil and grease the foil. (I grease the pan and do not bother with foil.)
  2. Combine the chocolate and butter in a small saucepan over very low heat, stirring occasionally. When the chocolate is just about melted, remove from the heat and continue to stir until the mixture is smooth.
  3. Transfer the mixture to a bowl and stir in the sugar. Then beat in the eggs, one at a time. Gently stir in the flour, salt, and vanilla. Pour and scrape into the prepared pan and bake 20-25 minutes, or until just barely set in the middle. It\'s better to underbake brownies than to overbake them. Cool on a rack before cutting. Store, covered and at room temperature, for no more than a day.
  4. ***In the book, there\'s an excursus on ways to alter the recipe, which I haven\'t used, but think that they could be great additions. I\'m more of a plain brownie kind of girl and this recipe is fantastic on its own, but the alterations I am sure are great, too!***

About jenny

Jennifer Smith Greene is originally from and lives currently in Burbank, California with her husband Gavin Greene. Jenny completed her undergraduate degree from Woodbury University in Graphic Design. She has worked as a graphics & web designer, both as an in-house and freelance designer. She also has completed a Master of Divinity (MDiv) degree from Princeton Theological Seminary. She has worked as a hospital chaplain and in support roles in various churches. In her spare time, Jenny enjoys watercolor painting. She has taken classes and workshops under Joseph Stoddard, Tom Fong, Danny Gregory and Jane Friend. Additionally, Jenny is active in the community and volunteers her time on the Board of Family Promise of East San Fernando Valley, a social service nonprofit dedicated to helping homeless children and their families by providing shelter and support services to help the families find jobs and housing. Jenny enjoys reading (and highly recommends the site Goodreads), watching movies, playing softball and tennis and taking walks with her husband. Otherwise, Jenny is always curious to find out about those people who come to her site and would love to hear from you!
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