Homemade Dark Chocolate Brownies

I love brownies. Aside from ice cream they are probably one of my favorite dessert items. For some reason I always thought that making homemade brownies was difficult. I just always bought a box mix and would occasionally throw in some extra goodies like chocolate chips, marshmallows, nuts, etc… Then I learned how amazing homemade brownies taste and decided to give it a try. After a bit of research I found the perfect fudgy dark chocolate brownies.

I prefer my brownies to have a crispy top layer and a slightly gooey and soft center. (That’s why I love adding extra chocolate chips!)

dark chocolate brownies


  • 3/4 cup dutch-processed cocoa powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2/3 cup butter, melted & divided (1/3 cup + 1/3 cup)
  • 1/2 cup boiling water
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/3 cup flour
  • 2 cups chocolate chips


  1. Preheat the oven to 350ºF.
  2. Grease a 9×13″ baking dish.
  3. In a large bowl mix together the cocoa and baking soda.
  4. Stir in 1/3 cup of the melted butter until smooth.
  5. Next, Stir in the boiling water until the mixture is thick.
  6. Then stir in the sugar and eggs and the remaining 1/3 cup melted butter.
  7. Then, stir in the vanilla and salt until just smooth.
  8. Add in the flour and chocolate chips and stir until combined.
  9. Spread the batter into the baking dish and bake for 35-40 minutes, or until the edges start to pull away from the pan. (I prefer slightly under-baked brownies)


homemade brownies

Jessica is a family lifestyle blogger living in Raleigh, NC with her husband and four sons (9, 6, 5 and 3). Jessica started thebkeepsushonest.com in November of 2009, but has been blogging since 2003. Jessica writes about family life, recipes, travel and products for families. She is also a Work-from-home-mom who manages marketing and social media for a local accounting company.

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