Chocolate Brown-Sugar Brownies Recipe

These brownies are rich and decadent, with a deep chocolate flavor thanks to the brown sugar and cocoa powder. They’re also super easy to make, requiring just one bowl and minimal effort.


  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, melted and cooled slightly
  • 1 cup granulated white sugar
  • 1 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder (Dutch-processed preferred)
  • 1 teaspoon espresso powder (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 ¼ cups chopped chocolate, divided


  • Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C). Grease an 8×8 inch baking pan or line it with parchment paper for easy removal.
  • In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the melted butter, granulated sugar, and brown sugar until the sugar is dissolved and the mixture is smooth.
  • Add the eggs one at a time, whisking well after each addition to incorporate them fully. Then, whisk in the vanilla extract until combined.
  • In a separate bowl, sift together the flour and cocoa powder. You can also add the espresso powder (for a deeper chocolate flavor) and salt to the dry ingredients.
  • Gradually add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients, mixing until just combined. Be careful not to overmix, as this can lead to tough brownies.
  • Fold in 1 cup of the chopped chocolate. Reserve the remaining ¼ cup for sprinkling on top.
  • Pour the batter into your prepared baking pan and spread it evenly. Sprinkle the remaining chopped chocolate over the top of the batter.
  • Bake the brownies for 25-30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out with moist crumbs (not completely clean). The brownies will continue to set as they cool.
  • Let the brownies cool completely in the pan before cutting and serving. Enjoy!


  • For extra fudgy brownies, use melted chocolate chips instead of chopped chocolate.
  • Want to add some nuts? Fold in chopped walnuts, pecans, or almonds into the batter.
  • To make these brownies gluten-free, use a gluten-free all-purpose flour blend.
  • If you don’t have Dutch-processed cocoa powder, regular unsweetened cocoa powder will work, but the brownies may not be as fudgy.


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