Fudgy Brownies From Scratch

Having a sweet tooth has its benefits when you know how to bake. Today we had a super lazy day, went to get burgers from our local American Legion who had a Brat Sale. Now the kids are playing video games. As much as they should be outside enjoying the weather, I really am enjoying them playing together well. So far. Plus, the mosquitos are terrorizing our yard. Our kids would be carried away, just a mass of skin and bones after those bloodsuckers were done with them. And trust me, there isn’t enough mosquito spray that these suckers are repelled by. So, I hit the kitchen to make Fudgy Brownies!

Monica making Fudgy Brownies in kitchen
I love baking!!

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Published September 18, 2021
Updated March 14, 2022
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Fudgy Brownies in baking pan

Made from Scratch

As I sit here writing this post, with the smell of baking cocoa and yumminess and waiting for them to be finished, it brings me back to my days of pre-made baked goods. Pulling a box out of the pantry and then adding oil and an egg and mixing it. Why do we have to spend a few dollars for someone else’s work when you can spend a few extra minutes with raw ingredients, knowing that what you are feeding your people is healthy. Healthier for brownies at least.

Making food from scratch, especially desserts, can actually save so much money. With the rising cost of foods, especially pre-made or packaged, making your food from scratch can help save so much money.

Fudgy Brownies Recipe

Ingredients

2/3 cup oil
2/3 cup cocoa powder
1/2 cup flour
1/4 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
3 eggs
2/3 cup brown sugar
1 1/3 cup powdered sugar
1 tsp vanilla

Ingredients to make Fudgy Brownies from scratch on countertop
I love knowing what is in our baked goods!

Directions for Brownies

1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
2. Spray a 9 X 9 square pan with non-stick spray and dust with flour. Dusting the pan helps the brownies to not stick to the pan, and as a result, they will come out much easier!

pan sprayed with non-stick spray on countertop
Spray and dust the pan.

3. Then set the pan aside.
4. Place 2/3 cup oil into a microwavable measuring cup and then microwave for 1 minute. We did not have oil, so I used unrefined coconut oil. It melts in the microwave beautifully and gives desserts such a delicious flavor. I do not typically like the taste of coconut, but this oil flavor result was so mild and much healthier than vegetable oil.

jar of coconut oil with glass Pyrex measuring cup on countertop
Coconut oil

5. When warm, whisk in 2/3 cup cocoa powder until completely combined, then set aside for 4-5 minutes until cooled. Mixing the cocoa powder into the oil while warm helps the brownies to not be powdery. This step helps to “bloom” the oil and gives it a deeper flavor. Even if you do not make brownies from scratch, try doing this step the next time you make brownies! Warm the oil for a minute in the microwave and add a small amount of the dry ingredients and whisk it together.

6. In a small bowl, place 1/2 cup flour, 1/4 teaspoon baking powder and 1/2 teaspoon salt, and then gently stir to combine. Set aside. I love my nesting bowls from Wolfgang Puck! The smallest is just perfect for the dry ingredients and to add them to the mixing bowl. Check these out!! I use mine daily, honestly. I love how they have lids and one with a removable part that can be replaced with different sized shredders.

7. Place 3 eggs, 2/3 cup brown sugar and 1 1/3 cup powdered sugar in the bowl of a KitchenAid mixer, then insert the paddle attachment.

8. Beat on medium speed until fluffy, 2-3 minutes. Start SLOW to mix the powdered sugar into the eggs as it may poof up, once it is blended you can turn the speed up to medium for the 2-3 minutes.

dry ingredients in KitchenAid mixer bowl for Fudgy Brownies

9. Add 1 teaspoon vanilla and mix until just combined.

adding vanilla extract to kitchenaid mixer bowl
Add vanilla.

10. Add 1/2 of the oil and cocoa mixture and start the mixer on low until just combined. The cocoa and oil may try to splatter, so keep it on low to start; then turn the speed to medium-high for 5 minutes.

11. Add flour and mix on low until just combined. This Wolfgang Puck bowl is just right to tip the dry ingredients in at once.

12. Add the rest of the cocoa mixture and mix on slow until combined, then mix on medium-high for 1 minute. Make sure to start mixing at a low speed as this helps the cocoa mixture to not splatter.

13. Scoop out the brownie batter into the prepared pan, then using a spatula, spread the mixture evenly through the pan. Typically, when using vegetable oil for this recipe the batter is much more liquid-like. Using coconut oil changed the texture a bit and made it feel more solid and frosting-like, but the resulting Fudgy Brownies were so chocolatey and delicious.

The best part of making brownies is licking the spatula! Am I right!? I love using a spatula to scrape out every last bit of the batter. It gives me a taste of what is to come also! I just have to be sneaky while baking so I do not have to share with four kids. They can wait till it is fully baked for sure!

Monica with spatula licking fudgy brownies batter

14. Bake for 24-30 minutes.
Remove the Fudgy Brownies from the oven, then let the pan cool for 10 minutes before serving!

Fudgy Brownies from Scratch Recipe

Ingredients for Fudgy Brownies

2/3 cup oil
2/3 cup cocoa powder
1/2 cup flour
1/4 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
3 eggs
2/3 cup brown sugar
1 1/3 cup powdered sugar
1 tsp vanilla

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
2. Spray a 9 X 9 square pan with non-stick spray and dust with flour.
3. Then set pan aside.
4. Place 2/3 cup oil into a microwavable measuring cup and then microwave for 1 minute.
5. When warm, whisk in 2/3 cup cocoa powder until completely combined, then set measuring cup aside for 4-5 minutes until cooled.
6. In a small bowl, measure and add 1/2 cup flour, 1/4 teaspoon baking powder and 1/2 teaspoon salt, and stir to combine, then set aside.
7. Place 3 eggs, 2/3 cup brown sugar and 1 1/3 cup powdered sugar in the bowl of a KitchenAid mixer.
8. Then beat on medium speed until fluffy, 2-3 minutes.
9. Add 1 teaspoon vanilla and then mix on low until just combined.
10. Add 1/2 of the oil and cocoa mixture and start the mixer on low until just combined, then turn the speed to medium-high for 5 minutes.
11. Add all of the dry ingredients from the small bowl and then mix on low until just combined.
12. Add the rest of the cocoa mixture and then mix on medium-high for 1 minute, scraping down the sides of the KitchenAid bowl as needed.
13. Empty brownie batter into the prepared pan, then using a spatula spread the mixture evenly through the pan.
14. Bake for 24-30 minutes.
Remove the Fudgy Brownies from the oven and then let the pan cool for 10 minutes before serving!
Enjoy!
~Monica

Published by Monica's Scratch Kitchen

I have not always had the skills to cook and bake from scratch. As a young wife, I bought every meal frozen or boxed and presented it to my husband with a flourish, believing myself a decadent cook. As our budget shrunk, and our family grew, I looked for ways to stretch our money to nourish our kids with the best for their hungry appetites. Hoping to find recipes and meals that they would love to eat. Through the last 5 years, I have learned so many cooking and baking lessons, and experienced many wins and failures. Come along with me on this journey as I share my recipes that work, how to make them on the cheap, and my tips and tricks to get my kids to eat homemade deliciousness! I will also share updates to our house that we have done in the last year since our move. With one income, we do most of the work ourselves and with amazing family and friends to help out, cutting costs but keeping style and money in the bank! I am a wife and mother of 3 boys and 1 princess. When I was a kid, I remember being asked what I wanted to be or do when I grew up. My response was, "a mom", and I am proud to grow up and be a mom to 4 amazing kids! Samuel is 11, Matthew is 8, Levi is 4, and Elliana is almost 2. We have been blessed to have kids who love to explore foods, to try new recipes, and enjoy helping us around the house. With 4 kids, you better believe they help clean! My husband Tyler and I have been married almost 13 years. We love our kids, we love outdoors, camping, canoeing, grilling, watching movies, and just hanging out making memories. A few years ago I gifted Tyler with his own "menu" book, where we write meals and foods we have loved to eat. Weekly our family decides what our meals will be and I make up a grocery list with what we need. It literally is my favorite chore! I love to shop, so shopping for food on a budget is my biggest win! Thank you for taking the time and visiting my site, Subscribe so you do not miss a post! Keep coming back to hear about new recipes, updates on our home, fun times with our kids, and how to make homemade deliciousness! ~Monica

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