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A square brownie on an ivory plate with a glass of milk above it and a fork next to it

30 Minute Fast and Easy Brownies

  • Author: Nancy Blackstone
  • Prep Time: 10 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 20-25 Minutes
  • Total Time: 30-35 Minutes
  • Yield: 20 Brownies 1x
  • Category: Desserts
  • Method: Stovetop/Oven
  • Cuisine: American



3/4 cup butter

3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

2-1/4 cups sugar

4 eggs

1-1/4 cups flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon salt

Optional: 3/4 cup chocolate chips

Optional: 1/2 cup chopped pecans or walnuts


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9 x 13 baking pan with butter and set aside.

  1. In a medium pan, melt butter over medium-low heat.
  2. When butter is completely melted, use a rubber spatula to mix in cocoa powder.
  3. Turn off heat and stir in vanilla and sugar.
  4. Add eggs one at a time, mixing well after each addition.
  5. Stir in flour, baking powder and salt until fully incorporated.
  6. If you are adding chocolate chips and/or chopped nuts, gently mix them in now.
  7. Pour batter into the prepared 9 x 13 baking dish. Bake for 20-25 minutes until toothpick inserted in the center comes out with only a few crumbs on it. It will finish the baking process as it cools.


  • You can add any flavor chips to these brownies just before baking - milk chocolate, semi-sweet, peanut butter or white chocolate.
  • Brownies cut easier and cleaner when they are fully cooled -- if you can wait that long!
  • The brownies will taste better a couple of hours after they come out of the oven, because the flavors have had time to bind together during the cooling process.

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