The best, easiest brownie recipe in the world

This recipe from the Williams-Sonoma Dessert Cookbook is the best brownie recipe in the world. We make it often (too often, perhaps?), and they don’t last long. I love that it’s all ingredients I usually have on hand, that it only dirties one saucepan, and that my three-year-old can bake alongside me.


  • 1/2 c butter
  • 3 oz. unsweetened baking chocolate, chopped
  • 1 c sugar
  • pinch of salt
  • 2 large eggs, at room temperature*
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract (I usually add 2 teaspoons)
  • 3/4 c flour
  • 3/4 c chocolate, peanut butter, or white chocolate chips (optional)

Preheat the oven to 350 F (180 C). Lightly grease an 8-inch square baking dish, preferably glass.

In a saucepan over low heat, combine the butter and chopped chocolate. Heat, stirring often, until melted, about 4 minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in the sugar and salt. Add the eggs and vanilla and stir until blended. Sprinkle the flour over the mixture and stir until just blended. Stir in the chips, if using (and I recommend using them! My favorite is Ghiradelli dark chocolate chips).

Pour the batter into the dish and spread evenly. Bake until a toothpick comes out almost completely clean, about 30 minutes (don’t overbake). Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

*If you forget to take two eggs out of the fridge ahead of time, simply set them in a bowl and pour very warm (but not hot) water over them. Let them sit in the water bath for a few minutes while you mix everything else, then when you’re ready for them, they should be almost at room temperature.


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Tsh Oxenreider

Tsh is the founder of this blog and just finished traveling around the world with her husband and 3 kids. Her latest book is Notes From a Blue Bike, and believes a passport is one of the world's greatest textbooks.

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  1. Oooooh, yummy! Thanks!

  2. You’re welcome!

  3. Great site here! And brownies, YUMMY!!!!

    Happy day!

  4. hey i’m a student and i choose your recipe for our baking project thanks!

  5. a very happy daughter says:

    Im the daughter of the family and i love to cook bake whatever and i always look for simple recipies so this is really great

    thanks simplemom

  6. this is the easiest brownie recipe i ever seen.
    i appreciate the egg tip its very creative and usefull.
    thanks alot deffinately i will try it

  7. I am craving for brownies, and so delicious, I can forget about my diet. I think I’ll be starting to bake one too.

  8. Couldn’t have been simpler, once I concerted the measurements to metric and padded out a larger baking tin with baking paper! Brownies were delicious! My girls prefer lighter cakes while we grownups favour darker chocolate taste…. these managed to satisfy everyone in the family. Dangerously easy to bake, and eat. Thanks Tsh.

  9. mia maffetone says:


  10. Yummm! I added chunky peanut better and it was awesome! But mine turned out in a lighter brown shade rather than the normal ones. But it tastes great! Thanx :))

  11. If I had an extra egg will they be more cakelike…I prefer cake like brownies