These quick and easy Fudgy One Bowl Brownies are a rich and decadent treat to satisfy those intense chocolate cravings!
I found out when I published my tried and true recipe for One Bowl Chocolate Cake last summer that there are lots of folks out there who appreciate the ease of one bowl baking. Based on the response, I decided it was time to set my sights to creating this quick and easy brownie recipe.
My goal was to create a quick mix and bake recipe with a cocoa powder base so there were no pans or melting of chocolate involved, but it had to yield a fudgy brownie. After a couple of attempts I’m happy to be sharing the end result with you just in time for Valentine’s Day.
These brownies are for the true chocolate lover. They have a deep, rich chocolate flavor and the best part… they are so fast and easy to make!
The dry ingredients are whisked together in a large mixing bowl – flour, sugar, cocoa powder, and salt.
The wet ingredients are beat into the dry mixture with an electric mixer and they include – eggs, vegetable oil, pure vanilla extract, a little bit of melted and cooled butter, and a couple of tablespoons of very hot water. To intensify the fudginess, I stirred in 1/2 cup of semi-sweet chocolate chips.
Beautiful, silky brownie batter.
Transfer the batter to a 13″ x 9″ baking dish that you’ve coated with non-stick cooking spray.
I scattered some bittersweet chocolate chips over the top for good measure.
Don’t be tempted to bake these longer than directed. For the correct texture you want to get them out of the oven and allow them to continue to set up as they cool. Store the cut brownies in an airtight container and they will stay fudgy and delicious for several days.
Fudgy One Bowl Brownies
- 2 cups granulated sugar
- 1 ¼ cups all purpose flour
- ¾ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- ¾ teaspoon salt
- 3 large eggs
- 1 cup vegetable oil
- 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
- ¼ cup butter, melted and cooled
- 2 tablespoons very hot water
- ¾ cup semi-sweet or bittersweet chocolate chips, divided (see recipe note)
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Coat a 13- x 9-inch baking dish with non-stick cooking spray.
- In a large mixing bowl whisk together the flour, granulated sugar, cocoa powder, and salt until well combined. Using an electric hand or stand mixer, beat in eggs, vegetable oil, and vanilla just until combined. Add melted and cooled butter and hot water and beat again, just until combined. Use a spoon to stir ½ cup of the chocolate chips into the batter and spoon the batter into the prepared baking dish, spreading out evenly. Sprinkle with remaining chocolate chips.
- Bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out mostly clean with just a few moist crumbs. Don't be tempted to bake longer as brownies will set up a bit as they cool. Allow to cool completely in baking dish before slicing.
Nutrition information is automatically calculated using generic ingredients, and is an estimate not a guarantee. For more accurate results, please refer to the labels on your ingredients at home.
Questions and Reviews
Hi. I like your brownies; maybe the solution for Molly’s situation is to whisk the egg whites first until the stiff peaks form and then slowly add the rest of the ingredients carefully. It take a few minutes more to make but works perfectly for me ! Thank you for the recipe, Valerie and have a nice day !
I DO hate dishes, and loooove chocolate so one bowl brownies works for me!
My brownies just came out of the oven and they look nothing like the pictures. I followed the recipe exactly and mine turned out really oily and grainy. I noticed there is no baking powder. Did I miss something? Thanks!
Hi Molly. It’s tough for me to say what went wrong. Fudgy brownies usually do not include baking powder or baking soda and include a high ratio of fat to flour. You will find leavening agents like baking powder included in recipes for cakey brownies so maybe that might be something for you to try. I tested this recipe twice with success but so sorry to hear it didn’t work out for you.
Can I use GF flour?
I can’t say for sure, Dawn. I have no experience baking with gluten free flour. So sorry! I do know some excellent gluten free bloggers who could probably answer this for you. If you’ve not visited Fearless Dining – go check it out for some really awesome gluten free recipes.
I don’t have a dishwasher in my tiny kitchen so I totally appreciate any recipe that cuts back on dishes… these brownies look delicious, Valerie!