Easy One Bowl Fudgy Cocoa Brownies

Easy One Bowl Fudgy Cocoa Brownies- You will never use brownie mix again after trying these!I’ve got a super easy yet DELICIOUS fudgy brownie recipe for you today. Brownies can’t get any more fudgy or easier to make than this folks!

Ya’ll know brownies are my thing right? We can’t go more than a week here without making a batch. A few years back I was hooked on boxed brownie mix and to be honest I thought they were “alright”. I mainly used the mix because it’s very easy to use and also because back then I assumed that making brownies from scratch was very hard. Turns out it’s not hard at all! It may take any extra step making it from scratch but I swear it tastes 1 billion times better and once you try it you will NEVER EVER go back to brownie mix again!

Easy One Bowl Fudgy Cocoa Brownies- You will never use brownie mix again after trying these!Like I said, these brownies are simple and easy to make. The entire brownie mixture will be made in the pot or bowl you decide to melt your butter or margarine in.


If you decide to melt the butter in the microwave use a large plastic or ceramic bowl and if on the stove top then use a medium saucepan. Either way works just fine. After melting the butter add the sugar and cocoa and stir until fully combined. Then add the eggs, vanilla, flour and salt; mix and your done!

If you like you can now add 1 cup of chocolate chips, nuts, m&m’s, marshmallows, Reese’s or whatever your heart desires!Easy One Bowl Fudgy Cocoa Brownies- You will never use brownie mix again after trying these!

4.34 from 12 votes

Easy One Bowl Fudgy Cocoa Brownies

This recipes also doubles really well in a 9x13 pan, add 5-7 minutes baking time. The recipe calls for 1 cup of sugar; feel free to use between 3/4 cup - 1 1/4 cup depending on your personal preference. Be sure to bake these brownies for no more than 20-25 minutes. Overbaking the brownies will make them dry!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 16
Author Layla


  • 1 ⁄2 cup 1stick butter, melted
  • 1 ⁄2 cup unsweetened cocoa
  • 1 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 1 ⁄4 teaspoon salt


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease an 8x8 square pan or line with foil and set aside.

  2. In a medium bowl combine melted butter and cocoa and sugar stir until fully dissolved.

  3. Add eggs one at a time then vanilla and stir until well combined.

  4. Stir in flour and salt until the flour is fully combine. Be careful not to overmix mix.

  5. (optional) fold in 1 cup of nuts, raisins, chocolate chips or any thing you desire.

  6. Spread in pan and bake for approximately 25 minutes or until toothpick inserted comes out clean. Be careful not to over-bake!

  7. Cool completely then cut into 9 large squares or 16 small squares ( I cut mine into 16)

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    Just made these. ABSOLUTELY EASY AND DELICIOUS! I doubled and used 9×13 pan, baked for 28 minutes. They are PERFECT! Nice crust and chewy in the middle. This will be my go-to on chocolate craving days! 🙂


    Really good, I replaced the vanilla with peppermint extract, and it was amazing. The one thing was it actually took closer to 40 minutes to cook.


    I made these the other day and cut them into small, bite sized squares to share with friends. They were a huge hit! My husband loved them too so I’ll be making more soon. I did cut the sugar down to slightly under one cup and it was just right. Perfect one-bowl recipe!


      Thanks for the feedback Audra. I love cutting brownies into bite-size squares!


    I made these a few nights ago and they’re awesome! I see another batch in the near future happening. I actually used small cupcake tins (2 bite brownie size) it made 24 and I cooked them for 20 minutes total. They turned out really great!


    I made these last night and this is now my favourite, go-to brownie recipe! I was using a different recipe but found that it had a lingering bitter-sweet taste which we were not fond of at all. I made a batch of brownies last night using this new recipe and didn’t modify the recipe in any way. For the optional mix-ins, I used a 1/2 cup of chocolate chips and 1/2 cup of walnuts. I was nervous about the texture of the batter as it seemed a little thick before pouring it into the baking pan, but I baked them anyway and they came out perfectly!!!! After letting them cool, I was able to cut them into 16 squares without any issues with them crumbling. Today, day two, they are even better!!! They are crunchy on top and moist/chewy on the inside (but not too chewy). Layla, thank you for sharing this wonderful recipe with us. It is a winner and my search for the perfect brownie recipe is now over!!!


    These are fabulous!!!! I make these and blondies all the time, in a double batch Rave reviews all the time. My patients love them, all the other businesses in my building love them, my lawn guy,, my mail people, the UPS guy….the people at the banks love me too 🙂

    I made double batches and brought them over to a friend’s family. They had lost their grandfather and had people constantly in and out of the house, then his sister had to go into the hospital. These, along with casseroles, were good comfort food and easy to just pick up and nibble on for a crowd.

    I have also started experimenting….I am now making Adult Apertif Cocktail Creations….I could not find my vanilla extract last night, so I put in Godiva Chocolate Liquer instead….it smelled soooo good….tonight I tried Frangelico and Chambord….Kahlua is next, and Bailey’s….and I bought a bunch more airline bottle size spirits to try…if they come out good, will sell them….I can wrap them up individually in bite size pieces, put an assortment in a pretty martini glass, cover it with tulle, and sell it as a hostess gift or an indulgence gift,….

    Happy Baking all!!!!


    Would it be alright to use grapeseed oil or peanut oil?


      I haven’t tried with grape-seed or peanut oil.


    I made these last night at 10 pm while craving chocolate of course! Used 1 cup of sugar and one cup walnuts Very very very easy to make. I want to try and make again but maybe with only one egg. Anyone try that yet? I didn’t find these to be a chewy as I’d want. They came out kinda crumbly. Even today. But still VERY DELISH!


    These bad boys are currently baking away in my oven…made these for my sister’s belated birthday treat. Cant wait to taste these!


    Tried for the first time today and altho I typically follow a first timer to the letter this time I was craving mocha……so I replaced 1 Tb of the cocoa with espresso powder and kept the rest of the measurements exact.
    Added choc chips and marshmallows on the top prior to baking- they baked for 35-40 min til just set – cut great when cooled.

    Treats for the mechanics and our waste pickup crew – that way I am not tempted to hoard them 🙂


    Totally amazing.
    Used only 1 cup sugar,
    But these were absolutely to die for.
    Keeping this recipe for the next time I’m craving chocolate at 2am. Don’t mind a 25 min wait!
    Thanks for this!

    Matt Owens

    This is now my family’s favorite brownie recipe. We love the density and moistness of it. We have sprinkled the mixture with baking powder while still in bowl. It came out the exact same with the brownies now melting in your mouth. It is most wonderful!

    Leslie Sanzi

    I’ve made these twice now. Once in an 8×8 and today in a 9×13. The 8×8 was way too thick and though they were moist and fudge like, they fell apart way to easily. In the 9×13 they were better, but still seem to fall apart. I’m following the directions to the letter. Any suggestions? By the way, they do have a great tast, just need to tweak the recipe somehow to make them stick together when cut.


      Maybe it has to do with when you are melting your sugar and coco. The longer and at a higher temp the mixture is thicker. Not as high of temp results in a thinner batter. Hope this helps. 🙂


    This is my go to brownie recipe! I always get rave reviews when I share them! I have always made them exactly as directed until a week or so ago. I was out of granulated sugar and substituted with light brown sugar….omg I didn’t think these brownies could get better, but they did! Thanks for sharing this recipe…with either sugar, they are fab!!


    These were easy, but for my taste there was too much sugar. I’ll try the recipe again, but I’ll cut the sugar and increase the coco powder.


    The only comments here are about how they look. I actually tried it. Nice 8×8 cake recipe.
    I’ll salvage them with frosting.

    Jessica @ Sweetest Menu

    Oh talk about delicious! Those brownies look magical, so chocolatey and fudgy – just the way a brownie should be!


    The magic word is one bowl! I always love an easy & tasty recipe!

    Medha @ Whisk & Shout

    These look fabulous! So chewy and fudgy…. pinning 🙂


      Thanks for pinning, Medha!


        Hello Layla,

        Thank you so much for this recipe, i am actually going to make your cookie brownie and requried the brownie recipe for it. When you say “this recipe doubles well in a 9/13 pan”, do you mean i should double the recipe if i want to use a 9/13 pan or just use the same recipe and pour it in a 9×13 pan instead of the 8×8?? thank you


          You would have to make twice the batter and pour it into the 9×13 pan.