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Easy One Bowl Fudgy Cocoa Brownies

Super fudgy and dense cocoa brownies are gooey on the inside, have a crinkly top, and are made with just 6 ingredients in under 30 minutes! This easy recipe makes the BEST brownies and is the only brownie recipe you will ever need.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword brownies,, cocoa, easy, fudge, gooey, quick
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 16
Calories 128kcal
Author Layla



  • 1/2 cup melted butter or 1 stick
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa
  • 1 cup sugar see note
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/4 tsp salt leave out if using salted butter


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

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

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

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

  • (optional) fold in 1 cup of nuts, raisins, chocolate chips or anything you desire.

  • Spread in pan and bake for approximately 20-22 minutes or until the center is slightly set.  Be careful not to over-bake!

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



For EXTRA gooey brownies: Add 1 tablespoon oil of choice to the batter along with the butter.
Doubling the recipe: This recipes also doubles really well in a 9x13 pan, add 5-7 minutes baking time. To double, adjust the serving size above to 32. 
The sweetness: 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! 
Don't over-bake. Be sure to bake these brownies for no more than 20-25 minutes. Overbaking the brownies will make them dry and cakey.
The serving size: we cut the brownies into 16 small brownies and the serving size is per brownie. To cut into larger brownies, cut into 9 large peices.


Serving: 1brownie | Calories: 128kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 36mg | Sodium: 96mg | Potassium: 53mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 13g | Vitamin A: 207IU | Calcium: 8mg | Iron: 1mg