Dense and chocolatey with chewy edges and melt-in-your-mouth good – that’s this easy one-bowl brownie recipe.

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The Story Behind the Recipe

So yeah, this having a wedding and going on a honeymoon thing is quite the time suck. So is the whole having-a-demanding-job thing. Now that I’m hitched and back from my honeymoon, the fact that I quit my full-time gig the week we got married (unrelated, the feminist in me wants you to know!) – it’s all sinking in. All of the sudden, I’ve got a lot of time on my hands. And I’ve actually got time to ponder the fact that I’ve got a lot of time on my hands. Both novel concepts. We’ll see how I do with this.

Rewind a couple of weeks. Back when time was a scarcity, I managed to eke out 20 minutes and whipped up these Ridiculously Easy Brownies – my favorite brownie recipe for when time is scarce and a homemade treat is in order.

These are everything a brownie should be – chewy, dense, melt-in-your mouth chocolatey.

My guy gives ’em a coveted One Grunt Up. And, as I keep mentioning, they’re ridiculously easy – one bowl, one sheet of foil, one pan, done.

Here’s the recipe!

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Ridiculously Easy One-Bowl Brownies

Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 35 minutes
Total: 45 minutes
Author: Kare
Yield: 24
This easy brownie recipe is everything a brownie should be – chewy, dense, melt-in-your mouth chocolatey. One bowl, one sheet of foil, one pan, done.


  • 4 ounces unsweetened chocolate (I like the Ghiradelli 100% Cacao unsweetened chocolate bars)
  • 3/4 cup 1 and 1/2 sticks unsalted butter
  • 1 3/4 cups sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 cup chopped pecans (raw is fine, but sometimes I like to toast them with a little kosher salt)


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Line a 13×9 pan with piece of foil long enough to extend over the ends of the pan, and grease the foil and the rest of the pan.
  • In a large microwaveable bowl, add the butter and the chocolate (break the chocolate into pieces).
  • Microwave for about a minute, removing and stirring to judge how much the chocolate has melted, then nuke in 15 second increments after that. It usually takes me about a minute and a half to completely melt the chocolate.<
  • Stir in the sugar, eggs, and vanilla.
  • Stir in the flour, and if using, the pecans. Mix well.
  • Spread the batter into the pan.
  • Bake for 30 – 35 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out crumby.
  • Let cool, then remove the brownies from the pan with the foil “handles.”
  • Cut into squares, and enjoy!
  • Store in an air-tight container at room temp.

Originally published June 15, 2010.

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