Brownies: What’s not to love? Image: Carla Zinkfontein.

Brownies – Chocolate goodness at its best

I you love chocolate, this recipe is for you.


Brownies: What’s not to love? Image: Carla Zinkfontein.

Chocolate brownies, anyone? Yes, please! These chocolaty bites are seriously indulgent and every chocolate lover’s dream. They are furthermore quick and easy to prepare that you will want to whip them together every day!

Combining all your ingredients for these chocolate brownies will take you only about 10 minutes. Then, pop into the oven for 20 minutes and out comes the most delectable dessert that you will not be able to resist.

It is important to ensure that you do not bake the brownies until they are completely set and dry in the oven. When the centre of the brownies no longer jiggles, you can remove them from the oven. A toothpick inserted must still come out a bit dirty. This dessert will set completely in the hot pan even after being removed from the oven.

To serve in an appetising way, stack the brownies on top of each other and smother with a rich, luxurious chocolate sauce because we can never get enough of chocolate!

Brownies recipe

5 from 1 vote
Recipe by Carla Zinkfontein Course: DessertCuisine: GlobalDifficulty: Easy


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  • ½ cup unsalted butter, melted and HOT

  • 1 tablespoon cooking oil, (olive oil or coconut oil are fine)

  • 1⅛ cup superfine sugar, (castor sugar or white granulated sugar)

  • 2 large eggs

  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

  • ½ cup all-purpose (or plain) flour

  • ½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder

  • ¼ teaspoon salt


  • Preheat the oven to 175°C.
  • Lightly grease an 8-inch square baking pan with cooking oil spray. Line with parchment paper (or baking paper); set aside.
  • Combine the hot melted butter, oil and sugar together in a medium-sized bowl. Whisk well for about a minute. Add the eggs and vanilla; beat until lighter in colour (another minute).
  • Sift in flour, cocoa powder and salt.
  • Gently fold the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients until just combined (do not overbeat as doing so will affect the texture of the brownies).
  • Pour the batter into the prepared pan, smoothing the top out evenly. (Optional: Top with chocolate chunks or chocolate chips.)
  • Bake for 20 – 25 minutes, or until the centre of the brownies in the pan no longer jiggles and is just set to the touch (the brownies will keep baking in the hot pan out of the oven). If testing with a toothpick, the toothpick should come out dirty for fudge-textured brownies.
  • Remove and allow to cool to room temperature before slicing into 16 brownies.


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