Brownie: Simple Recipe 

The brownie is one of the most coveted American desserts, we accompany and teach a simple and delicious recipe for your favorite dessert. 

You know those delicious chocolate treats, with a texture halfway between a cookie and a super fluffy cake, that go by the name of Brownie?

The question, of course, is rhetorical because we are sure you know them and have tasted them many times (after all, true connoisseurs of sweets could not do otherwise, given their irresistible goodness).


The secret of their deliciousness probably lies in their simple preparation, which does not involve the addition of yeast and is based on a few simple ingredients, such as flour, sugar, chocolate, butter and eggs.

As a result you will have small rectangular shaped desserts that you can then cover with icing and fill with some type of chocolate or hazelnut.

Brownie recipe

Let’s see the ingredients for a cake of 16 brownies in a 24 cm square mold:

– 325 g dark chocolate

– 25 g cocoa powder

– 50 g chopped dark chocolate (or dark chocolate chips)

– 50 g chopped walnuts

– 325 g butter plus one walnut for buttering the pan

– 265 g brown sugar

– 60 g sunflower oil

– 3 whole eggs + 3 egg yolks

– 1/2 teaspoon vanilla essence

– 150 g standard flour OR plus a little for the mold.



Melt 125 g butter, 325 g dark chocolate and 25 g cocoa powder in a saucepan over low heat

In a bowl, beat three whole eggs, three egg yolks, 60 g sunflower oil, 265 g brown sugar, half a teaspoon of vanilla

Then mix all the other dry ingredients (flour, chopped nuts, chopped chocolate) and add them to the statute mixture, finally add the melted mixture over low heat.

At this point take the mold, butter and flour it, stretch the dough with the help of a wet hand to make it uniform, finally bake it in a preheated oven at 180°C.

Postre en el horno

The cake should remain in the oven for a little more than half an hour, when the surface begins to crack you can take it out of the oven. 

It is important that the central part remains firm, because it is a sponge cake that you make without yeast. Before cutting it into squares called brownies, it is best to let it cool a little.

Brownie without cocoa

There is also a white version of brownie, called blondie, which is made without cocoa and white chocolate is added as an alternative.

While it is true that everyone is familiar with them, their origin hides little-known stories.

That is why we have decided to tell them to you, on the basis that not everything you read out there is true and that, when you go back in time, history and legend tend to get mixed up again and again.

A fortunate accident

According to the most reputable story, it all started because of a bumbling cook, who forgot to add yeast to the dough of a chocolate cake, unintentionally inventing a low and equally tasty cake.

Apparently, this clueless cook lived in Bangor, Maine, and if this story is true, that’s where the name Bangor Brownies came from.

Plato de postre

However, we have become accustomed to the fact that when we try to reconstruct the history of a dessert, different versions always emerge that confuse ideas.

So, before choosing a definitive one, let’s see together what they have told so far about brownies and how much truth there is in those stories.

The mysterious origin of the brownie

When you want to tidy up a complicated story, the first thing you have to do is gather all the reliable information you have and reconstruct the events from a series of fixed points.

In the case of brownies, the only thing we can say, almost with certainty, is that their origin is American and that the name comes from the large amount of chocolate used to make them.

However, “Brownie” is also the name of the somewhat maudlin leprechaun willing to help mankind in exchange for sweets and milk that is so famous in England, and given the dark color of his complexion, this consideration begins to raise the first doubts about the etymology of the word.

Other versions

Uncertainty leads us to another story, according to which the birth of the brownie took place in 1892 in the kitchens of the Palmer House Hotel in Chicago, when, during the World’s Columbian Exposition.

The intrepid Bertha Palmer expressed her desire for a dessert that could be enjoyed without getting her hands dirty, giving the cooks the inspiration for the invention of the brownie.

The veracity of this story seems to be supported by the fact that the first recipe for these delicious treats appeared in 1896 in the Cookbook Cooking School (i.e., just four years later), but if you read the ingredients carefully, you realize that they are more like molasses cakes than brownies per se.

Brownie Portada

For the recipe we know today, in fact, one has to wait until 1905, when it first appeared in the Boston Globe newspaper, accompanied by the aforementioned story of the clueless cook.

Since this story was transmitted along with the authentic brownie recipe, it is probably the most truthful, so we choose it as the official version.

In any case, they did not become widespread in Europe and America until the 1920s, when chocolate became available to everyone and the fame of its goodness overcame any distance.


  • The brownie is an easy recipe to prepare and very well known by the lovers of sweets.
  • As with most famous recipes, there is more than one version of its origins.
  • The blondie is a variation of this recipe, but without cocoa.
  • There are many variations of this recipe, the most common with oven, but it can also be homemade in microwave.

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