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Moist Cake Brownies

These brownies have been in my recipe collection since I was 9 years old. I've added to and altered the recipe over the years, and now I think it has the perfect amount of everything, including semisweet and milk chocolate chips and pecans. They are my husband's and son's favorite. -Louise Stacey, Dane, Wisconsin
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Bake: 25 min.
  • Makes
    2 dozen


  • 2/3 cup butter, cubed
  • 3/4 cup baking cocoa
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2/3 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup milk chocolate chips
  • 1 cup coarsely chopped pecans
  • Confectioners' sugar
  • Pecan halves, toasted, optional


  • Melt butter in a large saucepan. Whisk in cocoa and oil until smooth. Cook and stir over low heat until cocoa is blended. Transfer to a large bowl; stir in sugar. Add eggs, one at a time, stirring well after each addition. Stir in vanilla. Combine flour, baking powder and salt; gradually add to cocoa mixture. Stir in chocolate chips and nuts.
  • Spread into a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking pan. Bake at 350° for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool in pan on a wire rack. Dust with confectioners' sugar. Garnish with pecan halves if desired.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 253 calories, 15g fat (5g saturated fat), 50mg cholesterol, 181mg sodium, 30g carbohydrate (21g sugars, 2g fiber), 3g protein.

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  • Amanda
    Jun 3, 2019

    I have been looking for a cake-like brownie recipe for ages, and this has been my recipe of choice now for a few years. Two things: I always need to bake for at least 40 min or they are soup in the middle. (Oven is well calibrated, so not sure how others had success at 25 min). 2. If you use high fat/higher quality butter you’ll need to add more oil for the batter to be properly loose. I find this recipe is best with more “traditional” US-style butter (eg land o lakes).

  • Pamela
    Jan 7, 2019

    My batter was so thick and had so many chips that they are more like candy th ban brownie. I checked the recipe 5 times and made no mistake. They were so thick i had to press them into the pan. Not at all happy

  • Bahiya
    Feb 4, 2018

    My goto brownie recipe since it came out in the 1999 Taste of Home. The only part of it I've varied is the combination of chocolate chips I use. Most of the time, I use dark chocolate and semi semi sweet. Sometimes all semi sweet. Wouldn't worry if I didn't have milk chocolate and semi sweet because they are awesome.

  • Bethany
    Nov 21, 2017

    Followed the instructions, baked for exactly 25 minutes. These brownies turned out amazing! They were rich and yummy. Exactly what I want in a brownie.

  • katydid151
    May 3, 2017

    I made these exactly as written and they are wonderful! My son made them without the chocolate chips a few days later and they were just as good. EXCELLENT brownie recipe!!

  • Betsy
    Feb 16, 2017

    I have been looking for the perfect homemade brownie recipe for over 30 years, and this is it! Most recipes I've tried were either too "fudgey" or were dry on the edges and wet in the middle. Well I have to say when I made these they came out perfect. I have now found my go to recipe for brownies and actually want to experiment with adding other "add ins" (caramel maybe?). I used a Dutch process cocoa and they were delicious. I did not have milk chocolate chips so I used all semi-sweet, next time I will try the recipe with both types. I even forwarded this to my daughter who is gluten intolerant so she can experiment and try to make it gluten free. I cannot thank you enough for this recipe!

  • Raneelia
    Aug 22, 2015

    This is just what I've been looking for thanks so much. Wonderful mixture of yummy delight

  • Autumn.inNewYork
    May 8, 2014

    I have to admit... I have made a lot of recipes online before that were fabulous that I never left a review for because I thought... well there are other good reviews, that's good enough. But in this case I had to make an exception... I created an account specifically so I could put a review about this recipe. These are by far the best scratch brownies I've ever had in my life. I did make a small change, but to the things I had in my cabinets... and because I made these for my son's cub scout pack (so no nuts!)... Instead of the semi-sweet & milk chocolate chips, I added 1/2 cup of dark chocolate chips & 2/3 c of heath chips. Now, I don't usually like heath, HOWEVER, there was something about the heath that just set off the rest of the taste. These are wicked good!

  • Mrs.Jackson8688
    Sep 30, 2013

    I loooooovvvvvvveeeeee this recipe, my family also loves this recipe I just made a few batches for my family visiting (whom requested them) and my co workers who also loved them. BEST BROWNIEEEEEEE RECIPEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • NoGMO
    Mar 22, 2013

    I just realized I used salted butter. That's why it's too salty.