Moist Cake Brownies Recipe
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Moist Cake Brownies Recipe

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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:24 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 25 min.
MAKES: 24 servings


  • 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

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 253 calories, 15g fat (5g saturated fat), 50mg cholesterol, 181mg sodium, 30g carbohydrate (21g sugars, 2g fiber), 3g protein.


  1. 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.
  2. Spread into a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking pan. Bake at 350° for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool in pan on a wire rack. Dust with confectioners' sugar. Garnish with pecan halves if desired. Yield: 2 dozen.
Originally published as Moist Cake Brownies in Taste of Home October/November 1998, p27

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Raneelia User ID: 8469111 231617
Reviewed Aug. 22, 2015

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

Autumn.inNewYork User ID: 7795863 18473
Reviewed 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 User ID: 7427138 61194
Reviewed 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 User ID: 7192930 202840
Reviewed Mar. 22, 2013

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

NoGMO User ID: 7192930 30546
Reviewed Mar. 22, 2013

"It was all good until I added the salt and baking powder. It has too much of a salt taste, and takes away from some of the sweet. Since I used natural salt, maybe I should have used less. I also didn't put in the chocolate chips or nuts. So maybe without those, you have to adjust to using less salt."

raych32 User ID: 1013655 53672
Reviewed Jan. 29, 2012

"These brownies are terrific!"

kdc-perez07 User ID: 2121276 202839
Reviewed May. 1, 2010

"Excellent! No complaints, these brownies were awesome. I baked them in a 8 x 8 pan instead since my husband likes his brownies to be thick so they had to bake a lot longer. This will be my go-to brownie recipe!"

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