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Moist Cake Brownies Recipe

Moist Cake Brownies Recipe

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. YIELD: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


  • 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.

Nutritional 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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katydid151 User ID: 7507385 265473
Reviewed 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 User ID: 9081499 261399
Reviewed 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 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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