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Chocolate Brownies
The best brownies are soft in the centre and have a crust on top. This recipe couldn’t be simpler – all you do is measure the ingredients into a bowl and give it all a good mix!

Makes 24

Cake tin needed: a 30 x 23 x 4cm (12 x 9 x 1½in) traybake tin or roasting tin
275g (10oz) butter, softened
375g (13oz) caster sugar
4 large eggs
75g (3oz) cocoa powder
100g (4oz) self-raising flour
100g (4oz) plain chocolate chips
Step One
Preheat the oven to 180°C/Fan 160°C/gas 4. Cut a rectangle of non-stick baking parchment to fit the base and sides of the tin. Grease the tin and then line it with the paper, pushing it neatly into the corners.
Step Two

Measure all the ingredients into a large bowl and mix with a hand-held electric mixer until evenly blended.

Step Three

Spoon the mixture into the prepared tin, scraping the sides of the bowl with a plastic spatula to remove all of it. Spread the mixture gently to the corners of the tin and level the surface with the back of the spatula.

Step Four

Bake for 40–45 minutes, until the brownies have a crusty top and a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean.Cover loosely with foil for the last 10 minutes if the mixture is browning too much. Allow the brownies to cool in the tin and then cut into 24 squares. Store in an airtight tin.


I totally love Mary’s brownies, they never fail. Sometimes I add little extras like walnuts or peacan. Passion fruit and vanilla is also a winner, though it does take just a little longer to bake because the mixture is wetter.

Elaina Watters
Added on May 14th, 2014

So pleased it went down well! Do you ever cook with your grandchildren? We find it gets messier but it’s great fun!

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Added on April 3rd, 2014

Mary,a fantastic brownie recipe.So easy to make & delicious.My three grandchildren loved them ,age 2-6years old,also the adults .Served them with whipped cream .Sheila S.

Sheila Shiells
Added on March 30th, 2014

Really great brownies!! The tin I baked it in was a bit small so I just put all the mixture in but its rising too much

Added on January 12th, 2014

this recipe is the easist and the best recipe of all the brownie recipes and also very tasty, well done mary

sheila howard
Added on January 11th, 2014

These were so easy to make, even I managed to make them taste good !

Added on October 29th, 2013

try this recipe with milk and white chocolate buttons

Added on July 12th, 2013

I heat the butter and chocolate in a pan before mixing with rest of the ingredients The brownies come out perfect every time

Added on July 3rd, 2013

OMG, lovely brownies. Everyone loved them.

@Yasmin Soften the butter first, then add everything else in.

Added on May 28th, 2013

love love them turned out great and YUMMY

Added on April 24th, 2013

So lovely and easy to be able to put all ingredients into the mixer. Then scrape out the bowl, leaving some for yourself of course!! Mary, they are gorgeous. Thank you.

V Turner
Added on April 20th, 2013

These were easy to make and tasted amazing

To buzy
Eggs should not smell of anything, if they smell “eggy” then they have most likely gone off, so do NOT use them!!

Added on April 12th, 2013

These were fun to make although very eggy, maybe 3 eggs! Also adding everything in at once means the butter doesnt mix propley this happened to me!

Added on April 10th, 2013

I have been making these for ages and every batch is wonderful.

Added on April 10th, 2013

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Added on February 13th, 2013

I got Mary Berry 100 cakes and bakes for Christmas I love it. Made chocolate brownies, they are absolutely gorgeous can’t wait to try another recipe.

Added on January 6th, 2013

i am trying this tomorrow and i am going to put melted marshmallow in the middle will this still work?

hannah rose matthews
Added on December 17th, 2012

hey these were the best brownies ever! Though, I have 1 query.. The 4 eggs seemed to give out a strong egg smell.. What can I do to avoid that? Infact, I even addd vanilla essence to no avail :(

Added on December 14th, 2012

Hello I am 11 and I love this recipe and marry berry has inspired me and she is the best cook in the entire world I live her so much

Added on November 10th, 2012

My grandson aged 10 made them for my craft group and they were voted 10/10. Absolutely super!

Added on November 7th, 2012

Just made these and they are absolutely yummy. :-)

Added on November 4th, 2012

AMAZING. so easy as well. congrats, mary

Added on October 2nd, 2012

These are perfection – so much easier than any of the other brownie recipes I’ve tried. A winner yet again Mary!! You never let me down!

Added on September 29th, 2012

Mary Berry, I have to say that you are the best cook in the world

Added on August 20th, 2012

The young kids(20 somethings) that I work with absolutely love the brownies I’ve made using this recipe.

Added on August 8th, 2012

Just copied this recipe , first time in making brownies. Absolutely amazing, lovely and soft mmmmm

Added on July 18th, 2012

i made this today and it was a disaster all the sugar caramelised and underneath it was like a sponge with a chocolate sauce i will not be trying this recipe again :(

Added on July 8th, 2012

Brownies were brilliant!! crusty on top and soft in middle – foolproof – will do again!! Do they freeze well?

Added on May 18th, 2012

Hi, Brownies turned out brilliantly – all crusty on top and soft in mddle!! Will definitely do them again!! Are they freezable?

Janet Mohammed
Added on May 18th, 2012

Best brownies ever :]

Added on May 12th, 2012

I made the Sultana Malt loaf as in Mary Berry’s cakes and bakes and it is absolutely delicious. I had a few problems getting Malt extract as I live in Spain but Holland & Barrett sell in and ship to Spain which is good. One thing is I made the 1lb loaf tins but decided to make an additional one in a 2lb loaf tin but the sultanas sunk to the bottom, any idea why this happened? Thank you for a great recipe book can’t wait to try more recipes.

Christine Kean
Added on April 18th, 2012

This is my go-to brownie recipe – I make it often and they always taste amazing. Mary Berry always tends to recommend Stork rather than butter, which is what I use. I tend to substitute 100g of the caster sugar for dark muscovado which works really well.

Added on March 19th, 2012

Why does Mary Berry say in her Simple Cakes book to use softened margarine for her chocolate brownies, but butter when you look online? I made them today and even the birds didn’t want to eat them, they were awful. Having said that, I shall try again using butter in the hope that they work next time…

Added on February 10th, 2012

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Added on December 29th, 2011

Oh wow that sounds like an amazing addition – will definitely try that out.

Added on November 25th, 2011

made these tonight and added Oreo cookies and all i can say is delish will defo be making as Christmas pressies

Added on November 24th, 2011

how mch ingredients should i use if making half n is brown sugar ok to subitude for caster sugar ?? :D

Added on November 13th, 2011

how much ingredients should i use if making 12 :D thanks :)

Added on November 12th, 2011

These are wonderful gorgeous, rich, dense and delicious. I add chopped hazelnuts to half the mixture for a choice! I spoon all the mixture into the tin, sprinkle the nuts on top and soft of squidge them in. It works really well :-)

Becky Auden
Added on October 6th, 2011

im exited to make these as its my first time making brownies tried some of these before absouluty amaing :)

Added on September 26th, 2011

Can I add walnuts to this recipe whithout altering it’s success??

Added on September 20th, 2011

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Added on May 10th, 2011

Absolutely foolproof … great tasting brownies and big enough quantity to share around. All cupboard ingredients …. makes it so easy to mix up on impulse ! 10 out of 10

Added on March 15th, 2011

So easy and great results every time!

Added on February 22nd, 2011

These are the easiest brownies i have ever made, & the nicest tasting. So light – instead of using a handheld whisk i put all my ingredients in a blender & it worked just as well.

Added on February 4th, 2011

I’ve made these lots of times and they always turn out really well.

Added on February 4th, 2011

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