The World’s Best Brownie Recipe With Brown Sugar

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What’s the secret to the perfect brownie? Brown sugar, of course! Discover how this humble ingredient can take your brownies from good to great. Make our favorite brownie recipe with brown sugar to achieve these chocolatey delights that are fudgy and perfectly balanced in every way.

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Brownie recipe with brown sugar bite shot.

Few things compare to a fresh batch of fudgy brownies. Some brownie recipes tend to be on the more cakier side (not my favorite) but not this one!

Why You’ll Love these Brownies

This brownie recipe with brown sugar has a fudgy texture with a crackly top that everyone loves. The brown sugar makes this the perfect brownie to enjoy with family and friends or even just yourself!

But it’s not just about texture. The extra molasses in brown sugar adds a depth of flavor that white sugar simply can’t match. This is what gives brownies made with brown sugar their signature rich, toffee-like flavor. Who doesn’t want a little extra flavor in their brownies?

I don’t know about you but my favorite way to enjoy a warm brownie is with a big scoop of vanilla ice cream. These brown sugar brownies are great on their own but a little ice cream never hurts!

After making these easy homemade brownies, you’ll never go back to box mix again.


Below are the simple ingredients you’ll want to gather ahead of time. For the eggs, I recommend letting them come to room temperature before using.

Ingredients for brownie recipe with brown sugar.

Dry ingredients

  • All-purpose flour
  • Brown sugar
  • Cocoa powder
  • Salt
  • Flaky salt for finishing (optional but highly recommend it)

Wet ingredients

  • Whole eggs
  • Unsalted butter
  • Vanilla extract
  • Chocolate chips

See recipe card for quantities.


Below, you will find a few process shots along with step-by-step instructions.

Melted butter and chocolate in a large bowl.

1. In a large bowl, melt together butter and chocolate chips.

Pouring cocoa powder into bowl of melted butter and chocolate.

2. Whisk cocoa powder into butter and melted chocolate chips.

Pouring brown sugar into batter.

3. Add brown sugar and 1 teaspoon vanilla extract into your chocolate mixture.

Adding dry ingredients to brownie batter.

5. Add in salt and flour mixture. Mix until just combined. Use a spatula or wooden spoon.

Whisking eggs into batter.

4. Whisk in eggs by hand or use electric mixer for 1-2 minutes.

Raw brownie batter in a square baking pan.

6. Pour brownie batter into prepared pan that has been sprayed with non-stick cooking spray and lined with parchment paper. Bake at 350°F for 38 minutes.

Hint: I used light brown sugar but you can use dark brown sugar if you prefer or if that’s all you have on hand.

If you love brownies like we do, then you’ll love our brownie ice cream recipe. It’s delicious, simple to make and there’s no ice cream machine required!

Recipe Tips and Tricks for Baking the Best Brownies Each Time

Now that you have the perfect brownie with brown sugar recipe, it’s time to ensure that each batch comes out just as delicious as the first. Here are some tips to keep in mind.

  • Use the right pan – The type of pan you use can greatly affect the outcome. Stick to using a metal baking pan, as it conducts heat better than glass or ceramic pans.
  • Don’t overmix – Mix until just combined. Overmixing your batter can lead to a tough and dry texture.
  • Monitor baking time – Every oven is different, so start checking your brownies at the 35 minute mark.
  • Let them cool – It’s tempting to cut into your brownies right away, but letting them cool completely will give you the best texture. This allows the them to set and become the fudgy and chewy brownies they were meant to be!
  • Cutting brownies – our new guide on how to cut brownies cleanly covers different methods for how to cut them properly for the perfect slice each time!

Following these simple tips is a fool proof way of getting the best outcome each and every time.

Brownie recipe with brown sugar cut into squares and arranged on parchment paper.


Below, are a few substitutions you may consider:

  • Chocolate chips – you can use chopped chocolate instead of chocolate chips when you combine it with your melted butter.
  • Semi-sweet chocolate chips– instead of using semi-sweet chocolate chips to melt with the butter you can use dark chocolate chips or unsweetened chocolate if you prefer.

You will get a subtle taste of brown sugar with each bite. It’s hard to stop at just one piece. I know for me it was! This has easily become my new favorite brownie recipe.


Below, are a few fun variation ideas you may consider when making this brownie recipe with brown sugar:

  • More chocolate – if you’d like more chocolatey brownies, add in an extra 1/4 cup of unsweetened cocoa powder. You may need to adjust baking for this. Check bake time at 32 minutes.
  • Deluxe – stir in chocolate chips and/or nuts into brownie batter before placing in the oven.
  • Flaky salt – sprinkle a bit of flaky salt over brownies once you remove them from the oven. This makes for a perfectly balanced sweet and salty treat!


Storage Tips

Store in an airtight container, at room temperature for up to 5 days. Place a piece of parchment or wax paper between brownie squares if stacking on top of each other. This will ensure that they don’t stick together.

Top tip

Don’t overmix: Overmixing your brownie batter can lead to a tough and dry texture. Mix until just combined and don’t worry about getting rid of all the lumps. The lumps will disappear during the baking process.


Why does brown sugar make better brownies?

Brown sugar has more moisture content than white sugar. This moisture gives it a slightly sticky texture that is perfect for baking. This means that you’ll end up with a fudgy texture that is difficult to achieve with granulated sugar alone.

Whether you’re a seasoned baker or just starting out, brown sugar is the key to taking your brownies to the next level. Give our recipe a try and don’t forget to share your baking success with your friends and family. Spread the joy of delicious, chocolatey brownies!

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Brown Sugar Brownies

This brownie recipe with brown sugar will take your brownies from good to great!
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Prep Time:12 minutes
Cook Time:38 minutes
Total Time:50 minutes
Servings: 9


  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 1/4 cups brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 2 eggs
  • 9 tbsp butter, unsalted
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips


  • Spray 8×8" square baking pan with non-stick spray then line it with parchment paper. Set aside.
  • In a medium sized bowl, whisk together flour and salt. Set aside. In a large microwave-safe bowl, melt together your butter and chocolate chips. Microwave for 20 seconds at a time and stir occasionally to keep from burning. Add in your cocoa powder and combine well. Next, you'll want to whisk in your sugar, eggs and vanilla extract. Whisk for 1-2 minutes. You can do this with an electric mixer if you prefer.
  • Add in dry ingredients and combine well with a spatula. Pour brownie batter into prepared baking. Bake brownies at 350°F for 38 minutes. Once you remove brownies from the oven, place the dish on a cooling rack. Sprinkle a bit of flaky salt over the top. Let them cool and set to room temperature before removing from the dish and cutting into squares. Enjoy them on their own or with a scoop of ice cream!


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