The Best Cakey Brownies Recipe

Best Brownies - Brownie Recipe with Cocoa Powder

Did you ever make “Disgustingly Rich Brownies” growing up? These cakey brownies are still my favorite brownie recipe!

Today is my guy’s birthday. I always love spoiling him with fun baked goodies, but this week has been extra special. Since baking is a little hard for me this month (I’m not allowed to look down much), easy recipes are my go to.

On Saturday morning I got a craving for these brownies because, well, they really are the best brownies you can make at home and luckily he thought they sounded yummy too!

These “Disgustingly Rich Brownies” are a recipe from a cookbook I used as a kid. The tagline was “these are only for people who’ve been really good recently,” (underline included). I’m pretty sure the recipe was on page 60 and the pages were stuck together due to extensive reference in our house!

The best memory about this brownie recipe with cocoa powder, however, was when my friend and I made them on our own. We were in elementary school and missed the ¼ teaspoon of salt, reading instead ¼ cup of salt! Disgustingly rich went straight disgusting in no time! I’d like to pretend we were ahead of the salted chocolate trend, but you know that’s not true…

Best Cakey Brownies - Brownie Recipe with Cocoa Powder

The Best Cakey Brownies

So what makes these the best brownies? Well, you have to make them to really know. They’re rich but not too rich, dense but not too dense, and so easy to make (kind of like my Scottish tiffin come to think of it!). Short of using a box mix, these homemade cakey brownies are as easy as it comes.

The added pecan halves (you could use any nut by the way) are honestly the hardest part – well, besides waiting for them to cool of course!

Best Brownies - Brownie Recipe with Cocoa Powder

Brownie Recipe with Cocoa Powder

Apparently brownie recipes exist in this world without cocoa powder, which I think is just mind boggling! I will say that the cocoa powder gives it a more grown up taste – not so fudgy and sweet (which I also love).

This recipe makes the best brownies the day of baking and the day after. If you haven’t eaten them all by the next day, you’ll notice they start to dry out, but I can’t imagine you’ll have any left by then!

Best Brownies - Brownie Recipe with Cocoa Powder

How to Store Cakey Brownies

Let’s say you couldn’t eat the whole batch, however, and wanted to keep them fresh. The first thing is to make sure their container is sealed.

After a day or two, however, I’d highly recommend freezing these cakey brownies to keep them fresh. You can wrap them individually (preferably in beeswax paper) or just put cut brownies into a sealed container.

To defrost, simply remove form the freezer 20-30 minutes before you want to eat them at room temp. You could always put them into a warm oven if you want too!

Best Brownies - Brownie Recipe with Cocoa Powder

Chocolate Recipes

Chocolate lovers are serious about their love of chocolate – my husband is. And he’s a purest – he wants straight chocolate morsels rather than chocolate with a bunch of stuff added in!

Other favorite chocolate recipes in our house include this Mexican Chocolate Cake, these Chocolate Cinnamon Toast Crunch Bars, and chocolate dipped figs! And don’t miss that no bake Chocolate Tiffin recipe I mentioned above!

And if you love cookies as much as we do, you’ll love these peanut butter granola cookies, muesli cookies, saffron shortbread,  key lime cookies, and pistachio shortbread!

Best Brownies - Brownie Recipe with Cocoa Powder
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If you like rich, cakey brownies, then this is the recipe for you. My favorite thing to make growing up, this brownie recipe page was covered in who knows what. I assume that just made these morsels that much more delicious! Disgustingly Rich Brownies just like we made growing up
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time45 minutes
Total Time55 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: brownies, chocolate, dessert
Servings: 20
Calories: 215kcal
Author: Luci Petlack


  • 1 cup butter melted
  • 2 cups sugar
  • ¾ cup cocoa
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • cup flour
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 20 pecan halves


  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray 9 inch square pan with nonstick spray.
  • Melt butter in microwave or on stovetop, being careful not to burn butter.
  • Meanwhile, mix cocoa and sugar in a stand mixer or large bowl. Add melted butter.
  • Beat eggs in a small bowl. Add beaten eggs and vanilla to sugar mixture. Mix well.
  • Add flour and salt. Mix until just smooth.
  • Pour batter into baking pan. Place pecan halves in rows across top of batter.
  • Bake 45-55 minutes until sides just begin o pull away from the side. Let cool. Cut into squares.


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Calories: 215kcal | Carbohydrates: 27g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 0.4g | Cholesterol: 57mg | Sodium: 152mg | Potassium: 33mg | Fiber: 0.4g | Sugar: 21g | Vitamin A: 357IU | Vitamin C: 0.3mg | Calcium: 15mg | Iron: 1mg

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  1. 5 stars
    after numerous attempts with other recipes, this one works the best for making medicated brownies. slightly cakey and fudgy at the same time, delicious, I’ve tried with chocolate chips but it gets too gooey. fantastic recipe

  2. 5 stars
    The absolute best brownie recipe. Easy, simple ingredients, not too sweet, not too bitter, just perfect. And the texture, what I was looking for because I don’t live fudgy brownies. Thank you 🙏🏼

    1. Oh yay!! This makes me oh so happy. I knew there had to be others out there like me who are not enamored with fudgy brownies!! xo, Luci

    1. Hi Lauren! I haven’t done it yet, but I think i need to figure this one out! A general rule of thumb is to do 1.5x the recipe. If you change the servings in the recipe card above to 30, that’ll do the math for you. And for baking, try 375° and start checking for doneness round 35 minutes. I’m not sure on the time. I hope this helps. xo Luci

    1. Hi Carolyn! I can only recommend starting to check them at 45 minutes. Using a toothpick, insert into the center then and if batter comes out, it needs more time. If it’s clean or you get crumbs, pull them out and let cool!

    1. Isn’t it so good? I’m tempted to say I like the batter more, which probably would put me in recipe jail, but it’s just so tasty. I hope you loved the brownies just as much!!

  3. 5 stars
    I have never liked brownie recipes with oil, so this one is a game changer for me. I was a little skeptical before trying it out, but this is now my go-to brownie recipe!

    1. 5 stars
      Hey, please if you don’t mind sharing your substitutions?? I want to make them for my vegan bestfriend ! Did you use soy? She is soy free as well.

  4. 5 stars
    Brownies that aren’t too dense are a hit in my house, so we all loved this best cakey brownie recipe. Thank you!

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