Diva in the Kitchen: The Best Brownies Ever

The best brownie recipe I have ever used is still the one on the back of the Nestle Toll House Baking Cocoa box.  It still makes the most delicious brownies I have ever had.  I always add an additional 3/4 cup of semi-sweet chocolate morsels and sometimes I couple big handfuls of pecans or walnuts.

Nestle Chewy Cocoa Brownies

1 2/3 cups granulated sugar
3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) butter or margarine, melted
2 tablespoons water
2 large eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® Baking Cocoa
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup chopped nuts (optional)
Powdered sugar

PREHEAT oven to 350º F. Grease 13 x 9-inch baking pan.
COMBINE granulated sugar, butter and water in large bowl. Stir in eggs and vanilla extract. Combine flour, cocoa, baking powder and salt in medium bowl; stir into sugar mixture. Stir in nuts. Spread into prepared baking pan. 
BAKE for 18 to 25 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out slightly sticky. Cool completely in pan on wire rack. Sprinkle with powdered sugar. Cut into bars.


  1. I have been drooling over these photos for quite a while but when I make them (with 3/4 cup added chocolate chips) they don't look the same! The taste okay enough, could be a bit better but I'm eager to attain that shiny top and gooey center demonstrated in your . Are you doing anything different? Baking in 13x9 pan?

    Brownie Envy

  2. Hey there, Brownie Envy. I'm sorry this recipe hasn't worked out for you thus far. I bake them in a 13 by 9 inch non-stick sheet pan/cookie sheet. If I do anything different, I may cook them a little bit longer, just until the batter no longer sticks to a toothpick inserted in the middle.
    I haven't made them in a while, but I will try to make another batch soon and see if there are any more tips I can add.

  3. Thanks!
    I'm giving them another go today as well.
    HOw long do you beat/mix them? I always thought you should mix until just incorporated but a brownie mix box said 50 strokes...

    ~Brownie Envy

    1. Hey there, I baked a batch today to see if I could be any more help to you.

      I used my Kitchen Aid stand mixer to mix it. I combined the sugar, water, and melted butter until it was smooth and creamy-looking. Added the eggs and vanilla until it was combined and then added the flour mixture about half a cup at a time while the mixer was running. I let it mix until it was smooth and well-combined.

      Then I added the chocolate chips and mixed it up by hand before pouring it into the pan and patting it out as evenly as I could.

      I ended up having to bake it for 25 minutes. I really hope this helps you. If you have any more questions, I will do my best to answer them. Thank you for visiting the blog!