Close up shot of brownies stacked on a white plate with a glass of milk

K.I.S.S. (Keep it Simple and Sweet) Brownies

Keep it simple and sweet! K.I.S.S. BROWNIES are my go-to homemade brownie recipe when I want a fudgy brownie. You’ll love this simple brownie recipe!

Close up shot of brownies stacked on a white plate with a glass of milk
K.I.S.S. (Keep it Simple and Sweet) Brownies

Keep it simple and sweet! K.I.S.S. BROWNIES are my go-to homemade brownie recipe when I want a fudgy brownie. You’ll love this simple brownie recipe!

Stack of gooey homemade brownies on a white plate with glasses of milk.

Note: This post first appeared September 9, 2012 and has been updated with improved kitchen notes, recipe annotation, photography and video. I hope you enjoy this favorite from my kitchen!


My son gave me a big hug and a kiss. Thank you mama, thank you for making brownies!

Best brownies ever! my daughter chimed in.

Week after week, I write this Simple Sundays series and yet, I still have to remind myself to K.I.S.S.

Keep it Simple…and Sweet.

Stack of decadent homemade brownies on a plate, with parchment paper.

I have been playing around with homemade brownie recipes in search of the simplest and the sweetest. This stack of chocolate goodness is fudgy and rich, light while satisfyingly dense. It doesn’t need frosting. It doesn’t need glaze. It doesn’t need nuts. It doesn’t even need ice cream (although I certainly won’t argue with you if you place a dollop on top). All it needs is for you to make it…and eat it.

Go ahead. Give yourself a kiss. One bite of these brownies, and I bet your family will be giving you kisses too.

Love these brownies? Here are more homemade brownie recipes to try!

Zucchini Banana Brownies
Fudgy Jam Brownies
Nutella Swirl Brownies


This is my go-to recipe when I want a simple and super chocolatey brownie. It is moist and rich, but not overly sweet. The hardest part might be sharing.
Close up shot of brownies stacked on a white plate with a glass of milk
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5 from 3 votes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American, Vegetarian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Resting Time 15 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 16 brownies
Calories 179kcal


  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup buttermilk
  • 3/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips divided
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt


  • Preheat oven to 350°F with a rack in the center of the oven.
  • Prepare an 8×8″ baking pan by lightly spraying with cooking spray or greasing with butter. Line with parchment paper.
  • In a medium saucepan, melt butter over medium heat and whisk in granulated and brown sugars. Lower heat and stir in buttermilk and 1/4 cup of the chocolate chips. Remove from heat and whisk in the eggs and vanilla.
  • In a separate small bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Stir in the butter mixture until just combined.
  • Stir in the chocolate chips.
  • Pour into prepared brownie pan and spread evenly.
  • Bake for about 25 minutes or until it begins to pull from the edges of the pan. It will still be a little gooey in the center.
  • Remove from oven, cool completely (or at least until it is just lukewarm).
  • Slice into 16 squares and serve.



Vegetable oil can be substituted for butter in this recipe.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 179kcal | Carbohydrates: 21g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 36mg | Sodium: 119mg | Potassium: 107mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 16g | Vitamin A: 215IU | Calcium: 25mg | Iron: 1.1mg
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    • Liren Baker

      Hi Jessica! I believe you probably meant to share/email this recipe, but it looks like you left a comment instead! Next time, there is an email button under the “Share This” part under the recipe card that should help. Hope you enjoy the brownies!

    • Ida

      5 stars
      This is absolutely the best brownie recipe. They were so fudge-like, moist and delicious!

  1. Vee

    I made your recipe yesterday. It came out very good! Everyone love it! Thank you for the wonderful recipe.

  2. Sandy

    Best brownies ever, so yum!
    I removed about 2/3 cup of sugar and still out of this world!

    • Liren Baker

      Hi Sandy, I’m SO glad you loved the brownies! And great to know that it tasted awesome with less sugar :) Thank you so much, for coming back to let me know!

  3. Laura | Family Spice

    So I made these last night for my daughter’s teacher, who is going on maternity leave after today. Super simple to make and OMG delicious! Thank you for saving the day!

    • Liren Baker

      Laura, you are so sweet to make them for her teacher — what a sweet send off! I’m thrilled it turned out well, that makes my day!! xo

  4. Raleigh

    Made these gluten free with my favorite purchased all-purpose blend – FANTASTIC! I’ve really missed the distinctive chew that you get with regular baked good – but this recipe does the trick…thank you so much! One little addition that put it over the top – 2 tsp espresso powder. Yum!

    • liren

      Raleigh, I am SO glad to hear that you enjoyed the brownies, and gluten-free! I will share that with my GF friends. And I will definitely try adding espresso powder next time. Brilliant!

  5. Donna

    Wow…the HAVE the requisite CRACKLY TOP….I simply must try your version…I’m certain that the buttermilk really takes these up a notch as well…Gorgeous photography…as per usual….and thanks for your continued sharing.

  6. Simone

    These look pretty good Liren. I’ve got so many good brownie recipes I never know which one to pick when making them. Maybe I should try yours and see how it compares!

  7. Betty Ann @Mango_Queen

    I am drooling and dying over your amazing brownie photos. How can something so simple, yet so delish, be so beautiful? You’re awesome, Liren. And I love your kids’ comments ~ brought me back to lots of memories of my own. I must try your recipe right now! Off to the kitch. Thanks for sharing :-) Happy Sunday, my dear friend!

  8. Holly

    I’ve never made brownies using buttermilk. I’m definitely trying these.

  9. Cassie

    Nothing beats a simple and sweet brownie recipe. I can’t wait to try these, we adore brownies around here. I love this series!

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