The Best Brownie Recipe & Using the Frigidaire Symmetry Oven Convection Feature

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I will admit, I am a bit of a brownie snob. I like milk chocolatey brownies with no add-ins. I don’t want nuts, chocolate chips or candy messing up my brownies. Plain and simple is the best.

My brownies must be soft and chewy and have that perfect, soft, top crust. I like gooey, but not so gooey I have smeared chocolate all over my hands and face when I’m done.

I’ve been frustrated in the past because there is a bakery near by with the most amazing, thick, chocolatey brownies… just like I like them. I have never had success with making thick, homemade brownies at home because the outer edge always cooks faster than the inside and I end up with brownies that are raw in the middle and over cooked on the outside. Until now…

You may remember that my friends at Frigidaire sent me a Symmetery Double oven to test out. I’ve written about some of my favorite features, like the quick pre-heat and the fact that the double ovens are so useful when I need to cook for a crowd. One thing I hadn’t tested out, until today, was the True Convection feature.

With the Frigidaire Symmetry Double Oven you can turn the oven into a True Convection oven with the simple touch of a button. How nifty is that?

I’ll admit, I didn’t really know the benefits of having a Convection oven. I heard convection ovens are great for baking, that they typically reduce the bake time and provide a more even baking experience. With this brownie recipe I kept the temperature the same and the bake time ended up being equal to what I bake them in in a non-convection oven. The noticeable difference for me was in the texture of the entire pan of brownies. They were cooked all the way through without any sections being too under-cooked.  The convection oven provided even cooking, through and through. I can’t wait to bake more things using the True Convection feature of the Frigidaire Symmetry Double Oven!

As a brownie snob, you can imagine that I’ve tried a zillion and ten recipes searching for that perfect, fudgey, chocolate brownie. Am I the only one who thinks often times this is one case where the box mix is just as good as homemade? When I decide to go homemade with brownies, this recipe I found on many years ago is the closest I’ve found to brownie perfection. Brownies purists… you will love this simple, chocolatey, delicious recipe…I promise!

Recipe: The Best Brownies (Adapted from

  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/3 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup flour
  1. Place all ingredients into a mixer and combine thoroughly.
  2. Grease a 9×9 inch baking pan with cooking spray. Pour brownie batter into the baking pan.
  3. Bake in a 350• preheated oven for 25 minutes, or until toothpick inserted into center comes out clean.


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  1. says

    You and I seem to have the same quest for homemade brownies. Chewy, dense, and the perfect, shiny, crackled top (although, I don’t mind a few walnuts or chocolate chips added in). I, too, have tried millions of recipes and usually fall back on a boxed mix when I want something reliable. Funny that I saw an America’s Test Kitchen blind survey where most people picked the boxed brownies over the homemade, too. We are not alone, but I am going to try your recipe. Thanks for sharing (and thanks for the convection tip…I don’t use that feature on my oven often, as I am really not a baker.)

  2. says

    Everyone has their own brownie “best recipe” and I am glad you found yours, that you love, that works for you.

    I found mine, although yours are tempting me!

    I agree with everything you said about the add-in’s, but I do like it ridic moist and gooey and don’t mind if there’s a little mess involved b/c the gooey factor is worth it to me!

  3. Amy Kempf says

    I love brownies, just plain and Simple! Did you know that you can cut a perfect brownie by just using a plastic knife. It’s works! No crumbs no messes on top!

  4. Michelle Hudiburg says

    I found the BEST fudgy homemade brownie recipe on Pinterest this weekend. If you like fudge brownies (not cake-like) you MUST try BAKED Brownies from the BAKED cookbook!

  5. says

    i made this today and my sunday tasted better with yummy chocolate brownies ! they turned out soft and spongy, i used whole wheat flour . what i liked – its a simple recipe …perfect . thanks !


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