My Secret Ingredient Brownies


My latest obsession… BROWNIES! I go through phases of dessert cravings lately, you’d think I was pregnant or something. A few weeks ago it was ice cream for a few weeks, then I moved on to cookie dough and now it’s brownies. I’m in love with them, I can’t stop thinking about them. I’ve been stopping by a local bakery way too often this past week to get one of their delicious brownies. I decided I needed to create my own brownie recipe at home rather than getting them from the bakery so often. Also, I happened to have some left over evaporated milk in the refrigerator I didn’t want to just toss out and needed to find a use for it. Brownies + evaporated milk, it was meant to be. Hence the secret ingredient.

This brownie has everything I want in a brownie. Its perfectly¬†chocolaty, chewy, fudgy, dense, tender, sweet, decadent and it has that heavenly, thin, crisp layer on the very top (ahh) and last but not least it’s such a convenient recipe using ingredients that you likely always keep on hand.¬†I am a milk chocolate lover but if you are a semi-sweet chocolate lover you may want to increase the cocoa amount to 1/2 cup (and add an extra 1/2 Tbsp oil) rather than using 1/3 cup.

The perfect brownie needs no upgrades, no added caramel, chocolate chunks, mints, frosting or even powdered sugar, it stands confident all on it’s simple own and I’d have to say I think this just may be it! Enjoy!


My Secret Ingredient Brownies

Yield: 9-12 brownies


  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup evaporated milk
  • 1 1/3 cups granulated sugar
  • 3 Tbsp vegetable oil
  • 2 large eggs , cold
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a mixing bowl, whisk together flour, cocoa and salt until well blended and cocoa clumps have all broken up, set aside. In a small saucepan, melt butter with evaporated milk over medium low heat, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat and allow to cool slightly (I just did this by whisking it for 1 minute, alternately the butter can be melted in microwave with evaporated milk in a microwave safe bowl in 20 second intervals, stirring after each interval until melted). Pour melted butter mixture into a large mixing bowl and whisk in sugar and vegetable oil. Add eggs and vanilla extract and mix until well blended. Add in dry ingredients and mix, using a wooden spoon, until combine. Pour and spread batter evenly into a buttered 8 x 8 baking dish. Bake in preheat oven for 32 - 36 minutes, until toothpick inserted in center comes out with a few moist crumbs attached. Allow to cool for about 15 - 20 minutes before cutting into squares.
  2. Recipe Source: Cooking Classy


  • Turmeric n Spice: am loving your sweet addiction !! :) this one is a classic May 18, 2012 at 12:48pm Reply

  • Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious: Evaporated milk? Who would’ve thought?! Thanks for sharing your secret! May 18, 2012 at 1:12pm Reply

  • Crunchy Creamy Sweet: ooohh, brownies.. Jaclyn, these look amazing! The texture is what I love in a brownie. Yum! Love the secret ingredient :) May 18, 2012 at 2:04pm Reply

  • monsterscircus: What a secret, brillant with the evaporated milk!!! That recepie is bookmarked! But my, I also have to give the blueberry lemon brownies a try! Very nice blog and photos! Have a lovely weekend! May 18, 2012 at 2:42pm Reply

  • Jaclyn: Thanks for the comments! and sweets addiction, my love and my nemesis. Desserts like these brownies are what keep my butt running on the treadmill =). They are so worth it! May 18, 2012 at 3:45pm Reply

  • Anonymous: I made these brownies the day I found the recipe and they were so easy to make and SO good!! I think this is my new homemade brownie recipe. Everyone loved them and gobbled them up fast!! June 5, 2012 at 9:52am Reply

  • Jaclyn: Anonymous – I’m so happy to hear you thought so =). Thanks so much for your comment! June 7, 2012 at 10:45am Reply

  • Anonymous: I just stumbled on your blog and I’m in heaven. I can’t wait to try a few new recipes. Thank you! September 20, 2012 at 5:22pm Reply

  • Dena: Brownies were dry and not that great…. Not sure how everyone else got such a great turn out. March 4, 2013 at 8:12pm Reply

  • alana: Making these right now! EXCITED!!!:))) April 22, 2013 at 5:38pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I hope you love them Alana :)! April 22, 2013 at 6:12pm Reply

  • alana: These are sooo delish! Making them again 2marro!!! Thanks for sharing your secret recipe! XX April 23, 2013 at 4:25pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: That’s awesome to hear you liked these Alana! I wish I had a whole pan of them now :)! April 23, 2013 at 7:49pm Reply

  • allyb: hi–making these, no baking powder needed? Thanks! April 28, 2013 at 2:01pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: No not for these. I hope you like them! April 28, 2013 at 3:02pm Reply

  • christine: i like to ask the reason for cold eggs rather than room temp?? thank you jaclyn!!(: excited to make these July 16, 2013 at 7:48pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: These were just a trial and error batch I kind of played around with different ingredients at different temperatures and this is what I ended up liking I guess. I was quite new to the sciences of baking and still am learning every day for that matter :). July 17, 2013 at 9:42pm Reply

  • shelby: These are DELISH! I found them this morning and had to make them tonight. I have never made brownies from scratch and was super excited when they turned out perfect! August 2, 2013 at 8:59pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’m so glad you liked them Shelby and had a good experience with your first made from scratch batch! Thanks for leaving a comment! August 2, 2013 at 9:47pm Reply

  • Shelby: I made these the other day and my little brother came over for a night aaanndd he had them for dessert, midnight snack, and breakfast the next morning! He loved them and so did everyone else. Have to make two batches next time I’m going to have company over! August 11, 2013 at 6:01pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’m so happy to hear these brownies were enjoyed Shelby! Thanks for your comment! August 11, 2013 at 6:32pm Reply

  • Samara: Hi, can I make these a few days in advance? If do how do I store them? August 23, 2013 at 5:17am Reply

  • Connie: Wow, so easy and they look fab! In the oven right now…..thank you for your recipes. September 20, 2013 at 4:58am Reply

    • Jaclyn: Hope you loved them Connie :)! September 24, 2013 at 7:11am Reply

      • Connie: Went over great!!!! Making again and going to try to double….hope it works!!! October 13, 2013 at 10:31am Reply

        • Jaclyn: I’m so glad you liked them Connie! Thanks for your comment! October 13, 2013 at 12:32pm Reply

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