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These are the perfect one bowl brownies for when you need some chocolate! Add in your favorite candy bar, like Almond Joy, for a fun new flavor twist!

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These are seriously my new favorite brownies and I want to tell you all about them and how rich and chocolatey and, well, easy they are. But first, a PSA:

If you haven’t ever done it, get your dryer vents professionally cleaned. Have them also clean out the dryer tube going to the wall in your laundry room and the lint area (below the lint screen you clean) on the bottom of your dryer.

Lately our dryer has been taking forever to dry loads – almost 3 hours. The washer went kaput recently, so I figured the dryer was heading in the same direction. I was wrong.

We knew we needed to get the vents cleaned; we hadn’t done it in the two years we’ve lived here and, with the state the house was in when we moved in, I doubt they ever had it done.

Last week the guy came out and it was bad. NO air was getting through the vent. The water spots on my office ceiling I’ve been avoiding calling the roofer about because OMG I hate roof leaks, is from the water buildup in the vent.

The place where the dryer hose meets the wall? The lint in there was black. Like, soon our house would burn down black. Even in the bottom of the dryer, all around the motor, there was lint. Even though I vacuum out the lint screen hole occasionally. Who knew you could take the bottom of your dryer off? I didn’t.

Get your vents cleaned. It’ll cost a couple hundred bucks but the alternative is way worse.

Now? Now my dryer dries a load of clothes in 40 minutes. Yeah. Get them cleaned!

Okay, PSA over. Ready for brownies???

Stack of one bowl candy bar brownies with almond joy on parchment paper

I have a favorite brownie recipe. I’ve made it approximately 500 times give or take 350. It’s got three kinds of chocolate in it and is fudgy and rich and delish. Even thought that is also technically a “one bowl” recipe, it involves buying three kinds of chocolate and doing lots of melting. This recipe is much easier!

Instead of using baking chocolate, this recipe only uses cocoa. And you know what? You can get a super rich, super chocolatey and fudgy brownie using only cocoa. You learn something new every day! You’re just melting butter instead of butter + chocolate, and you only have to buy cocoa. It’s an easier version of my favorite recipe, and it’s also become a new favorite.

This recipe uses a 9×9 (or 8×8) pan. I do that sometimes because I’m one person and don’t need a whole tray of brownies. You can double it easily and bake it in a 9×13 pan, if you want.

You’ll notice this recipe calls for some brewed coffee. You don’t taste the coffee in the brownies; the coffee just brings out the chocolate flavor. Try it – you’ll be happy you did. You can substitute water if you like, but coffee is better. I always have those little instant packs of Starbucks VIA in my pantry. I travel with them (what, don’t you travel with coffee?) and they’re great to brew up a cup when you just need a little for a recipe but don’t want to make a whole pot.

Now, these brownies are great by themselves. Believe me, I made about three batches while I was testing them. But I love adding things to brownies, as you may know. Today I added Almond Joy candy bars. Coconut + chocolate = wonderful. If you’re not an Almond Joy Freak like I am, no worries. I want you to think of this recipe as your base recipe. Add your favorite flavors.

The teacher in me is thinking: Class – what could we add to these brownies?

  • Oreos
  • Reese’s
  • Butterfingers
  • Hershey’s Kisses
  • M&Ms
  • Nutter Butters
  • Girl Scout Cookies
  • Chocolate chips, white chocolate chips, butterscotch….

You get the drift. This is your basic one bowl recipe. Build on it from there! (Or eat them plain with a fork. I’ve done that and I’m sure I’ll do it again!)

Now you’ve learned two things today:

Stack of one bowl candy bar brownies with almond joy on parchment paper with title

A new all-purpose brownie recipe AND that you need to get your dryer vents cleaned.


Stack of one bowl candy bar brownies on parchment paper with title

One Bowl Brownies with Almond Joy Bars

5 from 2 votes


  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter melted
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon brewed coffee or you can substitute water
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 8 fun-sized Almond Joy or other candy bars chopped
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  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a 9x9 or 8x8 pan with foil and spray with cooking spray.
  • Stir together melted butter, sugar, and cocoa. Stir in eggs, vanilla extract, coffee, and salt. Carefully stir in flour. (The coffee just adds a richness to the brownies, but you can use water if you prefer.) Spread in prepared pan. The batter will be thick.
  • Sprinkle chopped Almond Joys (or substitute your favorite candy bars) over the top. Bake for about 18-24 minutes, until they loose their glossy sheen and a toothpick comes out 2” from the side with only crumbs sticking to it.
  • Cool completely before slicing into squares.
Nutritional information not guaranteed to be accurate

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Last Updated on May 13, 2020

Dorothy Kern

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  1. I love that you put almond joys in these! And seriously, one bowl recipes are the way to go. I’m currently avoided 3 sinkfuls and a few counterfuls of dishes.

    Is it weird to admit I get huge satisfaction from cleaning out lint from the dryer trap and vents? I’m glad you didn’t burn your house down!

  2. I can always use a good brownie. I hear you about the dryer. We had one in a rental that would not dry. The landlord was too cheap to get a new dryer or check out the duct which we knew was the problem. Arg!

  3. You sound like my Husband when he gets on a kick about dryer vent cleaning! We’ve had tenants burn out dryers because they don’t even clean the lint trap! Imagine!

    These brownies look amazing! I love that they only have cocoa powder in them because I don’t always have chocolate chips on hand (usually because I ate them all. shh)! Can’t wait to try these out!

  4. Dorothy, you had me at one bowl. These brownies look fantastic. I’m going to need to get on the dryer cleaning. Ours is doing the same thing. Thanks for the info. Pinned.

  5. I’d love to have a go at the one bowl brownies recipe but I find it hard to convert cups to metric/ imperial. Could you supply recipes with the weights as well?

      1. Thank you so much for replying, I would be grateful if you could weigh the
        ingredients when you next make them. The site link you sent is the best one
        I’ve seen so far so that is be a great help too. Many thanks

  6. I love brownies and I like to add candy in them to jazz them up. I’m definitely going to have to try these!

  7. Yum!! I’m all about easy brownies; although I absolutely adore chocolate, I don’t want to work too hard to get it! 😉 So happy your house didn’t burn down!! That would’ve been horrific, especially with you developing cookbook recipes and Jordan’s birthday party and everything else going on in your busy life. And it’s always a good thing when your clothes come out warm and dry in under an hour!!

  8. You sure know how to put candy in desserts! Chocolate candy bar, super chocolate brownies – lookin’ good! Glad to know your dryer all fixed up and workin’ good, too! 🙂

  9. You may want to start putting weights or measures in there for the candy bars. They seem to be playing with names and sizes. Fun vs. snack size. Honestly companies wear me out with their fiddling with the sizes of bars. These look amazing. I did find finally on the web where they tell me the fun size bar weighs 18 gm. LOL

    Thanks for a new fun recipe to try!!!

    1. I know, all the different sizes! Almond Joys are a little bit easier though; the Fun Size is the same as half a regular candy bar (the Almond Joy candy bars come with two fun sized in one pack). They don’t make snack size that I know of. 🙂

  10. I’m not sure which to thank you for first…the amazing recipe or the hint about the dryer (cuz mine is taking way too long). Well, I’ve got conversation points for tonight! I love the way you utilize my favorite candy bars in recipes!