Recipe Review

I Tried Victoria Beckham’s “Favorite” Brownies and They’re So Easy, I’ll Be Baking Them Every Week

published Apr 26, 2024
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Victoria Beckham Brownies
Credit: Kiersten Hickman

Out of all the celebrities out there to have brownie recipes, I’ll be completely honest with you: I never would have expected someone like Victoria Beckham to have one. So when I came across her brownie recipe, which is apparently her “favorite brownies to make,” I honestly was curious. People reports that these brownies are “not too fudgy and definitely foolproof,” which sounds like my kind of easy recipe. But would it be good? Would this brownie recipe truly “spice up my life?” (Wink, wink.) I put it to the test to find out.

Get the recipe: Victoria Beckham’s Easy Brownies

Credit: Kiersten Hickman

How to Make Victoria Beckham’s Brownies

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Beat together the sugar, cocoa powder, and melted butter. Crack in the eggs and mix in the vanilla extract, beating until smooth. Sprinkle in the flour, baking powder, and salt. Beat until the batter is combined.

Grease a 13×9-inch pan with butter, then spread the batter with a rubber spatula into the pan. Bake in the oven for 20 to 25 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean. Let the brownies cool for about an hour before slicing and serving.

Credit: Kiersten Hickman

My Honest Review

You know it’s a very good sign these brownies are going to be great if you find yourself licking the spoon, and evidently the rest of the bowl, after scraping the brownie dough into your pan. I was transfixed by how delicious this brownie batter tasted despite being so simple to throw together, and honestly felt excited to bake these brownies and see what they tasted like once I had the finished baked good.

I can happily report that People’s description of these brownies was actually correct. They aren’t too fudgy, yet they are incredibly easy to make. I’m a fan of a cakey brownie versus a super fudgy brownie (probably because I’m more of a cake person than a frosting person), so this dessert was perfect. My only critique is that I feel it needs a touch more salt to accent all of that cocoa powder in the batter, and maybe some added chocolate chips to get some gooey chocolate to level out the texture of the dessert. However, these things are very small and easily adjustable, so I feel I will be making this recipe again soon.

Tips for Making Victoria Beckham‘s Brownies

  • Use vanilla paste: More recently I’ve been substituting my vanilla extract with vanilla paste instead. I find vanilla paste gives the baked good even more of a rich flavor, and also adds in those little vanilla bean flecks. Not like this matters much with a dark brownie, of course, but it is fun with a lighter baked good. If you want to take the flavor of your brownie up a notch, you can do a one-for-one swap with the vanilla paste.
  • Toss in chocolate chips or chunks: These brownies certainly aren’t as fudgy as some, and while you could slightly undercook them to get that desired texture, you could also toss in some chocolate chips or chunks into the batter to add in some soupy, melty bits of chocolate throughout your brownie. Feel free to play around with the different flavors as well; milk or dark chocolate is obviously a given, but you could also use peanut butter or butterscotch chips.
  • Line the pan with parchment paper: I find baking any type of bar (like brownies) is best with parchment paper. This makes it easy to lift the brownies out of the pan and cool on a rack, and honestly makes it easier to cut even slices.