Fudgy Brownies

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 If you’re looking for the best homemade brownie recipe, look no further! These fudgy brownies are thick, rich, and perfectly chocolatey.

I am 100% a sucker for a brownie. You can often find in our kitchen brownies stuffed with Oreos, mint brownies, espresso brownies or caramel brownies. The only thing better than a warm brownie….is a warm brownie with ice cream on top. Best dessert ever!

3 chocolate brownies on a table

Fudgy Brownies Recipe

There is absolutely nothing like a homemade brownie. I’ll honestly take a brownie any way I can get it. Box mix brownies are delicious (see below for our brownie mix hack!), but if you’ve never made homemade brownies, you’re missing out on the fudgiest brownies around. You’ll get major “brownie points” for serving up this delicious treat!

I like my brownies how I like any other dessert: thick, soft, and chewy. Those are the three deadly words that will get me up and baking any time or any day.

How thick should a brownie be?

Brownies are most oven baked in a 9×13″ pan. This will give you brownies about 1″ thick. If you’d like thicker brownies you can use a smaller pan, but the brownies may take longer to bake.

thin-mints-brownies

How do you make chocolate brownies from scratch?

These fudgy brownies are easy to make.

  1. In a saucepan over low heat, melt the butter, then add the sugar and stir to combine. Heat just until the mixture is hot, but don’t let it bubble. Watch for it to start looking shiny as you stir it.
    melt butter and sugar together
  2. Using a hand mixer, mix the eggs until they are frothy and well blended. This is what helps get that tissue paper top that everyone loves on brownies.
  3. Mix in the cocoa, salt, baking powder, and vanilla and mix until smooth.
  4. Add the sugar/butter mixture into the egg mixture and mix it well.
  5. Now it’s time to add in the flour and chocolate chips! We like to use mini chocolate chips and add them while the batter is warm. The chocolate will melt in a little which is what makes the brownies so fudgy.
    add chocolate chips to brownie batter
  6. Mix again, just until well blended and the flour is mixed in.
  7. Put the batter in a lightly greased 9 x 13 pan. Bake at 350 for about 30 minutes. If you test it with a toothpick, remember that there are chocolate chips in there. If it looks done around the edges and slightly puffed up in the middle, take it out.
Homemade chocolate brownies in pan

Can you use butter for oil in brownies?

Many box mixes call for oil, but these homemade brownies call for butter. This adds to the fudginess and richness. Butter always makes baked goods taste better!

How can you tell if brownies are undercooked?

It can sometimes be hard to tell if brownies are undercooked. We actually like slightly undercooked brownies, but we don’t brownie soup.

The best test is to stick a toothpick in the center of the pan. It should come out mostly clean. If it comes out with any wet batter, the brownies most likely aren’t done.

stack of 3 homemade brownies

Why do brownies get hard?

It’s best if you use a glass pan or light metal pan for baking brownies. Darker colored pans can cause the edges to become to hard. Be sure to test the brownies and not overbake them. This should prevent the edges from getting too hard.

How to Cut Brownies

It may sound strange, but we find that brownies cut cleanly when we use a plastic knife. They actually sell plastic knives that work perfectly for brownies. You can get one on Amazon here.

Frosted Brownies

For my birthday, I frosted these brownies with peanut butter frosting. They were soooooo good. That’s what I did to make the Reese’s Peanut Butter Brownies.  You can also  use chocolate buttercream or even vanilla frosting. After you frost them, sprinkle them with nuts, chocolate chips or sprinkles!

How long do brownies last?

Brownies are best when stored in an airtight container at room temperature. They should be eaten within 1-2 days. If you’re needing a way to use them up, try our brownie truffles.

Can you freeze brownies?

Yes, you can freeze brownies. If the brownies are already cut, we recommend freezing them individually. Wrap each square in plastic wrap, then place the individually wrapped brownies in an airtight container or in a storage bag. Freeze for 2-3 months.

When you are ready to defrost the brownies, allow them to come to room temperature before unwrapping them. This will help prevent them from drying out.

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stack of three brownies
stack of three brownies

Fudgy Brownies

4.74 from 131 votes
These homemade brownies are fudgy and thick…the perfect brownie consistency!
Servings 20
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes

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Ingredients
 

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 350 and lightly grease a 9×13 pan.
  •  In a saucepan over low heat, melt the butter, then add the sugar and stir to combine. Heat just until the mixture is hot, but don’t let it bubble. Watch for it to start looking shiny as you stir it. 
  • As the butter is heating, n a large bowl beat the 4 eggs until they are fluffy and well blended.
  • Add in the cocoa, salt, baking powder, and vanilla and mix till smooth.
  • Add the hot butter & sugar mixture to the egg & cocoa mixture, stirring until smooth.
  • Add the flour and chocolate chips, again stirring until smooth. 
  • Pour the batter into your prepared pan. Bake for about 30 minutes or until the edges of the brownies look set and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out mostly clean. It’s ok if a few crumbs stick to the toothpick…the middle should be very moist, but not unbaked!

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Notes

The calories shown are based on the brownies being cut into 20 pieces, with 1 serving being 1 brownie. Since different brands of ingredients have different nutritional information, the calories shown are just an estimate.

Nutrition

Calories: 321kcal | Carbohydrates: 45g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 64mg | Sodium: 145mg | Potassium: 128mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 33g | Vitamin A: 380IU | Vitamin C: 0.1mg | Calcium: 46mg | Iron: 1.6mg
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Calories 321
Keyword chocolate, cocoa, fudgy, sundae

Recipe from King Arthur Flour

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Kim Wahrenbrock
3 years ago

5 stars
I just made these brownies and I have to confess that when I read the amount of cocoa powder I thought it must be a mistake. Anyway I made the recipe just as it is and they are fabulous. My only issue was I didn’t bake quite long enough but they are still delicious. A keeper for sure. And no, one teaspoon of vanilla is not too much. I debated on whether to add more but it was just enough.

RLS
3 years ago

5 stars
They are in the oven now & while I normally make a recipe per instructions the first time, I went ahead and substituted brown xxox & since the chocolate chips here (Uganda) are hard to find …i just broke up 2 Cadbury bars. The mix was delicious!! BTW I’m so sorry people are so snarky. Do they normally get so personal? So sorry & thanks for your brownies 🥰

Sandra
3 years ago

5 stars
These are the absolute best brownies I have ever ate.. I am so glad you shared your recipe with us.. I will definitely make these again .

Amy Daugherty
4 years ago

5 stars
Very yummy! Nice and fudgy and not overly sweet. I made a batch plain, and then a batch with powdered sugar on top. This is the first time I actually made brownies that had the thin crispy top and were still fudgy.
It would be helpful if you put your tips closer to the actual recipe so we dont have to scroll ALL the way back and forth when trying to read them. But other than that, great tips and great recipe!

Donna Clark
10 years ago

Okey dokes………..Maddie can seriously bring Grandma a brownie tomorrow!!! Oh, these make my mouth water!!

Kay Kay
1 month ago

Made these exactly as the recipe says, except- I used SR flour, and I melted only 1 cup of chocolate chips and mixed it in with the batter. My batter was super thick and dry, and I was worried lol, so I added mayyybe a 4th cup of milk in splashes til it wasn’t so dry and spread easier. I ended up baking mine for 33 mins @ 350 and they came out EXTREMELY fudgy and just like the photos on this recipe. I think next time, I’ll use a little less cocoa powder, and try milk chocolate chips instead… Read more »

Rohit
1 year ago

5 stars
This has been my go to Brownie recipe for the last decade or so.

I was around 11 or 12 when i first made these brownies. I totally messed up the measurements by using a 150ml cup instead of a 250ml cup, but they turned out to be the most deliciously chewy brownies I had ever had.
Those brownies were my first big hit with the family, and one of the reasons i got into baking as a kid. I still make em like that today.

Can’t thank you guys enough 🫡🫡🫡

Ethan Milich
1 year ago

Could I use regular chocolate chips I don’t have mini ones how much should I use

Jamima
1 year ago

5 stars
This is my go-to brownie recipe. So easy and delicious. In the picture it looks like chocolate chips were added to the top of the brownies, but the instructions say to add them to the hot butter so they melt into the brownies. Next time I’ll try adding some chips on top. Either way, this recipe makes perfect brownies! Thanks for sharing.

Jas
1 year ago

4 stars
It was good

Last edited 1 year ago by Jas
grace runnels
3 years ago

5 stars
These are DELICIOUS! My new favorite. Made these for my family and it was a huge hit!
I did not have chocolate chips, but they still turned out amazing. Highly recommend!

lol
3 years ago

5 stars
I love them so warm and gooey

Beverly Hoffman
3 years ago

They look so good. Cannot wait to make them. AND EAT THEM!!

Marina
3 years ago

Such a silly question but I want to make sure I get it right. What kind of salt can I use for this?

Shannon
3 years ago

5 stars
These were soo quick and easy to make! They also are the best homemade brownies ever – they’re SO thick, fudgy and decadent!
Thank you so much! 🙂