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The BEST Fudgy Brownie Recipe

It’s time to ditch the box and make the absolute BEST fudgy brownie recipe from scratch. They are a chocolate lover’s dream!

If someone asked you what would you say is your favorite dessert of all time? For me it is hands down a brownie. But not just any brownie.  A brownie with a crackly top and an unbelievably fudgy bite. 

Brownies with ice cream on top.

It has taken me a few tries, but I have now created the perfect brownie recipe and today I am sharing it with you. I’m telling you, if you are a brownie lover you have got to bake these. 

You’ll never need another fudgy brownie recipe! 

Side angle photo of brownies

What ingredients do you need: 

BUTTER: Real butter friends. No margarine or butter substitute here. 

COCOA POWDER: I have tried this with both chopped chocolate and cocoa powder and honestly, I like the brownies with the cocoa powder better. 

SUGAR

FLOUR

EGGS: Eggs help create moisture in this recipe. 

SALT: Even just a touch of salt will help bring the flavor of the ingredients out. Don’t leave it out! 

VANILLA EXTRACT: Like salt, it will enhance the flavors of the ingredients. 

CHOCOLATE CHIPS: To add even more chocolaty flavor! I used semi-sweet but you could also use dark. 

Overhead photo of brownie on a plate.

Step by step photos and instructions

Brownies are actually super easy to make. I mix the batter right in my saucepan and then pour it all into the baking dish. So really, it’ll use 3 dishes if you count the spoon you use to stir it. 

STEP #1: Place butter in a small saucepan over medium heat. Cook until it has melted. 

Melted butter in a pan.

STEP #2: Remove the pan from heat. Stir in the sugar, and cocoa powder. 

Cocoa powder in a pan.

STEP #3: Whisk in the eggs, flour, vanilla and salt. Mix just until combined. 

Eggs in brownie batter

STEP #4 Fold in the chocolate chips. 

Chocolate chips in brownie batter.

STEP #5 Pour batter into an 8 x 8 baking dish and bake 15 – 20 minutes, until a toothpick comes out with just a few crumbs on it. 

Raw brownie batter in a baking dish.

Tips for making THE BEST fudgy brownies: 

So after much trial and error lets get down to my tips to help you while you’re making these. 

Tip #1: Try to work quickly when making the brownies. I’ve found that hot butter makes the tops of the brownies crackly. However! Even though you want the butter to be hot, it is key to remove it from the heat and let cool maybe 1 minute. I learned the hard way that working too fast can make the eggs scramble in your batter. 

overhead photo of brownies in a baking dish.

Tip #2: Don’t over mix the batter. Doing so will make the brownies tough since it causes the gluten to develop. 

Tip #3: These brownies are best when they are undercooked ever so slightly. I started checking them at 15 minutes and eventually pulled them out of the oven at 20. You can certainly cook them longer but they won’t be as fudgy. 

Side angle photo of brownies with ice cream on top.

Storing leftovers: 

If you don’t eat the whole pan in one sitting, because I mean let’s be honest I wouldn’t blame you if you did. You can store the leftovers on the counter just make sure to cover them so that they stay moist. They should last a few days on the counter. 

Finally, the brownies are perfection all by themselves. But my absolute favorite way to serve brownies is to top them with a scoop of vanilla ice cream when they are warm. 

Got a sweet tooth? I’ve got more dessert recipes that you must check out! 

Gingersnap Skillet Cookie

White Chocolate Strawberry Cheesecake

Pumpkin Cake with Chocolate Ganache 

Easy Blueberry Crisp

Can’t get enough brownies? Here are some more brownies for you! 

Killer Fudge Brownies

Strawberry Amaretto Brownies

Mint Truffle Brownies

Witch Hat Brownies

Candy Apple Brownies from Lemon Tree Dwelling

The BEST Fudgy Brownie Recipe Recipe

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5 based on 3 reviews

Ingredients:

  • 10 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

Instructions

1

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

2

Cook butter in a small saucepan over medium heat. Cook until melted.

3

Remove pan from heat. Whisk in sugar, followed by cocoa powder.

4

Whisk in eggs, flour, salt and vanilla. Mix just until combined.

5

Fold in chocolate chips.

6

Pour batter into a greased 8x8 inch pan. Bake in preheated oven 15 - 20 minutes or until a toothpick comes out with just a few crumbs on it.

7

Allow to cool slightly, cut and serve.

Notes

Nutrition facts for estimation purposes only.

Nutrition information

Amount per serving: 1 brownie if cut into 12 brownies
Calories: 213 , Total Fat: 12.2g , Saturated Fat: 7.8g , Cholesterol: 27mg , Sodium: 171mg , Carbohydrates: 26.8g , Fiber: 1.6g , Sugar: 20.4g , Protein: 1.9g

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  • Reply
    Anastasha | Alltooyummy
    October 15, 2020 at 8:43 am

    came out delicious !

  • Reply
    KGL Staff
    September 27, 2020 at 10:40 pm

    I made this as a last minute dessert for my gluten free dinner guests. It was an absolute hit! I would highly recommend this recipe!

  • Reply
    Peter Lambiris
    September 23, 2020 at 8:33 am

    Eggs are not in the ingredients list. How many please?

  • Des

    Hey! I'm Des!

    Welcome to Life’s Ambrosia where Dinner is served and memories are made. Here you will find over 1000 tried and true recipes for every possible occasion. In the last 10 years, this blog has helped millions of families put dinner on the table and create food memories. Let me help you too.

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