Perfect Fudgy Brownies

My Perfect Fudgy Brownies recipe is the best brownie recipe you will ever need. These brownies are made in one bowl, with melted chocolate, giving you thick, chewy homemade brownies that are even better the second day.

Brownies are always a favorite so make sure to check out my Cake Mix Brownies and my M&Ms Brownies!

My Perfect Fudgy Brownies recipe is the answer to making the best fudgy brownie recipe!

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Today we’re going to be talking ALL about brownies. You know, all the hard-hitting brownies questions.

  • What Makes the BEST Brownies?
  • Edges vs Middle Pieces
  • How Do You Get the Crackly Brownie Tops?
  • Cocoa Powder vs Melted Chocolate

I find, that while everyone loves a unique, one of a kind, possibly over the top sweet treat. But the feedback I get from you via email, DM, comment, and popularity of recipe I see you guys are all about the classics. My SnickerdoodlesKrispie Treats, and Chocolate Chip Cookies are three of my most popular, and are my version of a classic recipe.

The best brownie recipe is my Perfect Fudgy Brownies recipe!

Thick Chewy Brownies Are Easy To Make!

If you own my book I have a whole chapter at the front designated to recipes that you need to know. And as a matter of fact, I am giving you today, my Perfect Fudgy Brownies recipe that is actually IN my book, with one slight variation. And this recipe is not to be confused with MY KIDS Favorite Brownie Recipe, which is a very good brownie recipe, but it is topped with a poured chocolate icing, and in my opinion it NEEDS the icing to make it what it is. Today’s fudgy brownie recipe is STAND ALONE PERFECTION. NO icing necessary.

Like I said above, this is the recipe I worked hard to perfect for my book, but I did a few minor things differently today. Most notably, I baked these in a 9×9 pan, and in my book I baked them in a 9×13. The only difference a is slightly longer bake time, and a slightly thicker brownie. I am just looking to give you a thick, stick-to-your-teeth brownie recipe today, and I’m doing all I can to deliver.

How To Make The Best Brownies

Classic Fudgy Brownies Are ALWAYS A Hit!

There are really only a few important tips that I recommend when baking brownies. They are all super easy, and don’t add extra time OR require any special tools! Let’s talk about a few of the most frequently asked questions I get when baking brownies…

What Kind of Chocolate Do You Use in Brownies?

The quality of chocolate will directly affect the quality of your brownie. If you use cheap, waxy chocolate…well…you are going to get a brownie with subpar chocolate flavor. The higher quality you use, the better the flavor. It isn’t rocket science. Also, I ALWAYS encourage using chopped chocolate for this recipe, but I know that isn’t always in the cards. I am not an unreasonable person. So if you use chocolate chips, go ahead and get some quality chips, My favorites are:

The slight difference between this fudgy brownie recipe and the brownie recipe in my book, is I used all semi-sweet chocolate in this one, while the one in my book is a mixture of milk and semi-sweet. You can totally still do that. I love it both ways, I just think all semi-sweet gives more of the classic brownie taste, which is what I’m trying to do here today. BUT if you’re feeling a little rebellious, do half milk and half semi-sweet. It will be a little sweeter, a little milder. You make the call.

Why Don’t You Use Cocoa Powder In Your Brownies Recipe?

The trick to these brownies is NO COCOA POWDER. These have melted chocolate, which (in my opinion) is the KEY to chewy, fudgy brownies. I feel like with brownies made with cocoa powder, the only way to get them extra fudgy is to under-bake them. And today, I’m here to give you the best recipe period.

Can You Add Mix-Ins To These Brownies?

Yes of course!! Today (and most often) I added some mini chocolate chips, because in my mind, more chocolate = more better. Plus the chips make the tops pretty. So there’s that. Obviously you don’t have to add chocolate chips. You could get creative and add:

  • Chopped peanut butter cups
  • Nuts
  • Chopped Snickers…or really any type of candy bar
  • Coconut
  • Toffee Bits

My Perfect Fudgy Brownies are the best and use mini chocolate chips

Why Do You Bake Your Brownies At A Lower Temperature?

Here’s another trick I find makes the most evenly baked fudgy brownies.

A lower temperature (325°F) ensures these bake evenly all the way through, and the edges don’t get too hard. I know there are people out there who love a brownie edge, but I am not that person.

This recipe solves all that. When the edges are as good as the center piece, you’re living your best life.

How Do You Know When Brownies Are Done Baking?

Here’a trick I learned a LONG time ago and it has never let me down:

When you’re checking the “doneness” of brownies, here’s the trick. Insert a toothpick into the brownie about an inch away from the edge. If the toothpick comes out clean, they are done. If you wait until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, you’re going to have dry, hard brownies. No thank you please.

Perfect fudgy brownies recipe that are chewy and chocolatey

These Brownies Are EVEN BETTER the Second Day!

I will tell you, I am a bit of a dessert snob. Ask any of my friends. I rarely will eat a day old cookie. I mean I know I am the exception, mainly because I have baked goods on a regular basis available. But I have to tell you, while these brownies are amazing warm and fresh, they are extra special the next day, when they’ve had time to cool and settle. They are extra fudgy when they have cooled, and all the flavors combine, not to mention they cut like a bakery brownie!

So if you have the time and restraint, bake these, let them cool, and then cover them airtight and let them sit overnight. You will be rewarded for your patience!

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Perfect Fudgy Brownies

  • Author: Shelly
  • Prep Time Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield Yield: 16 brownies 1x
  • Category Category: Brownies
  • Method Method: baking
  • Cuisine Cuisine: Dessert


This Perfect Fudgy Brownies are thick and chewy and even better the next day!


  • 2 cups semisweet chopped chocolate or chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 3/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 cup mini chocolate chips


  1. Preheat oven to 325°F. Line a 9×9 baking dish with foil and coat it with nonstick spray. Set aside.
  2. In a medium saucepan, combine the chocolate and butter, and melt over medium-low heat, stirring constantly. Once the chocolate is melted, remove the pan from the heat immediately.
  3. Whisk both the sugars into the chocolate and add the eggs, one at a time, whisking constantly, until evenly combined. Next mix in the vanilla until smooth. Stir in the salt and flour until they’re evenly incorporated. Stir in the mini chips and pour the batter into the prepared pan.
  4. Bake the brownies for 30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted 2- inches from the side comes out clean.
  5. Let the brownies cool completely in the pan before cutting into squares.


Store airtight for up to 3 days.

Beyond letting the brownies cool completely, I actually love these brownies best if you let them cool overnight in the pan and cut them the next day.

Keywords:: Brownies, one bowl, recipe, baking, chocolate, chocolate chips

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Hi! I’m Shelly and I’m an addict. Of the buttercream sort. I started this site a few years ago as a way to justify my sugary, buttery obsession with desserts. It has worked out well for me so far, because as it turns out you guys all love sugary, buttery desserts too! It feels good to know you're not alone, doesn’t it?

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Destiny solis
October 22, 2020 12:54 pm

Would I be able to double this recipe & bake it in a 9×13 pan? Like would they be thick enough?

Destiny solis
October 22, 2020 2:53 pm
Reply to  Shelly

Okay so just to clarify I would do one batch as it comes & then just half the next batch? Also would I still bake it at the suggested time?

Last edited 2 minutes ago by Destiny solis
October 10, 2020 1:51 pm

Best brownies ever. I used half milk chocolate chips and half espresso chips. So good, and so easy. So glad I found your recipe!

October 8, 2020 1:44 pm

Can I substitute the all purpose flour with almond flour?

August 21, 2020 5:11 pm

We love your brownies !! We are wondering if we can use yogurt instead of egg or any egg substitute. Can you help us with that?

Nicole Dort
August 2, 2020 1:09 pm

I made these brownies according to the directions and they are very easy and fun to make. I made them for a few dinner guests today and they are scrumptious. My mom loves them. I love your recipes. Thank you!!!

July 2, 2020 11:12 am

Loved this recipe!!! These brownies are so fudgy and good!!! I used a smaller pan and it took almost an hour for them to cook, waited until the next day to cut them and had them for breakfast!!!
Also, i don’t like dark chocolate too much so i used half milk chocolate and half semi sweet chips and it was perfect!
Thank you for this amazing recipe!!!

June 10, 2020 4:43 am

hi, is it okay to use 11×11 pan with this recipe?

June 1, 2020 2:25 pm

So I know I posted something before, and instead of brownies, I made cookies. It was hilarious! And guess what? They were awesome! With a hint of peanut butter, and I didn’t even put any! I also made the Dirty Chocolate Chip Cookies yesterday! My family loved it! Your recipes are absolutely the best.

May 30, 2020 1:45 pm

This is exactly the recipe I’ve been looking for! Thank you sooo much for sharing your brownie wisdom with us all. These truly are the most genuine brownies I’ve ever had. Can’t thank you enough.

May 26, 2020 6:07 pm

Thank you so much for giving me this recipe, I love to bake as a side thing after I’m done everything else. I haven’t made the brownies yet but I’m about too, and I may not be the best baker in the world. I believe these will come out good no matter what. (Based on the comments) LOL

May 7, 2020 4:18 pm

A good and simple recie. Great job done

You make such lovely and simple recipes

May 6, 2020 7:50 am

I loved this recipe!! and so did my friends and family!! so easy and fun to bake, really really love it and the results! but I think to anyone who is trying this, do cut down on the sugar since the melted chocolate makes it super sweet.

jennie lueben
April 24, 2020 11:44 am

Hi, I was wondering how long to bake this recipe in a 9×13 pan, Thanks.:)

April 23, 2020 9:44 pm

Hi I made this recipe for my family, and they all loved them!!!My first time making homemade brownies bc I have been to intimidated to make them. And these were AMAZING!! Thank you for the recipe! 10/10

April 22, 2020 3:56 am

Hi, so after melting the chocolate and butter when I added the granulated sugar, it didn’t dissolve in the mixture at all.. I still went ahead and baked it but the resultant brownies had the sugar crystals in it. I had also added a teaspoon of baking powder to the batter. I noticed that the brownies didn’t rise much and were pretty flat.

PS: I had halfed the recipe because this was just a trial!

Shelly Hi! I’m Shelly and I’m an addict. Of the buttercream sort. I started this site a few years ago as a way to justify my sugary, buttery obsession with desserts. It has worked out well for me so far, because as it turns out you guys all love sugary, buttery desserts too! It feels good to know you're not alone, doesn’t it?

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