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!

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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.

Nutrition Information:

1 brownie
32.7 g
102.3 mg
15.5 g
41.6 g
4.6 g
62 mg

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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May 9, 2022 10:40 pm

Amazing brownies, rich flavor just the right amount of fudge, but with enough structure they can be cut and taken to go. This is my new go to. Also live how it is really pantry friendly (I am likely to be out of cocoa powder but never chocolate chips, chunks, or discs).

I want to try using milk chocolate chips instead of semi sweet to see the difference.

Mar 7, 2022 12:50 am

These are my favorite brownies of all time. I bake them in a 9×13 for 40 minutes and they are perfectly fudgy and everything a brownie should be!

Feb 16, 2022 8:07 pm

I split the mix into 2 7” square pans. Still looking like they are taking longer to bake ‍♀️

Feb 15, 2022 6:08 am

I made in a 7” square pan and doubled the cook time or even more but to cook them in the middle the sides get too hard. Any tips?

Jan 15, 2022 7:40 pm

I had to double the cook time.

Jan 15, 2022 5:03 pm

this is the first time i have ever made brownies and well
they taste like heaven thank you for such a easy to follow recipe and a great taste.
I am so baking these brownies again! 🙂

Jan 10, 2022 10:49 am

Everybody thinks I made fudge the hard way: boiling to precisely 234 degrees F, stirring until my arms fall off, and stopping precisely before it sneaks up on you and becomes one hard crystalline rock.

Last edited 4 months ago by Pete
Dec 11, 2021 9:20 am

So delicious and easy! I put in only 1/2 cup of each of the sugars and the chocolate flavor was outstanding. Easy and way better than a box.

Nov 2, 2021 5:01 pm

I do like hard edges. How would you suggest baking them to get the hard edges? I haven’t tried this recipe yet, but I’d like to.

Tajalli ghosh
Oct 6, 2021 6:14 pm

This brownie recipe is fabulous. I just add 2 teaspoons of nescafe instant coffee with 4 tablespoons of hot water and an additional 2 tablespoons of oil. People love these brownies and i made them atleast 10 times the last few months for lots of people! A big thank you

Sep 25, 2021 4:34 pm

I haven’t actually tasted these yet but they look grateful to be alive 😉

Aug 21, 2021 10:10 pm

This recipe was great! For what it’s worth, my husband is diabetic and it also worked very well with Lily’s Sugar-free Semi-sweet Chocolate Chips, 3/4c. Stevia and 3/4c. Monkfruit, and superfine almond flour. Baking time was increased by about 20 minutes.

Apr 25, 2021 12:39 pm

These are the best !

Apr 22, 2021 1:40 pm

Sorry I forgot to give this brownies 5 stars! They are awesome.

Apr 22, 2021 1:40 pm

I have been making the baker’s chocolate one bowl brownies for a long time and love them. But I only had semi sweet and milk chocolate on hand so I make these. Wonderful. This is my new favorite brownie recipe!

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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