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

Description:

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


Ingredients:

  • 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

Instructions:

  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.

Notes:

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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SRD
SRD

Hey Shelly! This is my first time baking a chocolate Brownie, I watched many recipes and am quite confused but I found this recipe different and much easier. I find it hard to convert cup measurements to metrics, if you could give me the recipe in metrics? Thanks

Sally
Sally

Is it okay if I just use a dark non-stick 9×9? Is there a reason why you use Pyrex with foil? Thanks so much

Anne
Anne

I baked these and they are wonderful. However, they took 60minutes to bake, not thirty. I will bake them again.

Rebecca
Rebecca

I made brownies using this recipe! It was super delicious ! best brownies I’ve ever made! It’s so simple as well 🙂

Lizzymac
Lizzymac

Just made these. This is my new brownie recipe. They’re chewy and the chocolate flavor is on point. Def recommend

Jen
Jen

So I must have screwed up. When I searched ounces to cups, it required 4 4-oz bars of chocolate. As SOON as I added the eggs, the texture changed and was way too thick. I think I should have only used 2 bars. ??

Josie
Josie

I LOVE this recipe. My family does too. It was described as everything a brownie should be and the best brownie iv’e had in my entire life( both of these coming from my mother who is 40). I did add chocolate frosting to the top of them once they were completely cooled because i used semi-sweet chips and my family prefers sweeter things. but you can use milk chocolate chips if you dont want to deal with frosting.

Sam
Sam

I have tried SOOOO many brownie recipes and ready made mixes and have never managed to make even a ‘great’ brownie! THIS RECIPE IS HANDS DOWN THE BEST EVER!
Look no more! You will never need to trial another again. Brownies have been nailed! ???
I cannot thank your genius enough! Made them last weekend and making them again this weekend!

Jane Walkinshaw
Jane Walkinshaw

I so can’t wait to try these, I don’t think we are good at having brownie here in NZ more of an American thing, however they are coming more into vogue so today is the day. Will report back how I get on.

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thank you for this recipe, so talented!

Dianna
Dianna

It will be hard to beat your Olive Oil Brownies but willing to give these a try!!!

sanjay

Thanks for posting this wonderful recipe.I’m definitely going to try it at my home .Keep this good work rolling.We are best online

Giftjaipur
Giftjaipur

Super rich brownie recipe. I also reduced the sugar by 20% and use sugar free chocolate bars. Sometimes, I add 1tsp of chilli powder for a spicy after taste!

Jacki
Jacki

Lol I like how you’re straight forward about all of your baking tips. I’m gonna give these brownies a try. I can’t stand a crunchy end piece. To me a brownie is supposed to be complete fudgy goodness. I usually stick to making brownies from the box because I have never came across a good recipe, but this recipe seems to be promising. Wish me luck and thanks for the share!

Marianne
Marianne

Made a triple batch for a work party (2 9×13’s) and I won’t be needing another brownie recipe ever again! I used a mix of good quality bittersweet and semisweet chocolate. The toothpick trick is genius! They turned out perfectly!

Liz
Liz

I have never left a review before but this recipe is worth one. I used the 72% dark chocolate pound plus bar from Trader Joe’s (weighed out 16 oz.) for the melted chocolate and Trader Joe’s chocolate chips for the added one cup to the batter. Best brownie I have ever made – and I have tried a lot of recipes. Awesome!

Asun
Asun

I baked them with peanut butter chips on top instead of extra chocolate chips and OHMYGOD Shelly!!! (I didnt add any salt to the recipe tho since the chips already give them that salty taste). It was my first brownie ever and I promise I could open a store, sell them, and become rich – They are absolutely insane. Thank you so much for sharing this!! I always trust your blog to try new things Im scared of cause Im sure everything is gonna come up great 🙂 🙂

Nadia
Nadia

Hai Shelly. For 9×13pan what’s the portion for perfect fudgy brownies? Thank you?

Sarah
Sarah

I increased the recipe for a 9×13 and was wondering what to switch the bake time to?

Abrar
Abrar

2 cups of chocolate chips how much in gram if I want to ise a chocolate bar?

Anjali Sharma

I loved this recipe. It can delight everyone on dinner table i just went through the recipe and you made this marvelously.

Jastine
Jastine

Hi Shelly, may I ask how many grams are 2 cups of semisweet chocolate chips?

Thanks so much!

Gayle
Gayle

Awesome brownies. I want to hide them so they will be all mine! Can’t stop thinking about them!

Racquel Brechtel
Racquel Brechtel

Hi there! My daughter and I tried these brownies and they are amazing! One question- if we wanted a more “cake like” brownie instead of so fudge- what would we do? I absolutely love the taste ( I hate brownies with cocoa powder ?) so these are perfect taste! Just wondering about texture. Thanks!!

Racquel Brechtel
Racquel Brechtel

Hi there! My daughter and I tried these brownies and they are amazing! One question- if we wanted a more “cake like” brownie instead of so fudge- what would we do? I absolutely love the taste ( I hate brownies with cocoa powder ?) so these are perfect taste! Just wondering about texture. Thanks!!

Maria
Maria

I am with on the brownie edges! You know there are brownie edges ppl can buy in a bag like no! I Erik be trying these. Thank you for that testing tip i usually check in the middle.

Brian
Brian

Which type of chocolate would you recommend? I don’t have any fancy baking stores nearby to find something deliciously obscure. Any preferences you find at a regular ol’ grocery store?

Cortney
Cortney

These look so amazing! I have an egg intolerance so I am going to try apple sauce or banana instead. Here’s hoping they work out well. I know it will alter the flavour-I am used to this now. Sigh. Wish me luck.

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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