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Easy Fudgy Brownies Recipe – Better-Than-The-Box

How to make the best fudgy brownies from scratch. These brownies are much better than the box, just read the reviews! Jump to the Easy Brownies Recipe or watch our quick recipe video showing you how easy it is to make them.

Have you ever fallen in love with something all over again? We did, and this recipe made it happen. These rich, chocolate brownies with dense, fudgy middles and crinkly tops made us fall in love with brownies, made from scratch, all over again.

These are just as simple as our No-Fail Blondies Recipe, so if you’re in the mood for something a little less chocolaty, they are definitely for you!

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How to Make Brownies that are Better than the Box

This recipe is perfect for boxed brownie mix lovers — the dense, moist and fudgy texture is not all that different from what you can expect from the boxed mixes. It get’s better, too. These brownies are rich and more flavorful — without any fuss. They are one-bowl and come together in minutes. There’s also a good chance you already have the ingredients on hand.

Easy Fudgy Brownies Recipe

If you love this recipe, you will love our Salted Almond Brownies recipe. They use the same base recipe as this one, but have roasted almonds and sea salt on top. A nut lovers dream!

Forget Melting Chocolate, Use Cocoa Powder

The recipe is slightly adapted from Alice Medrich’s Cocoa Brownies found in many of her cookbooks. Medrich is a genius when it comes to chocolate. Search on Google and you’ll see that many recipes call for chocolate that’s melted into butter, then mixed with sugar, eggs, and flour. (Not that they aren’t delicious, too). This recipe is different — and smart.

Easy Fudgy Brownies

Instead of using chocolate, Medrich calls for cocoa powder. In removing the chocolate (as well as the fat and sugar that goes along with it), she was able to fine-tune the brownies so that the middles were softer and moist and the tops were shiny and candy-like. The recipe is pure gold.

Since we’re using cocoa powder, they aren’t overly sweet. If you are like us and find yourself reaching for dark chocolate over milk, these are most certainly for you.

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Recipe updated, originally posted August 2013. Since posting this in 2013, we have tweaked the recipe to be more clear and added a quick recipe video. – Adam and Joanne

Easy Fudgy Brownies Recipe – Better-Than-The-Box

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These rich and chocolaty brownies have dense, fudgy middles and crinkly tops. They aren’t overly sweet. If you are like us and find yourself reaching for darker chocolate over milk chocolate, these are most certainly for you. They are one-bowl and come together in minutes. There’s also a good chance you already have all the ingredients on hand.

Use either natural or Dutch-processed cocoa powder for these. Both work well and will taste slightly different. If you get a chance, try both and see which is your favorite.

Makes 16 Brownies

You Will Need

10 tablespoons (145 grams) unsalted butter

1 1/4 cups (250 grams) granulated sugar

3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons (80 grams) unsweetened cocoa powder, natural or Dutch-process

1/4 rounded teaspoon kosher salt, use slightly less if using fine sea or table salt

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 large cold eggs

1/2 cup (65 grams) all-purpose flour

2/3 cup (75 grams) chopped walnuts or pecans, optional


  • Prepare Batter
  • Position an oven rack in the lower third of the oven and heat to 325 degrees F. Line the bottom and sides of an 8-inch square baking pan with parchment paper or aluminum foil, leaving an overhang on two opposite sides. (This helps when removing the baked brownies from the pan, once cooled).

    Add enough water to a medium saucepan so that it is 1 to 2 inches deep. Heat water until barely simmering. Combine butter, sugar, cocoa powder, and the salt in a medium heat-safe bowl. Rest the bowl over simmering water (if the bottom of the bowl touches the water, remove a little water).

    Stir mixture occasionally until the butter has melted and the mixture is quite warm. Don’t worry if it looks gritty; it will become smooth once you add the eggs and flour. Remove the bowl from heat and set aside for 3 to 5 minutes until it is only warm, not hot.

    Stir in the vanilla with a wooden spoon or spatula. Then, add eggs, one at a time, stirring vigorously after each one.

    When the batter looks thick, shiny and well blended, add the flour and stir until fully incorporated, then beat with the wooden spoon or spatula for 40 to 50 strokes. (The batter will be thick). Beat vigorously here. You want to see the brownie batter pulling away from the sides of the bowl (if you do not have the strength to do this by hand, use a hand mixer). Stir in nuts, if using. Spread evenly in lined pan.

    • Bake Brownies
    • Bake 20 to 25 minutes or until a toothpick can be inserted into the center and come out almost clean (you want it to be a little moist with batter). Note: Some have found they need to bake an extra 10 minutes, so keep an eye on the doneness of the brownies and use the toothpick test as your guide.

      Cool completely then remove from pan. For the cleanest lines when cutting, place into the freezer for 20 to 30 minutes to firm up. Cut into 16 squares.

Adam and Joanne's Tips

  • These are on the bittersweet side – we like that, but if you are more into milk chocolate than semi-sweet or dark, these may be a little bitter for you. Some readers have had success with adding a bit more sugar to accommodate.
  • This recipe is slightly adapted from Alice Medrich’s Cocoa Brownies found in many of her cookbooks. Here’s one of them: “Sinfully Easy Delicious Desserts” If you love dessert as much as we do, buy it. You won’t regret it.
  • Some readers have had problems with the fat separating during baking. Since the recipe calls for so much butter and so little flour, it is vital that the batter is beaten vigorously enough so that it emulsifies. Otherwise, you risk the fat seeping out when baking in the oven. Just after adding the flour, you should be beating for about 40 strokes until the batter becomes very thick and begins to pull away from the sides of the bowl.
  • Nutrition facts: The nutrition facts provided below are estimates. We have used the USDA Supertracker recipe calculator to calculate approximate values.

If you make this recipe, snap a photo and hashtag it #inspiredtaste — We love to see your creations on Instagram and Facebook! Find us: @inspiredtaste

Nutrition Per Serving: Serving Size 1 brownie / Calories 158 / Protein 2 g / Carbohydrate 21 g / Dietary Fiber 2 g / Total Sugars 16 g / Total Fat 8 g / Saturated Fat 5 g / Cholesterol 42 mg
AUTHOR: Adam and Joanne Gallagher

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1515 comments… Leave a Comment
  • Scarissa March 8, 2019, 7:56 pm

    The best brownies I have ever had in my life. They did need 10 extra minutes to bake. I topped them with Andes peppermint baking chips. I did not use walnuts, yet.

  • Kimberly Smith February 20, 2019, 4:33 pm

    Best and easiest brownies EVER

  • Laura Fleming February 19, 2019, 12:31 pm

    This recipe is amazing. I love it.Forwhatever reason it turns out better when I double the recipe. Not complaining 🙂

  • Niamh February 18, 2019, 9:11 am

    It’s very rare for me to comment… but these brownies warrant it. They are FANTASTIC!! I have never made nicer brownies, and they are so quick and easy to make with a small number of ingredients. My new favorite recipe for sure!! BTW, for any non-Americans; 170°C is perfect!

  • FELICITY February 5, 2019, 5:14 am

    These are amazing and so easy. I’ve tried several brownie recipes and learned to avoid the ones with too many eggs or too much flour (they’re just cake!) and found endlessly complicated ones that put me off. I’ve made three batches of these in 5 days!

  • Christina February 3, 2019, 7:20 pm

    SO GOOD!! Chocolate yummy chewy brownies. And so easy to make with things I always keep in the pantry. Will make again for sure!

  • Saira Gantzer January 31, 2019, 10:37 pm

    Love, Love, LOVE❤ This recipe! My family, extended family, events it doesent matter who or the occasion, these will disappear and never disappoint. So yummy😍

  • Michelle January 19, 2019, 9:33 pm

    Hands down, best brownie recipe ever!

  • Rovina Schofield January 18, 2019, 6:44 pm

    Absolutely amazing. Finally found a recipe that’s worth calling a brownie 😍😍 took only 20 minutes to cook and came out fudgey and moist. Thank you

  • Judy January 16, 2019, 8:34 pm

    Best brownie recipe ever! Made this one twice now. I recently tried a similar fudgy recipe and this one is the best one, I followed the recipe exactly and baked brownies 22 minutes.

  • Ashlee Lindstrom January 15, 2019, 6:46 pm

    These brownies were the best. My new favorite recipe. They came out perfectly moist and delicious. I ended having to bake them for 33 mins and I added mint candies to the batter. Once they were done, I let them cool for a bit, then made brownie sundaes with dove mint choco chip ice cream. I’ll be adding this to my recipe box for sure! Also, much better than my other similar recipe because this one uses only 1 bowl! LOVE!

  • Barbie Rose January 10, 2019, 5:53 am

    I followed this recipe to a T and it came out delicious and fabulous! Made those brownies as a present for a work colleague’s child’s birthday. Thank you so much!

  • Mulan January 7, 2019, 7:08 pm

    They took 35ish minutes to cook, and literally started frothing and bubbling in the oven (probs got something to do with the fact that i added chopped chocolate), but they’re just as extra rich and fudgy and gooey as the recipe stated! The top was crispy (and for some reason had granules of sugar sprinkled all over it), but I didn’t get any shiny crackly top 🙁 I’ll be making this again for sure, but next time without chocolate chunks!

  • Rose January 5, 2019, 2:44 am

    Brownie recipes are so hit and miss, and this one was a hit! I added Macadamia nuts and substituted about 2/3 coconut sugar as I ran out of ordinary sugar. This will be my new go-to brownie recipe for sure. It’s a big call but these really are better than the box.

  • Tyeika Valentin January 1, 2019, 5:27 pm

    I made them in a cupcake tin and used my flavor injector to fill with a but of fudge. Served warm with ice cream!

  • Kigekica December 28, 2018, 11:25 am

    These brownies are really good, not too sweet, nice and moist…just perfect!

  • Ash December 6, 2018, 4:32 pm

    Hi, I’ve been making these brownies for the last few years and they always turned out amazing! Except the last two times I made them 🙁 they’re still good, but the texture is off. They turned out just very dense and not fudgy and no crinkly tops. Am I under cooking? The batch I cooked a little longer tasted a bit dry so not sure what has been happening. I’ve also been using the same oven. Any ideas? Advice would be very appreciated!

    • Joanne December 12, 2018, 3:09 pm

      Hi Ash, The crinkly top comes from a few things. First, it’s the melting the butter and sugar together until pretty warm that helps the sugar rise up while baking and make the crackly top. Another important step in the texture/top of the brownies is the beating of the flour at the end. Make sure you do the 40ish stokes of beating the flour into the batter. It really does make a difference. Finally, overbaking is easy to do when baking brownies. Since your batch was dry, I’d wager they were slightly overbaked. Brownies continue to cook out of the oven (even when they are cooling). Try taking them out just a little earlier (even if you’re hesitant that they aren’t 100% done). Then wait until they are completely cool and see if that makes a difference.


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