Easy Outrageously Fudgy Brownies Recipe

How to make the best fudgy brownies from scratch. These brownies are way 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. They are so simple it’s silly and they taste amazing. 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 is perfect for boxed brownie 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. This recipe makes them richer, 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.

Rich and fudgy brownies recipe! With dense, fudgy middles and the best crinkly tops! They are way better than the box, just read the reviews!

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.

Rich and fudgy brownies recipe! With dense, fudgy middles and the best crinkly tops! They are way better than the box, just read the reviews!

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 Outrageously Fudgy Brownies Recipe

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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

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 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.Cocoa-Brownie-Recipe-Step-1

    Stir in 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 quite thick). Beat vigorously here. You want to see the 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.Cocoa-Brownie-Recipe-Step-3

    • 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 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 little 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. This is a common problem with baking brownies. Since the recipe calls for so much butter and so little flour, it is very important that the batter is beaten vigorously enough so that the batter 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. If you are not strong enough to stir a heavy batter by hand, use a mixer.
  • 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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1428 comments… Leave a Comment
  • Lisa June 21, 2018, 12:57 pm

    Just made these and I’m surprised I have any will power lol currently cooling and am having to keep my 9yo out who baked them for a home education party. They look just like the picture and smell Devine so they have to taste great to. Glad I looked for a simple recipe. After reading the first few pages I was sold and I’m sure it will be a much used recipe.

  • Shellie June 20, 2018, 6:48 pm

    I have been using this recipe now for a few years I alter it a little bit but I LOOOOOVE the way the brownies come out!!! So do my family members.

  • Eileen June 15, 2018, 7:47 am

    Great recipe, turned out perfect.

  • Lucy June 13, 2018, 7:35 am

    These are AMAZING! I added a teeny bit more sugar and orange extract to make delicious choc orange brownies. Best and simplest recipe ever!! Thank you!!

  • Ethan June 9, 2018, 12:00 am

    The recipe is great, doesnt call gor oil which I love, but my one comment is to add a little bit of baking powder to make the brownies rise in the oven faster, because it takes a while

  • Jasmine May 31, 2018, 3:12 am

    Just made these a few hours ago. Very good brownie recipe, rich and fudgy with chewy edges. However, I had to bake these for more like 40-45 minutes before these were done.

  • C May 29, 2018, 4:49 pm

    Delicious! I added about 2 drops of pharmacy grade mint extract and about 1/3-1/2 cup flaked coconut (no sugar added!) to make mint coconut brownies. I then topped with a whole hazelnut for my estimated slices. I also tried putting them into cupcake cups to make individual servings which I liked better, but I ate the whole batch in a few days.

  • Jacki J May 24, 2018, 7:20 pm

    Haven’t made yet will let you know !

  • Grace May 19, 2018, 8:22 pm

    I used this recipe today and i don’t really have unsalted butter so i didn’t add salt and it went so well. It came out so good and it was delicious. This is a great recipe.

  • Janet May 17, 2018, 5:31 am

    I used this recipe yesterday but doubled up and used 2x 8in square pans. I didn’t have butter so used baking spread instead (stork). I was a bit worried during the melting process as it seemed to separate and was grainy but once I added the eggs it came together well. This is honestly THEE best brownies I’ve ever made. This will be my go to recipe for brownies from now on! Superb,fudgy heaven!

    • Milosh antic May 28, 2018, 1:42 pm

      I am making it right now. I kinda messed up because i added water. I think when i put the flour the flour will absorb the butter that seperated frok the batter

      • Christa June 4, 2018, 9:31 pm

        I did the same thing. Hahah. Hope i fixed it by adding a few tablespoons of flour. They’re in the oven right now!


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