Thursday, October 1, 2020

Fudgy Brownie Recipe from Scratch + Video

This Fudgy Brownie recipe makes a perfectly chocolaty, moist, and delicious treat. 1 bowl and 25 minutes until you can dive into this fabulous treat!

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There are so many different ways to make this chocolatey dessert. So, whether you like your brownies fudgy, cakey, or healthy, I have the perfect recipe for you.

Snickers Peanut Butter Fudge Brownies are loaded with Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups as the base for the out-of-this-world treat.

The brownie is topped with a peanut butter frosting that is second only to your grandma’s peanut butter fudge.

Double Chocolate Pecan Cake Brownies are the perfect brownie for every occasion or no occasion at all.

Rich, moist, chewy, loaded with chocolate and pecans... What more could you ask for?

Desserts that are made without processed sugars are a great choice for us. Fudgy Walnut Black Bean Brownies are a perfect choice. Decadent and healthy!

bowl with melted butter in the bottom

Making a Brownie Recipe Fudgy, Chewy, or Cakey

The consistency of your treats has everything to do with the ingredients that you use when you're making them. 

There are many different variations when it comes to making this fudgy brownie recipe. For a fudgy or chewy dessert, look for a recipe that contains a higher fat to flour ratio of ingredients.

Typically substitutions like applesauce and pumpkin puree don't result in a fudgy consistency.

If you want your bars to have a more cake-like texture, be sure that you are beating the ingredients to incorporate air.

Many cakey desserts also contain extra eggs to help give them a different consistency.

butter, sugar, cocoa powder and eggs in a bowl

Need to serve a crowd?
This recipe doubles perfectly. Just use a 9x13 baking dish and double recipe. Watch the cooking time, as you may need to cook them for 20-25 minutes.

How long should I bake these treats? 
To ensure the fudgiest consistency possible, it’s important that you don't over bake them.

Baking for too long will dry out the center and harden the edges.

How to tell when brownies are done baking 
Place a toothpick into the center of the pan. If it comes out clean, or with just a few stray crumbs on it, they are ready.

sugar and egg brownie mixture in a bowl

Serving suggestions  
When I make this easy brownie recipe, we usually just snack on them warm from the oven.

But, if you want to take them up a notch, you can serve them with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and a drizzle of homemade chocolate syrup.

Tools / equipment needed for this recipe

adding flour to the mixture in the bowl

Does cocoa powder quality matter?

One of the most important ingredients you'll use in this fudgy brownie recipe is cocoa powder. But, not all varieties are created the same.

The most common type of cocoa powder is regular unsweetened cocoa powder. And, it's what most people have in their kitchen pantry right now.

But, the best choice for making brownies from scratch is Dutch-process cocoa powder. Dutch cocoa is processed using a special method that creates a darker color and gives it a milder taste.

This is the variety of cocoa that is most commonly used in making chocolate. So, if you want a truly authentic, chocolate taste, look for Dutch-process rather than regular unsweetened powder.

close up photo of the brownie batter

Add-ins and topping ideas 
There are many different add-ins that will work in this fudgy brownie recipe. Here are a few of my favorites:
  • Nuts
  • Chocolate Chips
  • Butterscotch Chips
  • Pieces of your favorite candy bar
  • Marshmallows
  • Crushed pretzels
Every Christmas I make a 9x9 pan of brownies for our friends and neighbors. I mix in 1/2 cup of milk chocolate chips for an extra decadent treat.

slicing brownies with a plastic knife

How to store leftovers 
You can cut your treats into equal serving sizes, and store them in an airtight container when they are completely cooled.

Store them at room temperature and eat them within 2 to 4 days for the best results.

How to freeze 
If you'd like to keep your leftovers for more than 4 days, you should freeze them. Just wrap each square in plastic wrap to prevent them from drying out.

Then, place each individually wrapped square in a freezer bag. They will stay good this way for up to 3 months.

Finally, when you want to eat your leftovers, just let them thaw on the counter until they are ready to eat. You can warm them in the microwave for a few seconds to warm them up if you like.


stacks of brownies on parchment paper

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close up of brownies from scratch

Video: Making fudgy brownies from scratch

Check out the recipe video (at the top of this page) to see the entire process, start to finish!

Yield: 16 (2"x2" pieces)
Author: Donna Elick
Fudgy Brownie Recipe from Scratch

Fudgy Brownie Recipe from Scratch

This Fudgy Brownie recipe makes a perfectly chocolaty, moist, and delicious treat. 1 bowl and 25 minutes until you can dive into this fabulous treat!
Prep time: 5 MinCook time: 20 MinTotal time: 25 Min


  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup milk chocolate chips


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line an 8x8 baking dish with parchment paper, set aside.
  2. Place butter in a large microwave safe mixing bowl, melt completely.
  3. Add sugar, cocoa, vanilla and eggs. Whisk to combine well. Add remaining ingredients
  4. Whisk until completely combined, but do not over mix.
  5. Pour into prepared baking dish.
  6. Bake for 20 minutes or until a tooth pick comes out clean. Allow to cool completely before cutting.
  7. Enjoy!
  1. Recipe doubles perfectly. Use a 9x13 baking dish and double recipe. Watch cook time, as you may need to cook 20-25 minutes.

Fudgy Brownie Recipe from Scratch

Originally published May 2013, updated and republished October 2020

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  1. Yummy! Perfect lazy day with those ;)

  2. I love to see the words "super simple" in the kind of recipe! These brownies sound divine! x

  3. Yum! I bet these are so rich and chocolatey. I'm drooling just thinking about it.

  4. Tried these last week! So easy to make, and really tasty!

  5. No nuts listed in ingredients

    1. True, there are no nuts in these recipes. If you want brownies with nuts try these:


  6. i love these brownies. they always turn out great. but have one question..... do we measure the cocoa first and then sift it or sift first and then measure? since cocoa has lumps

    1. I measure first and then pour the measuring cup into a sifter (if necessary) and sift right into the bowl. Enjoy and let us know how it goes.

  7. Sooooo going to bake these. they look yummy

  8. Liking the simplicity of this. Pinning to try soon!!

  9. Do I have to use the parchment paper in the pan or can I just grease it and go?

  10. Nice and easy. Thank you Donna

  11. This looks amazing! I'm a sucker for brownies.

  12. Why do you have a separate recipe for brownies WITH nuts? can't you just add nuts to this recipe.??? or is there a specific REASON you have NOT? thanks for the reply

  13. I subsitituted the butter gor vegetable oil as it tends to be softer, delicious!

  14. Just made .. and these are good, quick and easy! I added 1/4 cup chopped walnuts and then sprinkled 1 tbs of mini choc chips on top. After trying paleo, vegan, low cal brownies .. these were a welcome change - and the only recipe that I didn't toss!!


  15. I doubled the recipe and used half butter and half veg. oil. took 35 minutes to bake.

  16. I normally always forget to comment about a recipe, or to let people know how their recipes worked, but OH MY GOD! These brownies are so fast to whip up, and you don't have to worry about beating it to keep it fluffy because you want them as dense as possible. Absolutely LOVED this recipe, and these brownies were a hit at my party yesterday! =) Thank you so much!

  17. Can I add nuts to this recipe? How many - about 1/2 cup? Thanks!

  18. I love this recipe, I use it everytime, and even for someone who can't bake it never fails.

    1. Holli@TheSlowRoastedItalianSeptember 22, 2017 at 8:45 AM

      Thank you Charles!!! We are so glad you enjoy them!!! These brownies are my favorite!!!

  19. Just made these! They are deeeeeelicious :)

    1. Holli@TheSlowRoastedItalianNovember 13, 2017 at 9:15 AM

      Thanks Stephanie! We are so happy you enjoyed them!

  20. Just making these now... I didn't have any cocoa powder so I used an equal amount of melted chocolate chips. It makes the baking time double, but they turn out so, so gooey delicious .

  21. Just made these brownies, really disappointed. Not moist at all, soooo dry. I baked them for 18-20 minutes. I used organic cocoa powder, so maybe it was that☹️

  22. Have now made these half a dozen times, both as written and doubling the recipe. They turn out perfectly every time even when it's late, I'm tired, and am making because there's no chocolate dessert options in the house (i.e. normally when I make recipe failure level baking mistakes). So easy and fuss free that the clean up is done well before they're out of the oven.

  23. This sounds like a simple and delicious brownie recipe. I’m prone to over baking brownies but I’ll plan on using the toothpick test and hope that they turn out well.

  24. I'm wondering how semi-sweet chocolate chips would work in this recipe.


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