Tuesday, December 1, 2020

Outrageously Fudgy Homemade Brownies + Video

Our homemade brownies are ultra fudgy, outrageously delicious, and loaded with chocolate! Make the recipe- it’s the perfect dessert for any occasion.

This is absolutely the best fudgy brownie recipe you’ll ever make! It’s one of our most requested desserts and every chocolate lover’s dream. 

Not only is it great for parties and bake sales, but chocolate chip brownies make the perfect homemade gift for the holiday season.

Pair them with other baked goods like Pecan Pie Bars or Lemon Bars to make a delicious treat basket to share.

Or, make Mexican Hot Chocolate Brownies with nutty brown butter frosting for a little extra kick!

titled photo (and shown on plate): Outrageous Fudgy Brownies

Best tips for making homemade brownies

  • Don’t Overbake - Check for doneness by inserting a toothpick into the center. As soon as it comes out clean, remove the pan from the oven since the brownies will continue to bake as they cool.
  • Mix By Hand - Using an electric mixer will add too much air to the batter, causing them to come out tough and dry.
  • Add Toppings - Make the dessert even more decadent by sprinkling more chocolate chips on top of the batter before baking. You could even crumble your favorite candy bar over the top once they’re done for added flavor and texture.

Ingredients for homemade brownies
Ingredient Notes

  • Butter - Using unsalted allows you to control how much salt goes into the recipe. If salted butter is all you have on hand, omit the extra salt.
  • Chocolate - I like to use a blend of semisweet chips and bittersweet chunks, but milk chocolate would work as well. Still use a blend of two different chocolates for the best flavor.
  • Instant Coffee - If you don’t like the flavor of coffee, don’t worry! This just helps bring out the richness of the chocolate. Be sure to choose one without any added flavoring.

 melting chocolates in a bowl

What you’ll need to make this recipe
add chocolate chips to the batter

Recipe Notes + FAQ

Storage and Freezing

Cut and store brownie squares in an airtight container, or wrap them well with plastic wrap. They’ll stay fresh for a few days at room temperature, or up to a week in the refrigerator.

You can also freeze individual squares or a full pan for up to 3 months. Thaw on the counter until softened, or warm individual slices in the microwave for 15-second increments at half power.
stir best fudgy brownies

Can I melt the chocolate on the stovetop?

Absolutely! Use a double boiler, or make your own by placing a glass bowl over a pot of simmering water.

The bowl needs to be large enough to rest securely over the pot. This is because the chocolate will seize if any water or condensation gets into it.

Also, make sure to keep the water at a low simmer, because chocolate will burn and take on a bitter flavor if it gets too hot.
batter mixed

Can I spray the pan instead of using butter and cocoa?

Yes, any cooking or baking spray can be used instead. Just know that baking spray may create a white powdery appearance on the outside of your dessert.
sheet pan of homemade brownies


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chocolate chip brownies

See how to make Outrageously Fudgy Homemade Brownies! Watch the video at the top of this page.

Yield: 48 Or 24 Large
Author: Donna Elick
Outrageous Fudgy Homemade Brownies

Outrageous Fudgy Homemade Brownies

Our homemade brownies are ultra fudgy, outrageously delicious, and full of chocolate chips! Make the recipe- it’s the perfect dessert for any occasion.
Prep time: 10 MinCook time: 35 MinTotal time: 45 Min


  • 1 pound (4 sticks) unsalted butter
  • 1 pound plus 12 ounces semisweet chocolate chips, divided
  • 6 ounces bittersweet chocolate
  • 8 large eggs
  • 1 tablespoon instant coffee granules
  • 2 tablespoons pure vanilla extract
  • 2 1/4 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour, divided
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • unsweetened cocoa, to dust pan


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Butter a 12 x 18 x 2-inch baking sheet and dust with cocoa (this keeps the brownies from having a white powdery appearance)
  3. Melt together the butter, 1 pound of chocolate chips, and the bittersweet chocolate in a microwave safe medium bowl. Heat in 30 second increments until melted. Stir between each heating. Allow to cool slightly.
  4. In a large bowl, stir (do not beat) together the eggs, coffee granules, vanilla, and sugar. Stir the warm chocolate mixture into the egg mixture and allow to cool to room temperature.
  5. Add 1 cup flour, baking powder and salt to a sieve and sift into chocolate mixture.
  6. Toss the remaining 12 ounces of chocolate chips with 1/4 cup of flour. Add them to the chocolate mixture and stir to combine.
  7. Pour batter into prepared baking pan.
  8. Bake for 30-35 minutes until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Half way in between cooking time; rap the baking sheet against the oven shelf to force the air to escape from between the pan and the brownie dough. Use care not to overbake! Allow brownies to cool thoroughly, cut into 48 brownie squares.
  9. Serve and enjoy!
  1. You can also cook this recipe in (2) 9x13 pans. Or bake one 9x13 and halve the recipe if you like.

Recipe adapted from Ina Garten

Outrageously Fudgy Homemade Brownies

Originally published 12/4/13. Updated and republished December 2020.

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  1. Fudgy brownies with shiny tops? Outrageous alright!

  2. Sounds like a Paula Deen recipe

  3. The 1/4 cup flour used with the 12 oz. chocolate chips, is that in addition to the 1 1/4 cups called for or is it the 1/4 cup?
    Sorry if it's a dumb question, just want to get it right.
    I can't wait to make them.
    Happy Holidays

    1. That is part of the ingredient list. Add 1 cup at first. Hope that helps. Enjoy!

    2. Thank you Donna. It helps me. :)

  4. Made several times, took me an hour to make it first time, had to keep rewinding TiVo while Ina breezed along like it was no big deal, made a huge mess of my kitchen but in the end, coworkers devoured the whole huge pan in minutes!!! Since then, I've made them several times and it's become easier and easier and quicker too, it's just way too expensive with the amount of stuff but I never managed to halve the recipe; it's surely the best tasting brownies ever!!!

  5. Can you melt on the stove top?

  6. Can you use pan spray instead of the butter and cocoa?

    1. Yes! That would be good too. Enjoy and let us know how it goes.

  7. I made these brownies and they were fabulous. When I went to cut them, I found huge hunks missing. It seems my kids, grandkids and daughter in law decided to to "taste". We wound up putting the cooled pan on the table and just cutting out chunks.

  8. another brownie in my book is a bonus! Thank you for sharing this yummy recipe xoxo

  9. no unsweetened baking chocolate where I live. Can I substitute with baking cocoa?

    1. I have not tested baking cocoa. So I can not say how it would work. Where do you live? In the baking aisle near the chocolate chips you will find all sorts of baking chocolate bars. Look for one that says unsweetened. Or you can pick it up here: http://amzn.to/1Rxn7hd

  10. can I substitute bittersweet chocolate with good quality dark chocolate?

  11. Donna, do you know if expresso powder can be subbed for the instant coffee granules? Is so, how much? Thx!

  12. Hi! I'm from Buenos Aires, Argentina. I want to prepared a Layer Cake with at least three or four cakes with an 8" round pan. Do you think this quantity should be enough to make four cakes? Thank you

    1. This is a BROWNIE recipe not a cake recipe. They are the complete opposite of a cake. If you want variety in your desserts instead of all cakes, this could be an option. Just Google what you're wanting to do (cakes), double check serving size and how many your pan serves and go from there in deciding what you want to do.........Good Luck!

  13. can you give smaller size ingredient measurements?


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