Best Fudgy Cocoa Brownies (One Bowl Recipe) + Video

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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! These are the best brownies with the perfect fudgy texture.

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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!

Making Fudgy Brownies from Scratch – Video

Be sure to watch the video to see us make this brownie recipe from start to finish! Look for it in the recipe card, at the bottom of this post.

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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.

Need to serve a crowd?

This recipe doubles perfectly. Just use a 9×13 baking dish and double recipe. Watch the cooking time, as you may need to cook them for 20-25 minutes.

Don’t overbake them!

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.

melted butter, eggs, cocoa, sugar and vanilla in a glass mixing bowl

How to Tell When Brownies are Done

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.

Best Way to Serve Fudgy Brownies

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.

The fudgy center is the perfect texture for your sweet tooth. This is why it’s one of my favorite desserts. There’s nothing like a warm brownie, straight from the oven. 

adding flour and chocolate chips to mixing 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.

fudgy cocoa brownie batter in mixing bowl

Brownie Mix-Ins and Toppings

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
  • Peanut butter chips
  • White chocolate chips
  • Dark chocolate chunks

Every Christmas I make a 9×9 pan of brownies for our friends and neighbors. I mix in 1/2 cup of milk chocolate chips for an extra decadent treat.

You can also drizzle a bit of melted chocolate right on top, too! 

You can have a lot of fun making these delicious brownies by changing the mix-ins each time you bake them.

This is just another reason why this is the best homemade brownie recipe! 

brownie batter in parchment lined baking pan

How to Store and Freeze Brownies

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.

These seriously fudgy brownies store and freeze well, and don’t forget that you can pop them in the microwave for a few secrets to have moist brownies full of that deep chocolate flavor in no time at all. 

Freezing Instructions

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.

fudgy cocoa brownies cut into 12 pieces

How do I cut brownies? 

It’s important to let the whole batch cool down in the square pan before trying to cut it into serving sizes.

If you try and cut the chocolate brownies while they are hot or even warm, they will crumble and not hold together very well. 

For the best homemade brownies to be able to cut and be served perfectly, let the pan cool, then use a sharp knife to cut.

You can then use a rubber spatula or a metal spatula to scoop out all the servings of these perfect fudgy brownies that your sweet tooth can handle. 

How do I keep the brownie batter from sticking to the pan? 

Make sure that you grease the bottom and the sides of the pan well so that the cakey brownies don’t stick. You can also line the pan with parchment paper, too. 

No matter if you use a metal pan or a glass pan, you’ll want to have a prepared pan so that the fudgy brownies come out easily when being served. 

closeup of 3 stacked fudgy cocoa brownies

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Best Fudgy Cocoa Brownies (One Bowl Recipe) + Video

Donna Elick
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!
5 stars from 2 reviews
Tried this recipe?Please comment and review!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Method Oven
Servings 16 2″x 2″ Pieces


  • 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


  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Line an 8×8 baking dish with parchment paper, set aside.
  • Place butter in a large microwave safe mixing bowl, melt completely.
  • Add sugar, cocoa, vanilla and eggs. Whisk to combine well. Add remaining ingredients
  • Whisk until completely combined, but do not over mix.
  • Pour into prepared baking dish.
  • Bake for 20 minutes or until a tooth pick comes out clean. Allow to cool completely before cutting.
  • Enjoy!


Donna’s Notes

Recipe doubles perfectly. Use a 9×13 baking dish and double recipe. Watch cook time, as you may need to cook 20-25 minutes.


Serving: 1 | Calories: 165cal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 38mg | Sodium: 55mg | Sugar: 17g | Fiber: 1g | Calcium: 13mg | Iron: 1mg

All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe’s nutritional value will vary depending on the ingredients used, measuring methods, and portion sizes.

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Originally published May 2013, updated and republished December 2023

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  1. Second time making them I added 2 tbsps. of sour cream, pumpkin pie spice and only added 1/2 cup of mini chocolate chips. I also baked them in a meatloaf shaped pan so that they would bake higher.

  2. 5 stars
    Don’t know what I did before I found this amazing recipe! It’s so easy to make, and the brownies turn out absolutely delicious. Thanks, Donna!

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