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Fudgy Brownies Recipe (From Scratch)

This rich, dark chocolate Fudgy Brownies Recipe is gooey and chewy and will have you licking your fingers for another piece. It’s the homemade brownie everyone craves. Wow your family and friends with the perfect bite of brownie.

Angled view of chocolate brownies sliced into pieces.

When decadent chocolate fudge brownies are the perfect texture, you know you’ve found a keeper of a recipe. This one will get passed down for generations.

Why You’ll Love These Fudge Brownies

  • That fudge you love. Everyone wants perfectly chewy, gooey, fudgy brownies and that is exactly what you get with this from-scratch recipe.
  • Perfect for ice cream. Not every brownie is right for ice cream, but this one rocks the house. Make sure you pick up a container of your favorite flavor!
  • Fast and easy. A limited number of ingredients and super easy instructions make this brownie recipe a simple feat with huge rewards.

Ingredients For Your Fudgy Brownie Recipe

  • Baking Cocoa – I love Dark Chocolate Cocoa. It’s rich, just the way I love my chocolate. You can use what you prefer.
  • Butter – I use real, full-fat salted butter.
  • Sugar – White granulated sugar.
  • Brown Sugar – I prefer dark brown sugar because it has more molasses flavor. I also think it’s moister than the light but you can use what you have or prefer.
  • Flour – All-purpose flour, bleached or unbleached.
  • Eggs – I use Grade A Large for consistency in my baking.
  • Vanilla – Pure or imitation.
  • Chocolate Chips – Semi-sweet is our choice for this fudge brownie recipe.

How To Make Fudgy Brownies

First step: Cook the butter and sugar for the fudgy brownies recipe.

Melt the butter, white sugar, and brown sugar together in a small saucepan. Remove from the heat and add the vanilla.

Second step: Mix the dry ingredients.

Sift the flour and cocoa together.

Third Step: Combine.

Add the butter mixture to the flour mixture and stir until combined.

Fourth step: Add the eggs to your fudgy brownie mixture.

Drizzle the eggs into the batter, stirring continuously.

Fifth step: Stir in chocolate chips for the perfect chocolate fudge brownies.

Add the chocolate chips and stir until dispersed evenly. They may melt if the batter is hot and that’s fine.

Sixth step: Fill Baking Dish and bake.

Pour brownies evenly into the prepared baking dish and bake.

What to Serve with Your Chocolate Fudge Brownies

These brownies are intense fudgy thick brownies. Not your cake variety. For that reason, I would cut them into small pieces and serve them with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or whipped topping.

Popular Substitutions & Additions

  • You can use dark chocolate, milk, or semi-sweet chocolate chips.
  • Traditional chocolate cocoa, Special Dark, or Black cocoa can be used. The darker the cocoa the darker the brownie.
  • Add your favorite nuts such as pecans or walnuts.
A dark chocolate brownie with a flaky top stacked on two more pieces of chocolate brownies.

Tips for the Perfect Fudgy Brownies

  • Melt the sugar in the butter until the sugar is dissolved. This will prevent your brownies from being grainy.
  • You can let the butter mixture cool slightly before adding it to the flour mixture but I find that it blends easier if it’s still fairly hot.
  • Sift the flour and cocoa together. This is an extra step but cocoa naturally is lumpy and sifting it will help it blend into your batter.
  • If the batter is hot, drizzle the eggs in very slowly and whisk quickly so you don’t end up with scrambled eggs. That’s called tempering.
  • Don’t overmix the brownie batter. You can use an electric mixer but it’s not necessary.
  • Do not overbake brownies. When they are just pulling away from the edges and appear set they are done. They will continue to set as they cool.

How To Reheat & Store Fudgy Brownies

Best Way To Store Leftover Chocolate Fudge Brownies

Keep your brownies covered at room temperature.

Can I Freeze Fudge Brownies

Yes. Freeze your brownies in an airtight container. Thaw at room temperature or for short intervals in the microwave.

You can also freeze an entire tray, removed from the pan. Place parchment under and slide the brownies into a plastic freezer-quality bag or airtight container. Frozen brownies will last for up to three months.

How To Reheat Chocolate Fudge Brownies

Use your microwave. For a hot brownie microwave for ten to twenty seconds. If you are starting from frozen, you will need at least thirty seconds and can add additional time as needed.

Three pieces of Dark Chocolate Brownies leaning next to each other on a wooden butter paddle.


What makes brownies moist?

The fat in the butter and chocolate adds moisture to the batter. Don’t overmix the batter, and don’t overbake the brownies.

Do I have to use chocolate chips in this fudgy brownies recipe?

I’ve made this recipe a bajillion times trying to get it perfect. You don’t have to add the chocolate chips but chances are you will not get that shiny flaky top. If you don’t mind not having that top, feel free to skip them.

What makes these brownies fudgy?

Recipes that have more flour and baking powder are cakey. The fat content in these brownies assures you’ll end up with a fudgy brownie.

What do the eggs do in this recipe?

The eggs act as an emulsifier which helps the dry ingredients blend with the butter mixture.

More Brownies!

These Fudgy Brownies from Scratch is what started our quest to make the BEST brownie recipe. After so many attempts, we finally got the perfect chocolate fudgy brownie that sticks to the roof of your mouth and makes your eyes roll to the back of your head.

We still make this brownie recipe the most but it’s morphed into Cream Cheese BrowniesOreo Brownies, Turtle Brownies, and Chocolate Peanut Butter Brownies!

For a cakey brownie, this Chocolate Buttermilk Brownie is an old-fashioned favorite and yep we even have Brownie Cookies. Who knew?

Three dark chocolate brownies with cocoa powder with a bite taken out of the top one.

I hope you enjoyed this delicious recipe as much as we do. Drop me a comment below, and don’t forget to give it a star rating. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐. Your comments and ratings help others decide if this recipe is for them too.

Fudgy Brownies Recipe (From Scratch)

Author: Julie Menghini
4.82 from 11 votes
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword: Brownie recipe, Brownies
Servings: 20


  • 1 cup butter – salted, (2 sticks)
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 cup brown sugar – dark or light
  • cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa
  • 3 eggs , slightly beaten.
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips


  • Preheat the oven to 350 °F. Spray a 7×11 sized pan with non-stick cooking spray. Line it with two pieces of parchment paper, one laying horizontal and the other verticle. Spray again with non-stick cooking spray.
  • Melt the butter with the sugars in a saucepan over medium-low heat. Stir until combined. Remove from the heat and cool slightly. Add the vanilla and then drizzle in the beaten eggs, whisking continuously.
  • Sift the flour and the cocoa together. Stir until combined. Set aside.
  • Add the sugar-butter mixture to the flour. Stir to combine and fold in the chocolate chips. Pour the brownie batter into the prepared pan.
  • Bake for 25 to 30 minutes. Cool in the pan over a cooling rack. Remove the brownies by lifting the edges of the parchment paper. Cut and serve.


I’ve cooked these brownies in different ovens in different states. They took anywhere from 20 to 35 minutes. Don’t overbake. 
Store in a covered container at room temperature or in the refrigerator.


Calories: 265kcalCarbohydrates: 35gProtein: 3gFat: 14gSaturated Fat: 8gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0.4gCholesterol: 49mgSodium: 87mgPotassium: 137mgFiber: 2gSugar: 24gVitamin A: 324IUCalcium: 27mgIron: 2mg

Nutritional Disclaimer

This recipe was calculated using the exact brands and measurements I used to make this recipe. If you are following a strict diet please note changing anything will cause the nutritional info to change. My calculations are intended as a guide only.

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Recipe Rating

Annette Saiz

Saturday 14th of January 2023

Easy recipe! I added the combined flour/ cocoa mixture to my sauce pan with the melted butter, sugar, egg and vanilla extract mixture - then folded in some sea salt caramel chips from Trader Joe’s. Yummy!

Julie Menghini

Monday 16th of January 2023

That sounds amazing, Annette! Thank you for sharing your tips!


Wednesday 16th of November 2022

These are the fudgiest brownies ever! Thank you for this recipe.

Julie Menghini

Friday 18th of November 2022

Thank you, Susannah! It's my go-to!


Saturday 29th of October 2022

I'm a big fan of fudgy brownies and this is perfect. So rich and dreamy and soft. Some of the best brownies I have ever had!

Julie Menghini

Monday 31st of October 2022

Thank you!


Tuesday 25th of October 2022

You can't go wrong with a large square of fudgy brownies!! This recipe is so easy and they come out perfectly every time!


Tuesday 25th of October 2022

Thanks, sort of! Haha, I used some black cocoa I had on hand and oh my, I had my hubby hide them so I wouldn't eat them all, then he ate them all!

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