Ultimate Homemade Fudgy Brownies

Too many times I’ve heard friends say: “but homemade brownies are never like the box.” Well, that is true no more! You just need the right recipe and if that was you, this is the one for you.

Box brownies have a few things right.

  • They’re always consistent when you bake them.
  • Each time you will get a fudgy brownie with a crackly top.

But what they lack is real chocolate flavor. Yes, they’re sweet and maybe have hints of chocolate, but not rich delicious chocolate.

To indulge in a brownie, they should be worth every single bite. The ingredients are fairly simple and there aren’t too many of them, so each one matters. First, we need to be on the same page: these are fudgy brownies. Not cakey, not lofty, but dense, rich, and fudgy.

To achieve the right level of fudgy-ness the amount of flour and melted chocolate is key. The less flour a baked good has, the more gooey or soft it usually becomes. These have just the right amount of flour to give them structure and texture but keep them gooey in the center.

Top down close up view of chocolate brownie sitting amongst other brownies all in white pan

Adding to the texture in these brownies is the melted chocolate and butter. Chocolate plays many roles in brownies and when melted with the butter, the texture is exactly what you crave.

Bring on the chocolate!

The most important part of a brownie is the chocolate. They can look right, but if they don’t taste good, what’s the point? Here’s how these brownies make sure to pack a chocolate punch:

  • Some chocolate is melted and mixed in with the batter. That gives a good base flavor.
  • Adding semi-sweet and milk chocolate chunks into the batter intensifies the flavor and ensures each bite will have chocolate.
  • Espresso powder is added right into the batter. The powder does not give any coffee or mocha flavor, but does a lot to increase the chocolate flavor.

All of these ingredients create the ultimate brownie! They’re still nostalgic but updated to a ensure perfect bite each time.

Close up view of inside of brownie with layers of chocolate all in white pan

Watch how to make these fudgy brownies:

Top down view of white pan with baked brown colored brownies on white surface
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Ultimate Homemade Fudgy Brownies

These brownies are anything but cake-style. They're the perfect mix of chocolate and nuts to create a delicious fudgy treat!
Prep Time20 minutes
Cook Time30 minutes
Total Time50 minutes
Course: Bars
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chocolate, dessert
Difficulty: Easy
Method: Baking
Servings: 12 brownies
Author: Kaleb

Ingredients

  • ½ cup butter
  • 4 oz bittersweet chocolate
  • ¾ cup flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 tbsp Dutch process cocoa
  • 1 tsp espresso powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • 4 oz semi-sweet chocolate, roughly chopped
  • 4 oz milk chocolate, roughly chopped

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350°F and grease an 8×8 baking pan. Line with parchment to fit the bottom of the pan and overhang the sides. Grease parchment and set aside.
  • In a microwave-safe bowl, combine the chopped bittersweet chocolate and butter. Microwave in 30-second increments until the butter and chocolate are melted and combined. Set aside to cool slightly.
  • In a separate bowl, combine the flour, sugar, cocoa, espresso powder, and salt. Whisk to combine. Add eggs and vanilla to the melted chocolate, whisking to combine.
  • Add the eggs and chocolate mixture to the dry ingredients. Whisk or fold until only a few dry streaks remain. Do not over mix the batter or the brownies could become tough. Add chopped semi-sweet and milk chocolate. Fold to incorporate.
  • Pour batter into prepared pan and spread to an even layer. Place in preheated oven for 25-30 minutes. The edges will become set but the center will slightly jiggle. Do not overbake! If the center is completely set when you pull the brownies out, they will be dry and have less flavor!
  • Let cool completely in the pan for two hours. Remove brownies using parchment sling and slice.

Nutrition

Serving: 1 brownieCalories: 329 kcal (16%)Carbohydrates: 39.3 g (13%)Protein: 4 g (8%)Fat: 18.3 g (28%)Saturated Fat: 10.9 g (68%)Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.8 gMonounsaturated Fat: 5.4 gTrans Fat: 0 gCholesterol: 53.8 mg (18%)Sodium: 120.8 mg (5%)Potassium: 184.2 mg (5%)Fiber: 2.4 g (10%)Sugar: 29.1 g (32%)Vitamin A: 83.8 IU (2%)Vitamin C: 0 mgCalcium: 37.2 mg (4%)Iron: 2.3 mg (13%)

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  • My new best friend. I must say-your videos remind me of Entertaining With Beth; but better.
    I am glad I tripped upon your site.

  • I can’t wait to make these! If they are as good as your chocolate chip cookie recipe I’m soooo excited!
    Love watching you and trying your recipes…I literally haven’t made one thats not fantastic! XOXO

  • Looks delicious… I am going to make them!
    If I want to add some walnuts and dates, how would I modify the recipe? Can I just stir in some of each? Any change to baking time?
    Thanks!

    • Walnuts are an easy addition, I would toast about 1 cup and then chop and add to the batter! As for dates that can be different. Dates have a lot of moisture and could change the recipe outcome. These brownies already are fudgey almost gooey in the center and I think dates may add too much moisture.

      • 5 stars
        After reading your reply, I thought it best to try your original recipe. Excellent!

        Next time I will add walnuts. The sugar is just right! Coffee is imperceptible.

        Now I just wish my workspace is as clean as yours!

        Thanks!

  • Delish!!
    Hi Caleb, I watch your videos on Instagram all the time. I thought you used one cup of flour, but your recipe calls for 3/4 of a cup. Did you just estimate up in the video?

    Best, Maureen

    • Hello! Thanks for watching and following along! I used 3/4 cup in the video like I wrote in the recipe! I have a 3/4 cup measuring cup in the set so it was willed to the top!

      • Made these yesterday for Valentines, and WOW! The best I’ve ever tasted!!! I spread the word on my FB page and texted recipe to many of my friends. This is the only way I will ever make brownies again. I made them exactly as you did, and instructed everyone to do the same. Thank you Kaleb!

  • Just wrote down your recipe I’m going to make these.
    I remember doing those box ones. They were so dense they stuck all over your teeth 😂
    Yours look like those and I bet are better for you!
    Can’t wait to bite into them, chocolate, dense, crackly top goodness!!!!
    I can’t wait to make them, thank you Kaleb. chocolate chocolate chocolate chocolate chocolate

  • Love Love your videos.
    Makes me so happy watching you.
    Great recipes and your personality reminds me of my grandson ♥️

  • 5 stars
    Made these yesterday, absolute perfection!
    Never made brownies from scratch before, and
    I will never make brownies from a box again!!! Great recipe! I added walnuts… served with vanilla bean ice cream! Super easy, impressive, delicious… Thank you for sharing!!!!

  • Oh my goodness. They are off the chain delicious…..I made Wyseguide’s lasagna tonight and brownies for Valentine’s dinner….:brownies are done and cooked,
    Lasagna is in the oven cooking…..so excited to try it too.

  • Fudgy chocolaty deliciousness. You warned about leaving the middle jiggly, but I baked them a tad too long. Learned my lesson. Warmed them with ice cream on top for about 13 seconds. Sooooo good.
    Love watching and learning from you.

  • Thank you , Kaleb for all of your wonderful posts. I made your browny recipe today! YUMMM! So delicious! I reduced the sugar to 3/4 cups, (I like desserts less sweetened).
    This made my Valentine’s Day!

  • 5 stars
    Made these today. I substituted coffee as I didn’t have espresso powder. So easy, and so full of deep chocolate flavor!

  • 4 stars
    I have to say that I am a frequent baker and pretty much bake everything from scratch, breads , pastries, cakes. I have always been of the mind that some brands of box brownies are really good. I made the chocolate chip cookies last week and they came out terrific. So I decided to try these. I needed to make a smaller dessert to bring to a friend’s house for dinner. They were delicious.

  • You convinced me! I bought all the ingredients and my first batch are in the oven. They are looking and smelling amazing. I enjoy watching your videos…you bring light. 🙂

  • 5 stars
    I just made these this morning! Thank you for the wonderful recipe! My husband is going to be so happy when he gets home from work.

  • 5 stars
    SHUT THE FRONT DOOR!!!!
    Where have these been my whole life!!
    I made these today because, why not??? Yeah, DELICIOUS!!!!

  • I made them twice now.. Absolutely delish. I call them my $30.00 brownies because I didn’t have half the ingredients the first time and was surprised to see how expensive it was but I have everything now. Worth the money! Everyone loves them. Thank you

  • Can’t wait to make the brownies. you are great! espresso powder is like instant coffee? thank you so much.
    Silvia.