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The BEST Fudge Brownies recipe makes a rich, chewy, fudgiest brownie with a crisp, crackle top! These easy brownies are a chocolate lovers dream!

Fudge Brownies Recipe - Fudge brownies are a favorite chocolate dessert and this recipe makes decadent, scrumptious fudge brownies from scratch. // addapinch.com
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Fudge brownies instantly bring a sense of home and comfort for me. For years, I thought the only kind of brownies you could make came out of a box and there is absolutely nothing wrong with that. They are dependable, quick, and so very simple. But, then, I discovered how simple and rewarding it is to make my very own brownies from scratch that I haven’t turned back.

The BEST Brownies Recipe!

Fudge Brownies Recipe - Fudge brownies are a favorite chocolate dessert and this recipe makes decadent, scrumptious fudge brownies from scratch. // addapinch.com

I’ve played around with so many ways of making brownies in search of the exact ratios of each ingredient to make the perfect fudge brownie for my family. We had a few requirements – crackle top, crisp around the edges, but chewy on the inside, rich chocolate flavor that makes you instantly crave a large glass of ice cold milk or a hot cup of coffee.

How to Make the Best Fudge Brownies

Making these brownies from scratch is so very easy! You’ll never want to go back to a boxed mix again!

For these brownies, you’ll need:

  • butter – butter adds the flavor and moisture to the brownies.
  • unsweetened cocoa powder – while many fudge brownie recipes call for melting chocolate for the brownie base, I wanted to simply my brownie recipe by using cocoa powder instead. Generally cocoa powder means a more cake-type brownie, but I’ve adjusted the other ingredients to add just the right amount of moisture to these brownies.
  • espresso powder – the espresso powder enhances the chocolate flavor in these brownies (and other chocolate recipes, like my chocolate cake), without adding the flavor of coffee. While I encourage you to include it, the brownies will still be delicious if you must omit it.
  • salt – I prefer to use kosher salt in my recipes. If you use table salt, realize that table salt is “saltier” than kosher salt and therefore, you’ll need a little less. I would use ¼ teaspoon of table salt in place of the kosher salt in this recipe.
  • sugar – I use a combination of brown sugar and granulated sugar in my brownie recipe. The brown sugar adds moisture and deepens the flavor in these brownies while making the brownies slightly chewy in all the right places. The granulated sugar, along with the eggs, create the crackle topping on the brownies. The combination of the brown and granulated sugar are perfect here.
  • eggs – the eggs are the only leavened used in this brownie recipe and provide a very important role.
  • all-purpose flour – I use all-purpose flour in this recipe. Once the flour is mixed into the brownies, you’ll want to be certain not to overmix as it will cause cake-like, dense brownies.
  • vanilla extract – as in most baking recipes, vanilla extract enhances the flavor and sweetness of the recipe.
  • Add-ins – Add-ins are completely optional for this recipe. If you are going to add them, I recommend using chopped pecans or walnuts, chocolate chips or chunks.

How to Store this Recipe

Store baked brownies at room temperature on the counter, under a cake dome or covered with wrap, for up to 3 days.

Freezer Instructions

Fudge Brownies Recipe - Fudge brownies are a favorite chocolate dessert and this recipe makes decadent, scrumptious fudge brownies from scratch. // addapinch.com

Here’s my Fudge Brownies Recipe! I hope you love them as much as we do!

4.80 from 5 votes

Fudge Brownies Recipe

Dessert 40 mins

Fudge Brownies Recipe - Fudge brownies are a favorite chocolate dessert and this recipe makes decadent, scrumptious fudge brownies from scratch. // addapinch.com
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Servings 16
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Author Robyn Stone | Add a Pinch
The BEST Fudge Brownies recipe makes a rich, chewy, fudgiest brownie with a crisp, crackle top! These easy brownies are a chocolate lovers dream!

Ingredients  

  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon espresso powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup chocolate chunks
  • 1 cup chopped pecans or walnuts optional

Instructions 

  • Preheat oven to 350º F. Line a 9 x 9-inch baking pan with parchment paper. Set aside.
  • Melt butter in a large saucepan over low heat. Stir in cocoa powder, espresso powder, and salt until well combined. Remove from heat.
  • Stir in both sugars and then the eggs, one at a time, mixing until just blended. Gently stir in the flour and vanilla, along with any add-ins you are using. Pour into prepared baking pan. Top with the chocolate chunks.
  • Bake until center of brownies no longer moves when the baking pan is moved or a toothpick inserted in the center comes out with some brownie clinging to it but not liquid, about 30-40 minutes depending on your preference.
  • Remove from the oven and allow to cool in the pan for 10 minutes, then lift the brownies out of the pan and allow to cool for 10 more minutes before slicing.

Nutritional Information

Calories: 265kcal | Carbohydrates: 35g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 83mg | Sodium: 199mg | Potassium: 132mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 26g | Vitamin A: 431IU | Calcium: 31mg | Iron: 1mg

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Fudge Brownies Recipe - Fudge brownies are a favorite chocolate dessert and this recipe makes decadent, scrumptious fudge brownies from scratch. // addapinch.com

From the Add a Pinch recipe archives. Originally published 2012.

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  1. These brownies look so yummy, gooey, and melt in your mouth!!! But, that top..oh! that crisy, crunchy, sugary top!!!!!!!!! This I’m definitely making very soon!!! Thanks for this recipe!

  2. 4 stars
    Robyn, the brownies look wonderful, and I can’t wait to try them.

    Is the espresso actually prepared espresso or instant espresso granules? I assume the former, and I don’t have an espresso machine … so how much instant espresso granules would you recommend?

    1. 5 stars
      Hi,
      This is probably a stupid question but is it 1/4 teaspoon expresso powder as stated above or 1/4 cup of really strong expresso?
      I’ve just made them and it’s my first time making brownies, the flavour is lovely only I find them a little flat? Would adding the liquid of 1/4 cup of coffee give it a little more volume?
      Thank you so much for your recipes, I’m a good cook but baking is new to me and having married into a family that make amazing cakes I’ve got some competition! I made your chocolate cake with buttercream frosting yesterday for easter Sunday and it blew them all away!..so once again Thank you for sharing.

    2. Hi Bianca!
      The recipe is for espresso powder – not liquid espresso. The espresso powder enhances the richness of the chocolate. This recipe does make a fudgey brownie. You don’t want to add liquid coffee to the recipe.
      I’m so excited that you and your family enjoyed my Chocolate Cake recipe! Thanks so much! xo

    3. don’t see recipe for fudge brownies saying “prepared” espresso, only espresso “powder” so we add water???

    4. You will just use espresso powder used in baking, no need to make the drink espresso. There’s no water needed. If you can’t find espresso powder, I have a recipe to make your own. Thanks!

  3. 5 stars
    Robyn, you’ve done it again! These brownies are rich and gooey and awwwwwesome 🙂 thanks from me and my husband (who is currently in a chocolate coma).

  4. 5 stars
    made this for the thanksgiving dinner, everyone liked the texture and consistency but then complained it’s a bit too sweet. i actually used all semisweet chocolate and no milk, so i would recommend cutting some sugar maybe just 2 cups would suffice, if it doesn’t come out sweet enough for you, you can always add a frosting later?

  5. 5 stars
    it came out really chewy that it’s a bit sticky to the teeth, is there a reason why its so? what can i do so that it’s not so sticky?

  6. There are a couple of your recipes that I would really like to try out that call for espresso. Due to reasons of health, religion, and personal taste, I don’t touch coffee of any kind, even in the smallest amounts. What would you recommend as a good substitute for the espresso that will still achieve the level of tender moistness that this recipe yields?

  7. Thanks for your Best Chocolate Cake Ever recipe.Its going to be my cake recipe forever.my customers love my cake …

  8. I am failrly new to baking and I followed this recipe for my first pan of brownies and it’s a hit! Thanks for making it easy yet very delicious, rich and did I mention easy? Thank you so much for sharing!

    1. I’m so excited you enjoyed making these, Suzanne! And so glad you like them too! Thanks so much! xo

  9. I don’t have a 9×9 pan but I do have an 8×8 pan. Can you advise whether I can make this amazing recipe in an 8×8 pan and how long to bake it?

  10. Are the chocolate chunks to add in step 3 of the instructions part of the main recipe or are they considered an add in, and therefore optional? Please clarify, and thanks!

    1. Priscilla, you can buy bags of chocolate chunks just as you can bags of chocolate chips. They are just bigger pieces of chocolate.