Easy Fudgy Chocolate Brownies From Scratch

Three brownies stacked on a white plate, blue towel.

 

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Easy Fudgy Chocolate Brownies – each bite has everything you could ask for in a brownie, when you bite into the crispy top and the gooey inside just melts in your mouth. Making brownies from scratch is so easy, there’s no need for a cake mix ever again! What makes these brownies extra fudgy and delicious is the use of real, high quality chocolate, of course.

 

Homemade brownies are so easy, and I’m going to tell you all my secrets to how to make the best brownies at home.

 

What makes brownies fudgy?

 

The simple answer to this is that there’s a higher fat-to-flour ratio. Fat in this instance being butter and chocolate. To make cakey brownies, we use less fat and even add in a little baking powder. But I don’t see the point in cakey brownies when you can just have a regular decadent chocolate cake. A cakey brownie also has three times as much flour.

 

So trust me on the ratios of fat to flour in this recipe, and you will get a perfectly fudgy brownie with a crackly crispy top.

 

Three brownie squares on a white plate, the whole cake in the background.

 

What makes a good brownie?

 

Trick question.

 

A good brownie is a fudgy brownie, and therefore the answer is in the fat-to-flour ratio! The use of real chocolate in a brownie recipe, really makes the difference. I usually reserve unsweetened cocoa powder for chocolate cakes, but I like to add a little extra in these brownies to make them extra chocolatey.

 

Made with real chocolate, this is a decadent dessert that will force you into a happy chocolate dance. Anyone? No? Just me?

 

Close-up of 9 squares of fudgy chocolate brownies.

 

Do you put baking powder in brownies?

 

No. The only leavening in a fudgy gooey brownie from scratch is eggs. Beaten eggs are a leavening agent as they incorporate air into the batter, which then will expand in the oven and cause the cake to rise. Some cakes use beaten eggs as their only source of leavening – such as brownies!

 

However, if you prefer cakey brownies, baking powder is usually also added. Click this to read more about leavening agents.

 

Stacks of brownies on a large plate.

 

Make Brownies Extra Special

 

Brownies are perfectly delicious in their own simplicity, but you can also add all sorts of nuts, oreo cookie crumbs or my personal favorite – salted caramel sauce. Whenever the brownies are done and cooled, I poke the cake with the back of a wooden spoon to make holes in the cake. Then I drizzle the salted caramel sauce on top. Extra decadent and extra delicious!

 

If you’ve got chewy salted caramels, you can also put them directly into the batter, just reserve some extra batter to smooth on top.

 

To make easy homemade brownies extra special for days like St. Patrick’s Day, why don’t you try my Coffee Guinness Caramel Brownies Recipe and drizzle it with this Guinness Coffee Salted Caramel Sauce? Both those recipes are based on this classic brownie recipe and the salted caramel sauce linked to in the above paragraph. Those brownies are extra adulty with flavors of coffee, vanilla and caramel.

 

Two different ways of adding caramel to brownies.

 

How to make easy fudgy brownies from scratch

 

Melt butter, remove from the heat and let it cool slightly before adding in the chocolate (1). Let the chocolate melt. Whip eggs and sugar with a metal whisk. Until they’ve got air bubbles, about 2 minutes (2).

 

Then, whisk in the chocolate butter and vanilla extract (3-4). Sift flour, unsweetened cocoa powder and salt into this mixture. Fold together (5). Be careful not to ruin too much of the air bubbles, but making sure all the flour is incorporated (6).

 

Steps to make fudgy chocolate brownies.

 

Prepare a baking pan of  8×12 inch (20×30 cm) with parchment paper (a 9×9 will make a taller cake, and may need extra bake time). Pour the brownie batter into the pan (7).

 

Bake on the middle rack at about 350F (175C), for around 25-35 minutes. In my oven, 34 was good. But I suggest checking after 25 minutes. You can try to wiggle the pan and see if the middle of the cake is very shaky. A toothpick inserted in the middle should have a few moist crumbs on it.

 

How to fold cake batter and baking brownies.

 

Cool completely on a wire rack, or it will be just one gooey mess. But a tasty mess nonetheless. Serve with salted caramel sauce and vanilla ice cream!

 

Three brownie squares on a white plate, milk in the background.

 

Chocolate recipes for every day of the week:

 

 

Hope you get a chance to try these Easy Fudgy Chocolate Brownies. I know probably everyone has their favorite recipe, but once in a while we should try a new one, because you are seriously missing out if not. 🙂

 

Have a wonderful day, everyone!

 

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This recipe was originally published on Jun 12th 2018, but updated on Feb 17th 2020 for better photos and content.

 

Three brownies stacked on a white plate, blue towel.
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Easy Fudgy Chocolate Brownies From Scratch

Easy Fudgy Chocolate Brownies from scratch - bite into the crispy top and the gooey inside just melts in your mouth. Click to find this super easy recipe!
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time35 mins
Total Time55 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: brownies recipe, easy homemade brownies, fudgy brownies
Servings: 18 squares
Calories: 255kcal
Author: Stine Mari | Ginger with Spice

Ingredients

  • 2/3 cups butter 150g*
  • 10 1/2 oz semisweet dark chocolate 300g
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 7/8 cup sugar 375g
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract optional**
  • 1 cup all purpose flour 130g
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 5 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder 35g, optional***

Instructions

  • Prepare a baking pan of  8×12 inch (20×30 cm) with parchment paper (a 9×9 will make a taller cake, and may need extra bake time). Pre-heat oven to 350F (175C).
  • Melt butter, remove from the heat and let it cool slightly before adding in the chocolate. Let the chocolate melt.
  • Whip eggs and sugar with a metal whisk. Until they’ve got air bubbles, about 2 minutes.
  • Mix the chocolate butter and vanilla extract into the egg mixture.
  • Sift flour, unsweetened cocoa powder and salt into this mixture. Fold together. Be careful not to ruin the air bubbles, but making sure all the flour is incorporated.
  • Pour the brownie batter into the prepared pan. Bake on the middle rack for around 25-35 minutes. In my oven, 34 was good. But I suggest checking after 25 minutes. You can try to wiggle the pan and see if the middle of the cake is very shaky. A toothpick inserted in the middle should have a few moist crumbs on it.
  • Cool completely on a wire rack, or it will be just one gooey mess. But a tasty mess nonetheless. Serve with salted caramel sauce and vanilla ice cream!

Notes

Did you make it? Tag @thegingerwithspice on Instagram, I'd love to see!
 
* I always recommend using a kitchen scale when baking, for better accuracy and foolproof results each time.
 
** If you want to substitute vanilla extract with vanilla bean sugar, add it to the batter when adding flour. 
 
*** If you leave it out, add the same amount extra flour instead.
 
Nutrition: Calories: 255 | Fat: 13.3g | Saturated Fat: 8.5g | Protein: 3.2g |  Carbohydrate: 35.6g |  Fiber 1.8g |  Cholesterol: 49mg | Sodium: 92mg | Vitamin D: 8mcg | Calcium: 9mg | Iron: 1mg | Potassium: 44mg. Estimate for informational purposes only.

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