Fudgy Brownies


Our recipe for Fudgy Brownies from scratch is so delicious and easy to make, you'll swear off boxed mixes for fudge brownies.

Fudgy Brownies
Photo: Blaine Moats
Prep Time:
20 mins
Cool Time:
15 mins
Bake Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
20 mins
16 brownies


  • ½ cup butter

  • 3 ounce unsweetened chocolate, coarsely chopped

  • 1 cup sugar

  • 2 eggs

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

  • cup all-purpose flour

  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda

  • ½ cup chopped nuts (optional)

  • 1 recipe Chocolate-Cream Cheese Frosting (optional)

Chocolate-Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate pieces

  • 2 3 ounce package softened cream cheese

  • ½ cup powdered sugar


  1. In a medium saucepan heat and stir butter and unsweetened chocolate over low heat until smooth; set aside to cool. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line an 8x8x2-inch baking pan with foil, leaving about 1 inch of the foil extending over the ends of pan. Grease foil; set pan aside.

  2. Stir the sugar into the cooled chocolate mixture. Add the eggs, 1 at a time, beating with a wooden spoon just until combined. Stir in vanilla. In a small bowl stir together the flour and baking soda. Add flour mixture to chocolate mixture; stir just until combined. If desired, stir in nuts. Spread the batter evenly in the prepared pan.

  3. Bake in the preheated oven for 30 minutes. Cool in pan on a wire rack. If desired, spread Chocolate-Cream Cheese Frosting over cooled brownies. Remove brownies from pan, using the overlapping foil to lift brownies. Place on cutting board; cut into brownies.

Chocolate-Cream Cheese Frosting

  1. In a small saucepan heat and stir chocolate pieces over low heat until smooth. Remove from heat; let cool. In a medium bowl stir together cream cheese and powdered sugar. Stir in melted chocolate until smooth.

Rocky Road Brownies:

Sprinkle frosted brownies with 3/4 cup tiny marshmallows and 1/2 cup chopped walnuts.

Mint Brownies:

When preparing brownies, stir in 1/2 teaspoon mint extract with the vanilla. Sprinkle frosted brownies with 1 cup chopped layered chocolate-mint candies.

Raspberry Brownies:

Spread 2/3 cup raspberry preserves evenly over cooled brownies; cool. Frost as directed. Garnish with fresh raspberries.

Malted Brownies:

When preparing brownies, add 1/4 cup malted milk powder with the flour. Frost as directed and sprinkle with 1/2 cup coarsely chopped malted milk balls.

Coffee Brownies:

When preparing brownies, dissolve 1 teaspoon instant espresso coffee powder in 2 teaspoons hot water. Add coffee mixture and 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon with the eggs. Prepare frosting as directed, except stir 1/2 teaspoon instant espresso coffee powder into the melted chocolate mixture. Sprinkle frosted brownies with coarsely chopped chocolate-covered coffee beans.

Peanut Butter Brownies:

When preparing brownies, fold 3/4 cup chopped bite-size chocolate-covered peanut butter cups into the batter. Sprinkle frosted brownies with 1/2 cup chopped bite-size chocolate-covered peanut butter cups.

Caramel-Pecan Brownies:

When preparing brownies, use pecans as the nuts. In a microwave-safe bowl microwave 3/4 cup vanilla caramels (16 to 18 caramels) and 1 tablespoon milk on 100% power (high) about 1 minute or until melted, stirring once. Drizzle melted caramel over the batter. Bake and cool as directed. If desired, frost and/or drizzle brownies with additional melted caramel.

Coconut-Almond Brownies:

When preparing brownies, use almonds as the nuts. Sprinkle frosted brownies with 1/2 cup chopped soft coconut macaroon cookies.

Fruit Brownies:

Prepare, cool, and frost brownies as directed. In a small bowl toss together 1/3 cup sliced fresh strawberries and 1/3 cup sliced banana. Sprinkle fruit and 1/4 cup chopped peanuts over brownies. Top servings with whipped cream and, if desired, additional fruit and nuts.

Double-Chocolate Brownies:

When preparing brownies, fold 3/4 cup white chocolate baking pieces into the batter. If desired, sprinkle frosted brownies with assorted chocolate curls and/or shavings.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

157 Calories
10g Fat
18g Carbs
2g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 16
Calories 157
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 10g 13%
Saturated Fat 6g 30%
Cholesterol 43mg 14%
Sodium 90mg 4%
Total Carbohydrate 18g 7%
Total Sugars 12g
Protein 2g
Calcium 10.1mg 1%
Iron 0.7mg 4%
Potassium 60mg 1%
Folate, total 4mcg
Vitamin B-12 0.1mcg
Vitamin B-6 0mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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