Very Chocolate Brownies Recipe
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Very Chocolate Brownies Recipe

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I've spent years trying different recipes in search of the perfect brownie...and this scrumptious version might be it. The fluffy melt-in-your-mouth top layer is absolutely heavenly. It's impossible to eat just one!—Arlene Butler, Ogden, Utah
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TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + chilling Bake: 25 min. + cooling
MAKES:36 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + chilling Bake: 25 min. + cooling
MAKES: 36 servings


  • 3/4 cup butter, cubed
  • 4 ounces unsweetened chocolate, chopped
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup coarsely chopped walnuts
  • 1 cup (6 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream, whipped

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 160 calories, 10g fat (5g saturated fat), 34mg cholesterol, 52mg sodium, 17g carbohydrate (14g sugars, 1g fiber), 2g protein.


  1. In a microwave, melt butter and chocolate; stir until smooth. Cool slightly. In a large bowl, beat eggs and sugar. Stir in vanilla and chocolate mixture. Gradually add flour to chocolate mixture. Stir in walnuts.
  2. Line a 13-in. x 9-in. baking pan with foil and grease the foil. Pour batter into pan. Bake at 350° for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out with moist crumbs (do not overbake). Cool completely.
  3. For topping, melt chocolate chips and butter with water in a microwave; stir until smooth. Cool to room temperature. Fold in whipped cream. Spread over brownies. Chill before cutting. Store leftovers in the refrigerator. Yield: 3 dozen.
Originally published as Very Chocolate Brownies in Taste of Home October/November 1998, p25

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ksuzz User ID: 3401191 261354
Reviewed Feb. 15, 2017

"The BEST brownie recipe ever! The first time I saw this in the Taste of Home magazine I made it to take to kindergarten class for my son's 6th birthday. Today, he's turning 23 and he still requests them! These brownies always get rave reviews from kids and grownups alike. Thank you for sharing this recipe Arlene Butler!"

Devildancer User ID: 7058979 23563
Reviewed May. 22, 2013

"This is the absolute best brownie ever! It melts in your mouth."

chocolate desert User ID: 2893644 18471
Reviewed Oct. 13, 2012

"This recipe for the brownies was so good. I did not have the cream to make the topping, so I did the brownies with a chocolate icing from another brownie recipe.

Yum! Will make them again and again. I will try the topping with the chocolate Brownies Recipe next time. Best brownie ever, thank you for sharing."

mewolcott412 User ID: 875327 30542
Reviewed Jun. 20, 2011

"This is an excellent recipe, I've made it several times. I'm going to use it as a base for the Mint Sundae Brownie Squares recipe since I'm not a big fan of box brownie mix."

twinklestar241 User ID: 4009802 47842
Reviewed Apr. 29, 2011

"I used this recipe to make brownie bites with miniature reeses peanute butter cups pressed in the middle! Out of this world :) I also think they would be really good with rolos in the center."

blrobertson User ID: 5490254 61192
Reviewed Oct. 7, 2010

"I was short on time so I used a boxed brownie mix for the bottom. Was very tasty! I would like to try the full recipe another time."

sladphie User ID: 158441 22682
Reviewed Jul. 28, 2010

"These are very rich, but SO good. Definitely a nice change of pace from frosted boxed brownies. I always get compliments (and come home with an empty pan) when I take these to potlucks!"

summer888 User ID: 4210811 47839
Reviewed Dec. 31, 2009

"Excellent! I thought boxed brownies were going to be my M.O., but these were so much better and kind of fun to make. The cool, not-too-sweet topping balances the sugariness of the bottom layer and is easier to make than chocolate frosting because there's no sifting involved. I actually think the top layer in this recipe is just better than frosting. The bottom part is pretty much the best brownie I've ever had (and believe me, I have eaten quite a few brownies). I couldn't make them look like the picture, though. I had the topping everywhere, including my jeans, when I was done arranging them on a pretty platter. It was not at all firm-looking, but looked like chocolate-flavored Cool Whip. Anyway, if you love chocolate, don't pass this recipe up!"

kightlis User ID: 4315427 63143
Reviewed Aug. 8, 2009

"Made these for a party today. SO rich and SO delicious! Trust me...these are FAR superior to any box brownie mix, and are well worth the effort. Don't skip the step of lining the pan with foil. This way you can remove the whole brick of brownies fromt the pan, frost them, and cut them with a pizza cutter.


KathyJ0205 User ID: 3226740 68892
Reviewed Jul. 9, 2008

"This is one of my 2 favorite brownies recipes. The only problem is I can't stop eating these until they are gone. The frosting is great, and so simple."

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