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Best Fudgy Brownies Recipe

Best Fudgy Brownies Recipe

I love to bake treats like these brownies to share with co-workers. When I was growing up, I helped my mother make delicious, hearty meals and desserts like this for our farm family of eight.—Judy Cunningham, Max, North Dakota
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 25 min. + cooling YIELD:30 servings


  • 1-1/3 cups butter, softened
  • 2-2/3 cups sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 3 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup baking cocoa
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Confectioners' sugar, optional


  • 1. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs and vanilla. Combine the flour, cocoa and salt; gradually add to the creamed mixture.
  • 2. Spread into a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking pan. Bake at 350° for 25-30 minutes or until the top is dry and the center is set. Cool completely. Dust with confectioners' sugar if desired. Yield: 2-1/2 dozen.

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 189 calories, 9g fat (5g saturated fat), 50mg cholesterol, 130mg sodium, 26g carbohydrate (17g sugars, 1g fiber), 2g protein.

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Bremo87 User ID: 8917531 252900
Reviewed Aug. 19, 2016

"I have to agree with other reviewers; these are not fudgy at all. They are more cake like if anything. They are also way too sweet, you cannot even taste the coco. Mine were not dry as others have said but definitely not a typical fudgy brownie. I will not make these again."

Bgloria User ID: 8625049 247449
Reviewed Apr. 24, 2016 Edited Jul. 17, 2016

"The best brownie recipe. Did have to cook for an additional 10 min."

Lookingatthesun User ID: 8824039 246543
Reviewed Apr. 3, 2016

"My family loved this recipe. The brownies were moist and yummy! Saving this one for later use!"

Remenec User ID: 6059530 244812
Reviewed Mar. 2, 2016

"These brownies were excellent! They were very fudgy and not at all dry, as a previous reviewer mentioned. In fact, they were very moist and soft. We sifted some confectioner's sugar on top before serving. Delicious!"

Rayray16 User ID: 8718835 242636
Reviewed Jan. 26, 2016

"I try to seldom give negative reviews, but these brownies are awful. There is nothing fudgy about them. I've been a baker for over 20 years and was just looking for a different brownie recipe. Followed the recipe exactly....twice... because I was convinced had to have messed up horribly the first time. These are dry and chalky, and as I said, not the least bit fudgy. They went in the trash. Maybe melting the butter or using oil instead would help, and cutting back on the cocoa and flour...but I'm not even going to waste my ingedients by trying again."

awestich User ID: 6920367 241646
Reviewed Jan. 13, 2016

"These make excellent cookies. 325* for 10 minutes."

EastmanJ User ID: 8083597 237424
Reviewed Nov. 15, 2015

"I cooked these brownies at 375 for 25 minutes. They came out perfect! The perfect mix of cake-like and fudge-like. YUM!"

sugarpie68 User ID: 1146476 229413
Reviewed Jul. 12, 2015

"I've made these several times and they were perfect each time! I added semi sweet chocolate chips to the batter. Delicious!!!"

Tfinley User ID: 8416270 227948
Reviewed Jun. 14, 2015

"These brownies were so thick and dry...barely edible!"

cupcakelover123 User ID: 8380222 226528
Reviewed May. 18, 2015

"I made them for my family and then eat then all!!!

They are still asking for me to make them!!!"

Kaitlin_Connell User ID: 8302788 223278
Reviewed Mar. 22, 2015

"I love this recipe! I did add in a little bit more sugar as well as vanilla, but other than that absolutely delicious!"

delowenstein User ID: 3766053 221670
Reviewed Mar. 1, 2015

"I recall preparing these brownies when they were featured in Taste of Home! I'd greased and floured my pan! I use 1 tsp. salt when using 2 cups flour! These brownies were delicious! I baked brownies for the prescribed time-25 to 30 minutes, using a cake tester to

determine the doneness! delowenstein"

Katrenastyles User ID: 7700636 220691
Reviewed Feb. 17, 2015

"Delicious and simple. This is the second time that I have made them and they came out beautifully each time. They do take longer than 25 minutes. An additional 5-10 minutes depending on your oven and the altitude. If the butter/sugar mixture isn't light and fluffy than the butter wasn't soft enough. This happened to me the first time. Don't fret, they still turn out. And they are thick no matter what! They are "fudgy brownies" so don't let that freak you out. It was thick enough that it was difficult to spread in the pan. I just plopped it in, put it in the oven for a couple minutes, and then pulled it out to smooth it before putting it back in. Delicious! They were a hit with my coworkers and were requested again for my boss' birthday. Don't sub margarine or Splenda! Just go for it and enjoy :)

Btw- it's bad form to rate brownies with 1star simply because there are no nuts. You lowered the entire overall review dramatically because you prefer it with nuts? That's really silly. This doesn't make them "not real brownies", just not your preference. If you want them so much, just add them! There are so many people with severe nut allergies that it is smart to leave them out."

drichards1neorrcomj User ID: 741901 41977
Reviewed Nov. 10, 2014

"No nuts, not my idea of brownies. Brownies must be chocolate with nits and absolutely no icing or chips of any kind added or I don't care how good they are, they're not brownies."

amber14 User ID: 7924112 16546
Reviewed Aug. 8, 2014

"they looked good they sound good so y not just make them mm mm good brownies- amber from FL"

mkaskela User ID: 6061564 69456
Reviewed Jun. 29, 2014


MizzMarr User ID: 7718590 69454
Reviewed Jun. 15, 2014

"I made these Friday night. Timed them to cook 33 minutes. There were absolutely decadent. I added some chocolate, white chocolate and peanut butter morsels along with some walnuts and craisins. Probably a 1/4 cup total - just enough. I will never make a box brownie mix again. Thank you for this wonderful recipe."

[email protected] User ID: 311393 40154
Reviewed Jun. 10, 2014

"This recipe turned out beautifully for me! I made them this afternoon, and they baked for exactly 30 minutes. I checked them at 25 and they were not quite done. Also, these brownies turned out picture perfect; much of the time, my baked goods taste good, but don't cut neatly. These brownies are the best I have ever seen for making nice neat presentable squares; no crumbly brownies here. My daughter loved the brownie I gave her to taste test; I am going to leave a few out for snacking, and then wrap up the rest to put in the freezer for future chocolate emergencies!!!"

MrsSprat User ID: 7449564 9301
Reviewed May. 19, 2014

"My husband and son raved over these brownies! This is now my go to recipe.

It made a HUGE batch which we were glad to share with the neighbors who begged for the recipe!"

KristineChayes User ID: 1441542 38140
Reviewed Apr. 29, 2014

"I made these brownies for the baked goods booth at my church's festival this weekend, individually wrapped each one in plastic wrap, and they were all sold before noon on the first day! easy and delicious!"

germanycook User ID: 6411056 40153
Reviewed Feb. 6, 2014

"Just as the name says - they are fudgy! Very easy to make too, which makes me want to make them again. I'll have no problem devouring these! I did half the recipe and put it in an 8x8 pan, put mini M&M's on top."

Debiana User ID: 1536180 34750
Reviewed Feb. 4, 2014

"These were really good, and easy to make! I split them into two batches and put walnuts in half. Thank you for sharing!"

Hoagiemstr User ID: 3289667 39830
Reviewed Dec. 10, 2013

"So yummy! I had to bake them 10 minutes longer, as well, but what flavor! Super easy to make too! Thanks for the recipe!"

dozer77 User ID: 5241414 15763
Reviewed Jul. 29, 2013

"The best brownies I have ever made.Because the recipe makes so many, I froze half since there is only my husband and I to enjoy them.They are just as good the second time around out of the freezer."

dozer77 User ID: 5241414 16542
Reviewed Jul. 29, 2013

"These are the best brownies I have ever made. Because the recipe made so much, I froze half since there is only my husband and myself.They were just as good the second time around.My husband loves them."

PZsiray User ID: 174149 40638
Reviewed Jul. 11, 2013

"Brownies are a favorite here.

These are a keeper."

Husn User ID: 7311663 40149
Reviewed Jun. 22, 2013

"Brownies without baking powder?"

wosesmom User ID: 6914994 41976
Reviewed Mar. 1, 2013

"Super easy and just the right consistency. I have finally found a brownie recipe to replace the box! They did take 10-15 minutes longer to cook, but we are at high altitude, and that always messes with recipes."

dotthei User ID: 7155360 16540
Reviewed Feb. 28, 2013

"The best brownie recipe ever! Followed recipe exactly and they were perfect!! Done in 30 minutes"

Chmeliar User ID: 7141473 15085
Reviewed Feb. 17, 2013

"These definitely weren't done in 25-30 minutes' time. I had to put them back in for 12 more minutes, and I still don't know if they're really done. But with all the butter, sugar, and cocoa, I'm sure my family will think they're yummy."

Mrs_Mateev User ID: 7096654 41975
Reviewed Jan. 20, 2013

"Made this recipe, easy to follow, had all the ingredient in my cupboards. Husband and I LOVED IT."

SunflowerRN User ID: 7088256 40145
Reviewed Jan. 15, 2013

"Everyone has agreed these are the best brownies ever! I agree with another reviewer-- we will not buy box mixes anymore. I did have to bake them about 15 min longer--maybe because I used a stoneware style pan. I also dropped little chocolate chip cookie dough balls on the top because we had some left over from a batch of cookies. Very tasty!!"

LovelyMela User ID: 6996208 12377
Reviewed Nov. 28, 2012

"I finally made the perfect brownie from scratch!!! These were so good, that I have another batch in the oven right now!"

TinaKinkopf User ID: 6821759 15610
Reviewed Aug. 23, 2012

"These were the best brownies every. No more box brownies for our family. My husband doesn't eat sweets but, he loved these."

raych32 User ID: 1013655 12365
Reviewed Jul. 21, 2012

"So easy and good! Love the rich fudge flavor."

Sprowl User ID: 29186 15048
Reviewed Jun. 4, 2012

"Very good, basic brownie recipe. I've been making this recipe since it was first printed and it's the one I go to most often."

BakerCookWannabe User ID: 2700528 34618
Reviewed May. 2, 2011

"Best brownies ever! Even my husband who is a self-proclaimed peanut butter lover raved about how great these were heated up with icecream. I also used dark cocoa as I am a dark chocolate lover and again, best brownies ever!"

bensg1rl User ID: 92063 14586
Reviewed Mar. 21, 2011

"My eleven-year-old made these yesterday and they were perfect! Similar texture to brownies in a box, but a way better flavor. We used regular sugar-no Splenda. We'll definitely make them again!"

krislynn31 User ID: 3469111 26446
Reviewed Dec. 26, 2010

"Have not made yet. Can u use margarine or butter only?"

shess488 User ID: 5639220 12322
Reviewed Nov. 28, 2010

"Have not made it yet"

maggieaw User ID: 4163584 15046
Reviewed Nov. 28, 2010

"Great- all around awesome brownie! Chocolately goodness- 'nuff said?"

LAD1998 User ID: 5632841 14584
Reviewed Nov. 25, 2010

"It looks REALLY REALLY delicious! Cananyone else tell me if it tastes good? Thank you!"

pohl1959 User ID: 2888433 16539
Reviewed Oct. 21, 2010

"These had good flavor and were chewy on the bottom, but the very top layer was very dry & almost crunchy, and mine didn't really look like the photo. Maybe I did something wrong."

annalisa_harmon User ID: 4521665 14582
Reviewed Jan. 21, 2010

"So good!"

twinmari User ID: 2340101 201643
Reviewed Jan. 20, 2010

"the brownies were moist and rose even without levaning."

flywithrhonda User ID: 4645590 15762
Reviewed Jan. 20, 2010

"I can't believe anyone is still using chemical sweeteners...I used Splenda to kill ants and it worked great! Use raw sugar in your food and you'll live longer!!!"

ellem User ID: 4644877 40138
Reviewed Dec. 4, 2009

"yes I make 3 times already and will make it again my family and friends love this and the best of it is ingredients are always available..."

ScottsdalePrincess User ID: 2646541 69452
Reviewed Jan. 13, 2009

"These are our favorite brownies because we like "chewy" brownies rather than cake-like brownies. I have never had problems with the recipe and made it dozens of times. They are anything but dry-they are very moist and chewy. I would suspect it could have been the Splenda and maybe try them again with regular sugar. Also, did you mix the butter/sugar by hand or with a mixer? The batter is a bit thicker but not as thick as you describe."

spoffernut User ID: 1109012 26347
Reviewed Jan. 9, 2009

"I'm so sorry your brownies didn't turn out. I've not tried this particular recipe, so I can't help with this one; however, I use a tried and true one from TOH -

Hope you have a better experience!"

sda238 User ID: 2372670 16535
Reviewed Dec. 11, 2007

"I tried the 'Fudgy Brownies' for the first time a couple days ago and I was so disappointed I almost cried. Right from the start things were wrong in the recipe it says to mix the cream butter and sugar until "light and fluffy" will that isn't how it came out. It was thick and stiff and every time I added another ingredient it got even worst. I double checked my ingredients then triple checked them. I double and tripled check the amount of each ingredient and I did and used exactly as the recipe said too. It came out very, very dry and almost tasteless. The only thing I used as an alternative was I used Splenda NO Calorie Sweetener instead of regular sugar and that should not have made a bit of difference. What did I do or what should I have done if anything??? I"ve check and the Splenda should not have made any difference at all.

Steve from Steve's Kitchen."

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