Fudgy Brownies

by Sara on February 26, 2011

brownie close-up

Folks, I’ve found my go-to brownie recipe.

When I posted about making The Baked Brownie, it immediately became one of my most popular posts. Clearly, many of us are brownie lovers, and many of us wanted to know why America’s Test Kitchen named that particular brownie the best in the U.S.

For me, this recipe kicks the Baked recipe to the curb.


What’s so great about this particular recipe?

Well, if you’re a baker, you likely have these ingredients on hand all of the time. Even if you’re not a baker, these ingredients tend to be pantry staples in many kitchens, so you can whip up a pan of brownies anytime you want.

These brownies don’t dirty a lot of dishes.

You don’t need special equipment. I prefer using parchment, but you can certainly just use cooking spray or butter to grease the pan.

You don’t have to bother with melting chocolate.

In short, these brownies aren’t fussy.


Sure, I’ve added a little coffee and liqueur to intensify the flavor, but it’s not necessary.

And they taste AMAZING. Rich. Chewy on the edges, fudgy in the middle, crisp on top. Brownie perfection.

What’s your favorite kind of brownie/favorite recipe?

Fudgy Brownies
adapted from Fine Cooking

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2 sticks (1 cup) unsalted butter
2/3 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
2 cups granulated sugar
4 large eggs (room temperature)
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 teaspoon prepared strong coffee
1 tablespoon liqueur, such as Frangelico or Grand Marnier (optional)
3/4 cup unsweetened natural cocoa powder (not Dutch process)
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt

Preheat oven to 350*F with rack in middle of oven. Spray an 8×8 or 9×9 inch metal baking pan with cooking spray, then line with criss-crossing sheets of parchment, spraying between the layers and on the top layer, leaving an overhang to make easy removal from pan.

Melt butter in a medium saucepan. Remove from heat and stir in sugar with a spatula. Add eggs, vanilla, coffee, and liqueur, if using, and mix until blended. Stir in dry ingredients, slowly at first, then more quickly as the mixture blends, until batter is smooth.

Spread batter in pan and bake 32-40 minutes (lower end of time scale for an 8×8 pan, upper end for a 9×9 pan), or until an inserted toothpick comes out with a few moist crumbs holding on. Cool completely on a wire rack.

Cut into 16 squares. Store tightly wrapped at room temperature.

{ 22 comments… read them below or add one }

Nourhan @ Miss Anthropist's Kitchen February 26, 2011 at 10:36 am

This looks incredible!! I didn’t even need all that convincing (although it certainly helped), I want to make it right now! Thanks for sharing :)

Three-Cookies February 26, 2011 at 11:53 am

Look and sound great. In the picture I see the top is missing – the tastiest bit?

Sara February 27, 2011 at 10:22 am

I don’t discriminate with these brownies – for me, all bites are equally good.

Christina of Form V Artisan February 27, 2011 at 12:31 pm

Oh they look great!

Sara February 28, 2011 at 8:53 am

Thanks, Christina.

Louise February 28, 2011 at 2:47 pm

In the oven as we’re speaking! Hope they’re as good as yours look :)

Sara March 1, 2011 at 8:56 am

I hope you enjoy them as much as I did!

Michelle March 3, 2011 at 7:50 am

Holy cow, these look awesome!

cathy May 10, 2011 at 11:45 am

delicious! Just tried them for the first time last night and I can honestly say this is a brownie worth making!! Super fudgy and thick!

Sara May 11, 2011 at 2:40 pm

I’m glad you liked them as much as I did. :)

Christina August 17, 2011 at 1:51 pm

Hello- Just a quick question. Is the coffee made like a cup of coffee or do you use the grounds? Thanks!!!

Sara August 17, 2011 at 4:16 pm

Prepared coffee – I just use leftovers from the morning pot of coffee.

donna August 22, 2011 at 2:26 pm

I made these yesterday, and I gotta say they are the best brownies ever. My family thinks so too.

donna August 22, 2011 at 2:26 pm

PS–I used a silicone pan and they came out perfectly.

Sara August 24, 2011 at 10:32 am

Donna, thanks for letting me know about the silicone pan – I’ll definitely use mine next time.

Glad you all liked the brownies :)

Justin January 19, 2012 at 5:52 pm

the simplicity of the recipe is awesome. The only thing I dont quite understand is the relationship between the time in the oven and the size of the pan. To create a fudgy brownie and ideally not cook each batter too long, shouldnt the 8×8 pan get closer to 40 min and the 9×9 closer to 32 min? If the pan is larger, the liquid batter has more surface area and is exposed to more heat, thus cooking faster…..confused and just want my brownies to be fudgy

Trula February 11, 2012 at 9:49 pm

These are by far the best brownies that I have ever made! I omitted the liqueur and coffee(I am 13), and added a tablespoon of water, and they turned out perfect! So fudgy and moist without being underbaked or stringy. Thank you so much!

Yaya February 22, 2012 at 5:13 pm

Oh my! I’m in food heaven! I used Callebaut 100% Cocoa Powder (Extra Dark) which made the taste incredible and added some semi-sweet chocolate chips to the batter because I’m a chocolate nut! The crust was crispy after cooling and the centre was just the perfect fudginess and moist. Definitely a keeper! Thanks!

Yaya February 22, 2012 at 5:15 pm

Corrections it was Cocoa Barry 100% Cocoa Powder (Extra Dark). My bad, I was under the influence of too much chocolately, fudgy goodness!

Rachel February 23, 2012 at 4:22 am

Can I substitute oil instead of butter?

Tori February 23, 2012 at 9:34 pm

Is the recipe typed correctly? Is it really only 2/3 cup flour for 2 cups of sugar?

Heather January 12, 2013 at 9:29 am

I’ve made these quite a few times and they are my go to when contributing a dish at parties. Everyone loves them and the texture is just perfect!

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