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Fudgy Brownie Recipe

The Richest, Fudgiest Salted Brownies You'll Ever Try

Until I tried this brownie recipe, I was a firm believer that the batter would always trump the end result. Time and time again, I'd bite in and be disappointed by a mild, cakey dessert that was a mere shadow of its bowl-licking-good beginnings, but not with these. Don't let their crackly, craggy, salt-speckled tops fool you — below the surface is an insanely rich, fudgy, dense crumb that captures brownie batter's lush flavor and texture but is much easier to share with friends.

Since my brownie revelation, I've loaded them with chopped nuts, swirled them with caramel sauce, and even amped up their fudge factor by adding chocolate chunks to the batter. What hasn't changed is my loyalty to this recipe; once you try them for yourself, I think you'll understand why.

For extra brownie points (yeah, I went there), bring the extras to work. Your gesture won't go unappreciated, and the temptation to plow through an entire pan will be quashed (win-win).

Fudgy Salted Brownies

Fudgy Salted Brownies


The brownies will appear undercooked if cut into before completely cool.

Fudgy Salted Brownies


  1. 2 sticks (1 cup) unsalted butter
  2. 8 ounces bittersweet (60 percent cacao) chocolate, coarsely chopped, such as Ghiradelli or Callebaut
  3. 1 1/4 cups (6 1/2 ounces) all-purpose flour
  4. 1 teaspoon baking powder
  5. 1 1/2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  6. 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  7. 2 cups (14 ounces) granulated sugar
  8. 4 large eggs, at room temperature
  9. 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  10. Fleur de sel


  1. Put oven rack in middle position, and preheat oven to 350°F. Grease an 8-inch square baking pan with butter; line pan with parchment paper, leaving a 2-inch overhang on two sides.
  2. Melt butter and chocolate in a medium heatproof mixing bowl set over a saucepan of simmering water, stirring occasionally, until smooth.
  3. Whisk together flour, baking powder, cocoa powder, and salt in a small mixing bowl.
  4. Whisk together sugar, eggs, and vanilla in a large bowl, then pour in chocolate mixture, whisking until combined well. Whisk in flour mixture, and transfer batter to baking pan. Smooth out the batter with an offset spatula, and generously sprinkle the surface with fleur de sel.
  5. Bake until the top is shiny, the sides have begun to pull away slightly from the pan, and the center has puffed up but is still slightly jiggly (a wooden pick or skewer will not come out clean), about 45 to 50 minutes.
  6. Cool brownies completely in the pan on a wire rack. Gently transfer the brownies from the pan to a cutting board using the parchment sling, and remove paper. The edges will be quite crisp; for fudgy brownies through and through (and a neater appearance) trim away the edges before cutting into squares. Discard the trimmings, or share them with a friend who prefers crisp, chewy brownies.
Image Source: POPSUGAR Photography / Nicole Perry
Twinkle1 Twinkle1 9 years
I made them last night and added walnuts. :drool:
pinklily pinklily 9 years
I baked a batch of these today. Easy to make and delicious- my favourite combination(: Thank you!
NTashaW NTashaW 9 years
♥Thank You♥ Have to make these now...
Pumpkin-Queen Pumpkin-Queen 10 years
I will deffinately be trying this recipie. I use my mums old one and sometimes the brownies taste a bit..eggy.. sor of like metal. I cant explain it. But looking at these made my mouth water!
ash_aholic ash_aholic 10 years
Gotta make some!!! yummy!
kdevinney kdevinney 10 years
I made these the other night. They stayed in the oven for abotu 30 minutes before I checked them (my oven runs hot) and I think I would only leave them in for 25 minutes in the future. I glazed them with Cointreau and the orange bite was really nice with the chocolatey-ness of the brownies. One word to the wise: make sure the saucepan in which you are melting the butter has time to cool before you add the eggs, otherwise you will end up with little bits of cooked egg whites floating in your mixture!
renaimarie renaimarie 10 years
Would it be ridiculous if I went to the gym tonight, and then came home and made these?
beingtazim beingtazim 10 years
these look really divine! i second the chocolate croissant idea!
mellafe mellafe 10 years
I'm making this next week!
artsyvixen artsyvixen 10 years
yum, i will have to try that recipe!
mizlynz mizlynz 10 years
Now I REALLY have to whip out the baking pans...these sound delicious!
miss_megs miss_megs 10 years
OMG these were awesome..... As soon as I saw the picture of them, I knew I would be making them that night..... soooo good
Liss1 Liss1 10 years
:drool: I was going to make brownies last night and didn't i will definately have to make them tonight!
DFlyGoddess DFlyGoddess 10 years
I can't WAIT to try these. They look delicious, and I've been craving brownies and cupcakes. I think I'll take a look at that chocolate cupcake link as well...
llendril llendril 10 years
jimmy is a very lucky guy . . .
CamillaCat CamillaCat 10 years
these look super yummy!
valepere valepere 10 years
oh, I think my diet will have to be put on hold tonight! I'm trying this! Looks delicious!
missquiet missquiet 10 years
Mmmmm.... those look gooooooooood. :DROOL:
joviebaby joviebaby 10 years
hurray fudgy brownies :P
LadyLibertine LadyLibertine 10 years
I absolutely LOVE the idea of Brownies just never had one I like though =(
madison63 madison63 10 years
they look so delicious!!
Twinkle1 Twinkle1 10 years
Now that's some serious food porn. :drool: I gotta have these.
Daisie Daisie 10 years
Those look totally moist and yummy! I was going to make them tonight but I'm out of eggs! Boo! I will hit the store tomorrow - but first I will check out the recipe for the ice cream sandwiches using these! Yum!
milo milo 10 years
yummy!!!! i would like to have one ~~~
susanec susanec 10 years
If you want to take it one step further, make a cocoa/powdered sugar glaze (easy to find) but use Bailey's instead of milk and a little vanilla, drizzle/frost when cool. And brush with Bailey's when warm. They're not too boozy, just really good!
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