Best Ever Chewy Brownies

Recipe By Tessa Arias
March 15th, 2017
4.83 from 654 votes
4.83 from 654 votes

The BEST Chewy Brownies are just as chewy as the boxed brownies but packed with way more chocolate flavor. One bowl recipe made in less than 1 hour!

Yield: 9 large or 16 small brownies

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook: 30 minutes

Tessa's Recipe Rundown...

Taste: Just the right amount of chocolate and sweetness.
Texture: CHEWY, of course 🙂
Ease: Super easy. One bowl, no melting chocolate, and no electric mixer.
Appearance: You can just see how gooey and moist these are!
Pros: Better than boxed and almost as easy.
Cons: None.
I make this again? Absolutely.

I have shared a whole lot of brownie recipes over the years. Almost 40 to be exact!

Between all that brownie baking and completing my Ultimate Brownie Guide I’m pretty much your go-to brownie expert. Really, I should put that on my business card.

But what I realized in looking at all those brownie recipes is that I’ve never shared a CHEWY brownie recipe. Sure, my Ultimate Brownies have a good level of chewiness. But they’re also very rich and fudgy. So these Chewy Brownies have been a long time coming. If you love box mix brownies, you’ll love these both for their chewiness and for how easy they are. Much quicker and easier than my Ultimate Brownies!

Ultra chewy brownies on parchment paper with crinkly crust on top. Better than box mix!

I think if you read some of the comments below you’ll want to make this recipe ASAP. Just see what Susan said:

These are the BEST brownies ever! My husband says that in the 31 years we’ve been married and I’ve been baking these absolutely his favorite of all time.

Chewy Brownie Baking Tips

Ultra chewy brownies better than box mix!

Let me explain exactly what makes these brownies so chewy and easy. You can skip this if you don’t care WHY these brownies are the way they are and you just want the printable recipe asap.


Unlike my Ultimate Brownies, which utilize two types of melted chocolate, these brownies get their main chocolate flavor from cocoa powder with chocolate chips stirred into the batter. Cocoa powder definitely yields a chewier brownie and has a flavor reminiscent of boxed brownies.

The photos on this post show what the brownies look like if you use regular unsweetened cocoa powder. In the recipe video, I used Hershey’s Special Dark cocoa powder. It gave the brownies an ultra dark chocolaty appearance with a little less sweetness.

Feel free to use any kind of chocolate chips you want, but semisweet is my favorite. Whatever you do, don’t skip the chocolate chips! They help to develop that shiny crust on top of brownies.


With any cocoa powder-based brownie recipe, we need quite a bit of fat to prevent the cocoa powder from drying the brownies out and making them crumbly. In looking at what makes box mix brownies so chewy, it appears that the combination of saturated (solid) fats and unsaturated (liquid) fats is the winning answer. According to Cooks’ Illustrated, boxed brownies have the saturated fat component covered which is why you add oil (unsaturated) to the mix. I opted for a combination of melted butter and vegetable oil for the best marriage of taste and texture.

Make sure your vegetable oil is fresh to avoid any off flavors and use unsalted butter so you can fully control the level of saltiness.


I stuck with granulated sugar here because although I love the taste of brown sugar, I didn’t want to add any more moisture (brown sugar contributes more moisture due to the molasses that’s added in) to these already very moist and rich brownies. Too much moisture creates brownies that have lots of holes on top instead of that shiny tissue thin crust.


2 large eggs is pretty standard for an 8 by 8-inch brownie recipe, but I just had to add in an egg yolk for the extra dose of chewiness and richness it gives. The protein and the fat in the egg yolk helps achieve those textures. We use cold eggs, instead of room temperature, to prevent the brownies from doming and to increase moisture with a tighter crumb texture.


All-purpose flour is the way to go here, cake flour makes these brownies way too tender and light. We can achieve enough chewiness without having to use bread flour, which can prevent an extra trip to the store for a lot of people. To make chewy fudgy brownies, we only need to use a little bit of flour. Any more flour will create drier or cakier brownies. If you want to be super accurate and weigh your flour, 1/2 cup equals 63 grams or 2.25 ounces. If you live in a very humid environment, or really dislike any kind of “greasiness,” you may want to add an extra 2 tablespoons of flour.


With my brownie recipes, I usually prefer a very small amount or no chemical leavener (baking soda or baking powder). The reason is because I like brownies to be very rich and on the denser side, not even remotely cakey. Since they lift and give a lighter airier texture to baked goods, we’re only using 1/8 teaspoon baking soda here for just enough leavening to get a nice thick texture.


This little secret ingredient really helps to improve the texture of these brownies so they’re that much closer to the box mix kind. 1 tablespoon of cornstarch makes the brownies thicker and improves that crust on top.

Make sure to measure correctly, and don’t skip this ingredient! When shooting the photos for my article on how to make brownies with a shiny, thin crust, my food photographer captured the shocking differences between a batch made with 1 tablespoon of cornstarch vs brownies made with an accidental amount of 1 teaspoon cornstarch. The bottom brownies also had no chocolate chips. Take a look:

overhead comparison of brownies made with 1 tablespoon of cornstarch vs 1 teaspoon of cornstarch


Bake these brownies in a 325°F oven for about 30 minutes to avoid overbaking. There will absolutely be moist crumbs attached to a tester by the end of the baking time. That’s what we want. Even after 30 minutes if the middle still seems too moist, just remove the brownies from the oven. Carry-over cooking, the residual heat of the oven and pan, will continue to cook the brownies.

Some readers have said their brownies were really undercooked after 30 minutes. I’m guessing they used a glass baking pan, which I DON’T recommend for this recipe. I recommend a metal baking pan like this one. Also, you might want to check your oven temperature with an oven thermometer as many home ovens run cold (especially when they say they’ve just preheated).

For best results, allow the brownies to cool completely before slicing and serving.


The brownies definitely taste best the day they are baked, but can be stored in an airtight container for up to 3 days at room temperature or up to 5 days in the fridge. They are even more fudgy when they’re chilled.


This brownie recipe is written exactly the way it is for very specific reasons, as noted in the explanations above. If you can’t use one of the ingredients listed, take a look at my extensive brownie index for other options (including coconut oil brownies). If you try to reduce the sugar, use a sugar substitute, use a butter substitute, or make this recipe vegan the results will NOT be the same. Feel free to add in nuts, chips, toffee bits, or anything else to the batter (1/2 cup to 1 cup, depending on how much you’d like).

4.83 from 654 votes

How to make
Best Ever Chewy Brownies

Yield: 9 large or 16 small brownies
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
The BEST Chewy Brownies are just as chewy as the boxed brownies but packed with way more chocolate flavor. One bowl recipe made in less than 1 hour!


  • 1 1/4 cups (249 grams) granulated sugar
  • 5 tablespoons (71 grams) unsalted butter
  • 2 large eggs plus 1 egg yolk, cold
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup (75 grams) unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup (63 grams) all-purpose flour
  • 1/8 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup (128 grams) semisweet chocolate chips


  1. Preheat the oven to 325°F. Line a 8 by 8-inch pan with foil and spray with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. In a microwave safe bowl, add the butter and sugar. Microwave for about 1 minute, or until the butter is melted. Whisk in the eggs, egg yolk, and vanilla. Stir in the oil and cocoa powder.
  3. With a rubber spatula, stir in the flour, baking soda, cornstarch, and salt until combined. Stir in the chocolate chips.
  4. Spread the brownie batter evenly into the prepared pan. Place in the oven and bake for 30 minutes, or until the brownies are set and a cake tested inserted into the center has moist crumbs attached. Do not overcook. Let cool completely before cutting and serving.
  5. Brownies can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days.

Recipe Video

Recipe Notes

To double this recipe, use a 9x13 pan and bake for the same amount of time.
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: brownies, chewy brownies

May 2021 Baking Challenge

This recipe was the May 2021 pick for our monthly baking challenge! Every month you can join the challenge by baking the recipe and snapping a photo for a chance to win prizes! Click here for full challenge details. Check out everyone’s brownies:

This recipe was originally published in 2017 and updated in 2021 with more tips and new photos. Photos by Ashley McLaughlin.

Tessa Arias

About Tessa...

I share trusted baking recipes your friends will LOVE alongside insights into the science of sweets. I'm a professionally trained chef, cookbook author, and cookie queen. I love to write about all things sweet, carb-y, and homemade. I live in Phoenix, Arizona (hence the blog name!)

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  1. #
    Alynn Fortier — May 28, 2021 at 2:47 pm

    Delicious! I loved the corners and had rave reviews on the middle!

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    Courtney Brant — May 28, 2021 at 2:34 pm

    These were seriously sooo good!!

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    Kristal Brown — May 28, 2021 at 12:08 pm

    My absolute favorite brownie recipe now. Will take a lot for me to ever try anything else. Very easy, consistent results and DELICIOUS!! Chewy, rich and fudgy all at once.

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      Tessa — May 28, 2021 at 3:17 pm

      WOW, the ultimate compliment! So happy to hear you love these brownies!!

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    Megan Oldford — May 28, 2021 at 10:57 am

    These were the clear winners in our house hold. Probably some of the best brownies I’ve ever had.

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      Tessa — May 28, 2021 at 3:14 pm

      So awesome to hear this!!

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    Jennifer Magnuson — May 28, 2021 at 10:31 am

    These are amazing!! Seriously, best brownies I’ve ever made. I’ve made plenty from scratch ones and box ones and these will be the only ones I ever make again (unless of course, I’m in a super big pinch for time and need the quickness of box ones, but I’ll be sure to tell people they are box 😉 ). The flavor was amazing and so chocolatey. Plus, they were quick to make. Highly recommend!

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      Tessa — May 28, 2021 at 3:13 pm

      Woohoo! So happy to hear this! Thanks for taking the time to write your sweet review, Jennifer! 🙂

  6. #
    Amy — May 28, 2021 at 9:42 am

    My family loved these brownies. They were rich and soft, but full of lots of flavor. I do not love choc chips as much (my family did), so I will try peanut butter chips or chopped semi-sweet baking chocolate next time.

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      Tessa — May 28, 2021 at 10:18 am

      Peanut butter chips would taste incredible!!

  7. #
    Nydia payan — May 28, 2021 at 9:24 am

    Very easy recipe to whip up! They live up to their name, they were pretty chewy. The aroma, when baking, reminded me of devils food cake. Very tasty, although I do prefer the fudgy brownie instead!

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      Tessa — May 28, 2021 at 10:16 am

      I agree, they smell amazing when baking! Glad you tried both recipes this month!

  8. #
    Krithika Anand — May 28, 2021 at 8:13 am

    Made these – never thought I would like chewy brownies until today. Great recipe – think I’ll make more chewy brownies from now on. Thank youu

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      Tessa — May 28, 2021 at 10:16 am

      Awesome, I’m so happy you loved them!

  9. #
    Khushboo Makwana — May 28, 2021 at 8:09 am

    Love this brownie recipe! It’s the best hands down.

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      Tessa — May 28, 2021 at 10:15 am


  10. #
    Olivia Ivey — May 28, 2021 at 5:33 am

    So yummy and chewy with rich chocolate flavor!

  11. #
    Andrea Mondal — May 28, 2021 at 4:34 am

    This brownie – Chewy Brownies – is by far the best brownie recipe I’ve ever made. It’s super fool proof and super fudgy! Do try this recipe because it’s very good!

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      Tessa — May 28, 2021 at 10:06 am

      Wonderful to hear this!!

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    Kathleen Prudencio — May 28, 2021 at 4:12 am

    Tasty brownies. Still can’t figure out why I would go through this effort to make brownies that taste like a box mix. The box mix should be trying to taste like home made. But these definitely have a deep chocolate flavor, so you won’t be disappointed.

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      Tessa — May 28, 2021 at 10:06 am

      I wanted them to be as chewy as the boxed brownies but packed with way more chocolate flavor so I’m happy to hear that worked for you 🙂 Plus, they’re homemade, so you know what you’re eating!

  13. #
    Diana Belitskaya — May 27, 2021 at 11:04 pm

    These chewy brownies are absolutely amazing! They remind me so much of boxed brownies that are sold at the stores but even better! Thank you so much for the recipe

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      Tessa — May 28, 2021 at 10:02 am

      Woohoo!! I’m happy to hear that! 🙂

  14. #
    Bethany Ebinger — May 27, 2021 at 5:10 pm

    These are hands down the best brownie recipe I’ve ever made! I have looked for a perfect brownie recipe my entire life and this is it! I made it after making the brown butter and fudgey brownie recipe but this is my favorite.

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      Tessa — June 1, 2021 at 3:53 pm

      Woohoo!! Absolutely thrilled to hear this! 🙂

  15. #
    Mariah Cooper — May 27, 2021 at 2:34 pm

    These brownies were simple to make, and turned out delicious!! Everyone I shared them with thought they were like box brownies, but better, and I agree! Yum!

  16. #
    Danielle Smith — May 27, 2021 at 2:23 pm

    I made these brownies as written, except: a) the amount of chocolate chips I had on hand was a bit shy of the full amount, and b) I added walnuts. I have darker baking pans and notoriously overbake cakes and brownies, so I first checked them at 20 minutes and then baked them for 6 minutes longer (26 minutes total baking time), and they were perfect. They’re exactly the kind of brownie I was hoping to bake in terms of texture. I was tempted to reduce the sugar, add espresso powder, etc., but I wanted to make them for the first time without adjustments before tinkering with the recipe.

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      Tessa — June 1, 2021 at 3:49 pm

      WONDERFUL!! I’m absolutely thrilled they turned out perfectly! Love that you tried the recipe as is first 🙂 Many other reviewers have really enjoyed adding in espresso powder, peanut butter chips…etc., have fun with it! 🙂

  17. #
    Natasha — May 27, 2021 at 2:14 pm

    So good! Loved the addition of chocolate chips to the recipe.

  18. #
    Jessica — May 27, 2021 at 12:59 pm

    These were so good! Did them for the challenge and my husband liked these the best, so did I!

  19. #
    Cheryl Rodrigues — May 27, 2021 at 10:46 am

    This brownie is so decadent and chewy <3 My neighbors loved it!!

  20. #
    Iris — May 27, 2021 at 9:53 am

    These brownies are soo chewy! I was really suprised by this amazing recipe: easy to make and so delicious!
    Greetings from Germany 🙂

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    Rhiannon — May 26, 2021 at 11:14 pm

    Okay, hands down the chewy brownies are my new favorite brownie recipe. They taste so wonderful. I ate almost the entire batch by myself that first day. I’m already excited to make them again.

  22. #
    Erica Holm — May 26, 2021 at 8:36 pm

    My favorite brownie recipe! I love how easy the recipe is and the shiny top!

  23. #
    Juanita Gonzales — May 26, 2021 at 8:33 pm

    Hi, thank you for the great recipes. Only word my family used was Delicious..

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      Tessa — May 27, 2021 at 9:06 am


  24. #
    Megan and justin — May 26, 2021 at 6:01 pm

    Best brownies ever! This is my favorite brownie recipe. It’s easy and delicious! Highly recommend this one!

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      Tessa — May 27, 2021 at 9:38 am


  25. #
    BECKY L RUDELLA — May 26, 2021 at 2:24 pm

    Delish! Everyone loved them.

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      Tessa — May 26, 2021 at 2:28 pm

      So happy they were a hit!

  26. #
    Jenn — May 26, 2021 at 1:58 pm

    My personal preference is for the fudge style brownies, but we made both for the baking competition, and these won 3 of 5 votes. A great recipe of you like restaurant style brownies vs fudgy!

  27. #
    Angela Barletta — May 26, 2021 at 10:18 am

    My boyfriend said they were the best brownies he had ever tasted! Thanks for the tip on not over baking them! Makes them so much more perfect in the middle!

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      Tessa — May 27, 2021 at 9:11 am

      Hooray!! The ultimate compliment! So pleased they were a hit 🙂

  28. #
    Fithria — May 25, 2021 at 9:26 pm

    Delicious, will make again

  29. #
    Gretchen — May 25, 2021 at 3:14 pm

    I’ve never attempted brownies from scratch so I was a little nervous! But WOW So easy and SO delicious!

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      Tessa — May 26, 2021 at 9:02 am

      Woohoo, congratulations on completing your first homemade brownies!! I’ll bet you’re never going to go back to brownies from a box! 🙂

  30. #
    Anastassia — May 25, 2021 at 2:22 pm

    So good there were none left for pictures!

  31. #
    Swarnalakshmi — May 25, 2021 at 12:11 pm

    Looks amazing

  32. #
    Cherish — May 25, 2021 at 11:12 am

    These brownies turned out extremely moist. We used powered sugar instead of regular sugar. However, the semi-sweet morsels never melted and so they weren’t very chewy. Having said that, we would make again.

  33. #
    Nafisa Falak — May 25, 2021 at 11:04 am

    This recipe is gonna be my permanent brownie recipe. Followed the instructions, & ended up with the most perfect Brownies.

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    Ruth Norman — May 25, 2021 at 8:01 am

    I’m not usually a cocoa-based brownie person, but these have changed the game for me. They’re so easy to make, and you end up with the most perfect chewy, gooey, and crinkly-topped brownies you could ever dream of. I’ve made them twice this month already and don’t plan on stopping anytime soon!

    PS, word to the wise – the second time I made them I measured out too many chocolate chips (by weight, around 20g extra) and didn’t bother scooping some back into the bag. My brownies ended up with less of that tissue thin crinkle crust and some small holes on top! Based on the blog post, my guess is that the extra chocolate added just a bit too much moisture when baking. They were still absolutely heavenly, but if you want that picture-perfect crust, be sure to stick to the weights provided and you’ll be golden 🙂

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      Tessa — May 25, 2021 at 9:33 am

      Woohoo!! I’m so pleased you enjoyed your chewy brownies! Adding those extra chocolate chips could have been the issue, even if adding extra chocolate chips sounds like a delicious idea! 🙂 You’re welcome to sprinkle some on top of the brownies, but again, the crust won’t be as shiny. I’ve got more tips if you’re interested on how to create the perfect shiny crust in my recently published article here!

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        Shreya Chitnavis — May 28, 2021 at 11:49 pm

        This was my first attempt at making brownies. Absolutely, loved how the brownies turned out. Can’t wait to bake the next batch 🙂
        Thank you <3

  35. #
    Annalyn — May 24, 2021 at 10:04 pm

    Delicious flavor, a wonderful texture, and super easy to make! I will definitely be making these again in the future. ❤️

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      Tessa — May 25, 2021 at 9:17 am

      So glad you enjoyed your brownies! 🙂

  36. #
    Cindy :-) — May 24, 2021 at 9:00 pm

    I never knew there’d be a need for so many different types of brownies in my dessert life. These are perfect when you want to show off a pretty brownie that tastes incredible. These are easy to eat at a function/party etc. You can easily cut these and they stay in squares and taste decadent! 🙂

  37. #
    Stacey Beatty — May 24, 2021 at 8:07 pm

    Loved these brownies!

  38. #
    Annalyn Stenhoff — May 24, 2021 at 8:03 pm

    Delicious flavor and a wonderful texture. It was also super easy to make! ❤️

  39. #
    Jeni Gale — May 24, 2021 at 7:38 pm

    These brownies were SO EASY to make! My 3 year old helped, and they came out picture-perfect and SO delicious!! This will definitely be my go-to brownie recipe from now on!

  40. #
    Julie Ruch — May 24, 2021 at 6:23 pm

    These are good, but we like the fudgy brownies better.

  41. #
    Jamie — May 24, 2021 at 6:10 pm

    Thank you for the recipe! These brownies were delicious and so easy to make. I will definitely be making them again. Between these ones and the Fudgy Brownies, these ones won my family’s vote.

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      Tessa — May 25, 2021 at 8:53 am

      So great to hear everyone loved them! 🙂

  42. #
    Hilary — May 24, 2021 at 5:30 pm

    I entered the challenge and made both chewy and fudgey. I loved this recipe! I also liked that it wasn’t super sweet!

  43. #
    Cherish — May 24, 2021 at 5:05 pm

    I made this recipe using powdered sugar. The result: shiny top and extremely moist and chewy brownie!

  44. #
    Jorjean Murphy — May 24, 2021 at 4:00 pm

    Such a perfect brownie!! One bowl and so fast to put together. These were the taste test winner at work. I will make these again…and again.

  45. #
    L.s — May 24, 2021 at 3:43 pm

    Best chewy and fudgy brownies

  46. #
    Louise Pollard — May 24, 2021 at 11:00 am

    Made this recipe plus the ultimate brownie recipe for the May challenge. I then did a taste test with my family. Drop some off at my daughter’s and my oldest son’s house. Between them they have seven kids and then I asked them to rate them which one they like the best other 14 of us eight of us including myself, liked these ones best. The other six preferred ultimate brownie. For those of us who liked the chewy brownies, we all thought the ultimate brownie was actually too chocolatey.

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      Tessa — May 24, 2021 at 4:47 pm

      So fun for you to include so many family members in the taste testing!!

  47. #
    Wareesha Mansoor — May 24, 2021 at 10:27 am

    My family loved these. Some of cousin’s were over and they told me again and again how much they loved them 🙂

  48. #
    U — May 24, 2021 at 8:14 am

    These were a hit with family!

  49. #
    Jesi Ruyle — May 24, 2021 at 6:51 am

    Loved these brownies so much – especially the chocolate chips mixed in. These will be my go to recipe from now on.

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      Tessa — May 24, 2021 at 4:28 pm

      Woohoo!! So happy to hear this!

  50. #
    Annies Minu — May 24, 2021 at 6:42 am

    This is so intense, chocolatey and pure Indulgendent

  51. #
    Jennifer Maturi — May 23, 2021 at 10:07 pm

    These Chewy Brownies were awesome! I loved the rich chocolaty flavor and the texture was great with a nice thin, shiny crust on top. I would highly recommend this recipe.

  52. #
    Maggie Elise Gray — May 23, 2021 at 7:26 pm

    Perfectly chewy and chocolatey goodness!

  53. #
    Marianne Greene — May 23, 2021 at 4:44 pm

    Love the texture of these! Great brownie recipe.

  54. #
    AilenTomsin — May 23, 2021 at 4:43 pm

    These brownies are amazing!

  55. #
    Jane Mei — May 23, 2021 at 4:25 pm

    Easy enough for the kids to make by themselves, but delicious enough to top our previous favorite (Alice Medrich brownies!)

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      Tessa — May 24, 2021 at 4:31 pm

      So happy to hear these were a hit! Hooray!!

  56. #
    Thuy — May 23, 2021 at 3:30 pm

    So good. Love the shine on top. Corny brownie pieces are the chewiest! My favourite.

  57. #
    Alicia Marsh — May 23, 2021 at 1:54 pm

    Not as good as the ultimate fudgy brownies on this site but still a good quick recipe!

  58. #
    Kari — May 23, 2021 at 1:32 pm

    Joined the May baking challenge, took a photo and shared on my instagram page. Now, I’m a superstar. It look and tastes absolutely delicious!

  59. #
    Kerri Brodie Rodriguez — May 23, 2021 at 12:43 pm

    My new go-to brownie recipe. Perfectly chewy, but still fudgy. Easy to make and even easier to enjoy! Thanks, Tessa!

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      Tessa — May 24, 2021 at 4:45 pm

      So glad to hear these are your go-to recipe! Woohoo!!

  60. #
    Ginger Anderson — May 23, 2021 at 11:01 am

    Easiest of the two (Ultimate vs Best Ever) to make. Not as sweet as I’m used to but for sure know it’s chock-full of chocolate flavor when you take a bite.

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