Ultimate Gooey Brownies

Recipe By Tessa Arias
June 10th, 2014
4.14 from 15 votes
4.14 from 15 votes

Ultimate Gooey Brownies are ridiculously tall, chocolaty, ooey, and gooey with a thick layer of sweetened condensed milk and chocolate in the middle!

Yield: 16 brownies

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook: 35 minutes

Tessa's Recipe Rundown...

Taste: The stuff chocoholics dream about.
Texture: Well, that’s the best part about these brownies! Ooey, gooey, fudgy, with chewy edges. Gimmmmeeee.
Ease: Easy peasy, but you’ll dirty maybe a few more dishes than with a typical brownie recipe.
Appearance: I mean, c’mon. Who could resist??
Pros: Amazing twist on an already perfect brownie recipe. A little braggy, I know, but I gotta be honest!
Cons: Not even remotely diet-friendly. Sorry (not sorry).
Would I make this again? Yes.

Ultimate Gooey Brownies

Oh my god, you guys. This recipe is ridiculous. Like straight up insanity. This is what happened when I denied a craving for brownies for a week straight. I suddenly found myself in the kitchen pulling together all the ingredients to make my Ultimate Brownie recipe (which took 6 batches to perfect) when I decided I wanted to switch things up a bit, kick the recipe up a notch if even possible.

Ultimate Gooey Brownies - ridiculously amazing!

I snooped around my stash of baking goodies and found a bag of peanut butter chips. Seemed promising, but I was nearly out of peanut butter so that wouldn’t go far. I had plenty of other chips and mix-ins but I wanted to do something a little more special. I remembered seeing something about adding sweetened condensed milk in between two layers of brownie batter before baking on Pinterest and was suddenly on this Ultimate Gooey Brownies adventure.

Ultimate Gooey Brownies

The adventure resulted in something so amazing and wonderful I just had to share as soon as I could. If you love chocolate, if you love brownies, if you love ooey and gooey, you’re going to die over these Ultimate Gooey Brownies. Don’t say I didn’t warn you!

Ultimate Gooey Brownies

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Ultimate Gooey Brownies

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Ultimate Gooey Brownies
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Please take a look at the note within the recipe. After many mixed comments (some readers loving the recipe, others saying it was a failure) I went back into the kitchen for some further testing to see if there really was a problem. Unfortunately, I was unable to replicate the bad results however I’ve made some changes to the recipe detailed in the notes that should fix any problems that folks might be having. Thanks for all the feedback friends, my goal is to always share the best recipes possible and I couldn’t do it without you!

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4.14 from 15 votes

How to make
Ultimate Gooey Brownies

Yield: 16 brownies
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Inactive Time 15 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Ultimate Gooey Brownies are ridiculously tall, chocolaty, ooey, and gooey with a thick layer of sweetened condensed milk and chocolate in the middle!


  • 2 cups semisweet chocolate chips, divided
  • 1 1/2 sticks (6 ounces) unsalted butter, cut into pieces
  • 4 ounces unsweetened chocolate, chopped
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 3 large eggs plus 1 egg yolk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 3/4 cup sweetened condensed milk


  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line an 8x8-inch baking pan with foil and spray with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. In a large microwave-safe bowl, combine 1 cup chocolate chips, butter, and unsweetened chocolate. Heat in the microwave for 1 minute then stir. Continue heating in 30-second bursts, stirring between each burst, until the mixture is melted and smooth but not scorched. Remove from the microwave and let cool slightly.
  3. In a large bowl, use an electric mixer to beat the eggs and sugar on medium-high speed until light and thick, about 3 minutes. Beat in the vanilla extract. Stir in the cooled chocolate mixture with a rubber spatula. Add the flour and salt, folding gently until well combined. Pour half of the batter into the prepared baking pan. Bake for 10 minutes.
  4. Sprinkle with the remaining cup of chocolate chips and pour the sweetened condensed milk over the top. Pour the remaining batter over. Return to oven and bake for about 35 minutes, or until a tester comes out with moist crumbs still attached. Do not overbake. Let cool to room temperature then place in the fridge to chill. The brownies are easiest to cut when chilled and can be served chilled, at room temperature, or warmed in the microwave.

Recipe Notes

Due to several readers experiencing issues with the brownies not baking or setting properly, I've added to the recipe an extra baking step to ensure that bottom layer will set and I've also slightly reduced the amount of condensed milk.
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Tessa Arias

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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. #
    Margaret Anne @ Natural Chow — October 6, 2014 at 4:10 am

    Ugh, oh my gosh, YES! I so need these gooey brownies. I wanted to let you know that I LOOK FORWARD to seeing your awesome recipes in my inbox every morning! And I love love love your photography! You’re like a food photo taking goddess or something. ♥

    • #
      Tessa — October 6, 2014 at 6:52 am

      Wow what a wonderful comment to wake up to! Thank you so much!! 🙂 🙂

  2. #
    Maria — October 6, 2014 at 6:48 am


  3. #
    Phi @ The Sweetphi Blog — October 6, 2014 at 9:28 am

    I can’t even…I’m like drooling just looking at these, they’re gorgeous!

  4. #
    Gaby — October 6, 2014 at 6:37 pm

    These brownies look over the top amazing!

  5. #
    Gail Sugalski — October 6, 2014 at 7:10 pm

    I can’t wait to try this!

  6. #
    DessertForTwo — October 6, 2014 at 7:33 pm

    When I saw that photo, my jaw dropped. What the heck is that deliciousness and how fast can I get it in my mouth?!!?!

  7. #
    Joanne — October 7, 2014 at 4:44 am

    These are CRAZY. Jaw-dropping, as Christina said. but in the best way.

  8. #
    Annie @ Annie’s Noms — October 7, 2014 at 8:28 am

    Ohmygod I agree, these are insane!!!! As soon as I saw the dripping middle of these on Facebook, I knew I needed the recipe – WOAH!

  9. #
    Miss Kim @ behgopa — October 7, 2014 at 12:34 pm

    OMG looks gorgeous. Love how moist and ooey gooey it looks. I haven’t made brownies in like…forever. I used to make it all the time at my old job since a deconstructed brownie was part of our dessert menu. Haven’t made or had it since, but now I am tempted!

  10. #
    Sydney Sun — October 7, 2014 at 5:06 pm

    These look like they would be sooo delicious out of the oven! Current state: craving chocolate.

    Great recipe! 🙂

    For the Love of Baking, http://www.forloveofbaking.com

  11. #
    Angelyn @ Everyday Desserts — October 7, 2014 at 5:46 pm

    !!!!!!!!!!!! I’m literally speechless! This is perfect!

  12. #
    Gabe — October 9, 2014 at 3:59 pm

    These look AMAZING, and I definitely want to make them sometime soon. But can I just ask: do you think it’s particularly important to use fine sea salt rather than just regular salt? For that matter, I never bother buying unsalted butter (I’m on a tight budget) so I usually just skip the salt altogether, and my stuff doesn’t seem to turn out any worse for it. Do you think it would be okay to do that here?

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      Tessa — October 9, 2014 at 7:19 pm

      You can always use table salt in place for fine sea salt! I would say use your best judgement with the salt, it’s impossible to know the salt content of the butter because there’s no regulated standards unfortunately.

  13. #
    Gabe — October 13, 2014 at 12:13 am

    So I did end up making these (minus the salt) and they turned out delicious! However, I’m sorry, I can’t help it, I have to ask: for the amount of condensed milk, did you perhaps mean to put 1 + 1/2 cups, rather than just 1/2 cup? Because I started by putting a half cup on, but it looked NOTHING like in the picture, so I put another half cup on. It still looked like less than in the picture, but I didn’t want to risk ruining the brownies so I stopped there. But once I’d baked and cut them i could tell that the condensed milk layer was definitely thinner than it was in yours.

    Now I don’t know if more condensed milk would’ve actually made my brownies more delicious, as their pretty freaking delicious already, but that nice gooey seam that’s visible in your brownies certainly LOOKS nice, and I simply can’t see how 1/2 cup of condensed milk could produce that effect.

    Thanks for sharing the recipe, though. I will definitely be making these again, at some point.

  14. #
    Andrea — October 24, 2014 at 1:28 am

    These look divine! Do you think I could sub the unsweetened chocolate for semisweet/milk chocolate without it becoming too sugary? I’m not particularly a fan of dark chocolate; I like my brownies tasting more like a milk choc bar.

  15. #
    marwa — October 25, 2014 at 5:40 pm

    I followed the receipe step by step.but I don’t know why the inside stayed liquid.
    What do you think I did wrong?

  16. #
    Linda Straczynski — October 29, 2014 at 11:37 am

    just gained 5 pounds, just reading these recipes

  17. #
    Gem — November 16, 2014 at 5:24 am

    This is my new favourite recipe! Made some last week and have another batch in the oven right now 🙂 I’m not usually a massive brownie fan as a lot of the time they can be similar to normal chocolate cake, but these are pure heaven! Never tasted anything better in my life, thank you so much for posting 🙂

  18. #
    Jordan — December 2, 2014 at 9:41 pm

    My brownies got SUPER thick and just exploded out of the pan. What did I do wrong?

  19. #
    Faye — January 4, 2015 at 1:31 pm

    Tried these three times now and still can’t seem to get them right… every single time the chocolate chips and condensed milk have sunk straight through the mixture and made a sticky, if lovely tasting, mess at the bottom of the pan. Is there supposed to be some form of precooking of the bottom layer or is it just bad luck on my part?
    Regardless they’ve tasted great every time, just look nothing like the pictures and take an age to get unstuck from the pan because of the milk.

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    Bobi — January 7, 2015 at 8:16 pm

    These were super easy to make, but I couldn’t get the inside to bake. After 40 minutes they were still liquid:( I followed the recipe and baking directions….any suggestion for what I should try next time? BTW- the batter was delicious!

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    Allison — January 14, 2015 at 8:14 pm

    I made these brownies tonight, and while they’re very rich and delicious, they look like a mess. I would suggest baking the bottom half of the brownies for a couple minutes before put on the chocolate chips, sweetened condensed milk, and other half of the batter. I’d also suggest skimping on brownie batter for the bottom and leaving a little more than half for the top, making sure to completely cover the milk. Other than the looks of them, they taste great and that’s what matters most!

  22. #
    Jessica — January 19, 2015 at 8:08 pm

    If you melt about half a bag of caramels into the condensed milk, the filling will be a little less runny but still gooey/chewy and now CARAMEL. I have yet to try your “ultimate brownie recipe” with that trick though. Hope to try soon!

  23. #
    Niki — January 31, 2015 at 7:19 pm

    i just tried this recipe out and although it was delicious, it was the consistancy of chocolate lava cake. I cooked them for 40 mins and let them cool for about 20 and when I cut into them a whole mess of chocolate goo came out. It tasted wonderful but not the consistancy I was looking for. Did I do something wrong?

  24. #
    Elizabeth — February 8, 2015 at 2:54 pm

    Wow, what can I say? These look fantastic! So Yummy! Pinned.

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    Angie — February 15, 2015 at 3:45 pm

    These totally flopped. The sweetened condensed milk sank to the bottom and did not ooze out beautifully like the pictures. It took nearly an hour to get them baked all the way through. I’m totally disappointed by this recipe.
    I was making it for our small group and wanted them just like your pictures show.
    No cigar.
    Total Pinterest fail.

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    Andy — February 15, 2015 at 10:26 pm

    Wish I would have read the comments before wasting all these ingredients. The whole mess went straight into the garbage. Do not waste your time with this recipe.

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      Mckenna — March 9, 2020 at 1:54 pm

      Same happened to me. it looked like something I had scraped off the bottom of a lake.

  27. #
    Namita — February 23, 2015 at 11:52 am

    I made this today and on reading the comment from Allison, I decided to bake the bottom batter for 10 minutes first and then add the chocolate chips, condensed milk and the remaining batter. Baked it for around 45 minutes after and they came out perfect! Although the condensed milk didn’t ooze out like in the picture, it tasted wonderful! Thank you 🙂

  28. #
    Kristen — February 24, 2015 at 4:29 pm

    Followed directions exactly and it was a chocolate liquid mess. Wish I would have read the reviews first! Ugh!

  29. #
    Jessica — February 24, 2015 at 9:17 pm

    I followed the recipe and it worked just fine!! Not sure why everyone is having problems.

  30. #
    Sheree — February 25, 2015 at 10:48 pm

    Hi, this looks incredible! I’m hoping to make it tomorrow for my Friday night treat! Just a question, I want to use a block of chocolate instead of chocolate chips…what would the conversion be in grams? Thanks!

  31. #
    J.S. @ Sun Diego Eats — February 27, 2015 at 9:37 am

    AMAZING. Sweetened condensed milk is so under used in desserts.

  32. #
    Namitha — June 4, 2015 at 12:07 am

    love love love!!!! The best brownie recipe…..thanks for the recipe…..will be making this over and over again.

  33. #
    PJ Bibby — June 23, 2015 at 12:15 am

    I had a slight baking fail with this – my fault I had the oven too low so underbaked it 🙁 But it still tasted A-FREAKIN-MAZING!! The condensed milk kind of mixed into the batter a bit so made it even gooier. I can’t wait to try it out again and get it right

  34. #
    Kath — April 11, 2016 at 12:28 pm

    Tried the recipe today for me to bring to work tomorrow. They turned out very good. So thank you! Anyways, in the ingredient list it says both 2 cups chocolate chips and then 4 ounces chocolate chips a bit down the list, but in the directions the 4 ounces are not mentioned. Where do you use those 4 ounces? I did not use them and ended up with left over chocolate chips that confused me. However i now have chocolate that i can snack on 😉

  35. #
    Kath — April 11, 2016 at 12:31 pm

    Sorry! I now saw where i was suppose to use the chocolate. My bad!

  36. #
    Amanda — October 10, 2016 at 6:18 pm

    So I ended up with a bunch of condensed coconut milk, don’t really care for tres leches cake, so I ended up finding this dessert. I didn’t end up with a visibly defined layer of the condensed milk, but these babies were delicious! A little of the milk bubbled up and caramelized, giving a nice toasted marshmallow flavor.

  37. #
    Henrik — October 28, 2016 at 11:50 am

    Been in the oven for 45 minutes now… And it’s just liquid, disappointing recipe…!

  38. #
    Tom CHS — February 19, 2017 at 9:53 am

    Single for some reason chocolate chips are much more expensive than chocolate in blocks.
    Could you help men out with a weight on the cups of chocolate chips ?

    Tom CHS

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      Tessa — February 23, 2017 at 8:46 pm

      1 cup of chocolate chips = 6 oz 🙂

  39. #
    April — March 7, 2017 at 6:38 am

    Tried these last night-did the 10 min bake as directed. Yep, still had the same problems. The condensed milk sinking right to the bottom and in no way being “gooey” as shown in the picture. What a disappointment 🙁

  40. #
    Mai Cua — March 20, 2017 at 2:13 am

    It’s dilicious ! Thank for beautiful picture

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    Amy Johnson — July 11, 2017 at 7:30 pm

    I have made these countless times and they are ALWAYS a hit! Baking the bottom half definitely helped but I personally liked the gooey quality that came with the center. My sister asks me to make them every time she comes to visit!

  42. #
    Joan Rajadas — November 10, 2017 at 8:47 pm

    I’ve made these twice already, and each time they’ve been rollicking! Leaving it in the fridge does make it easier to cut. Thanks for sharing!

  43. #
    Suzy — December 9, 2017 at 4:11 pm

    ooooooohhhhhh myyyyyyyy gosshhhhhhhhhhhh. I’m telling the world about these. SO GOOD!

  44. #
    Barbara Reed — September 26, 2018 at 11:08 am

    I was going to “join” your site and make these brownies, but this recipe had some collossal failures in too many ways, and I am unwilling to waste so much time and money. Did you address and fix for these reviewers, if so, where? Please keep my email address private. Thank you.

  45. #
    Erika — October 4, 2018 at 8:57 am

    These look so amazing! I’ve been on a gooey bar kick recently and also discovered the wonder that is sweetened condensed milk lol.
    I gotta make these!

  46. #
    Amy — December 25, 2018 at 1:27 pm

    Like other reviewers, I was left with a gooey mess, even with pre-baking for ten minutes. They were a huge headache to cut and look terribly underdone. I went in knowing this recipe hadn’t worked for others but it was still a big disappointment. There was a massive effort to cut and get these out of the pan and it all felt like waste of time when the product came out a big mess. Really unhappy with these results. Wont be trying this again.

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    Alex — December 31, 2018 at 8:27 pm

    So I tried the recipe. I think I found the mistake people were making to come up with gooey messes. Too little batter before you add the chocolate chips and condensed milk. Make the first layer thicker and cook for 15 minutes then add everything else. My first layer was thin and I had to bake an extra 15 minutes and make my edges crispier than I wanted but overall still very good brownies.

  48. #
    Ajay Rana — January 19, 2019 at 1:14 am

    so delicious recipe i love this… i’ll try this

  49. #
    Stephanie — February 9, 2019 at 2:43 pm

    1 1/2 sticks of butter is equivalent to 12 ounces but you listed 6 ounces. So is it 12 ounces or 6? I assume 12 (1 1/2 sticks).

  50. #
    Stephanie — February 9, 2019 at 2:48 pm

    Never mind on my question! I was thinking tablespoons rather than ounces. Got it 🙂

  51. #
    Phil S. — March 18, 2019 at 10:31 am

    Wow, these were amazing! My wife and I had friends over yesterday and one of them has a HUGE sweet tooth and loves when I make brownies. I decided to try something different so I searched online and found this recipe. Were they messy and gooey like some people complained about? Uh, yeah, which is exactly why these were so delicious! They came out perfectly and everyone LOVED them, even my wife who doesn’t even like sweets, lol. People were fighting over who got to bring home the leftovers. Thank you so much for posting this and I will definitely be making them again!

  52. #
    DANA — June 12, 2019 at 10:58 pm

    These are by far the BEST brownies I have ever had!!!!!

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      Tessa — June 13, 2019 at 12:31 pm


  53. #
    Lucille Paquette — June 19, 2019 at 4:09 pm

    I love this recipes , wicked delicious , great to bring for an event .

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    Myranda — September 4, 2019 at 10:53 am

    The brownies had a great texture and taste. I ended up cooking them longer than the recommended time and they were still very very gooey in the center. I would probably make this recipe again, but it is a lot of work and not “that” much better than other less intensive recipes.

  55. #
    Winona — November 26, 2019 at 3:02 am

    What If I don’t have foil can I just use baking paper instead?

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    Winona — November 26, 2019 at 3:42 am


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    twinkle kumawat — February 7, 2020 at 5:45 am

    “Thank you so much! It is so beautiful and very yummy!!! I will be back for each birthday to come!!! ”

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    twinkle kumawat — February 7, 2020 at 5:46 am

    “Thank YOU for having us! They all had a good time and everyone said how much they liked the food”

  59. #
    Beth — April 7, 2020 at 5:25 pm

    It was a good idea and looked delicious, but even the newer recipe didn’t work right. The condensed milk went through batter and burn at top and brownie were still raw in middle.

  60. #
    Colette Weston — June 25, 2020 at 2:49 pm

    How long do these keep for in an air tight container?

  61. #
    Kelly — July 27, 2020 at 3:42 pm

    Amazing! I just can’t print the recipe.

  62. #
    Daisy — September 26, 2020 at 9:02 am

    Looks so amazing! I need a super fast idea fro brownies. Going to attempt this with box brownie lol Thank you for this amazing idea!

  63. #
    Daisy — September 26, 2020 at 9:02 am

    Looks so amazing! I need a super fast idea fro brownies. Going to attempt this with box brownie lol Thank you for this amazing idea!

  64. #
    Taman Hoang — October 12, 2020 at 2:09 pm

    Do these freeze well or can I chill them for a few days in the fridge?

  65. #
    Mary — October 14, 2020 at 10:55 pm

    Sooooo so delicious! Definitely the best brownie EVER! Had a blast making it 🙂

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    Linda hunter — February 28, 2021 at 11:53 am

    Why can’t you just give the recipe without all the faff that I really don’t want to know

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      Tessa — March 1, 2021 at 11:40 am

      Hi Linda, I think you might have missed the red “jump to recipe” button at the top of the page! Feel free to click that and you’ll be taken straight away to the recipe. Enjoy!

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    Bill Rausch — March 2, 2021 at 7:45 am

    I found the result to be a bit grainy due to the heavy use of baking chocolate. Great dark chocolate flavor but weird texture. Since it was the first time I just baked them the 35 min recommended but might dial that back if I try again. There was no evap milk spilling out of them so I guess that was just for the photo op. Wondering if a bit of oil might help the texture?

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    Megan Bryant — March 16, 2021 at 2:05 pm

    These brownies are so delicious. They are so fudgie and rich. They are a bit delicate, and almost fall apart a bit but it’s just because of how moist and rich they are. I didn’t have the unsweetened chocolate so I just used and additional cup of semi sweet chocolate chips. I also added a quarter cup of sifted cocoa powder to the flour, a shot of espresso to the egg mixture and walnuts in the middle layer. Omg so goooood

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      Tessa — March 17, 2021 at 9:54 am

      Wow, that sounds amazing Megan! So glad you enjoyed these brownies.

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