Classic Fudgy Brownies

When I was younger, every time I saw my Grandma, she and I would bake either cookies or brownies, always from a Betty Crocker box mix. I loved this tradition and felt like a professional baker (I was 6 years old at the time).

Fudgy brownie closeup

Nothing could top eating a cookie or brownie straight out of the oven at Grandma’s house, and then maybe another one that Grandma would slip me behind my parents’ backs.

Brownies stacked

People always talk about box mix brownies as inferior. While I agree that baked goods are always better baked from scratch, I must say that I think box mix brownies taste pretty damn good. For this reason, I get somewhat disappointed, instead of excited, when someone says that their brownies taste NOTHING like box mix.

Brownie bite

Although I do love chocolate, I don’t like a brownie that’s so rich it’s difficult to finish in one sitting, or a brownie that’s so chocolatey and sweet it’s off-putting. No offense to those of you who love brownies like that, they’re just not my cup of tea. So, with all this in mind, I set out to create the ultimate brownie recipe. The first couple of batches I made were too dry, crumbly and didn’t have enough flavor.

I finally landed upon this recipe when I reduced the amount of flour in the recipe (making for moister brownies), increased the amount of cocoa powder (fudginess!) and used 2 extra tablespoons of butter (increasing the melt-in-your-mouth factor).

Brownies fudgy

I hereby declare that these brownies taste EVEN BETTER than box mix. They’re fudgy (but not too rich), buttery, moist, and flaky on top. Or, in other words, PERFECT. I mean, come on, just look at them.

Brownie square

Check out this video of the recipe!

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Classic Fudgy Brownies
Try this recipe for fudgy, melt-in-your-mouth, chocolate deliciousness.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and spray an 8x8 square pan with nonstick spray, or line it with aluminum foil.
  2. Melt the butter in the microwave in 30 second increments and set aside to cool.
  3. In a separate bowl, combine the flour, cocoa powder, espresso powder and salt.
  4. Whisk together the melted butter and granulated sugar until combined.
  5. Whisk in eggs and vanilla until combined.
  6. Fold the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients and mix until just combined.
  7. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake for 25 to 30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean or with just a few crumbs.
  8. Allow the brownies to cool in the pan before cutting.
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2 Replies to “Classic Fudgy Brownies”

  1. My daughters and I started making brownies out of a box too. Nothing wrong with that. This recipe looks great and the next time we want to make brownies we will try it. And by we, I mean that I will talk my 15 year-old into making them for us! She loves to bake when she has time.

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      Thanks so much Mindy!! Let me know if you (she 😉 ) try making them!

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