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An unusual technique drew me to David Lebovitz’s Best Fudgy Brownies. The delicious results were nothing short of spectacular!!

Another brownie recipe? From that skinny chick? Yes, I know I share a TON of brownie recipes. Other bloggers love brownie recipes, too! They are all winners, but pretty similar in ingredients and techniques. Leave it to David Lebovitz to shake things up a bit with his recipe for the best fudgy brownie.

Best Fudgy Brownies on a round dessert plate with raspberries to garnish

David Lebovitz’s Best Fudgy Brownies

I have featured so many brownie recipes, but they’re all a wee bit different. The novel idea in this best fudgy brownies recipe involves vigorous whisking before baking. The batter transforms from a typical grainy concoction to a smooth glossy mixture. Before Nick returned to Indiana U for the end of his spring term, I baked him up a batch.

The rest of the family sampled the edge pieces removed for the photoshoot (I struggled as it’s hard to make these appear as delectable and rich as they taste!) and gave them rave reviews. I wasn’t surprised. I don’t think I’ve ever made a flop from Mr. Lebovitz. This recipe for David Lebovitz’s self-proclaimed best fudgy brownies is adapted from his cookbook, The Sweet Life in Paris.

Best Fudgy Brownies stacked on a white square plate

A Hit with the College Crew

Yup, perfect and fudgy. The boys dug into these fudgy brownies with gusto. I think after a semester of cooking for themselves, I can’t rely on the judgment of these kids. I’m certain anything homemade where a recipe is actually involved would garner thumbs up.

But I did sample a few edges myself and can vouch for these being darned tasty. The crackly top is a telltale sign of a wonderful brownie.  I hope you take the challenge and bake up a batch for yourself to see whether you think these are the “best” fudgy brownies.

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Best Fudgy Brownies

Best Fudgy Brownies with an extra step for perfect results!

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Yield 16


  • 6 tablespoons butter (cut into pieces)
  • 8 ounces semisweet chocolate (chopped)
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 eggs (at room temperature)
  • 1/4 cup flour


  1. Preheat the oven to 350º. Line an 8 x 8 inch pan with non stick foil or regular foil (spray with cooking spray). Set aside
  2. Melt chocolate and butter in a microwave safe bowl, stopping and stirring at 30 second increments till melted and smooth. Stir in the sugar and vanilla. Beat in the eggs one at a time. Add the flour and whisk vigorously for a full minute. Batter should look smooth and glossy and sugar granules should be incorporated.
  3. Spread batter into pan and bake about 40 minutes until the brownies look almost set. Do not over bake.
  4. Let cool completely in the pan before lifting out the foil or parchment to remove the brownies and cut.


You can add some chopped nuts if desired.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

1 brownie

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 159Total Fat: 9gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 35mgSodium: 45mgCarbohydrates: 20gFiber: 1gSugar: 17gProtein: 2g


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Best Fudgy Brownies on a square plate with a fork removing a bite


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64 comments on “David Lebovitz’s Best Fudgy Brownies”

  1. Jason is a brownie fanatic so I most definitely have to make this for him! He’ll be so thrilled!

  2. They look so luscious and smooth underneath that tempting crackled top! ๐Ÿ˜€

  3. Lizzy, bring on the brownies! I can never get enough of them ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Always good to find another good brownie recipe and another good david L. recipe. I make his ice creams a lot and theyยดre always winners. Interesting twist in this recipe!

  5. Liz…you have just created the brownie that I will make asap too! I love David Lebovitz!…I adore his ice cream cookbook! These look absolutely scrumptious!

  6. These do look like winners indeed! Yummmmmm.

  7. You cut these brownies so perfect,clean and shape and looks so YUMMY ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. Lizzy , we can never have too much brownie recipe lol I’ve been eyeing the brownie recipe from his book , The great book of chocolate , but I’ll bake the cookies first ๐Ÿ˜€ Your brownies as always look fantastic !

  9. Delightful brownies! DL’s recipes are always a winner!

  10. Leave it to Mr. Lebowitz to tweak a brownie. Must try (I have the book) – how did I miss this? Want to grab one of the page for breakfast.

  11. Eek. How bad is it that I don’t think I’ve ever made anything from David Lebovitz even though I’ve heard his name around. Of course, I don’t do much with cookbooks, huh. ๐Ÿ™‚ The brownies do look amazing, Liz. I’d be sampling the edge pieces too if given the chance. Odd as it sounds, every once in a while I get a craving for a hot fudge brownie sundae. This looks like the perfect brownie to hold up the rest of that dessert.

  12. I’d certainly eat these in Paris but I’d be happy to eat them in the middle of now where also, they sound wonderful. I know your family are expert brownie reviewers so I totally trust their opinion ๐Ÿ™‚

  13. I’ve never seen such a perfectly square brownie – These look so delicious, Liz! Thanks for sharing!

  14. It’s always a good time for brownies. Those are some perfect chocolaty brownies! Will need to check out David’s book!

  15. Those look like fudge! Such an incredible, dense texture. I’d share another brownie recipe if it looked like that too ๐Ÿ™‚

  16. Dear friend Liz.
    My God, these brownie is a temptation. Very moist and delicious with a shell over it, hummmmm!! David Lebovitz know the good things and you adapted it very well.

  17. Ahhhh! So many brownies so little time!

  18. Gorgeous brownies, Liz. Your son is a lucky fellow.

    Interesting about the whisk note, when I learned a chocolate cake recipe in Tokyo, there was a lot of whisking =)

  19. One can never see too many brownie recipes. I love how dense these look xx

  20. I will never complain or tire of brownie recipes, bring ’em on!!! One of these days I hope to cut mine as clean and neat as yours.

  21. You can never have too many brownie recipes — besides it give us the excuse of “research” and getting to enjoy the finished product.:) This does sound like a fantastic recipe. Thanks for sharing Liz!

  22. Oh my, these do look so incredibly fudge, I bet they stuck to your teeth! I doubt I could resist this one. Delightful that it doesn’t have much flour.

  23. Thick Fudgy and delicious ๐Ÿ™‚

    Choc Chip Uru

  24. I honestly don’t think that you can have too many brownie recipes, so you will hear no complaint from me. I have made these from David’s recipe, and I have to agree that they are absolutely fabulous – thanks for the reminder of how good they are!

  25. Where do I sign up for one of those brownie towers?!

  26. Liz:
    I am crazy over brownies and other chocolate treats…I only have one word for this one: divine!!!

  27. I must have missed this in my first read of Sweet Life. These are a must make for me. I told staff I would bring snacks to a late afternoon meeting this week. Maybe these will make the meeting sweeter!

  28. For me there will never been too many brownie recipes or brownies ๐Ÿ˜€ And most of them are the best ๐Ÿ™‚

  29. I have a love affair with David Lebovitz ๐Ÿ™‚ Don’t tell Mr. J

  30. These look beautiful! And so delicious! There can never been too many brownie recipes ๐Ÿ™‚

  31. I’m so weak to those “best” recipes. ๐Ÿ˜€ And these do look like a perfect brownies too! Saving this recipe to give it a try!

  32. These look so fudgy and delicious, exactly the way I like my brownies!

  33. DL has the best recipes! These brownies are beautiful.

  34. There can NEVER be too many brownie recipes. These look as fudgy and decadent and they sound. YUM!

  35. Wow, those are rich-sounding brownies. You must have made your hubby so happy. Interesting recipe technique from your description. Have a good rest of the week!

  36. One can never get enough brownies. And I am totally impressed with your engineering skills in the art of stacking. Great photos!

  37. What a wonderful looking brownie this is! lovely pictures… yes for these brownies anytime!

  38. The more the brownies the better. Interesting technique and I do love the smoother texture.

  39. The brownies look amazing!! Lucky Nick! My mom never sent me back to IU with brownies… I need to have a talk with her. ;-D

  40. I haven’t made brownies in ages but I think you just convinced me to make this recipe. A friend is coming to town for a short visit tomorrow and she is a chocolate fanatic so I think we could have a wonderful afternoon sipping tea, talking, and munching down on a batch of these! Thank you!

  41. These brownies look almost like fudge for me, which means extremely tempting and dangerous!

  42. It’s hard to get enough of good brownie recipes!! I’d love to try these!!

  43. That texture looks perfect! And, I love those glossy tops too.

  44. One can never have too many brownie recipes–these look wonderful. I’ll try them soon.

  45. a brownie is just perfect isn’t it?! so, so good. these look perfect. everyone needs a go-to brownie recipe!

  46. Ive always wanted to try this recipe and now, I think I just have to! It reminds me of my old go-to brownie recipe that’s lots of butter and melted choc, but they use even less flour. Lately I’ve been cheating on that recipe with the Alice Medrich recipe. So many brownies, so little time ๐Ÿ™‚

  47. Liz,
    These look almost like fudge. My hubby would love them, so I pinned them.

  48. The texture of these brownies looks fantastic, and they look tasty too! Thanks for sharing on Foodie Friends Friday!

  49. Nothing wrong with sharing more and more brownie recipes. Keep them coming! Especially when they look this good!

  50. They look amazing! Lovin’ the new look of your blog too:@)

  51. I have never been able to get that nice crackly top. Time to check out this recipe as your brownies are perfect!

  52. These area keeper – great recipe thank you for sharing it!

  53. These look perfect! I’m definitely going to be giving them a try!

  54. I LOVE your new look Liz! So pretty and everything is easy to find. Good for you – and love these brownies too ๐Ÿ™‚

  55. I know I should jump on the David Lebovitz ban wagon but I am still knee deep in Dorie. I love the new look of your blog, so professional.

  56. These brownies look so delicious, I love the perfectly shiny tops! ๐Ÿ™‚

  57. I can absolutely see why these are the best

  58. Wow, I love the new look and the brownies. I came across one of David’s cookbooks years ago and I think it was mostly ice cream. These look terrific and I can’t wait to try them.

  59. These fudgy brownies do look like perfection! My family loves it when I bake brownies. These are definitely going in my recipe file. Pinned!
    Thank you for linking up with us at the #HomeMattersParty this week.

  60. you always always always have the prettiest bars. And these brownies look so gorgeous and fudgy and perfect!

  61. Liz, you come up with the best brownie recipes. I will be trying these. Thank you~!

  62. It tastes really good, but for some reason, mine came out very cake-like. I followed the recipe to a “T”, but my batter looked almost like mousse… Any insight as to what may have gone wrong?

    • Aubrey, I’m stumped. With brownies, I usually recommend not to overmix the batter, but I’ve made these twice and David Lebovitz is such a reliable source. He definitely says to whisk vigorously. I wouldn’t think this issue would have anything to do with oven temperature—as it’s typically the higher fat to flour ratio that makes brownies less cakey and more fudgy. The batter does look mousselike, so I’d guess you did everything right. Maybe overbaked by a couple of minutes? Sorry, I’m not more help with this, but glad they tasted good!

  63. such colorful recipe my kids would love this and im definitely gonna make thhis for my kids thanks for sharing ๐Ÿ™‚

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