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Fudgy Brownies from Scratch with M&M’s

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These Extra Fudgy Brownies from Scratch with M&M’s are the perfect way to a chocoholic’s heart. Dense, rich and delicious plus festive with the holiday candies!

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Extra Fudgy Brownies from Scratch

If you’re wondering how rich and fudgy these homemade brownies are, I’ll quote my husband after his first bite. He looked at me and asked, “Is there any spare insulin around here?” Of course, I laughed, but these chocolate brownies are extremely decadent and delicious!

Two homemade brownies with M&M's stacked on a small square white plate

How to Make Fudgy Brownies

My kids used to prefer a boxed brownie mix that came with a packet of frosting to my homemade brownies. It took years to wean them from that red box. But their palates have evolved since those elementary school days, and they appreciate just how tasty fudgy brownies from scratch can be!

Fudgy brownies have a higher fat to flour ratio compared to cakey brownies. The fat includes oil, butter, and chocolate. Cakey brownies, like cake, have a leavener like baking powder added as well. Plus slightly underbaking will also contribute to fudginess. Just bake long enough so the middle is not too underdone. 

And to make clean cuts, go ahead and pop your pan of brownies in the fridge to chill. It is always a challenge to cut through candies and/or chocolate chips, but no matter how they look, they’ll get rave reviews, even swoons!

Close up view of Fudgy Chocolate Brownies on a white tray

Valentine’s Day Treats

Adding festive colored M&M’s make these rich homemade brownies suitable for any holiday celebration. Since Valentine’s Day is approaching, I grabbed some Valentine’s M&M’s at Target for this particular batch. I love the pastel white chocolate M&M’s around Easter and of course, there are patriotic, Christmas, and fall varieties depending on the time of year. 

And you can always add different candies, chopped Oreos, different flavored chocolate chips to make these fudgy brownies your own.

Overhead view of a square pan of the best brownies recipe with M & M's

Two Sweetie Pies

Once again, it’s time to share a recipe from my friend  Danielle’s blog. I chose her Extra Fudgy M&M Brownies. Since it’s just a month until Valentine’s Day, using pink, red and white M&M’s seemed apropos. Check out her take on this recipe, plus find out what she made from my blog this month. Plus follow her on social media!

Hugs & Cookies XOXO — Facebook — Pinterest  — Twitter — Instagram

Fudgy brownies from scratch photo and text collage

More Brownie Recipes You’ll Love

Though simple chocolate brownies are definitely a family favorite, there are tons of varieties of brownies with different flavors and add-ins. Here are some more of our favorites:


Fudgy brownies with M&M's stacked on a small white plate

Fudgy Brownies from Scratch with M&M's

Super rich and fudgy brownies filled with festive M&M Candies


  • 2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
  • 8 tablespoons butter
  • ¾ cup light brown sugar
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 cup flour
  • ½ cup chocolate chips
  • 1 cup M&M’s


    Preheat oven to 325°.
    Line a 9×9 baking pan with nonstick foil.
    In the microwave, gently melt chocolate chips and butter in a heatproof bowl.
    Stir in the sugars and then the eggs.
    Add vanilla.
    Fold in salt and flour.
    Stir in the chocolate chips and half the M&M's.
    Pour into the pan and top with the rest of the candies.
    Bake 30 minutes for extremely fudgy brownies and longer 35-35 minutes for less fudgy.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

1 brownie

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 362Total Fat: 18gSaturated Fat: 11gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 64mgSodium: 143mgCarbohydrates: 51gFiber: 2gSugar: 41gProtein: 4g


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11 comments on “Fudgy Brownies from Scratch with M&M’s”

  1. It turned out simply perfect, Liz. Love those colourful M&M garnish.

  2. I’ve never met a brownie I didn’t like and I’m sure I’d *love* this fudgy version:@)

  3. My family would love these, they’re the chocoholics! Perfect for VDay!

  4. Fudgy brownies are the only way to eat brownies! The red and pink M&Ms are the perfect addition for February, too! I’ll take a dozen, please!

  5. Liz, I like your husband’s insulin comment . I should make these brownies for my podiatrist who saved me from a major infection in my foot. Pinned! 

  6. Liz , I like your husband’s insulin comment. My podiatrist told me he loved brownies. I think these brownies would be perfect for him . After all he save my foot from a major infection Pinned!

  7. I love brownies these are perfect for my valentines day for the kids!

  8. Looks absolutely wonderful, I can just imagine sinking my teeth into a slice.

  9. These fudgy brownies would be super hard to resist. They look so yummy and I love the M&M that you have added to them.

  10. These brownies look delish – perfect for Valentines Day. Love the pink M&Ms.

  11. These are calling to me. I’m a sucker for desserts with M&Ms and attach them to super chocolatey brownies, and I’m all over it! These are so much fun for Valentine’s Day! 🙂 ~Valentina

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