One Bowl Fudgy Brownies
These One Bowl Fudgy Brownies are just plain spectacular. They are rich and fudgy, made in just one bowl, and outrageously delicious.
Easy Fudgy Brownies are a dream come true! With just a few ingredients and minimal equipment, they’re perfect for the new baker and yummy enough for a seasoned cook!!
Why You Must Make
- These brownies are mixed in just one bowl and baked in one pan.
- The ingredient list is short and simple.
- Dipping the sliced brownies in sugar makes an elegant presentation, as well as provides a sweet crunch to contrast with the soft, fudgy brownies.
I have made these one-bowl brownies numerous times for my family, for guests, and as part of meals I’ve delivered to friends. My oldest, Tom, was off for a weekend bachelor party, and I had a feeling a bunch of twenty-some-year-old guys would have the beverages planned, but not the food.
I offered to send a tray of goodies which included lemon bars, raspberry streusel bars, and my best fudgy brownies. Of course, he was delighted with this idea. And I was told quite a few of these goodies disappeared on the drive down to their destination.
With a limited number of ingredients, you’ll want to use the best ingredients possible, especially the chocolate. Here are a few tips for making easy fudgy brownies.
- Use semi-sweet chocolate bars instead of chocolate chips. Chocolate chips usually have some additives to help them keep their shape while baking so chocolate bars will melt more easily.
- Ghirardelli bars are easy to find at most markets and are what I use most often. They’re more reasonably priced than European chocolates, but if you want to splurge, go for it.
- I find it easiest to melt my chocolate in the microwave. Just chop your chocolate well, and microwave gently. I do it in 30-second increments, stopping to stir frequently until the chocolate is smooth.
- To make sure you don’t overheat the chocolate, which can make it lumpy, pull out the bowl when there are very small pieces of unmelted chocolate left. They will melt with the residual heat from the melted chocolate.
How to Make
- Use a wooden spoon to mix your brownies. A hand mixer will incorporate too much air and you can end up with cakey instead of fudgy brownies.
- PRO-Tip: Do not overbake or your brownies will not be fudgy. A toothpick inserted into the center should come out with just a few moist crumbs, not batter.
- I have used Martha Stewart’s suggestion to dip the bottom of these brownies in granulated sugar numerous times. It prevents the brownies from sticking together when stacked plus gives a nice sugary crunch to every tasty bite.
- Over the years, I’ve mastered the technique for how to cut perfect cookie bars and brownies.
- Cooling, then refrigerating definitely helps cut cleaner brownie squares. PRO-Tip: Make sure to wipe off the knife between slices if it gets messy.
- PRO-Tip: For those of you who live at a higher altitude, a friend tested these for me twice and they had a big air pocket under the top crust both times. The lack of leavening other than eggs apparently messes with the outcome so take note if you live in a mountainous area.
These are perfect to take to any gathering and are one of the simplest desserts you’ll ever make. Add them to your baking repertoire as they’re practically guaranteed to get rave reviews.
Frequently Asked Questions
The fudginess comes from a higher fat-to-flour ratio. That means more butter, chocolate, and/or egg yolks than in a cakey brownie recipe.
The more fat in the recipe, the moister your brownies will be. Butter, oil, eggs, and chocolate all provide fat. Also, not overbaking will prevent dry brownies.
First, cool your brownies to room temperature, then chill them. Next, remove the brownies from the baking pan and place them on a cutting board. Use a clean knife to make every cut, cleaning it off as needed. Heating your knife can also help. There are also special plastic brownie knives made of plastic. Bring to room temperature before serving.
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One Bowl Fudgy Brownies Recipe
Delectable fudgy brownies made in one bowl!
- 1/2 cup butter, plus more for pan
- 8 ounces semi-sweet chocolate, chopped
- 1 ½ cups sugar
- 4 large eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- ¾ cup flour
- ½ teaspoon salt
- Preheat the oven to 350º. Line an 8" square baking pan with nonstick foil, leaving a 1" overhang on two sides. Set aside.
- Place butter and chocolate in a microwave-safe bowl and microwave gently until butter and chocolate are melted (30 seconds x 3, stirring in between sessions). Let cool to room temperature.
- Stir sugar into chocolate till combined. Whisk in eggs one at a time, then vanilla. Fold in flour and salt.
- Bake until a cake tester comes out of the center with just a few moist crumbs, 40-45 min. Cool completely on the rack.
- Lift the brownies out of the pan using the foil. Cut into 2-inch squares. May dip bottoms in granulated sugar to stack.
This recipe is adapted from Martha Stewart's Baking Handbook.
Note: These brownies don't work well at higher elevations.
Use chocolate bars instead of chocolate chips for the best results.
For easier slicing, place the pan in the freezer for one hour before cutting.
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Serving Size:1 brownie
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 232Total Fat: 11gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 62mgSodium: 102mgCarbohydrates: 32gFiber: 1gSugar: 27gProtein: 3g
66 Comments on “One Bowl Fudgy Brownies”
It was really amazing!! A huge hit in y house!
Even the batter prior to baking was delicious! (Yes, I licked the bowl ☺)
I love the tip of dipping the brownies in sugar to prevent sticking! Thanks for sharing your fudgy brownie recipe on MM. Will be featuring it on tonight’s party.
Look amazing! I’ve always wondered why I get a crust on the surface like yours sometimes and not others? Tysm
Made these for a NYE party and they were easy and delicious! Rich and fudgy just like you said they’d be! Great tip on coating the bottom with granulates sugar too. Thanks so much for sharing!
there brownies are a piece of chocolate heaven on a plate and easy peasy! thanks Liz
Yummy! I wish I had a brownie right now. I can’t wait to try your recipe. Thanks for sharing at Merry Monday.
I made these brownies… oh my! Thank you so much for sharing this great recipe. Now if I could only hide half the batch from my friends who are coming over!
Liz these brownies look perfect! Wouldn’t expect anything less! Yumm!!
I see why these disappeared so quickly!
Nothing better than a really gooood brownie! Looks very tempting 🙂
Oh Lizzy, I think you should change the name of your blog from This skinny chick can bake to This skinny chick is the brownie queen. You have some amazing brownie and chocolate recipes. Thanks for sharing and keep them coming!
Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!
Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!
Thankful for supportive web-friends like you 🙂
I’ve been looking through recipes trying to think of an extra dessert to take to our family gathering tomorrow and I think this just might be what I have been looking for. I love one-bowl recipes! They look fudgey delicious!
yummy look delicious, take care liz
Exquisite pictures and super looking brownies! Well done Lizzy and have a great thanksgiving!
love this! i want some:)
These brownies look heavenly!
Hi Liz! These look delicious and no wonder they disappeared on the drive! That was SO nice of you to make them for your son and his friends! I love, LOVE brownies!
For me it’s an other comfort food. Just a bite of those fudgy brownies may change your day. Nice recipe Lizzy.