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Simple Fudgy Brownies

A super easy, yet rich chocolate dessert was in order and I turned to these Simple Fudgy Brownies adapted from Alice Medrich. The unusual technique created some incredibly delicious brownies!

A key to the Best Brownie Recipe is a paper-thin,  slightly crinkled top and soft, fudgy interior. It’s what chocolate lovers crave and what chocolate lovers will adore!

Simple Fudgy Brownies garnished with berries

Simple Fudgy Brownies

We just returned from 2 weeks in Switzerland with a couple days in the Italian lakes district and here it is Father’s Day. We needed something sweet!

Sleep deprivation and fancy, complicated desserts are not a good mix. When I asked the hubby what he wanted for Father’s Day, he replied, “Beer and Mousse.” Knowing him, beef was expected, too.  As usual, I took liberty with his suggestion and decided on these super rich brownies for dessert.

I discovered them in 2010, coincidentally after we arrived home from a family trip to Italy. Brownies and chocolate chip cookies are my go to desserts when the brain is fried. There are never any complaints.

Simple Fudgy Brownies with a dollop of whipped cream

Tips for Making Fudgy Brownies

This Alice Medrich inspired recipe has one of the most unusual baking techniques I’ve seen. But it’s worked each time I’ve made these winners! They’re an irresistible cross between brownies and fudge! Plus, they’re perfect for the chocoholic in your life!

  • These brownies are baked at 400° for only 20 minutes before being plunged into an ice bath. Weird, huh? But don’t knock ’em till you bake ’em! 
  • But besides this out of the box method, there are a few tips for making brownies, like lining your pan with non-stick foil for easy removal and cutting.
  • I like microwaving my chocolate and butter to avoid having an extra pan to wash. Do it gently by stopping, stirring and restarting until melted. I typically use 30 second increments, then shorter zaps as the chocolate melts.
  • You can stop when there are a few small unmelted bits as the residual heat will continue the melting process. You can always microwave a few seconds more if your chocolate isn’t completely smooth. You do not want to overheat as that can ruin the chocolate.
  • Mix by hand so you don’t add any extra air into the batter.
  • I like using a wooden spoon or silicone spatula and just mix until the flour is incorporated.


More  of the Best Brownie Recipes

Simple Fudgy Brownies on an oval white dish garnished with fresh berries

The Recipe: Simple Fudgy Brownies

Dense, simple fudgy brownies adapted from Alice Medrich's New Classic Brownies.

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Yield 16 brownies


  • 8 tablespoons butter
  • 4 ounces unsweetened chocolate
  • 3/4 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup flour


  1. Preheat oven to 400º. Line an 8 inch square metal baking pan with nonstick foil.
  2. Melt butter and chocolate together in the microwave stopping every 30 seconds to stir. When almost completely melted, stir until smooth.
  3. Stir in sugars, vanilla and salt. Stir in eggs one at a time, followed by flour. Stir until very smooth, about 1 minute, until mixture pulls away from sides of bowl. Spread batter in prepared pan and bake 20 minutes.
  4. Prepare a water bath. Pour ice water into a large roasting pan or kitchen sink to a depth of about 1 inch. Remove pan from oven and place in water bath...avoid getting any water on brownies. Let cool completely, then lift out and cut squares.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

1 brownie

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 178Total Fat: 10gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 39mgSodium: 91mgCarbohydrates: 20gFiber: 1gSugar: 15gProtein: 2g


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Our kids in Rome posing in front of old buildings

 Mini-photo of the kids at the Vatican, circa 2010. After this trip, Nick said I should make these simple fudgy brownies again ASAP.

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