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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!

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 400Β° 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.
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Simple Fudgy Brownies | An unusual technique to make the fudgiest brownies ever!

Simple Fudgy Brownies

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

  • Author: Liz
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 mins
  • Total Time: 20 mins
  • Yield: 16 brownies 1x
  • Category: Dessert, Brownies
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American


  • 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 400ΒΊ. 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.


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

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33 comments on “Simple Fudgy Brownies”

  1. Liz,

    I am glad you liked the recipe. Alex loves them as well, and like Nick he wants MORE! I even tried freezing some to stop Alex from munching on the brownies, but he ate them straight from the freezer!!!!


  2. I will have to try this! So glad your trip was fun (loved the pics) and that you are back home! Thanks for sharing!

  3. If Alice Medrich says to plunge a brownie pan into an ice bath, I’ll do it! Wonderfully serendipitous that you’re making a chocolate recipe after returning from one of the world’s best places for chocolat! Trust you had a fantabulous time in both Switzerland and Italy =)

  4. Love this one pan brownies! Fuss free, and the result is amazing, Liz.

  5. Love the photos you’ve shared with your fabulous trip and these brownies just topped it off for you hubby I am sure! Happy Fathers Day to your wonderful hubby!

  6. It sounds like you had a wonderful trip! Your brownies sound wonderful as well. I am looking forward to trying them!

  7. Hi Liz, I enjoyed seeing Switzerland through your pics on IG, so beautiful. And as for these brownies they sound wonderful, who could resist a cross between brownies and fudge. Interesting technique, will definitely have to try these. Pinned!

  8. I never get tired of trying new brownie recipes and these definitely sound interesting. I have so enjoyed your vacation pics on Instagram and hope you had a wonderful time!

  9. I love my brownies nice and fudgy. These look fabulous!

  10. That is unusual but if it works! It looks like you had a great trip, and a great dessert to come back to!

  11. I always go for the fudgy brownie! These look so delicious! Perfectly cut and yummy! I may even have to have two!

  12. Happy Father’s Day to Mr. Picky eater. I hate jet lag, it really kills me. I hope you get back to your normal self, real soon. These brownies look awesome. I love a fudgy brownie and because it’s so moist, no need for a calorie laden frosting, so it’s also calorie reduced!

  13. Amazing!! Granted, if I made these they wouldn’t MAKE it to dad πŸ™‚

  14. It has been so much fun following you along in Switzerland…what a fun trip. Jet lag is something that takes us longer to recover so glad you have a simple fudgy recipe to share with Bill for this Father’s Day dinner.

  15. Perfectly made as always Liz!

  16. So glad you had a great trip – I loved your photos on Facebook. What a special time as a family making memories to last a life time. And I love this simple, beautiful brownie recipe too! Just the perfect bite of that something sweet and chocolatey we need sometimes πŸ™‚

  17. I loved ‘traveling’ along with your family and I am beyond impressed that your brain functioned enough to come up with these beauties! You crack me up with how your made the leap from mousse to brownies!!

  18. Awesome sharing, dear! xoxo

  19. I loved seeing the pics from your trip on instagram. It looks like you guys had an amazing time! And these brownies sound soooo good. I’m definitely going to have to try them!

  20. These brownies look delicious. What an interesting idea to plunge them in an Ice water bath after cooking, I will definitely try them. Welcome home Liz.

  21. Liz, these look perfect. I just printed your recipe. Thank you for all your recipes I have~!!!

  22. Well cookies and brownies are always my go to dessert! I’m so happy to add this one to my mix! Sounds like one fabulous vacation!

  23. Welcome home Liz!!! Thank you so much for letting us tag-a-long on your amazing trip! It was so cool seeing all the pics you shared.

    Thanks for sharing this recipe too. Who doesn’t need a fudgy brownie every now and again, lol…thanks again, Liz…

  24. Brownies are totally one of my go-to desserts, and these look like a great recipe to try out! I love them served warm, with a bit of ice cream!! Yum, Liz!!

  25. Definitely a delicious treat for Dad, Father’s Day or any day!

  26. This looks superb!! Yummy fudgy brownies πŸ™‚

  27. Hi Liz! We saw you guys in Switzerland on Instagram! What an awesome trip it must’ve been! We really have to visit ourselves as well.
    The water bath brownies are something we haven’t seen before, but your description (between brownies and fudge) immediately won our hearts:)
    The ingredients are simple and your method is super easy to follow, so it’s definitely a must-try!:)
    Sending you lots of hugs!

  28. ooooh the fudgier the brownie-the better!

  29. These brownies look so fudgy!! What a delicious dessert that’s so easy to make!

  30. These were a hit at bookclub!

  31. There’s just something about homemade brownies that tastes like heaven. So good!

  32. Look at that beautiful flaky light outer crust and then that fudgy center! The perfect bite!

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