Fudgy Brownies from Scratch let the chocolate flavor shine. This large batch will feed a crowd and is super-rich, super chocolaty, and super delicious!

Bake up a batch of these Homemade Fudgy Brownies for the chocoholics in your life!

Fudgy Brownies from Scratch on a white ceramic tray.

Why You Must Make

  • This recipe is from Nick Malgieri, an accomplished baker and cookbook author.
  • These are super fudgy!
  • You can easily double this recipe in a half-sheet pan for when you need to feed a crowd.
Easy Homemade Brownies stacked on a white plate.

Expert Tips

I baked these up years ago for the designers and landscapers who were ready to debut their talents at our local decorators’ show house. As always, they transformed a classic home into a showplace.

  • These brownies are baked in a half-sheet pan to it will serve a crowd.
  • I was able to get 75 servings from this one batch. 
  • You can also make half the recipe and bake it in a 9 x 13-inch pan. The baking time will be less.
  • Or you can make the full batch and freeze what you want for the future.

And they’re from Nick Malgieri, baker and cookbook author, whom I adore. Rumor is that this recipe came from a mistake when he forgot to add part of the flour! The results were dense and fudgy with the perfect papery thin crust on top. Bill gave these two thumbs up as his mouth was too full of glorious chocolate to give one of his witty reviews. I quickly ran these down to the freezer, so I didn’t have to make a second batch for the event! If you’re looking for a fudgy brownie recipe from scratch, give these easy homemade brownies a try!

Serving Suggestions

My family is delighted to eat these brownies right from the pan, but there are numerous ways to enjoy them.

  • My favorite is a brownie sundae, topped with a scoop of vanilla or peppermint stick ice cream and a drizzle of hot fudge sauce. Vary your ice cream flavors and toppings.
  •  A dollop of whipped cream and fresh berries is also delicious!
  • You can make ice cream sandwiches by spreading some soft ice cream between two brownie squares. Make sure to have plenty of napkins available.
  • How about using a cookie cutter to create festive shapes depending on the time of year? Simple shapes work best, and make sure to start with cold brownies to make cleaner cuts.
  • I’ve also made a Brownie Trifle, with brownies and chocolate mousse! 
Closeup of Fudgy brownies on a white tray.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do you cut brownies into perfect squares?

Once the brownies have cooled to room temperature, cover them and refrigerate for a few hours or overnight. When I make these in a 9 x 13-inch pan, I line the pan with non-stick foil and use the foil as a sling to remove the cold brownies to a cutting board.
Using a sharp knife, cut straight down, cleaning the knife as needed, before cutting again. If you’d like, you can use a ruler and a knife to measure and make marks around the perimeter to guide your slicing. Check out my tips on How to Cut Perfect Cookie Bars for more details.

How do you store brownies?

Brownies keep well at room temperature for 3-4 days as long as they’re stored in an airtight container.

Can you freeze brownies?

Yes, they freeze wonderfully. Place in an airtight container, separating layers with parchment or waxed paper, and freeze for up to 3 months. You’ll have a good stash of these extra fudgy brownies for whenever the mood strikes!

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3 fudgy homemade Brownies stacked on a square white plate

Fudgy Brownies from Scratch

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Additional Time 1 hour
Total Time 2 hours
Yield 48

A huge batch of homemade fudgy brownies! Eat some now, and freeze the rest for your next chocolate craving!


  • 1 pound butter (4 sticks)
  • 8 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped
  • 8 ounces milk chocolate, chopped
  • 8 eggs, at room temperature
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 cups brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • 2 cups flour


  1. Preheat oven to 350º. Spray a half-sheet pan with non-stick spray, line with parchment, and spray parchment. Or line the pan with non-stick foil (my preference).
  2. Combine butter and chopped chocolate in a microwave microwave-safe bowl. Microwave for 60 seconds, stop and stir, and continue microwaving for 30-second intervals, stopping and stirring till the mixture is smooth and melted. Set aside.
  3. Whisk eggs in a large bowl and mix in salt, sugar, brown sugar, and vanilla. Stir in the chocolate mixture, then fold in the flour.
  4. Pour batter into prepared pan and smooth top with an offset spatula.
  5. Bake for about 45 minutes, until the top has formed a shiny crust. Cool in pan.
  6. Cover with plastic wrap when cool and refrigerate for easy cutting.
  7. To serve, lift the cold brownies out of the pan using the foil and place them on a cutting board. Peel back the foil, and cut to the desired size.


Recipe adapted from Nick Malgieri.

You can easily make a half batch in a 9 x 13-inch pan. The baking time may be slightly less.

These taste even better the day after they are baked. I recommend refrigerating overnight.

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Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

1 brownie

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 209Total Fat: 11gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 52mgSodium: 101mgCarbohydrates: 26gFiber: 1gSugar: 21gProtein: 2g


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