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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!

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Fudgy Brownies from Scratch

Yes, ANOTHER brownie recipe. But this super fudgy homemade brownies recipe was hard to ignore. In this house, there can never be too many brownies or chocolate chip cookies hanging out on the kitchen counter. Please tell me you can relate.

But, in this unprecedented time in history, running to the grocery store for one missing ingredient gives me pause. Instead, I shop in my pantry. Thankfully, I have a good stash of sugar, butter, flour, and chocolate. I’d have a cranky family if they were deprived of dessert. So I whipped up a half batch of Nick Malgieri’s large batch brownie recipe that’s usually made in a half sheet pan. Thankfully, brownies freeze well as a 9 x 13 pan was plenty!

Easy Homemade Brownies stacked on a white plate

Perfect Fudgy Brownies for a Crowd

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. I loved that this brownie recipe made a TON; I was able to get 75 servings from this one batch. 

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!

How do you cut brownies into perfect squares?

Once the brownies have cooled to room temperature, cover and refrigerate 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 up to 3 months. You’ll have a good stash of these extra fudgy brownies for whenever the mood strikes!

Serving Ideas for Brownies

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! 
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Welcome to Progressive Eats, our virtual version of a Progressive Dinner Party. This month’s theme is Easy Summer Dishes, and our host is Barb who blogs at Creative Culinary

If you’re unfamiliar with the concept, a progressive dinner involves going from house to house, enjoying a different course at each location. With Progressive Eats it’s a virtual party. A theme is chosen each month, members share recipes suitable for a delicious meal or party, and you can hop from blog to blog to check them out. Come along and see all of the delicious summer-inspired dishes!

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This recipe was first shared in April 2013. Photos and text were updated in 2020.

3 fudgy homemade Brownies stacked on a square white plate

Fudgy Brownies from Scratch

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

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Yield 48


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


  • Preheat oven to 350º. Spray a half sheet pan with non-stick spray, the line with parchment and spray parchment. Or line the pan with non-stick foil.
  • Combine butter and chopped chocolate in microwave safe bowl. Microwave for 60 seconds, stop and stir and continue microwaving for 30-second intervals, stopping and stirring till mixture is smooth and melted. Set aside.
  • Whisk eggs in a large bowl and mix in salt, sugar, brown sugar and vanilla. Stir in chocolate mixture, then fold in flour.
  • Pour batter into prepared pan and smooth top with offset spatula. Bake for about 45 minutes, until top has formed a shiny crust. Cool in pan. Cover with plastic wrap when cool and refrigerate for easy cutting.
  • To serve, run a knife around edge of the pan and flip brownies onto large cutting board. Remove parchment and flip back. 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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84 comments on “Fudgy Brownies from Scratch”

  1. Agreed, Liz. No such thing as too much of a good thing; especially brownies and cookies!

    Love combining different types of chocolate which turns into a fudgy center with a thin crust on top.

  2. Brownies always sound good! I love your second pic and bookmarked the berry bundt cake:@)

  3. I don´t see why making a second batch of these would be a bad idea… Love that they have both semisweet and milk chocolate. I make a flourless mousse cake from Nigella that uses both chocolates, and it´s so good. These sounds amazing Liz!

  4. I saw the photo that you had on facebook of the home that was redone. It looked amazing. What a great way to raise money for a good cause. I love the fact that this recipe makes a lot. Hubby and Dudette usually wolf down a batch of brownies in the same day and then are looking at me as though I’ve done something wrong. 🙂 More is always good.

  5. Oh my gosh! Liz, I don’t think I could share these brownies! They look so delicious! Great pick for the SRC! Love this recipe!!

  6. Lizi: These dense, fudgy brownies looks like made in heaven…Mmmmm!!!!

  7. Hey, you know me and cookie recipes, I can’t judge you for the brownies!

    Plus…I mean…brownies! YuM!

  8. Delightful brownies! It has been quite a while since I last bake any! I’m a big fan of Nick Malgieri, love his recipes!

  9. You could make anything look delicious, Liz! Love these brownies!

  10. What a great thing you are involved in and how lucky they are to have a master treat maker like you part of it. The brownies look textbook perfect. Are those raspberries real? They look so perfect…mine are always slightly mushed and not so brilliant!

  11. They look soooo good! 😀

    Have a wonderful week! 😀

  12. What chocolaty looking brownies. Yum!

  13. I love me a moist, dense, fudgey brownie. And with a family of 7 children I need a brownie recipe that makes a ton! This is right up my alley!

  14. Brian, the brownie monster, would like to move in with you. In exchange for a constant supply of brownies, he can fix stuff. 🙂

  15. Never can have enough study snack food in the house. Yes, I can completely relate. 😛

  16. Fabulous! Had I known these were hanging out in your basement I might’ve begged a sample yesterday 🙂 I’ll for sure make these next time I make brownies.

  17. Liz!! I’m so excited that you liked the brownies! It’s definitely my favorite brownie recipe of all time. I’ve been waiting to be assigned to your blog, but I’m so happy that you got mine! We have definitely lost touch, mostly because I’ve been slacking on posting but I hope to pick back up in the next month or two. I still am waiting for the SRC email that says I got That Skinny Chick Can Bake! 🙂 Hope all is well!

  18. Lizzy look amazing!! I love this!!

  19. These brownies look so amazing. Of course, they should with all that butter and chocolate 🙂

  20. 4 sticks of butter?! Wow-o! Must be supernatural brownies!!! They look fabulous!!!! yum!

  21. Seriously, there can never be enough brownie recipes in the world! YUM!

  22. Amazing! I think I’ll make these before I have my baby, then I’ll have tons of brownies in the freezer for when the craving strikes!

  23. I will take a brownie any day of the week! These look extra special!

  24. cant agree more!! There are never enough cookies, brownies or sweets!! lol They look lovely!

  25. At first, I was like whoa, so many eggs but it’s deeeefinitely worth it! looks divine!

  26. I love the name for these and that thin crust looks divine!

  27. Yes, I can relate. Love the brownies!

  28. These look incredible, Liz! Perfect for dunking in a glass of milk!

  29. 75 Servings? Excellent. One must never run out of brownies xx

  30. Nice! That sounds like an awesome amount of brownies!

  31. I need a recipe for a crowd. Another meeting this week. I think this will be the ticket.

  32. Oh Lizzy..when will you stop tempting me with all those brownies 🙂

  33. I went to scoop some ice cream tonight and realized (to my horror!) my freezer stash of brownies had run out. Proof you can never bake too many 😉

  34. That’s a huge batch of brownies! I made brownies and attempted to use your cutting technique, epic fail!

  35. 75 in one batch ,dense and fudgy with a thin crust. What’s not to love? There’s a big picnic party we are hosting next month, these brownies will sure please my guests.

  36. Darn ! That’s a lot of yumminess 😀 But then , why bake a measly amount when you can have loads , right ? Any leftover ? I bet it taste as fabulous as it looks 😉

  37. They certainly look moist, chewy and ultra chocolately delish! It was such fun having your blog this month and I really did have a hard time choosing what to make. Those cookies were a hit at my office and hubby’s office. I divided them in half and onward we went to work today. Hope you have a great week!!!

  38. One can never have too many options for brownies – these look so good!!!

  39. Wow, they look fudgy and gooey and buttery all rolled into one. now that’s a cookie bar!

  40. You’re right- one can never have too many brownie recipes or make too many brownies. They are a simple, classic dessert, and these look great.

  41. This is such a good contribution to your community Liz! And I am sure your brownies were a big hit! Who could resist them anyway!

  42. Liz you crack me up with your brownie recipes! I love it! These look crazy fudgy and delicious–gotta try these! I had Lacy’s blog last month and guess which recipe I chose? The mixed berry bundt cake (though I turned it into a more fattening blueberry lemon pound cake). Great minds!

  43. Almost dare not to bake brownies any more as I usually end up eating too much more than I should…these are so irresistible!

  44. there can never be enough brownie recipes in the world!

  45. I’m sure everyone enjoy these yummy and lovely brownies,You had a lot of Amazing brownies recipe here ,looks perfect with raspberry 🙂

  46. You can never have too many brownie recipes. Yum.

  47. You can never have too many brownie recipes 😉 This looks great, Liz!

  48. Oh yes, one can never have too many brownie or chocolate chip recipes in my book (and this is a dietitian talking!) These look absolutely heavenly – I’ll remember to make them the next time I’m baking for a crowd (which is often because my husband is one of 11 kids – ha.)!

  49. I fully agree with you, Liz – there can NEVER be too many brownies or CCCs. In fact, I’d prefer if I always had some of either, or both, within arm distance. And I would’ve gone the chocolate route too – as much as I love all desserts, chocolate will always be number one. These brownies look perfect – I love that thin layer on top! I bet all the hard workers at your party enjoyed every mouthful.

  50. My family wishes I made brownies like you… because there can never be too many brownies. 🙂

  51. Equally love the brownies and its name. 🙂 It looks very irresistable and I can’t promise how many I would eat if they sit in front of me. Thank you Liz and I hope you are having an enjoyable week.

  52. SRC is great! And so are these brownies. Although the titll threw me off, wondering if the were haunted lol

  53. Brownies once more! Next time I want to find a new brownies recipe, I won’t even hesitate and come here, straight to the specialist.

  54. What a cute idea that Secret Recipe Club. Love when brownies have that crispy top! Ok, I need a chocolaty, brownie fix now. 🙂

  55. Can never have enough brownies. If they were in my freezer my hubby would still find them. These sound perfect.

  56. Dear Lizzy, These brownies do look rich and fudge like!! They look delicious! I am glad you got to freeze some. Blessings dear, Catherine xo

  57. These look like perfection, I love trying new brownie recipes out.

  58. Oh gosh, I would love to make these, but I just can’t. And I mean that in the nicest possible way. Brownies are THAT THING that I can’t stop eating. I think everybody has something. Homemade brownies are mine 🙂 I can never make them, because I’ll eat the whole pan in 2 days! HAAHAHHA!

  59. your right- you can never have to many brownie recipes and they always seem to be a little bit different than each other. Love this particular recipe and i love the combo of semi and milk chocolate

  60. When it comes to chocolate treats the more the merrier! 🙂 I don’t think anyone would complain about another decadent chocolate brownie recipe. 😉 Especially some looking that good. I’m sure these are crowd pleasers and what a great treat to bring and share.

  61. Hi Liz,

    Brownies is never enough or too much at our house. Dense and fudgy with the perfect thin crust on top… sounds like our kind of brownies 😀


  62. Liz, you are absolutely right, you cannot ever have enough brownie recipes – having said that, I adore Nick Malgieri´s recipes, I baked one of his fabulous cakes with blueberries last week and we adored it – these brownies look fudgy and chocolaty and like a perfect treat for a very worthy casue/event!

  63. You can never have too many brownies Liz – especially supernatural ones like this!

  64. first of all, there’s no such thing as too many brownie recipes.

    second of all, yum. 😉

    Happy SRC reveal from a group C member!!

  65. I think I can’t ever tire of trying different brownie recipes…this is next on my list, Lizzy! look so good:))

  66. You made your hubby, the chocolate lover, happy with a sample of these. 🙂 That’s an awesome batch of brownies to feed a crowd.

  67. With all of that butter, these are definitely melt in your mouth brownies! YUM!

  68. Liz,
    Love these brownies. You can’t go wrong trying new and different brownie recipes.

  69. I made these today and they are spot on! I added some fresh made coffee to my batter to contrast the chocolate and added a caramel drizzle on top. They are intended for a party tomorrow but I am tempted to sit down by myself and take a fork to the pan. Awesome and simple brownie recipe! Thanks so much!

  70. I’d like to invite you to my Friday Flash Blog, where you can share your best blog entry of the week! The party goes on ALL weekend at And who knows, you may just get featured next week.


  71. I love brownies, cakey or fudgy..These look like the perfectest brownies in the world!

  72. I can seldom pass up a brownie recipe; especially one that is easy on the ingredients and the time to make them. I’m like you…I make what I have ingredients for; not what I wish I had ingredients for that requires a shopping trip…or even waiting for delivery. Give me chocolate NOW! 🙂

  73. You can never have too much chocolate or brownie recipes! Can’t wait to try this one Liz!!

  74. Nick Malgieri is one of my baking gurus. No wonder they turned out so delicious. But honestly, how did you get those edges so sharp? For the life of me, I can never get my brownies to look so incredibly neat. I definitely need to take a lesson from you.

  75. These brownies have such a great name! They take me back to Secret Recipe Club. That was sure fun!

  76. I am looking for a large brownie recipe. I will try yours. You said you used a 9 x 13″ pan and got 75 servings??? How big were the pieces? The beautiful photo was showing a size I don’t think you would get that many servings from in a 9 x 13″ pan.

    You mentioned you cut the recipe in half instead of for the half sheet recipe. I’m confused. Also how thick are these brownies when all said and done? Thank you so much for clarifying for me. Personally I like to bake for a army. It’s all the same mess and same energy to me so why go to all that work for a smaller size reward? Once I understand the recipe size for the half sheet I will for sure give that a try! LOL It’s just too much fun even though it’s just 2 of us now days. I will share with a local nursing home the extra. Love Ranchmama

    • Hi, Ranchmama! You can definitely get 75 small brownies out of a full batch (that’s what I did for the party), but if you want brownies closer to 2 x 2-inches, you’ll get about to 54 brownies. They are definitely thinner than most of my brownies, but not overly thin. And you’re right, I cut nice big brownies for my photos; my sons and husband were glad to indulge, but they were too big for me! xo

  77. These look divine! And I especially love that this makes a big batch that you can freeze. Wonderful idea!

  78. These look fantastic, and my favorite way to have a brownie is a brownie sundae too! It combines some of my favorite desserts :-).

  79. These brownies look so amazing and I love that you’re baking them from scratch using real food ingredients.

  80. Oh my goodness! this recipe is a keeper for sure! the texture, the thin layer on top.. everything is perfect

  81. Liz, we find it incredibly difficult to come to your website and not drool on our keyboard! Seriously, look at these these amazing brownies. You can just see how chewy they are. Okay, must leave now as having a huge chocolate craving…

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