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

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!

Frequently Asked Questions

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! 
Closeup of Fudgy brownies on a white tray
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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

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
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
  • 1/2 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, the line with parchment and spray parchment. Or line the pan with non-stick foil.
  2. 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.
  3. Whisk eggs in a large bowl and mix in salt, sugar, brown sugar and vanilla. Stir in chocolate mixture, then fold in flour.
  4. 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.
  5. 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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