Double Chocolate Brownie Bars

  • Serves: Makes one 8- x 8-inch pan
  • Baking Temp (degrees F): 350
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Variations: More Chocolaty and Fudgier Brownies; Brownie Bites Tutorial; Cream Cheese Swirled BrowniesDulce de Leche Swirled Brownies; Gluten-Free Fudge Brownie Bars; Healthy Oven Fudge Brownies; Peppermint Patty Brownies

Brownies food styling and photo by Orange Piggy © Sarah Phillips 

Brownies food styling and photo by Orange Piggy © Sarah Phillips 
There's nothing like a good old-fashioned fudge brownie recipe. These are fudgy, chewy and dense, not light and airy or overly gooey so you can't eat them. These have a moist interior and are intensely chocolaty from my using a combination of both cocoa powder and chocolate, a signature combination I like to use in my chocolate recipes.This recipe doubles nicely and will bake in a 9 x 13-inch pan at 350 degrees F, for 40 to 45 minutes. We use this recipe with our Brownie Bites Tutorial.


Orange Piggy, Premium Member, Says: "Hi Sarah, I made your double chocolate fudge brownies. They were such a big hit at my husband's office."


The secret to making perfect fudge brownies is to mix the ingredients until they are just combined. If you beat the recipe too much, air will be beaten into the mixture and it will cause the brownies will rise in the oven and then collapse. Once removed, and the top of the brownie will tend to separate from its base. 

1 cup unbleached all-purpose flour (spoon flour into measuring cup and level to top)
1/4 cup unsweetened Dutch-process (or Natural) cocoa powder; if lumpy, sift through a fine mesh strainer after measuring
1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt

3 ounces bittersweet or semisweet chocolate, finely chopped (any cacao% will work)
1/2 cup (1 stick) salted or unsalted butter

3 large eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1 1/2 cups sugar

optional: 1/2 cup toasted pecans or walnuts, coarsely chopped

1. Position a rack in the center of the oven and preheat to 350 degrees. Grease an 8- x 8- inch baking pan.
Or, optionally, for easy removal, line an 8- x 8-inch baking pan with a long sheet of aluminum foil. Make sure it covers the bottom and reaches up all four the sides of the pan. If it doesn't, cross another sheet of foil over it, making a large cross with edges that overhang the sides, too. Grease the bottom and sides of the foil with a bit of butter or non-stick spray. Set aside.

2. In a medium bowl, combine the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt. Set aside.

3. Put the chopped chocolate in a small bowl. Warm the butter in a saucepan until just melted and remove from the heat. Pour the butter over the chocolate. Swirl the pan so the hot butter warms all the chocolate and covers it. Let the mixture sit 2 minutes. Stir to melt the chocolate. Let cool until slightly warm.

4. With a fork, beat the eggs and vanilla together in a medium bowl until just combined. Stir in the sugar with a rubber spatula. Pour in the cooled butter-chocolate mixture and mix until smooth. Do NOT whip. In 2 additions, fold in the flour mixture until almost combined, and then the walnuts until all are fully combined. The batter will be thick and look like fudge.
Scrape the batter into the pan and smooth it. Tap the pan lightly on the countertop a few times to remove excess air bubbles.

5. Bake for exactly 40 minutes. This recipe will puff slightly in the oven, then fall and crack; it's normal. The brownies will seem underdone in the middle but will harden as they cool. DO NOT OVERBAKE.
Cool in the pan on a wire cake rack before cutting into squares.

Store well-covered at room temperature for 3 to 5 days. Freezes well for up to 3 months.

Brownies food styling and photo by Orange Piggy © Sarah Phillips 

More Chocolaty and Fudgier Brownies: If you want more dense fudge brownies, increase the chocolate squares to a total of 6 ounces, and decrease the sugar to 1 cup.
Some fudge brownie purists even omit the baking powder.

Brownie Bites Tutorial

Cream Cheese Swirled Brownies

Dulce de Leche Swirled Brownies

Gluten-free Fudge Brownie Bars

Healthy Oven Fudge Brownies

Peppermint Patty Brownies: 
Cut 1 peppermint patty (1.5 ounce each) into 8 equal pieces or cut YORK (Hershey's brand) small (1 1/12-inch) Peppermint Patties in half.
After spreading the batter in the pan, place the pieces evenly over the top. Push each one down into the batter until just covered. Do not push to the bottom. Bake as directed.

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