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Easy Fudgy Brownies

Rich and chocolatey moist, fudgy brownies are the perfect homemade dessert!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword fudgy brownies, homemade brownies
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Cooling Time 2 hours
Total Time 3 hours 15 minutes
Servings 16 squares
Calories 280kcal
Author Blair Lonergan

Ingredients

  • 1 cup (2 sticks) salted butter, softened
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 4 eggs
  • 4 ounces unsweetened baking chocolate, cut into chunks
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • Optional: 1-2 cups chopped walnuts or chocolate chips
  • Powdered sugar, for dusting

Instructions

  • Melt the chocolate in a double-boiler or in 20-second increments in the microwave, stirring until smooth. Cool.
  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Grease a deep 8-inch or 9-inch square baking dish (glass, ceramic or light metal is best for even baking); set aside.
  • In a large bowl, use an electric mixer to cream together butter, sugar and vanilla extract. Add eggs, one at a time, mixing to combine really well. Add melted chocolate (make sure that it’s not too hot or the eggs will cook) and mix until combined. Mix in flour and salt. Fold in nuts or chocolate chips (if using).
  • Transfer batter to the prepared baking dish. Bake for 50-65 minutes, or until cooked through. Don’t overbake – they will firm up as they cool and stay nice and fudgy!
  • Once the brownies are completely cool, slice into squares and dust with powdered sugar (if desired).

Notes

The total baking time will vary depending on the type and size of the pan that you're using, so it's best to just keep an eye on your brownies towards the end. For instance, glass or ceramic pans will require a longer baking time than metal pans. Dark metal or nonstick pans will require significantly less time.
It's important not to over-bake the brownies in order to maintain that moist, fudgy texture. Press gently in the center of the pan -- the brownie should feel like it has just set. Then insert a toothpick. The brownies are done when a toothpick comes out with a few moist crumbs still clinging. It's okay for the pick to look moist, but if you see wet batter, bake the brownies a little bit longer.

Nutrition

Serving: 1brownie | Calories: 280kcal | Carbohydrates: 33g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 71mg | Sodium: 192mg | Potassium: 86mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 25g | Vitamin A: 414IU | Calcium: 18mg | Iron: 2mg