The Best Fudge Brownies Ever

by Kathy Strahs on April 20, 2009 · 50 comments

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The folks at King Arthur Flour call these their “Best Fudge Brownies Ever”. Pretty big talk, don’t you think? As one who enjoys a good brownie I was definitely game to bake up a batch and see for myself. Did they live up to all the hype?

Well, that depends on how you like your brownies.

If you think brownies ought to be rich and chocolatey, dense and chewy… if a shiny, crackly surface that begs to be broken through with a deftly-wielded serrated knife (or just your eager mitts) is at all inviting to you… if the sight and feel of soft, melted pockets of semi-sweet chocolate cropping up intermittently like decadent little presents makes you stop whatever you’re doing to sit down and savor the goodness …and if, from a highly practical standpoint, you value the ability to remove all of this wonderfulness quickly and easily from its baking pan without any sticking at all…then YES, you will conclude, as I did, that these are, in fact, the BEST FUDGE BROWNIES EVER!

Best-Ever Brownies



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Maria April 20, 2009 at 1:34 PM

Oh yea! I am a fudge girl all the way!! Will have to try these and soon:)

Maria’s last blog post..Recipe for Lemon Angel Food Cupcakes


Elle April 20, 2009 at 1:40 PM

I knew it was the recipe from the bag! I’ve wanted to make these forever–now I’ll be sure to get to them soon. They look fabulous!

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Brenda Campbell April 20, 2009 at 7:10 PM

I will definitely try these! I have all the ingredients in the house… maybe tonight after the kids go to bed. (I will save some for them tomorrow LOL) But I am a fudge brownie gal totally, it is one of my favorites!!

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Cheri April 20, 2009 at 7:13 PM

These look amazing! I am hungry just looking at the picture!

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Steph April 20, 2009 at 7:31 PM

I love a nice crackly top!

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Andy April 20, 2009 at 8:19 PM

that was the most adorable intro ever. (with great punctuation too!)


Lydia (The Perfect Pantry) April 21, 2009 at 4:47 AM

I’m afraid to make these… because they do look like the best ever, and will have absolutely no self-control around them! But what I love is that I buy this flour all the time, and never bother to look at the recipe on the package. Thanks for making me look.

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Kathy April 21, 2009 at 12:50 PM

Freezing half the batch is the only self control I’ve been able to muster – out of sight out of mind. Until I open the freezer next, that is! :-)


Jennifer May 20, 2009 at 4:33 PM

How do these brownies taste after they are frozen? Did you freeze individual servings or an entire “half” pan?


Kathy May 20, 2009 at 9:06 PM

They froze really well. I cut them into bars and wrapped them individually in press & seal wrap before putting them in a plastic freezer bag.


Digigirl April 21, 2009 at 7:05 AM

I totally agree! I’ve made those before and everyone who’s tried them has agreed – they’re the best!

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Kristen April 21, 2009 at 7:10 AM

Oh yes, these look just about right! Love it!

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Dani April 21, 2009 at 7:27 AM

i am a brownie lover and these dont look like they would dissapoint :)

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Kara April 21, 2009 at 9:02 AM

Best fudge brownies ever? Just the title alone warrants trying these… they look fabulous!

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amy April 21, 2009 at 9:33 AM

i havent had my chocolate fix today and this just screamsss EAT ME! 😛

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Amy (Sing for your supper) April 21, 2009 at 9:58 AM

I definitely agree! I made these a few weeks back and decided that I had found my new go-to brownie recipe! By far the best brownies I’ve ever had…

Amy (Sing for your supper)’s last blog post..Tuesdays with Dorie…Bread+Chocolate=LOVE


Shan April 21, 2009 at 10:51 AM

Never tried these, but I’m a big fan of the KAF On the Fence Brownies (on the fence between fudgy and cakey. Similar to the consistency of Betty Crocker mix). And I’ve tried a bunch of other KAF recipes. Not a stinker in the whole pile. This company knows it’s stuff. Doubt you could go wrong with anything they recommend


Kathy April 21, 2009 at 9:29 PM

That’s very good to know – now I’m really eager to make a lot of their recipes!


marguerite April 21, 2009 at 11:12 AM

Those are beautiful!

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Esi April 21, 2009 at 2:37 PM

I have so many bags of KA (stocked up since TJs discontinued it). I will have to try. They look amazing!!!

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Nadine April 21, 2009 at 8:21 PM

I just made these… and they’re fantastic!!


Kathy April 21, 2009 at 9:27 PM

Isn’t that recipe incredible? So glad you liked them too!


Faygie April 22, 2009 at 1:18 PM

This is my go-to brownie recipe. They really ARE fabulous! :)


Risa April 22, 2009 at 3:23 PM

I love the concept of your new site. I wish I had found it earlier. These brownies look amazing!


Rachel April 22, 2009 at 11:00 PM

They look amazing! How long do you think they would take in the oven if they were cupcake sized?


Kathy April 23, 2009 at 7:14 AM

Hi Rachel,

I imagine they’d take a little less time to bake them in a cupcake pan. I’d definitely keep a close eye on them through the oven window – as long as you do the little toothpick test for doneness you should be fine. Good luck!


mary April 23, 2009 at 12:49 PM

I work at King Arthur, just down the hall from the test kithcen. There are days when there are 6 different chocolate brownies that we have to taste and rate- just to make sure we have the best recipe. It’s a tough job but somebody’s got to do it. :0) Mary @ KAF


Kathy April 23, 2009 at 2:19 PM

Mary, you just might have the best job on the planet!!


Christine April 28, 2009 at 10:26 AM

What is the consistency of the batter like? Is it on the liquidy and pourable side, or is it a little denser? I’m toying with the idea of adding a layer of caramel to the center of these (I know, I know…I’m asking for a dessert coma), but that usually tends to work best with a thicker, drier batter.


Kathy April 28, 2009 at 12:42 PM

Wow, a caramel layer! That might make these the Best-est brownies ever :-) I’d say the batter is on the denser side, kind of sticky. Definitely not liquidy like a cake batter. My guess is it could probably support the caramel. Would love to know how it comes out!


Christine May 5, 2009 at 4:52 PM

Two words: fan-TASTIC!
The batter worked quite well at supporting the melted caramel. It was a bit on the moister side than the usual batter I use to make caramel brownies with (which caused it to be a messy process), but the end result was just fantastic. I will definitely be making these again!
Thanks for the recipe!


shasa May 29, 2009 at 6:38 PM

i tried making these, and they werent shiny at all =(
do u have any idea what might went wrong?


Kathy May 29, 2009 at 9:44 PM

Hmmmm…the only thing I can think of is maybe you accidentally left out an ingredient? I’m known to do that myself quite often! Or maybe your sugar didn’t dissolve quite enough to get the shiny top?


Lou July 4, 2009 at 5:58 AM

Mmmmmmm, they look mouthwateringly tasty!


A-Man February 19, 2010 at 12:18 PM

Your fudge brownies look extraordinary yummy. Thank you for the post and the pictures.
.-= A-Man´s last blog ..German yeast dumplings =-.


Karen February 20, 2010 at 10:48 AM

I make these whenever I need brownies for something, like today when hosting 10 students for a recital. Most of the time I use either half or all Ghirardelli Sweetened Cocoa instead and it comes out extremely scrumptious. Thanks for posting it as it has become an entertaining staple around here!
.-= Karen´s last blog ..Enter Leroy, Stage Right =-.


Kathy February 23, 2010 at 2:53 PM

Awesome! I definitely view brownies as household staple items too :-)


Memoria March 7, 2010 at 12:40 PM

I’ve made these before, and they are my go-to brownies. I love making them, and I love the process of melting the butter and sugar together. I recognized these brownies as soon as I saw the crinkly top. YUM!! Lovely photos and blog you have here!
.-= Memoria´s last blog ..Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Ice Cream =-.


Rkan May 1, 2010 at 7:01 PM

Oh I must have done some things wrong! My brownies turned out cakey and the top was not shiny at all – the batter I ended up with was runny like a cake mixture :( Was the butter-sugar mixture dense after you heated it? Should I have waited until it was syrupy? Would love to eat your brownies – they look so delish :)


Kathy May 1, 2010 at 10:31 PM

Oh my goodness! You must have missed an ingredient somewhere along the way. The butter and sugar should have definitely been syrupy when you heated it. And the batter should have been thick, not runny.


Rkan May 2, 2010 at 7:01 AM

I will definitely try again. The Batter tasted great but the texture was a disappointment for me. It could also be that I used my mixer – I’ll try mixing batter by hand. Maybe it would prevent it from rising too much. Will let you know how it turns out.


Sunny James October 4, 2010 at 9:08 PM

thanks for the great recipe I can’t wait to try it out!


Sunny James January 5, 2011 at 3:26 PM

this is the best brownie recipe I have ever tried every one is raving about it
thank you so much


Kathy January 5, 2011 at 3:39 PM

I’m so glad you tried it – they weren’t just bragging when they named it “best ever”, right?


Andrés May 8, 2011 at 7:18 PM

The best brownie recipe I’ve ever tried. Just follow the instructions to the letter. The trick is using the right type of chocolate. I used “cebe cacao edles aroma”.


k crehan July 25, 2011 at 4:52 PM

Add 1/4 cup of brewed coffee and OMG !!!

Richer deeper chocoalte taste , the bomb!


Kathy Strahs July 25, 2011 at 5:28 PM

That sounds incredible!


Lana May 13, 2012 at 10:14 AM

I tried this recipe twice, the first time was so yummy but the second time my brownies were so so dry :( I donno why and I am afraid to do it again


Kathy Strahs May 13, 2012 at 10:23 AM

Sounds like there must have been a missing ingredient that second time around!


millie September 15, 2012 at 7:19 PM

in the oven!
i am fudge brownie person
i don’t understand why some people like theirs cakey
that’s what cake’s 4!

=- )


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