The Best Fudge Brownies Ever

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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  1. Maria wrote:

    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

    Posted 4.20.09 Reply
  2. Elle wrote:

    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!

    Elle’s last blog post..Guacamole Ice Cream…sort of!

    Posted 4.20.09 Reply
  3. 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!!

    Brenda Campbell’s last blog post..Choco-Berry Trifle Parfait

    Posted 4.20.09 Reply
  4. Cheri wrote:

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

    Cheri’s last blog post..Garlic Snap Peas

    Posted 4.20.09 Reply
  5. Steph wrote:

    I love a nice crackly top!

    Steph’s last blog post..Flour Frosting V2 and Hershey’s Perfectly Chocolate Chocolate Cake

    Posted 4.20.09 Reply
  6. Andy wrote:

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

    Posted 4.20.09 Reply
  7. 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.

    Lydia (The Perfect Pantry)’s last blog post..Greek yogurt (Recipe: lemon walnut yogurt dessert)

    Posted 4.21.09 Reply
    • Kathy wrote:

      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! 🙂

      Posted 4.21.09 Reply
      • Jennifer wrote:

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

        Posted 5.20.09 Reply
        • Kathy wrote:

          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.

          Posted 5.20.09 Reply
  8. Digigirl wrote:

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

    Digigirl’s last blog post..Easy Chicken Adobo in the Slow Cooker

    Posted 4.21.09 Reply
  9. Kristen wrote:

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

    Kristen’s last blog post..The Fall of a Brownie Purist (Recipe: Black & White Cheesecake Squares)

    Posted 4.21.09 Reply
  10. Dani wrote:

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

    Dani’s last blog post..#55) No-Fat Banana Muffins

    Posted 4.21.09 Reply
  11. Kara wrote:

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

    Kara’s last blog post..Hecho en Mexico

    Posted 4.21.09 Reply
  12. amy wrote:

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

    amy’s last blog post..

    Posted 4.21.09 Reply
  13. 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

    Posted 4.21.09 Reply
  14. Shan wrote:

    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

    Posted 4.21.09 Reply
    • Kathy wrote:

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

      Posted 4.21.09 Reply
  15. marguerite wrote:

    Those are beautiful!

    marguerite’s last blog post..Hard Arnold Palmer… oh yeah!

    Posted 4.21.09 Reply
  16. Esi wrote:

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

    Esi’s last blog post..Spring Cianfotta

    Posted 4.21.09 Reply
  17. Nadine wrote:

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

    Posted 4.21.09 Reply
    • Kathy wrote:

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

      Posted 4.21.09 Reply
  18. Faygie wrote:

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

    Posted 4.22.09 Reply
  19. Risa wrote:

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

    Posted 4.22.09 Reply
  20. Rachel wrote:

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

    Posted 4.22.09 Reply
    • Kathy wrote:

      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!

      Posted 4.23.09 Reply
  21. mary wrote:

    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

    Posted 4.23.09 Reply
    • Kathy wrote:

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

      Posted 4.23.09 Reply
  22. Christine wrote:

    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.

    Posted 4.28.09 Reply
    • Kathy wrote:

      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!

      Posted 4.28.09 Reply
      • Christine wrote:

        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!

        Posted 5.5.09 Reply
  23. shasa wrote:

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

    Posted 5.29.09 Reply
    • Kathy wrote:

      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?

      Posted 5.29.09 Reply
  24. Lou wrote:

    Mmmmmmm, they look mouthwateringly tasty!

    Posted 7.4.09 Reply
  25. A-Man wrote:

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

    Posted 2.19.10 Reply
  26. Karen wrote:

    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 =-.

    Posted 2.20.10 Reply
    • Kathy wrote:

      Awesome! I definitely view brownies as household staple items too 🙂

      Posted 2.23.10 Reply
  27. Memoria wrote:

    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 =-.

    Posted 3.7.10 Reply
  28. Rkan wrote:

    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 🙂

    Posted 5.1.10 Reply
    • Kathy wrote:

      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.

      Posted 5.1.10 Reply
      • Rkan wrote:

        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.

        Posted 5.2.10 Reply
  29. thanks for the great recipe I can’t wait to try it out!

    Posted 10.4.10 Reply
  30. this is the best brownie recipe I have ever tried every one is raving about it
    thank you so much

    Posted 1.5.11 Reply
    • Kathy wrote:

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

      Posted 1.5.11 Reply
  31. Andrés wrote:

    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”.

    Posted 5.8.11 Reply
    • k crehan wrote:

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

      Richer deeper chocoalte taste , the bomb!

      Posted 7.25.11 Reply
  32. Lana wrote:

    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

    Posted 5.13.12 Reply
    • Sounds like there must have been a missing ingredient that second time around!

      Posted 5.13.12 Reply
  33. millie wrote:

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

    =- )

    Posted 9.15.12 Reply