Best Brownie Ever

Best Ever Brownie

“These over the top, no frosting necessary, decadent dark chocolate fudgy brownies are the best brownie ever. Unless of course you don’t like dense dark chocolate morphed into fudgy brownies, in which case you should skip this post!?

These over the top, no frosting necessary, decadent dark chocolate fudgy brownies are the perfect dessert. Unless of course you don't like dense dark chocolate morphed into fudgy brownies, in which case you should skip this post! #brownies #fudgebrownies #baking

My gorgeous hot pink Japanese peonies are blooming, my tomatoes are protected in their water wells, it’s blowing outside like in Dorothy’s Kansas, and  this weekend is Memorial Day. I’m feeling a bit out of sorts.  We just said goodbye to snow, I have yet to plant my flower boxes, the folly is still unfinished, swimming pools will soon be opening, but yes Colorado is well…just being Colorado. We had, I think, one of the warmest winters ever, but now I think Mother Nature is totally confused. I know I am.

Memorial Day is almost upon us and that is my target date to have my yard in tip top shape. It actually is in pretty good shape, (thank you Adam) and except for the bare grass spots-thanks to the rabbits-really it isn’t so behind, it just feels overwhelming. Manservant is actually home this year, which leads me to thinking maybe we will have friends over to celebrate the beginning of summer. You can see I am very wishy washy when it comes to making decisions, as I have yet to actually ask anyone officially. But there is one thing I am not wishy washy about, and that is these.

These over the top, no frosting necessary, decadent dark chocolate fudgy brownies are the perfect dessert. Unless of course you don't like dense dark chocolate morphed into fudgy brownies, in which case you should skip this post! #brownies #fudgebrownies #baking

If I were to follow through on my undecided decision of having friends over, these are the perfect Memorial Day dessert. Well, that’s change that. These are the perfect dessert. Anytime. Anywhere. Well, yes, (one more well,) that is if you like dense dark chocolate morphed into the form of gooey fudgy brownies that e the best ever. And if you don’t well…you probably are not friends with me! Or perhaps you are skinny and don’t eat my desserts, which is OK, because that means more for me. And if you are the cakey brownie type, Lordy, Lordy, Lordy!!!!, please just go bake a cake because honestly, God did not invent brownies to be cakey. And though God does love chocolate frosting on some brownies, this is not that recipe. Just sayin’!

In the event that I do have a party- well, I hesitate to say party as I am probably talking about 6-8 good friends, which I guess in our case would be a party, I still have no idea what my menu will be. I am leaning Greek kebabs, but then again I love chicken with peanut sauce, and who can resist ribs or burgers or dogs… along with tequila, which you know Manservant will want, in which case should I just submit to the Mexican urge?  And my Bon Appetit just arrived and I now have 59 more ways to fire up the grill. Plus there are sour cherries in my freezer that need to be made into the form of pie but Lordy, Lordy, Lordy!!! this best ever brownie recipe is not to be missed. I’m not trying to be as farmisht as Mother Nature, but the barometer has given me a foggy brain.

So what are you doing for Memorial Day? For sure I’m overthinking this, well, except for these luscious, decadent, put these in your piehole, best ever brownies!


A few other cookie bars: Liz at The Skinny Chick Can Bake has these great Oreo chocolate chip bars 

and Fudge Stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars from Back for Seconds sound awesome!

Brownies w/ Cookie Dough   

Brownies with cookie dough filling

 White Chocolate Brownies   

White chocolate blueberry brownies

Katharine Hepburn’s Brownie

katharine hepburn's brownie

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best ever brownie

Best Brownie Ever

  • Author: Abbe Odenwalder
  • Prep Time: 20 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 Minutes
  • Total Time: 50 Minutes
  • Yield: 24 Brownies 1x
  • Category: Cookies and Bars
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American


These over the top, no frosting necessary, decadent dark chocolate fudgy brownies are the perfect dessert. Unless of course you don’t like dense dark chocolate morphed into fudgy brownies.


  • 1 1/4 c unbleached all purpose flour
  • 1 t salt
  • 2 T unsweetened cocoa powder (I prefer natural, but Dutch will work.)
  • 11 oz dark chocolate, coarsely chopped
  • 1 c unsalted butter, cut into 1” cubes
  • 1 t instant espresso powder (optional, but it does bring out the chocolate flavor)
  • 1 1/2 c sugar
  • 1/2 c packed brown sugar
  • 5 eggs, room temperature
  • 2 t vanilla extract


  1. Preheat oven to 350. Butter the sides and bottom of a 13 x 9 light colored pan. Line with parchment.
  2. In a large microwave bowl, place the chocolate and butter. Heat for 1 minute at power 7, and then stir. Do this 1 minute at a time until chocolate and butter are melted and smooth.
  3. Add the espresso powder and both sugars. Combine well. Add three eggs to the room temperature chocolate. (You don’t want to cook your eggs!) Whisk until combined. Do not overbeat or you will end up with the feared cakey brownies! Add the other two eggs and whisk again. Stir in vanilla.
  4. In a large mixing cup, combine flour, salt and cocoa. Using a rubber spatula, fold flour mixture into the chocolate. No need to overfold.
  5. Pour batter into the prepared pan and smooth the top. Bake, rotating the pan halfway through baking, until a toothpick inserted into the middle, comes out with just a few moist crumbs attached-about 30 minutes.
  6. Let brownies cool and then lift out of pan using the parchment paper. Cut into squares and serve with ice cream or not! These may be stored at room temperature in an airtight container or wrap with plastic wrap. They are also good chilled!


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  • Sue/the view from great island
    May 31, 2017 at 9:49 pm

    I'm totally with you, cakey brownies should be against the law ~ these look PERFECT!

  • Yi
    May 30, 2017 at 8:08 pm

    Look at those gooey and decadent brownies! They make a perfect snack for afternoon tea. Thanks for the recipe and I'll be making these soon.

  • Karen (Back Road Journal)
    May 30, 2017 at 6:28 pm

    Now fudgey brownies for me…a friend had us over and we had store bought pound cake with plain strawberries and blue berries. I'm going to have to make your brownies so I stop having the "oh poor me" feeling. 😀

  • Jeff
    May 29, 2017 at 11:16 am

    I'm more of a cake-brownie person, but my fiance is more of a fudgie, so I'm always on the lookout for recipes like these. Thanks!

  • Sippity Sup
    May 27, 2017 at 6:06 pm

    I'm a gooey brownie fan too. These look like the gooiest. GREG

  • pamela (brooklynfarmgirl)
    May 26, 2017 at 7:41 pm

    These brownies look so fudgy and delicious!

  • [email protected]
    May 26, 2017 at 12:13 pm

    Gosh! Your brownies look so delicious! And I love you addition of espresso powder. Chocolate and coffee.. a fab combo!!

  • Stacey @ The Sugar Coated Cottage
    May 26, 2017 at 12:11 am

    I love decadent fudgy brownies! These look like I've died and gone to heaven! I hear you on the yard work, I'm running behind and since we go soooo much rain the plants are bigger (YAY) but so are the weeds (Boo). Have a good weekend! Take care.

  • Gerlinde de Broekert
    May 25, 2017 at 11:07 pm

    These brownies look amazing. I wouldn't mind having one right now . It's cold and drizzly here on the coast in Northern California .

  • Juliana
    May 25, 2017 at 6:11 pm

    I am loving the look of this brownie…fudgy and gooey…so inviting. Thanks for sharing the recipe Abbe.
    Have a great rest of the week 🙂

  • SavoringTime in the Kitchen
    May 25, 2017 at 6:09 pm

    No need to avert my eyes here! I love dark chocolate and brownies. I've watched your recent weather. You snow has become our rain downpours!

  • GiGi Eats Celebrities
    May 25, 2017 at 4:35 am

    I love the espresso powder addition! I bet it gives these babies a nice KICK!

  • Tricia Buice
    May 25, 2017 at 3:30 am

    I love brownies and these look perfect Abbe – thank you for sharing this recipe. Hope your yard work comes together in time for a yard party! I would serve these – they look amazing. We are home and had a wonderful trip to Shanghai – so much to blog about – and thousands of photos to edit. More to come but wanted to say thanks again for all your suggestions. What an interesting place. Our son came in 12th in the race – out of thousands. It was a great trip!

  • Anu - My Ginger Garlic Kitchen
    May 24, 2017 at 7:37 pm

    Indeed these brownies are best. Love how intense, dark and fudgy they are. Just so good.

  • Pam
    May 24, 2017 at 4:45 pm

    These would be great for the holiday! I'm not big on chocolate, but everyone else here is, so they'd be devoured in a flash. Our weather is so chilly, rainy dreary and it sounds like it's going to be this way until early next week. So we're not planning any cookout, etc. like we usually do on this holiday. Hope it's better your way soon!

  • Kelsie | the itsy-bitsy kitchen
    May 24, 2017 at 3:29 pm

    Oh Abbe, these are SO going on my Memorial Day baking list. And I have a feeling they'll end up on my just because baking list too. I'm a fudgy brownie fanatic. (Cakey brownies are just a no.) And I can see how ridiculously fudgy these beauties are!

  • Denise Browning
    May 24, 2017 at 1:12 pm

    I am a big fan of this American classic and gotta try your recipe because fudgy brownies are the type that I really enjoy! So sharing this, Abbe!

  • Chris Scheuer
    May 24, 2017 at 1:09 pm

    Oh my goodness, they look wonderful! And I'm sure there's not way to stop with one.

  • Ashika | Gardening Foodie
    May 24, 2017 at 5:46 am

    YUMMEEEE!!!! I love brownies, and this is how a brownie should look…fudgy,chocolatey and decadent. Definitely saving and pinning to bake later this afternoon.

  • Lavender and Lime (
    May 24, 2017 at 5:26 am

    These look totally YUM! We are waiting for the snow with bated breath Abbe 🙂

  • Balvinder Ubi
    May 24, 2017 at 12:08 am

    These do look like the best, rich, chewy, and over the top chocolate decadence.

  • Kitchen Riffs
    May 23, 2017 at 5:07 pm

    You know, all your friends are reading this and waiting for their invite. 😀 These look excellent — rich, dark, decadent. Everything a brownie should be! Thanks so much.

  • Karen Turnbull
    May 23, 2017 at 2:38 pm

    Yep! My kinda brownie for sure so on the agenda in the next day or two. Can't waitr to try these because I still haven't found the brownie recipe of my dreams. Every one I've tried that promised to be the very best didn't quite reach total bliss. This looks like it might be the one!

  • HWC Magazine
    May 23, 2017 at 11:30 am

    Abbe! My goodness so fudgy and delicious and decadent. We don't want to stress you but we really do not think these brownies will still be around until Memorial Day weekend. You better put a lock on the refrigerator! Sharing, of course!

  • Amy (Savory Moments)
    May 23, 2017 at 10:49 am

    These brownies look pretty amazing — very fudgy! Perfect for any picnic or gathering!

  • Angie Schneider
    May 23, 2017 at 9:52 am

    I am impressed! Look at that almost fudgy texture…fanfreakingtastic!

  • Liz Berg
    May 23, 2017 at 9:04 am

    We are on team fudgy brownies around here! You've hit the jackpot with these gorgeous gems—and I must make them before Nick heads back to school!!