Ultimate Fudge Brownies with Peanut Butter Chips.

These are, by far, the fudgiest homemade brownies in the world!

Ultimate Fudge Brownies with Peanut Butter Chips. The best homemade brownie recipe I've tried!Ladies and gents, I bring you one of the last recipes of 2012. Today, we have peanut butter and chocolate.  Would you expect anything less?

We went to a holiday party the other week and I wanted to bring something along with my homemade funfetti cupcakes.  A simple dessert that I knew everyone would love.  I bookmarked a mouthwatering homemade brownie recipe a few months ago and instantly knew this was the time to test them out.

To the simple gooey brownie recipe, I added peanut butter chips.  Obviously. I can never precisely follow a recipe. I have to “Sally” it. 😉

These are, by far, the fudgiest brownies in the world! The recipe is simple and they're always a hit. sallysbakingaddiction.com

Homemade brownies may be made with unsweetened cocoa powder or melted solid chocolate.  If using cocoa powder, you typically will need more fat in the batter because cocoa powder does not contain the cocoa butter that solid chocolate does.  I’ve made brownies both ways.

For years and years, I’ve been making one killer homemade brownie recipe – it’s a large batch brownie recipe using flour, eggs, vanilla extract, butter, and sugar.  My original homemade brownies call for melted chocolate.  Several of you have made this particular brownie, telling me how chewy, fudgy, and intensely chocolatey they are.  I completely agree. I LOVE my homemade brownie recipe!

Today’s brownie recipe makes a smaller batch. It uses the same ingredients: flour, eggs, vanilla extract, butter, and sugar.  It calls for cocoa powder.  And they’re really, really, really fudgy.

These are, by far, the fudgiest homemade brownies in the world!

To be honest, I truly do not have a preference over cocoa powder or solid chocolate in a brownie recipe – I mean, it’s chocolate (either in powder form or solid form) mixed with butter.  And it tastes GOOD.

Today’s recipe, using cocoa powder, calls for more butter than my homemade brownie recipe AND it makes a smaller batch.  You can imagine how dense they are!

Besides the cocoa powder & melted solid chocolate difference, both brownie recipes calls for the same things but in different amounts.  Let’s dissect today’s recipe a bit further, shall we?

Ultimate Fudge Brownies with Peanut Butter Chips. These are the fudgiest brownies EVER!

Today’s brownies are dark, rich, moist, and will leave you screaming for a tall glass of milk.  They’ll stick to the roof of your mouth, fill you with an urge for another square, and make you think you’re eating chocolate frosting in solid form.  Fact.

The recipe is fairly simple.  Begin by melting the butter, sugar, unsweetened cocoa, and salt together.  Today’s recipe uses the same amount of sugar that my homemade brownie recipe uses – but today’s recipe makes a smaller batch.  Are they *too* sweet?  Not at all.  Since my original brownie recipe calls for semi-sweet melted chocolate, you’re getting an extra dose of sugar.  Today’s smaller brownie recipe, using the unsweetened cocoa powder, needs the extra sugar. Get it? Got it. Good.

I melted those four ingredients together in the microwave.  I was feeling particularly lazy, so feel free to use your stovetop instead.

These are, by far, the fudgiest brownies in the world! The recipe is simple and they're always a hit. sallysbakingaddiction.com

Next, add some more usual brownie suspects – vanilla extract and 2 eggs. Whisk whisk whisk with a wooden spoon.  Absolutely NO mixer is required for this recipe!  And you can mix it all up in 1 bowl.  No extra dishes to dirty, no extra time to waste.  Hallelujah!

Slowly stir in the flour.  The recipe only calls for 1/2 cup of flour. A brownie’s fudginess directly relates to the amount of flour in the recipe.  And with only 1/2 cup of flour in the entire recipe, you can imagine why these babies are so darn rich. They’re like biting into a soft and thick dark chocolate bar.  It’s the ultimate chocolate experience.

These are, by far, the fudgiest brownies in the world! The recipe is simple and they're always a hit. sallysbakingaddiction.com

What on earth could make this insanely rich, thick, and dense brownies even better?  Peanut butter. Isn’t that the answer to most of life’s problems? Peanut butter and chocolate to the rescue.

1 cup of peanut butter chips mixed into this brownie batter is the best decision I’ve ever made.  I don’t think I have to convince you anymore on that front.

Bake the brownies for 25-30 minutes. Mine took about 28 minutes. Bake them the least amount of time as possible.  If you want a soft, fudgy, gooey brownie texture, be sure NOT to overbake them.  At 25 minutes, test their doneness.  Insert a toothpick into the center of the brownies.  Some crumbs may stick to the toothpick when you take it out.  If it’s still liquidy, bake for another 3-5 minutes.  Do not (not not not!!) go over 30 minutes.

Allowing brownies to cool before cutting into squares is a true test to my patience.  I stuck them in the refrigerator to cool quicker – let’s be honest, I have NO patience. I had a party to bring them to and little time to spare.  One quick taste test before boxing them up to bring along, I knew I had one brownie winner.  It was love at first bite.

These are, by far, the fudgiest brownies in the world! The recipe is simple and they're always a hit. sallysbakingaddiction.com

I can’t believe how easy these are to make!  Easier than any boxed brownie mix I’ve ever tried.  I would say that I think these are the *best* brownies I’ve ever had, but I cannot pick favorites.  My original homemade version using pure melted chocolate is stellar – the brownies are rich, decadent, dense, and the perfect base for things like peanut butter frosting or crunchy peanuts.

Today’s brownies are… shocker… also rich, decadent, and dense.  It’s a smaller batch recipe and each square could easily be mistaken for actual fudge.  They’re for the true chocolate lover.  I’m happy to say they completely disappeared before my eyes at the holiday party.

And I’m even happier to say that I made them again the next day.  For obvious reasons…

Ultimate Fudge Brownies with Peanut Butter Chips

Yield: 16 brownies

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 35 minutes, plus cooling

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The fudgiest brownies in the entire world!


  • 10 Tablespoons (145g) unsalted butter
  • 1 and 1/4 cups (250g) granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup + 2 Tablespoons (74g) unsweetened cocoa powder, I used Hershey's Special Dark
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup (62g) all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup (180g) peanut butter chips


Preheat oven to 325F degrees. Line an 8-inch or 9-inch square baking pan with parchment paper or aluminum foil, leaving an overhang on the sides to lift the finished brownies out.

Melt the butter, granulated sugar, cocoa powder, and salt in a large bowl in the microwave. Melt in 30 second increments and stir after each time until the butter is completely melted. The mixture will look gritty. Set aside for a few minutes as you get the other ingredients ready. You don’t want the mixture to be piping hot.

Stir in the vanilla extract. Add the eggs one at a time, stirring after each addition. The batter will be thick and look shiny. Add the flour, beating with a whisk until fully combined. Try not to overmix the batter at this point. Gently fold in the peanut butter chips, leaving a few to sprinkle on top. Pour into prepared baking pan and sprinkle with remaining peanut butter chips.

Bake for 25 minutes and check the brownies for doneness. Insert a toothpick inserted in the center. If it comes out with only a few crumbs, the brownies are done. Bake for 3-5 minutes if the brownies look too liquidy. Do not bake over 30 minutes.

Allow the brownies to cool completely before cutting into squares. Brownies remain soft and fresh stored in an airtight container for up to 7 days. They won't last that long, trust me!

Brownie batter is adapted from Alice Medrich

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Here are some of my favorite homemade brownie recipes.

And most of them (thankfully) contain peanut butter.


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skinny peanut butter fudge brownies


Chocolate Covered Pretzel Peanut Butter Brownies

Chocolate Covered Pretzel PB Brownie-10


 Peanut Butter Cup Crunch Brownies

Peanut Butter Cup Crunch Brownies



Peanut Butter Fudge Brownie Cups

Peanut Butte Fudge Brownie Bites (1 of 1)


Chocolate Dipped Brownie Bites

Chocolate Covered Brownie Bites



151 Responses to “Ultimate Fudge Brownies with Peanut Butter Chips.”

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    Lisaposted August 4, 2013 at 12:13 pm

    If I wanted to make these raspberry chocolate brownies, do you think adding a quarter cup or so of raspberry preserves would work with this recipe?


    • Sallyreplied on August 4th, 2013 at 12:16 pm

      Definitely! And that sounds delicious, Lisa!


      • Lisareplied on August 4th, 2013 at 12:18 pm

        Thanks for the quick response!
        I’ve learned the hard way that trying to play with other people’s recipes sometimes makes for a big disaster… so I thought I’d get your opinion first. :)

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    Amyposted September 16, 2013 at 3:44 pm

    These brownies are amazing no melted chocolate and its so fudgy and chocolately!! my family love them, thanks SALLY :)


    • Sallyreplied on September 16th, 2013 at 4:24 pm

      They are so easy to make without the melted chocolate. That’s why I love ’em.


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    Ashley I.posted September 18, 2013 at 8:46 pm

    These Brownies!!! I just can’t. I was excited enough when I saw chocolate and peanut butter but the fudgy texture these brownies sets them over the top! My boyfriend about at the whole pan himself he loved them so much! Probably my favorite brownie recipe…. ever. :) Thank you!!


    • Sallyreplied on September 19th, 2013 at 9:19 am

      Ashley, that’s so great! These are one of the best brownie recipes EVER. They are so unbelievably fudgy. I mean, words can’t describe their fudgy texture. Almost like pure fudge. Love them. Thanks for reporting back!


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    trishposted September 23, 2013 at 11:24 pm

    hi, what do you use to cut brownies neatly? thanks. :)


    • Sallyreplied on September 24th, 2013 at 9:56 am

      I use a very sharp knife and run it under hot water after each cut. Good question!


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    Megan Otrubaposted September 29, 2013 at 10:00 am

    Hi Sally! I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE your recipes (my husband often asks, “what decadent recipe from Sally’s website are you making next?”). Just wanted to mention the title of the recipe at the bottom of your blog entry has “Ultimate” spelled incorrectly…no offense to you but spelling errors are a huge pet peeve of mine! :) Keep posting yummy recipes for us to try!!


    • Sallyreplied on September 29th, 2013 at 11:21 am

      Thanks Megan! I just reformatted this older recipe to fit my new web design this morning. I clearly wasn’t paying attention when I was typing the title! 😉

      I am so very glad you like to bake my recipes!


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    Deeposted October 15, 2013 at 9:56 am

    My son had his first sleep over and I made these for him & his friend for dessert. Needless to say, I set the bar pretty high when it comes to sleep overs now!! So yummy.


    • Sallyreplied on October 15th, 2013 at 6:28 pm

      Haha! These brownies are truly always a winner. One of the best brownie recipes I’ve ever made, Dee. I’m so glad they were a huge hit!


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    Two Red Bowlsposted October 15, 2013 at 7:54 pm

    I can’t tell you how much I LOVED this post. I’ve seen this recipe recommended several places by now, most recently from Nancy at Gotta Get Baked, and I finally came over and read your post and I am so, so very glad I did because I LOVE your discussion on melted chocolate versus cocoa powder in brownie recipes!!! I never knew whether solid chocolate was better than cocoa powder but am always gravitating towards the latter because it is just so much easier than using a double boiler and whatnot. These brownies have gotten so many rave reviews — and use cocoa powder not chocolate!!! — that I can’t wait to try them myself. (Also, love your warning not to overbake — I’ve done that more times than I care to admit and it is the saddest thing. All that decadence, wasted!)


    • Sallyreplied on October 16th, 2013 at 12:11 pm

      I am so happy that you learned a bit about the use of melted chocolate/cocoa powder from this post. I was always so curious about the difference in brownies as well! This recipe is just so much easier than using melted chocolate. Though I love a good super fudgy brownie (made with either melted chocolate or cocoa powder – or both!), these are just much easier to handle. And yes – overbaking brownies is just the worst. They lose all of their melt-in-your-mouth appeal!


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    Debbieposted October 21, 2013 at 8:34 am

    I just discovered your website yesterday while searching for a good brownie recipe. I baked a batch of these last night and WOW!!! So good!!! Little bites of chocolatey heaven!!!


    • Sallyreplied on October 21st, 2013 at 9:48 am

      Chocolate heaven – perfect description! Thanks Debbie, happy you like them.


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    Heatherposted October 24, 2013 at 5:03 pm

    hi Sally! I realize I have all the ingredients to make these brownies except for the peanut butter chips. can i omit them? will they still taste as good?


    • Sallyreplied on October 25th, 2013 at 7:49 am

      Hey Heather! Yep, you may omit the peanut butter chips. They will still be just as delicious.


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    Sarahposted December 2, 2013 at 9:48 pm

    Hi! I just made these brownies and was so excited because the batter tasted great. But for some reason they completely didn’t turn out. They are really crumbly, the batter was not at all smooth nor did it sort of settle during baking, and they just don’t taste very good. Any idea what I did wrong?


    • Sarahreplied on December 3rd, 2013 at 7:30 am

      Other than not adding the chips, everything was exact (I double checked to make sure). I’m really not sure what could have gone wrong. I’ll have to try them again another time and try to figure out what I did to mess them up.


    • Sarahreplied on December 3rd, 2013 at 4:36 pm

      Okay, I’m trying it again. I think the issue was that I didn’t stir the eggs in completely before adding the flour and so it didn’t become smooth. It may have also been too much flour — I spooned it this time instead of scooping. Fingers crossed!


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    Tinaposted December 10, 2013 at 2:42 pm

    Do you think it would be okay to use this recipe in a 9″ x 12″ baking pan instead of an 8″ x 8″? If I do use a 9″ x 12″ should I bake for less time? Thanks Sally!!


    • Sallyreplied on December 10th, 2013 at 3:22 pm

      Hi Tina! A 9×12 should be ok, but the brownies will be quite thin (8×8 holds 8 cups and 9×12 typically holds about 13 cups). I’m unsure of the exact baking time.


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    Steffanieposted February 2, 2014 at 7:46 pm

    Made these tonight for a gathering with my husband’s old roommates, and I knew it would be a success when I tasted the batter! Everyone loved the brownies and requested more for the next gathering. Thanks for sharing the awesome recipe!


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    Carleyposted February 11, 2014 at 7:04 pm

    Sally, I was in a panic last night when I made a brownie recipe that completely failed. I’m talking as hard as a rock. I flew straight to your blog, knowing that I could find something easy and that I could trust to turn out! These brownies were simple, quick, and oh so delicious! I ended up making chocolate covered strawberries brownies with this recipe (minus the pb chips-maybe I should have included them now that I think about it :)). To. Die. For. Thanks Sally!


    • Sallyreplied on February 11th, 2014 at 7:09 pm

      I’m happy this recipe saved the day Carley! This brownie base is incredible. I use it all the time! And it’s so easy. Your version with the chocolate covered strawberries sounds amazing!


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    Kristynaposted February 13, 2014 at 10:37 pm

    Hi Sally, I love love your recipes! I tried this one out tonight but it didn’t seem to bake properly. I’m wondering if it was my glass pan? They seemed on the raw side. Any help would be great, thank you!


    • Sallyreplied on February 13th, 2014 at 10:42 pm

      Hey Kristyna! Sounds like they need to be baked a little longer. Glass pans typically bake items a little quicker than metal pans because they heat extremely quickly. Try baking them until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out practically clean.


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    Kissiposted February 26, 2014 at 11:17 am

    Hey Sally! In the big recipe bit at the top it says to slowly stir in the flour, but then in the smaller recipe it says to whisk it. It’s probably just because I don’t have much experience with baking, but they seem pretty contradictory to me. How do you whisk flour gently? And what kind of whisk should I use? Thanks, and thank you for this website, this is kinda my go-to place for recipes! ^_^


    • Sallyreplied on February 26th, 2014 at 1:16 pm

      Hi Kissi – you’ll want to whisk the butter/egg/sugar mixture very well, as described in my text. But once you add the flour, be sure to stir or whisk slowly and gently.


      • Kissireplied on February 26th, 2014 at 5:46 pm

        Ok thank you! Sorry for asking when it was probably pretty clear to most people, I just get kinda confused sometimes with written stuff. But thank you for replying and for doing so so quickly. :)

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    Allyposted March 30, 2014 at 9:39 am

    Hi Sally! These look scrumptious, and I’m planning on making them as my birthday dessert! 😀 One question, can I use Dutch processed cocoa powder in these brownies? I have both that and regular cocoa powder, but I want to make sure they’re super rich and fudgy.


    • Sallyreplied on March 30th, 2014 at 1:29 pm

      Hey Ally! You must use regular natural cocoa powder for this brownie recipe.


  17. #
    Brandi-Lynnposted April 20, 2014 at 3:34 pm

    I stumbled across this recipe and your blog last summer. Since then I have made these brownies several times for my own enjoyment, to bring to parties/events, and as a sweet gift to friends. It really is the ultimate fudge brownie recipe and everyone has loved them!


  18. #
    Rachelposted June 4, 2014 at 11:04 pm

    Another great recipe! Want to try the brownie recipe you posted on April 30th while I still have one of these left so I can do a side by side taste test!


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    Stelianaposted August 6, 2014 at 12:21 pm

    Hi Sally, I’ve just made these and are delicious . The only problem is that it took me forever to take the aluminum foil off the brownies . I let them cool completely , I wonder is there any special technique you use ? Sorry if my english isn’t that good , I’m from Romania 😀 . I’ve tried lots of your recipes but my favourite is caramel monkey bread !!! And pleeeeasee , more PB , cause in Romania isn’t that popular , so I’m having trouble in finding recipes which includes it .( my love for PB is that big ,that i could spend my entire life eating every day only PB )


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    Hayleyposted August 20, 2014 at 2:33 am

    Hi sally just wondering: I’m going to be baking this for a crowd and thus doubling the recipe and baking in a 13×9 pan. Do you know about how long the baking time will be? Thanks :)


    • Sallyreplied on August 20th, 2014 at 9:48 am

      I do not – sorry!


      • Hayleyreplied on August 22nd, 2014 at 2:47 pm

        Just wanted to comment back with the results for anyone else who may want to double the recipe.

        In my oven, which doesn’t run hot or have many hot spots, these brownies took double the amount of time Sally’s did — about 55 minutes total.

        I had to taste one before the party of course and they were GREAT! Can’t wait for everyone else to try them :)

  21. #
    Sarahposted September 1, 2014 at 4:16 pm

    These brownies are AMAZING! The batter was delicious! The finishef product… I’m trying not to eat the whole two pans!


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    Ashleyposted October 8, 2014 at 3:54 pm

    These brownies are out of this world! I made these last night and my husband and I ended up eating half of the pan. Even my father in law, who only likes crunchy and burnt brownies fell in love with them. Thank you so much for sharing this recipe! I’m gonna have to make some more this weekend!


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    Nicoleposted October 13, 2014 at 11:47 am

    I made these (subbing choc chips for peanut butter chips) on Friday for a wine and cheese tasting party we had. Fudgiest brownies in the world indeed!!!!! All of us thought so and couldn’t stop eating them.

    I have a brownie recipe from my aunt that is more of the cake variety, but it’s never really been a fave. This one is definitely the all-time favorite brownie recipe, and it’s just as easy as baking from a box – but creates a brownie that’s 1000000% better!



    • Sallyreplied on October 13th, 2014 at 12:00 pm

      A wine and cheese tasting party sounds like my kind of Friday night. Thanks for reporting back Nicole!


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    Jayposted October 15, 2014 at 11:11 pm

    I’ve made these several times now, and they are my go-to brownie recipe.
    When I make them, I omit the chips and top them with a bittersweet ganache right after they come out of the oven. They are so rich, its like eating fudge!


  25. #
    Elizabethposted February 1, 2015 at 8:09 pm

    I made these for the first time today. They were such a hit I had to leave a comment! Perfect recipe! I made them in a brownie pan (11×7) and they came out great! PB and chocolate is my favorite combination and served warm with vanilla ice cream was even better!


  26. #
    Lapinkaposted March 22, 2015 at 12:02 pm

    Just baked these, they’re so yummy! I was a bit afraid as the batter was quite thick and I used a bit bigger baking pan, but it’s so delicious. Thanks for the recipe!


  27. #
    Vposted May 3, 2015 at 4:53 am

    Wow these were good :) I followed the exact recipe except instead of the peanut butter chips, I added butterscotch chips instead. We loooved this recipe! I might do M&M’s next in these!


  28. #
    Mariamposted May 19, 2015 at 7:52 am

    Sally, my cocoa powder is ‘Unsweetened Alkalized Cocoa Powder’ and I was wondering if I could use it in this recipe.


  29. #
    Stephanieposted July 16, 2015 at 5:02 pm

    Do you think it would impact baking time if I added a few dollops of Nutella on top and made some swirls?


    • Sallyreplied on July 17th, 2015 at 7:36 am

      Bake time will be about the same.


  30. #
    P.Cposted September 7, 2015 at 4:04 am

    Hi Sally,

    I dumped melted butter, sugar and cocoa powder into the bowl and like you said, the mixture turned out gritty. After added vanilla extract and eggs, the lumps of sugar were not dissolved.

    I’m wondering if it is possible to fix this batter before I go ahead and end up with sugar granules in every bite? I’m afraid that adding milk and mix the batter vigorously would help but then the brownies will be cakey rather than fudgy.

    Thank you very much xx


    • Sallyreplied on September 7th, 2015 at 7:12 am

      The batter will indeed be gritty. Completely normal. The baked brownies, however, are not.


  31. #
    lisa @ garlicandzest.composted September 8, 2015 at 10:11 am

    Sally – the brownies are baking as I write this.  I did make a few tweaks – reduced sugar to 1 cup and added chopped peanuts, mini chocolate chips and marshmallows (thus the reduction in sugar).  Will let you know how they come out – but I’m here to say that that batter is knee-buckling.  Wow – intense fudge!  I think the folks at the Fantasy Football draft tonight will enjoy!  Thank you!


  32. #
    Mabelposted September 23, 2015 at 11:59 pm

    Wow! I’d used this recipe before, in the S’mores Brownie Pie, but I just made these for a friend’s birthday (and I had to taste-test it of course, just to make sure it was good 😉 ) and they are AMAZING. The only change I made was to sub the PB chips for Reese’s Pieces, and it turned out great. The main reason I love this recipe (besides the obvious – I mean seriously those pictures I’m drooling all over my keyboard *o*) is that it’s so easy – you can still have that amazing rich, fudgy texture without baking chocolate (which I don’t usually have on hand) and the recipe takes all of like ten minutes to throw together.

    These are literally the best brownies I’ve ever tasted – seriously GO MAKE THESE NOW and I promise your life will be 897563% better. It’s taking all of my self-control not to eat all of the batch cooling on my counter right now. I’m considering making these instead of a birthday cake next year. (And possibly my wedding cake. Is that weird? I love brownies. :) )


    • Sallyreplied on September 24th, 2015 at 7:42 am

      Ahhhh so happy you love these brownies as much as I do. Thanks Mabel!


  33. #
    yukimiposted October 27, 2015 at 11:47 am

    hi sally! love your recipes! i’ve been using your brownie recipe for a year now, and everyone absolutely loves it! do you have any tips on how i can increase the volume of the brownies without really doubling the ingredients and sacrificing the taste?


    • yukimireplied on November 5th, 2015 at 5:52 am

      sally please reply


  34. #
    Annaposted January 19, 2016 at 5:42 pm

    These are THE BEST brownies EVER!!! I make these probably every other month, no lie! I am brownie obsessed and these do not disappoint. I haven’t bought boxed brownie mix in 2 years thanks to this recipe! Thank you!


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    Tammyposted January 20, 2016 at 12:11 am

    Thank you for posting! I made them last week and they were delicious! I love using the leftovers I have and making them into a naughty milkshake 😉


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