Chewy Fudgy Homemade Brownies.

Thick, fudgy, chewy homemade brownies made completely from scratch. You will never make a box mix again!

Thick, fudgy, chewy homemade brownies made completely from scratch. You will never make a box mix again!

Greetings from the plane. Today are headed to sunny Mexico for 5 days for my best friend’s wedding. Riviera Maya – so excited to sit back with a margarita in hand and let others do the baking and cooking for me!

Enough about me. Moving on to why you’re really here… homemade chocolate brownies. Is there truly anything better in this world? Maybe if you add peanut butter frosting and chocolate covered pretzels and serve with chocolate milk. Oh heavens yes.

But today, let’s discuss the real deal. A brownie in its purest form. My favorite chewy fudgy homemade brownie recipe. No mixer, no strange ingredients, just pure brownie love.

Thick, fudgy, chewy homemade brownies made completely from scratch. You will never make a box mix again!

Everyone has a favorite brownie recipe. There are so many homemade favorites! But today I’ll show you how to make chewy, fudgy homemade brownies. Because in my dessert loving world, a brownie should be two things: chewy and fudgy.

Chewy brownies have a dense structure, but still have a little crumb. Fudgy brownies are dense, with a moist, intensely chocolatey interior – somewhere between a chocolate truffle and piece of fudge. I like my brownies so rich and dense that it tastes like frosting you can eat in bar form. Now how delicious does that sound?

If you’re looking for a healthy chocolate brownie recipe, look elsewhere because my homemade brownies are an indulgent dream come true.

Thick, fudgy, chewy homemade brownies made completely from scratch. You will never make a box mix again!

Before making a batch of homemade brownies, it’s helpful to know the importance of the ingredients you’re using. I wasn’t able to develop this brownie recipe without a little practice, trial and error (delicious trial and error, might I add), and learning.

Brownie Science, Explained. (nerd alert!) :)

Let’s break down my indulgently rich brownie recipe real quick. A brownie’s main ingredients are chocolate, flour, sugar, and eggs. Varying amounts of these ingredients will affect the texture of the finished product.

The importance of chocolate. Brownies may be made with cocoa powder or solid chocolate. If using all cocoa powder, you typically will need more fat in the batter because cocoa powder does not contain the cocoa butter that solid chocolate does. Today, my brownie recipe uses mostly solid chocolate with a bit of cocoa powder. Double the chocolate goodness! I prefer these brownies with semi-sweet chocolate, though milk chocolate would be just fine for a sweeter tasting brownie. I don’t suggest using unsweetened or bittersweet chocolate unless you love deep, dark chocolate. My taste testers found them to be too bitter using either of those chocolate options.

You’re going to melt a precise 8 ounces of chocolate with the butter – this will help prevent the chocolate from seizing. You may either do this on the stove or in the microwave. I can’t stress the importance of accurately measuring the 8 ounces. Here is the food scale I own and highly suggest stocking your kitchen with one. The most important tool I own!

Sorry it has chocolate crumbs all over it…

OXO Food Scale

Now, the flour. Like I mentioned above, I prefer my brownies chewy and fudgy! The fudginess in my brownie recipe relates to the small amount of flour. More flour = a more cake-like brownie. Cakey brownies are just not my thing; I’d rather have giant piece of chocolate cake!

Let’s talk sugar. My brownie recipe uses 3/4 cup of granulated sugar, which sweetens up the semi-sweet chocolate and unsweetened cocoa powder used. I also add 1/4 cup of brown sugar, which enhances the moist, fudgy texture. The sugars are whisked with the melted butter/chocolate mixture until completely smooth and uniform in texture.

There is very little wiggle room with the sugar. As long as you use 1 total cup of real sugar (no sugar substitutes here, please) – then your brownies will turn out wonderfully. 1 full cup of granulated sugar can be used without the addition of brown sugar. That version is just as fantastic – and easier since you only need 1 type of sugar! In fact, that’s how I usually make my brownies. But the little addition of brown sugar is welcomed these days.

Thick, fudgy, chewy homemade brownies made completely from scratch. You will never make a box mix again!

Eggs do about 1 million functions in baking. From binding, to adding richness, to tenderizing, to providing structure and lift. My homemade brownie recipes uses 3 eggs, which give the brownies a tight crumb and melt-in-your-mouth tender, fudgy texture.

Because I’m completely out of my chocolate-obsessed mind, I like to add chocolate chips or chunks to the brownie batter. There is always room for more chocolate, right? The chocolate pieces inside give the brownies a little texture and will melt all over your fingers when they’re warm. Just wait until you try these homemade brownies with a little melty vanilla ice cream on the side. Perfection.

Oh, and one final touch? You can even add milk chocolate frosting because… why not?

Thick, fudgy, chewy homemade brownies made completely from scratch. You will never make a box mix again!

Thick, fudgy, chewy homemade brownies made completely from scratch. You will never make a box mix again!

Chocolate insanity, right here.

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Chewy Fudgy Homemade Brownies

Chewy fudgy homemade brownies made completely from scratch. Try them with chocolate frosting and sprinkles on top! You will never make a box mix again, trust me.

Yield: 16-20 brownies

Prep Time: 25 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 10 minutes plus cooling

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup (115g) salted butter*
  • 8 ounces (228g) coarsely chopped quality semi-sweet chocolate*
  • 3/4 cup (150g) granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup (50g) packed light brown sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup + 2 Tablespoons (80g) all-purpose flour (measure this accurately)
  • 2 Tablespoons (11g) unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup (180g) semi-sweet chocolate chips

Milk Chocolate Frosting (optional)

  • 1 and 3/4 cups (210g) confectioners' sugar
  • 1/4 cup (22g) unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup (115g) unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
  • 2 Tablespoons (30ml) heavy cream or half-and-half
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • salt, to taste

Directions:

Melt the butter and chopped chocolate in a medium saucepan on medium heat, stirring constantly, about 5 minutes. Or melt in a medium microwave safe bowl in 20 second increments, stirring after each, in the microwave. Remove from the heat, pour into a large mixing bowl, and allow to slightly cool for 10 minutes.

Adjust the oven rack to the lower third position and preheat oven to 350F degrees. Line the bottom and sides of a 9x9 inch square baking pan* with aluminum foil or parchment, leaving an overhang on all sides. Set aside.

Whisk the granulated and brown sugars into the cooled chocolate/butter mixture. Add the eggs, one at a time, whisking until smooth after each addition. Whisk in the vanilla. Gently fold in the flour, cocoa powder, and salt. Once combined, fold in the chocolate chips.

Pour batter into the prepared baking pan and bake for 35-36 minutes or until the brownies begin to pull away from the edges of the pan. A toothpick inserted in the center should come out with only a few moist crumbs when the brownies are done. All ovens are different, so keep an eye on them after 30 minutes and use the toothpick test to see when yours are finished.

Allow the brownies to cool completely in the pan set on a wire rack. Once cooled, lift the foil out of the pan using the overhang on the sides and cut into squares. For neat squares, I use a very sharp knife and wipe it clean with a paper towel after each cut.

For the optional frosting: sift together the confectioners' sugar and cocoa powder to assure there are no lumps. Set aside. With a handheld or stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, beat the butter on medium speed until creamy - about 2 minutes. Gradually add the sifted sugar/cocoa powder alternately with the heavy cream and vanilla. Beat on low speed after each addition. Once all added, beat on high speed until creamy and combined for at least 2 minutes. Add a pinch of salt if frosting is too sweet. Frost the brownies before or after cutting into squares, whichever you prefer.

The brownies will stay fresh in an airtight container at room temperature for 1 week. Unfrosted brownies freeze well, up to 2 months.

Additional Notes:

*I love to use salted butter here. If you choose to use unsalted, don't increase the salt in the recipe. I find that there is no noticeable taste difference between using salted and unsalted butter in this particular recipe.

*I typically use Baker's, Ghirardelli, or Trader Joes chocolate. Try using bittersweet chocolate for a deeper, darker flavor. 

*You may use an 11x7 inch baking pan instead - the bake time is about 35-40 minutes.

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You may recognize this brownie recipe. I published a very similar one in my cookbook. I call them Death by Chocolate Brownies because they are just that – so intense! The only difference is that I don’t use cocoa powder or brown sugar. They’re still out of this world!

Death by Chocolate Brownies

 

Try my Raspberry Cheesecake Brownies next!

Raspberry Cheesecake Brownies by sallysbakingaddiction.com

 

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443 Responses to “Chewy Fudgy Homemade Brownies.”

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    Jessie cooperposted February 18, 2015 at 1:00 am

    Made the brownies w the frosting and topped w walnuts….! YUM!!!!! My hubby and kids were so happy, and the youngest one kept lunging for my plate! Thanks for another wonderful recipe!

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    Tonyaposted February 18, 2015 at 7:57 pm

    I made these this evening and they tasted wondering. However the top layer of the brownie was hard and crispy. While the inside was soft and gooey. What did I do wrong?

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    • georgereplied on February 19th, 2015 at 5:49 am

      That’s just how good brownies are meant to be. Crispy outside and chewy in the middle.

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    Briaposted February 19, 2015 at 8:23 pm

    Hi Sally! I’m thinking about making these brownies for a family dinner for Oscar night this Sunday to make brownie sundaes (one of my favorite desserts!!). I wanted to know what kind/brand of cocoa powder you prefer using for your recipes. Thanks!

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    Ginaposted February 21, 2015 at 9:13 pm

    Just made these. Hands down best brownies ever! Thanks SO much for sharing!!! :)

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    Caroleposted February 24, 2015 at 7:58 am

    Made these last night. They were delicious! The only problem was that they stuck horribly to the aluminum foil. Was I supposed to grease/flour the aluminum foil? Or did I under/over bake the brownies? Thanks!

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    • Sallyreplied on February 24th, 2015 at 1:24 pm

      Sounds like they could have been underbaked. I never grease the foil, but feel free to if you make them again Carole. So happy you love them!

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    Ritikaposted February 25, 2015 at 10:52 pm

    Hi Sally i am gonna try this today..just wanted to know instead of foil can i use baking sheet paper?Thank u for ths amazing receipe

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    • Sallyreplied on February 26th, 2015 at 9:40 am

      Absolutely!

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    iramposted February 28, 2015 at 5:14 am

    So I will add to the sea of comments that gains this post popularity. This is a very good brownie recipe. Very simple and results are yummy. But if I had to choose between this recipe and her death by chocolate brownies in her cookbook I would pick the latter. The ones in the book are far richer in flavor…tbh those are the best homemade brownies I have ever sunk my teeth into. For those who dont have a copy of her book (please buy it) this is a treat worthy recipe. :)

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    Amanda Carmanposted February 28, 2015 at 8:00 pm

    OMG i just made these brownies today to bring over to a friends house. Of course i had to try one first… It was so fudgy and chewy and delicious!! I know these will be a hit at my friends house!! Washed it all down with a glass of milk :)

    I will say one thing i tried that worked really well for me since i dont like waiting or wasting chocolate is that i put my chocolate and butter right into the bowl i was going to be using and put it over a pot of boiling water to melt everything like a double broiler. You don’t lose any chocolate by having to transfer things to a different bowl than the one you intially melted it in. Then, because i dont like to wait i simply set that bowl into a very low filled sink or bowl filled with ice water. Just wait for 2-3 minutes instead of 10 and its all ready to add the rest of the ingredients right into the bowl.! :D

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    Rachel Choiposted March 2, 2015 at 9:34 pm

    I had a go at these for a friend’s birthday and they were an absolute delight! Everyone loved them and they were the rich fudgy brownie they were promised to be. They weren’t overly sweet and the recipe was very easy to follow. Thank you so much for the recipe!

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    Bobposted March 6, 2015 at 6:09 pm

    Hey Sally, just wonderin – can I use white choc and semi-sweet half and half?

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    Danicaposted March 7, 2015 at 5:49 pm

    I doubled the recipe and found them very easy to make. They pulled away from the foil with ease after 30 minutes (used 2 different sized pans). Quite delicious and just the right amount of sweetness without frosting. I think I overcooked them just a bit since they were slightly on the “cakey” side. Can’t wait to try making them again!! Thank you for the easy to follow recipe. My first time making brownies from scratch and I’ll never go back to the box!

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    Edgellposted March 12, 2015 at 11:02 pm

    These brownies are PHENOMENAL ! BY FAR the BEST brownies I have ever made. I can’t emphasize this enough. I used milk Chocolate chips not semi sweet because thats what I happened to have in the house at the time. I omitted the cocoa powder and added extra chocolate. I also used only a tiny bit of brown sugar since the milk chocolate chips are already so sweet. I baked them in an 11×7 pan. They were so beautifully moist. Thank you so much for this recipe lol I have made home made brownies before but they did not turn out as REAL as these.
    If they didn’t turn out as wonderfully for you then you do not know what you are doing in the kitchen although these have many good reviews I can’t see these ever not turning out for someone!

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    Carmenposted March 15, 2015 at 2:44 pm

    I’ve been dying to make this recipe for so long! But I ws wondering if I could somehow halve the recipe as I want to make mini brownie cupcakes and I don’t need that many. Everything looks easy to halve, except the egg; how would I halve three eggs? Would I have one full egg then just the egg white? Or would I use one full egg and beat another separately and divide it in half?

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    • Sallyreplied on March 15th, 2015 at 4:45 pm

      You could definitely halve this recipe to make little brownie cupcakes. What a cute idea Carmen. For that 3rd egg, simply crack it, beat it, and use half of it (around 1.5 Tablespoons).

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    Hannahposted March 17, 2015 at 3:54 pm

    I made these brownies swirled with your salted caramel and it was the most heavenly thing! I can honestly say they were the best brownies I’ve ever eaten and I make brownies almost every week! :/

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    oceeyyposted March 18, 2015 at 7:34 pm

    All of your recipes are deliciously amazing Sally. I use your chewy chocolate chunk cookie recipe every single time and love browsing through the wonderful range of recipes to see which delight I can whip up next. Thanks for sharing your baking genius with us all :)

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    Georgia Shawposted March 22, 2015 at 8:34 am

    i have just made these after searching for a gooey brownie recipe and findinf yours. I love them they ae gooey and fudgey whilst being slightly crispy on the top. love love love them.
    Thank you xx

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    Sarahposted March 23, 2015 at 4:09 pm

    Best brownie recipe ever. I used unsweetened bakers chocolate instead and the flavor is so deep and rich. The only thing is I had to adjust the bake time during the second batch. I followed the bake time in the recipe during the first batch and it over baked them, except for the middle of the brownies. So the next batch I baked for 25-30 mins instead. Yum!!

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    jillianposted March 23, 2015 at 5:57 pm

    Just made these delish brownies!! I live at 10,000feet so some adjustments needed to be made. Increased baking temp to 375 and had to do without the cocoa powder due to not having it in the pantry. Light crispy top with a chewy fudgy middle-warning will need fork to eat

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    lauraposted March 24, 2015 at 12:23 pm

    I made these last week and they are legit the best brownie recipe I’ve found. Well done delicious. They were all gone within two days!

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    Anniqueposted March 24, 2015 at 1:00 pm

    Hi I really love the reviews and want to try this recipe… quick question are the chocolate chip a must or optional?

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    Mackyposted March 25, 2015 at 2:17 am

    Best of the best choco brownie fudge!! Bye-bye to boxed brownie mix!

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    Alexposted March 25, 2015 at 7:33 am

    Thank you so much in advance for giving the measurements in grams as well! It can be a little off-turning when you have to convert everything to “European measurements”.
    The brownies look delicious and just perfectly moist. Will try them soon but thank you so much already!
    Greetings from good ol’ Germany!

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    Nicole Rposted March 25, 2015 at 1:13 pm

    I have hated homemade brownies for my entire life, I have tried countless recipes and I could just never get it to turn out right. I made these last night because I just HAD to have brownies (at midnight LOL). I’m not going to lie, my hopes were not high, but it was a brownie. I tried this and OMG it was amazing! I will never buy a box mix again, coming from me there is no higher praise. Thank you so much for sharing this recipe!

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    Iceposted March 25, 2015 at 11:16 pm

    Hi Sally,

    i love your blog! i followed your chewy chocolate chip cookie and it was a hit! now i tried this fudgy brownie recipe and god it smelled amazing!! the only thing that kept me from eating it all was that it was still kind of wet and mushy in the middle. i followed all your steps and instructions but i’m not sure what happened to my brownie :( if i leave it on for long, the topside of it will surely burn. :( is it possible that the pan is the culprit? do you have any suggestion on how i can make this right?

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    rebeccaposted March 27, 2015 at 12:08 pm

    I found this recipe a few months ago and have made them once a week at least since then!! Thank you for posting :)

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    Jutkaposted April 1, 2015 at 1:07 pm

    Thank you for the amazing brownie recipe! I love all your recipes! I agree with what someone before me said, it’s really helpful that you have the amount in grams as well. Greeting from Hungary! :)

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    Lynsey Rostposted April 3, 2015 at 3:17 pm

    Hi Sally! I just love love love ALL of your recipes! I’m very big on baking and almost always use your recipes! I’m planning on making these into mini brownie bites this weekend for an Easter party and plan to use my mini cupcake/muffin pan…have you done this with success?? Obviously cook time will differ…I’d think to start checking them at about 15 minutes??

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    • Sallyreplied on April 3rd, 2015 at 7:16 pm

      Yes I have! I assume you’re referring to using a 24-count mini muffin pan? The bake time is around 12-14 minutes, give or take.

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      • Lynsey Rostreplied on April 4th, 2015 at 3:04 am

        Yes, I’m sorry, I should have specified. Thanks so much! I’m making these along with your cake batter blondies and I know everyone will go CRAZY for them! I have yet to find a recipe of yours I didn’t love! I have a request though…the one recipe you don’t have is for my absolute favorite dessert ever…old fashioned strawberry shortcake! You have your cupcake recipe up but it’s just not the same. Can you please please please do a regular one?!?! Thank you!

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    Jaredposted April 4, 2015 at 4:13 am

    Hey Sally, just made a batch and tasted a broken off bit. Well it took a lot of restraint not to eat more ! My dinner party has an amazing dessert. Perfectly gooey! I did cook mine for 40 mins . My tray is a little bigger than the one suggested. Again, thanks and you a new walking ad for your website!!!

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    Joannaposted April 4, 2015 at 7:11 am

    Thanks ! They’re the best brownies I’ve ever eaten and I’ve been looking for a recipe like this since I moved back to Europe. Here they don’t know what good brownies are ;)

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    Erikaposted April 5, 2015 at 6:04 pm

    I rarely leave comments on any website, but I just made these brownies and couldn’t resist..the brownies or the opportunity to say thank you! These remind me of the delicious brownies at Starbucks that are my occasional treat. I’m concerned that I have a whole pan of these to myself until tomorrow when they will most definitely disappear at the potluck they are going to (and I had to try them because you can’t take something somewhere without making sure …right?!). Oh wow…this is my new brownie recipe!!!!

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    Edsposted April 6, 2015 at 6:48 am

    I made these for a bake sale and the kids and mums loved it. Thank you for this recipe.

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    Lauraposted April 7, 2015 at 3:55 am

    Ohhhhhh my goodness! I cannot rave about this recipe enough! I am always so disappointed with online brownie recipes, but I thought I would give these a go for my brother’s birthday. They were DIVINE! So dense and fudgy and moist! I added salted caramel top ‘n fill on the top before cooking to make them a little different. I can’t wait to make them again for my colleagues! Thank you SO MUCH!!!

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    Francesposted April 9, 2015 at 7:37 am

    Hi, may I ask if I could put baking powder or soda in this recipe? Because I searched what may happen to a brownie if you don’t put baking soda or powder in it, it will not rise. Thank you

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    tet viadoposted April 10, 2015 at 4:05 am

    will there be a problem if i use 10 x 10 pan?

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    sabrinaposted April 10, 2015 at 4:59 am

    hi Sally i was wondering if i can “bake” this brownies in a rice cooker. Hope you reply :D

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    Allyssaposted April 11, 2015 at 8:34 am

    Hi Sally! These brownies look amazing, but is there any way I could use some kind of oil substitute for the butter since its melted? I was thinking coconut or olive oil. I’m allergic to dairy, but if I have to use butter I will, just so everyone else can try these. Thank you :)

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    Vanessaposted April 12, 2015 at 7:41 pm

    making for a second time in one week, using the quarter cup brown sugar and adding mint chocolate chips. The first time i made, i use 1 cop granualted sugar and did not add any chips. They tasted fabulous. Tonight’s batch should be mind blowing!

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    Gabrielleposted April 17, 2015 at 6:49 am

    I made this today and they were divine! take note of the word “were”. It was gone that fast!!! thanks for this recipe!

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    Sandraposted April 18, 2015 at 10:36 am

    Cheers Sally, life saver, needed something to spice up my night, your always there for me

    Much Love

    Sandra <3

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