Chewy, Fudgy Triple-Chocolate Brownies


Any brownie that is described as chewy and fudgy is an automatic winner in my book, and these are no exception. Made not only with cocoa powder, but also unsweetened and bittersweet chocolate, the brownies are rich in flavor and perfectly paired with a glass of cold milk or a scoop of velvety smooth vanilla ice cream. Brownies that have that coveted fudge-like texture are often thin as cakier brownies tend to rise up a bit more, but these are an outstanding combination of both – they retain that chewy and fudgy texture while baking up into thick and substantial brownies that have a definite heft when you pick them up. A chocolate and brownie lover’s dream!


I have made quite a few brownies in the last few years and have posted many of them here on Brown Eyed Baker. The first was the recipe from Hershey’s, which is still my go-to recipe when I want a quick batch of brownies since they are super quick to throw together and bake. My all-time favorites are the French Chocolate Brownies courtesy of Dorie Greenspan. They are not a a typical one-bowl quick brownie, but they are so unbelievably worth every minute of your time. I have also tackled Ina Garten’s famed Outrageous Brownies, which are indeed fabulous, but come in just under Dorie’s in my list of favorites. Also from Dorie were the Quintuple Chocolate Brownies and Chipster-Topped Brownies, and then I came up with the Cookies and Cream Cheesecake Brownies.

Next on my list is the Baked Brownie. Have any of you tried it? I don’t have the book yet but am planning on picking it up soon. I’d also like to try a no-frills “classic” brownie recipe – perhaps either Dorie Greenspan’s or one from King Arthur Flour. Who am I kidding? I’ll probably make both!

What is your favorite brownie recipe?


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Chewy, Fudgy Triple-Chocolate Brownies

Yield: Makes 16 brownies

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 35 to 40 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour


5 ounces semisweet or bittersweet chocolate, chopped
2 ounces unsweetened chocolate, chopped
8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter, cut into quarters
3 tablespoons cocoa powder
3 large eggs
1¼ cups (8¾ ounces) granulated sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
½ teaspoon salt
1 cup (5 ounces) all-purpose flour


1. Adjust an oven rack to the lower-middle position and heat the oven to 350 degrees. Spray an 8-inch square baking pan with nonstick cooking spray. Fold two 16-inch pieces of foil or parchment paper lengthwise to measure 8 inches wide. Fit 1 sheet in the bottom of the greased pan, pushing it into the corners and up the sides of the pan (overhang will help in removal of baked brownies). Fit the second sheet in the pan in the same manner, perpendicular to the first sheet. Spray the sheets with nonstick cooking spray.

2. In a medium heatproof bowl set over a pan of almost-simmering water, melt the chocolates and butter, stirring occasionally until smooth. Whisk in the cocoa until smooth. Set aside to cool.

3. Whisk together the eggs, sugar, vanilla, and salt in a medium bowl until combined, about 15 seconds. Whisk the warm chocolate mixture into the egg mixture; then stir in the flour with a wooden spoon until just combined. Pour the mixture into the prepared pan, spread into the corners, and level the surface with a rubber spatula. Bake until slightly puffed and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out with a small amount of sticky crumbs clinging to it, 35 to 40 minutes. Cool on a wire rack to room temperature, about 2 hours. Remove the brownies from the pan using the foil or parchment handles and transfer to a cutting board. Cut into squares.

(Adapted from Baking Illustrated)


65 Responses to “Chewy, Fudgy Triple-Chocolate Brownies”

  1. Mathilde's Cuisine on September 17, 2009 at 12:07 pm

    I really like the way you presented your brownies, the pictures looks as good as the brownies!


  2. ovenhaven on September 17, 2009 at 12:18 pm

    I have a favourite cocoa brownie recipe, and a favourite melted chocolate brownie recipe, but combining both cocoa and melted chocolate sounds like heaven! Definitely bookmarking this 🙂


  3. christina on September 17, 2009 at 12:20 pm

    This sounds like the perfect brownie to suit everyone’s preference!


  4. Disha on September 17, 2009 at 12:33 pm

    These brownies look so good!! Wanna bake some right now!!
    Btw Love the recipe navigation bar…so much easier to find a recipe now!


  5. Alta on September 17, 2009 at 1:03 pm

    Brownies are my favorite food group. Your photos look amazing, by the way. The favorite recipe I’ve found so far is the Katherine Hepburn recipe that Saveur posted last year (my modified version is on my blog), but I have not yet adapted it to be gluten-free. You’ve prompted me to get off of my lazy butt and attempt the best gluten-free brownie now!


  6. Erin on September 17, 2009 at 1:11 pm

    These are on my list to try very soon! I’d be interested to hear your opinion of CI’s Classic Brownies. I thought they were really good (they’re on my blog)- very fudgy, moist, and chocolaty. If you try them, be sure to let me know! I’ve tried most of the ones on your list and can’t pick a clear winner!


  7. Eliana on September 17, 2009 at 1:12 pm

    I’m not really a brownie lover but I made some Mexican brownies the other night that came out fantastic. The ones you made look damn near perfect!


  8. Danielle on September 17, 2009 at 1:25 pm

    looks fantastic


  9. Debi (Table Talk) on September 17, 2009 at 1:42 pm

    The pink ribbon looks great in your shots of the brownies–I think I gain a few pounds just reading your posts…


  10. theUngourmet on September 17, 2009 at 2:43 pm

    I can NEVER say no to a brownie. I love them any way, any time, any how!

    Gotta look for this book for sure!!


  11. Diana on September 17, 2009 at 3:57 pm

    These look absolutely delicious and totally calorie worthy! I’ll have to try them.


  12. stephchows on September 17, 2009 at 3:59 pm

    I’ve heard good things about the baked recipe… haven’t tried it though. mmmm brownies!! I have to say I always do the hershey recipe 🙂 although I did a cookinglight toffee one that was amazing!!!


  13. elly on September 17, 2009 at 6:42 pm

    Mmm, I LOVE fudgy brownies and these look great. If you want to add another brownie to your repertoire, I’d go with Martha’s fudgy brownies. SO GOOD and ridiculously rich.


  14. Jen @ MaplenCornbread on September 17, 2009 at 7:27 pm

    GORGEOUS photos!!!!! I love dense brownies and these look just perfect!! GReat with some ice cream and toppings? 🙂


  15. Sweet Freak on September 18, 2009 at 1:29 am

    Is there anything better than a fudgy brownie??


  16. Avanika (Yumsilicious Bakes) on September 18, 2009 at 6:44 am

    I love the way your brownies look? Which ones have been your favorite, of all that you’ve tried?? And whenever I’m in the mood for experimentation, I add a little extra cocoa powder to a melted chocolate recipe and vice versa. Works sometimes, doesn’t make a difference many of the times. Maybe I’m being a wimp and adding too little?


  17. Chris on September 18, 2009 at 8:25 am

    I have mixed opinions about ribbons and non-edible type things with my food. It looks good, but you can’t eat it, so sometimes it gets in the way. I’m not putting it down; in fact the brownies look fantastic.


  18. Stephanie on September 18, 2009 at 9:34 am

    I keep trying homemade brownie recipes for a good one… this looks pretty fantastic! Three chocolates…? I’m in! 🙂


  19. bridget {bake at 350} on September 18, 2009 at 9:36 am

    That’s one thing I can never pass up…a fudgy brownie! My favorites are the fudgy brownies from the King Arthur Flour Cookie Companion. I may have to give these a try, though.


  20. Krystle on September 18, 2009 at 9:53 am

    Oh all I needed to see was the title and first picture and I was already printing out this recipe! I love brownies 🙂


  21. Michele on September 18, 2009 at 11:14 am

    OMG! I don’t know what else to say!


  22. SpicieFoodie on September 18, 2009 at 1:18 pm

    Wow these look so so good. I haven’t had good result with making brownies, but your recipe is so much better than the one I have. I will have to try these soon. Thank you for sharing & great photos.


  23. Kathy on September 18, 2009 at 9:44 pm

    They certainly look delicious. I can’t wait to try them!


  24. Andrea@WellnessNotes on September 18, 2009 at 10:43 pm

    Your brownies look soooo good! I so want one right now! When I make brownies again, I’ll definitely make this recipe!


  25. Lianne on September 19, 2009 at 6:33 am

    triple anything is good for me. (: definitely bookmarking this and making this SOON! (: thanks for the recipe!


  26. Gina on September 19, 2009 at 8:35 am

    Wow, wish I had that here with me now! I happily voted for you in the FoodBuzz awards as best baker – everything always looks so delicious!


  27. pity on September 19, 2009 at 11:57 am

    wonderful photos, and the brownies look so delicious, well done!

    cheers from london,



  28. Susan on September 19, 2009 at 6:48 pm

    Wow, great pictures! And I love the idea of combining the different chocolates and cocoa powder–and the fact that these bake up so nicely.


  29. lululu on September 19, 2009 at 7:48 pm

    yours is definitely one of my favorites!
    the photos are also beautiful!


  30. nicole on September 20, 2009 at 6:56 pm

    these look amazing!


  31. Annie on September 21, 2009 at 6:14 am

    Yay! I’m so glad you finally tried these, they really are my absolute favorite. Mmmm, now I want to make more!


  32. Patricia @ Brownies for Dinner on September 28, 2009 at 12:05 am

    Yum, these look delicious. Have you tried the “Tribute to Katherine Hepburn” brownies in Dorie Greenspan’s book? Those are my new favorite. Chewy, fudgy, moist.
    Also if you are in the mood for less chewy, more decadent, the dulce de leche brownies from David Lebovitz are wonderful. (I don’t have the Baked Brownie yet but it’s on my list… )


  33. Michelle on September 28, 2009 at 3:31 pm

    Avanika – My very favorite brownie recipe so far has been the French Chocolate Brownies by Dorie Greenspan. Absolutely fabulous!


  34. Michelle on September 28, 2009 at 5:07 pm

    Hi Patricia – I have not tried the “Tribute to Katherine Hepburn” brownies yet, but plan to do so very soon!


  35. Karin on October 6, 2009 at 2:11 pm

    These look so good! You should also try the ones I have…seem that we both like pink..

    I so am going to try yours! Beautiful…!


  36. Angie on October 13, 2009 at 8:31 pm

    does it have to be unsalted butter? i bet adding walnuts would be good.


  37. Michelle on October 13, 2009 at 9:24 pm

    Hi Angie,

    You can use regular salted butter – just omit the ½ teaspoon of salt that is called for in the recipe.


  38. Jacqueline on November 3, 2009 at 9:27 pm

    Wow, just made these and they are intensely chocolaty! Thanks for the great recipe!


  39. Amber Burden on January 16, 2010 at 5:41 pm

    Yummy! Just finished baking these brownies and they were a hit with my boyfriend! Will def. be making these again!
    Thanks for the delicious recipe 🙂


  40. Pamela on February 4, 2010 at 8:17 am

    Once again you picked a winner! I’m mildly ashamed to admit we ate the entire pan in a weekend, and I’m not even a huge chocolate person!! Thanks Michelle. 🙂


  41. Melanie on February 12, 2010 at 11:38 am

    These are baking up right now…a gift to my husband for Valentine’s Day! mmm Can’t wait!
    Question: do you know why these don’t need baking soda/powder?


  42. Michelle on February 16, 2010 at 10:55 pm

    Hi Melanie,

    I hope your husband enjoyed the brownies for Valentine’s Day! As far as why they don’t include baking powder or soda – I can’t say for sure but I’d say the brownie recipes I have made are about 50/50 in terms of calling for baking powder or soda and not.


  43. Tracy on September 13, 2010 at 3:57 pm

    I am definitely a fan of thick, fudgey brownies so I will have to make these! Yum!


  44. Jen @ How To: Simplify on September 14, 2010 at 12:59 pm

    Oh my goodness…my husband would love these! He’s such a chocoholic! The more chocolate the better for him. I’m putting this recipe on my “to bake” list!


  45. Cookin' Canuck on September 14, 2010 at 11:26 pm

    Chocolate-y, moist, chewy – these look fantastic!


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  47. Lora on June 27, 2011 at 1:38 pm

    My husband is a Brownie-holic, so I made him this recipe for his birthday and I think we’re both addicted now. WOW. These were awesome! So easy to put together and so rich and moist and chewy. This is my go-to recipe for brownies from now on!


  48. Anati on August 22, 2011 at 10:47 pm

    I baked these last night, for dessert after we break our fast. It’s to die for! I always sucked at brownies, but last night was my first time cutting into a soft, and thick brownies. I can’t stop eating it! Loveee <3

    Next, I'mma try the Baked brownies, yumyum


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  50. katia on February 10, 2012 at 11:02 pm

    I just made these , and they look just like the picture 😀 Love it when that happens.. I made some changes though, I subbed some coconut oil for butter , and replaced a tiny bit of the rest of the butter with greek yogurt. Used whole wheat pastry flour, also. Maybe threw on some chocolate chips…and peanutbutter chips.. and toffee bits… but it’s okay. there’s no butter c: haha.


  51. Sonia on February 20, 2012 at 3:57 am

    I made these for Valentine’s Day for my husband and he loved them so much!! I just made it tonight as well 🙂
    By far the best brownies ever!


  52. Melissa on April 1, 2012 at 7:52 am

    Really enjoyed these brownies! Chewy and delicious, these brownies were chocolatey without being too rich. My whole family loved this 🙂 I didn’t use three types of chocolate, only two, I just used seven oz. of the same chocolate, but it still turned out great. One teeny complaint my family had was that it was pretty sweet even though I reduced the sugar content by almost a 1/4 cup, but I’m from Asia, so our sweet tooth may not be that pronounced 🙂 Thanks for a great recipe! xx


  53. jane on May 1, 2012 at 4:07 am

    Nice recipe. I love a simple brownie recipe which is easy for the kids 🙂
    I also like the below brownie recipe.
    Thanks for sharing,


  54. Grace on June 9, 2012 at 12:20 am

    This recipe is similar to that in the Cooks Illustrated magazine, and it is amazing! I added a few tablespoons of strong brewed coffee in with the melted chocolate mixture, and it really intensified the chocolate flavor and made them even better. Thanks!


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  56. jackie on November 29, 2012 at 10:27 pm

    I am copyong brownie recipes for my grandaughter. She loves to bake brownies so I bought her a recipe box so far I have over 35 brownie recipes for it, but I am definately making and writing the recipe for myself also


  57. Kate on January 15, 2013 at 9:20 am

    I’ve made brownies for 40 – 45 years and this recipe had the right amount of sweetness and taste.. I use a recipe in the NYTimes cookbook called brownies cockaigne also, it uses only unsweetened dark chocolate my husband loves those I loves these.. Life is good for us chocoholics in Texas.


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  61. Smriti on October 27, 2013 at 2:32 pm

    I made these brownies last night. I didn’t have unsweetened chocolate, so I substituted with cocoa powder and butter (read about the substitution on the Internet). I topped the brownies with chocolate chips. This is one of the best brownies recipes I have tried! So fudgy!! Thanks for sharing!!


  62. Kristen Rice on May 20, 2015 at 7:56 am

    I am so sad to say that I was disappointed with this recipe… way to much of a bitter chocolate “sting.”:( Nobody in my household would eat them. I guess I am still on the hunt for a good brownies recipe. Sorry for the negative comment.


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  64. Maria on October 15, 2015 at 6:47 pm

    You really should credit Cook’s Illustrated as this is their recipe. I have it in a copy of their book Baking Illustrated.


    • Jess on October 20th, 2015 at 11:51 am

      You really should read to the bottom of the recipe before leaving a comment like this, so as not to appear as an idiot.


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