Homemade Fudge Brownies

Homemade fudge brownies are irresistible! Making the best fudge brownies with cocoa powder from scratch is easy. You are going to love the fudginess of these decadent brownies. Nothing beats the classic fudgy texture of these delicious homemade brownies.

homemade fudge brownies and a glass of milk.

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What Makes Fudge Brownies So Good? 

There’s a hierarchy when it comes to baked goods. Fancy pastries are at the top, followed by pies and cakes, cupcakes, cookies, and brownies are all the way down at the bottom.

Cupcakes had their Instagram moment, and now it is time for brownies to shine. Go ahead and be a trendsetter with this fudge brownie recipe. 

Why You Must Try Making Homemade Fudge Brownies With Cocoa Powder 

There are two types of chocolate brownies—the ones that are moist and cake-like and those that have a more fudgy consistency. If you prefer your brownies on the gooey side, say goodbye to boxed mixes forever with this easy-to-follow fudge brown recipe.

Whip up a batch of these brownies in under an hour with just a few ingredients you probably already have at home. 

Ingredients for Homemade Fudge Brownies

To make the fudge like brownies, you’ll need:

  • Butter – you can use salted butter or unsalted butter
  • Sugar
  • Large eggs
  • Vanilla extract
  • Milk
  • All-purpose flour
  • Cocoa powder
  • Salt
fudge brownies ingredients.

How to Make Fudge Brownies

To make these homemade brownies from scratch

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees with the rack set in the middle.
  2. Grease a glass 8×8 baking tray with a neutral oil. Glass baking trays are better in this recipe because the exterior of the brownies will stay softer. 
  3. While the oven comes up to temperature, cream the butter and sugar until it is light and airy with an electric hand mixer or stand mixer. Use a paddle attachment if you have one. 
creamed butter and sugar in a mixing bowl.
  1. Add the eggs, vanilla, and milk to the bowl. Beat until the wet ingredients are blended.
fudge brownies wet ingredient mixture in a bowl.
  1. Sift together the flour, cocoa powder, and salt into a separate bowl. 
  2. Slowly add the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients while beating on low. You can add nuts at this step if using. 
  3. Once the wet and dry ingredients combine, stop beating. 
fudge brownie batter in a mixing bowl.
  1. Pour the brownie batter into the greased glass baking pan. Use a ruber spatula to scape out all of the brownie batter.
  2. Bake for 20 to 35 minutes, rotating once. 
  3. Check if the brownies are done by sticking a toothpick in the center. Don’t cook these brownies until the toothpick is clean, or they will be too dry. Instead, remove the brownies from the oven when moist crumbs are sticking to the toothpick.
  4. Place the baking tray on a wire rack and let the brownies cool. 
  5. Slice into pieces and transfer to an airtight container for storage. 
five homemade fudge brownies and a glass of milk.

How To Serve Fudge Brownies 

No matter how old you are, hands down, the best way to serve brownies is with a large glass of ice-cold milk. A scoop of vanilla ice cream with a drizzle of chocolate syrup is a close second. 

Optional Mix-ins

Purists won’t want to mess with this fudge brownie recipe, but if you love nuts, add a cup of coarsely chopped nuts.

Walnuts and pecans are classics, but you can use your favorite. If you have a can of macadamia nuts in your cupboard, using them in this recipe will take your brownies to the next level.

Not a nut person? Dark chocolate chips, milk chocolate chips, and M&Ms are also great. In fact, you can add just about anything you want to these fudge-like brownies, and they will taste amazing. 

If you have never tried espresso powder in brownies, it brings out a richness that is simply divine. I will add a teaspoon and a half to a batch of my brownie mix.

How To Store Leftover Fudge Brownies 

Brownies tend to disappear quickly, but if you find yourself with a few extras, here are some tips for storing them:

  • Keep the brownies in an airtight container. A plastic container with a locking lid is perfect. 
  • A piece of white bread inside the container will help the brownies to stay moist. 
  • Brownies are best when you store them at room temperature, but you can keep them in the freezer if necessary. Wrap the brownies in plastic wrap and store them in a freezer-safe container. 
  • Plan ahead. Don’t cut them if you don’t expect to eat the brownies within a day. They will stay fresher.

How Long Do They Last 

Homemade brownies with cocoa powder can stay fresh and moist for three to four days on the countertop and three months in the freezer. Thaw frozen brownies in the fridge before serving. 

a stack of fudge brownies.

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This homemade fudgy brownies recipe came from our neighbor when I was growing up in Colorado. Thank you to Lynn Ordorph. Pueblo, Co. 1978.

homemade fudge brownies and a glass of milk.

Fudge Brownies

Make better than box mix brownies with this delicious recipe for fudgy brownies. 
5 from 5 votes
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Fudge Brownies, Homemade Brownies
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 16
Calories: 108kcal


  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs beaten
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4 tablespoons milk
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 4 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • chopped nuts optional


  • Preheat the oven to 350°F, and grease an 8×8-inch baking dish or line the dish with parchment paper.
  • Use an electric mixer to cream the butter and sugar in a medium until light and fluffy.
  • Add the eggs, vanilla, and milk, and beat until combined.
  • Sift the flour, cocoa, and salt into a separate bowl, and whisk to combine.
  • Add the flour mixture to the butter mixture, along with the chopped nuts if desired, and beat or stir until just combined. Do not overmix.
  • Pour the brownie batter into the prepared baking dish
  • Bake for 20 to 35 minutes.
  • Remove the pan from the oven and let cool on a wire rack.
  • Cool the brownies completely before slicing and removing them from the pan.


Calories: 108kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 28mg | Sodium: 71mg | Potassium: 37mg | Fiber: 0g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 125IU | Calcium: 11mg | Iron: 0.5mg

About Stephanie Manley

I recreate your favorite restaurant recipes, so you can prepare these dishes at home. I help you cook dinner, and serve up dishes you know your family will love. You can find most of the ingredients for all of the recipes in your local grocery store.

Stephanie is the author of CopyKat.com's Dining Out in the Home, and CopyKat.com's Dining Out in the Home 2.

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  1. Laura

    5 stars
    This is the same basic recipe my mom always used except she added some oil to the batter. Wasn’t much–maybe a quarter cup or so. She swore it kept the brownies a bit more chewy. She’d also throw in some chocolate chips. They were family favorites and never lasted for very long!

    Thanks for this recipe, now that I’m remembering those brownies I’m gonna have to make up a batch this weekend!

  2. Nicole Pelletier

    5 stars
    Excellent, easy recipe, delicious also!!
    (side note, i cannot eat salt and vanilla, therefore I removed both of them from recipe and they turned out scrumptious 😉

  3. Bill Chico

    Can I please get a copycat recipe for Jasons Deli brownies? I have to say its relatively impossible to find on the web, it needs a genius to duplicate. Thank you!!!

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