One Bowl Brownies – Perfect Fudgy Brownie

November 15, 2018 by Jenny Melrose

One bowl brownies the perfect recipe – dense and fudgy, dotted with half melted chips, crispy, crackly top, and decadent enough that you’re actually satisfied after one. Using simple ingredients, make the perfect fudgy brownie without a ton of dishes. With my tips for making the perfect brownie, you’ll never be stuck with ehh brownies again. Ditch the boxed brownie mix and learn just how easy it is to make homemade brownies from scratch.

Brownies stacked up four tall with the words "One bowl Brownies - The Perfect Fudge Brownie" in teal across it

Hey it’s Morgan here from Morgan Manages Mommyhood. If you know me at all by now, you probably know that I try to stick to the healthier stuff. I do a lot of hidden veggie stuff for my kids, try to keep up with the whole foods and less sugar and blah blah blah.

But the truth of the matter is that I also have a KILLER sweet tooth. Like a really, really bad one. When my husband and I were first dating, I lost a lot of weight by eating better and cleaner. I started making my weekends “splurge” days and I would only eat sweet and junk those days.

Let’s just say, it didn’t end well. At all. I started getting emotionally invested in those splurge days, looking forward to them literally for food and not because it was the time I got to spend with my new then-boyfriend.

Long story short, I had a kid, then I had another, realized that staying perfectly skinny wasn’t good for me emotionally and now I eat brownies on Wednesdays.

The Hunt For The Best Brownie

For about a year I went on a hunt for You see, I grew up on boxed mix, guys. Duncan Hines was my jam and I love that crispy, crackly top that happens when you let them sit a bit and the super fudginess that happens when you don’t forget to take them out of the even at juuuuuust the right moment.

You know what’s the worst? Really, really wanting brownies and then realizing you have kids and zero desire to strap them in the car and buy brownie mix because you’re too lazy to figure out how to make them yourself. See: Morgan searching for the best brownie ever.

fudgy brownies stacked three tall with a white background

Tips For The Perfect One Bowl Brownies

  • Line the pan. I don’t care how nonstick or magical your pan is. Line it. Save yourself a headache AND you get the lift the brownies out so you don’t make a massacre trying to cut and remove that first brownie.
  • Underbake. The toothpick test that works so well with cakes? NO. You want the center of your brownies to be barely set. THIS is how you get those amazingly fudgy brownies, guys. Trust me.
  • Go for the good stuff. Yes, it’s tempting to buy the cheapest chocolate chips and cocoa powder. But can you just trust me on this and spend a few extra bucks for the good stuff.
  • Use the coffee. It might not sound like it would make a difference, but that tiny bit of espresso powder? Kills these brownies. I wrote them as optional because I’ve made them both ways and don’t want to scare people off, but the espresso powder takes it next level.

These one bowl brownies are everything you want in a perfect brownie – dense and fudgy, dotted with half melted chips, crispy, crackly top, and decadent enough that you’re actually satisfied and good with just eating one, a trait just about nothing holds for me.

And since they’re one bowl brownies you won’t be staring in dismay at your kitchen while they bake up.

fudgy brownies stacked three tall with a white background

The recipe is pretty simple – the warm butter melts the chips and gives you a smooth consistency and dense texture flavor while the cocoa powder brings in the intense chocolate flavor you want in a brownie. If you use a microwave, you won’t even have to dirty a pan melting the butter. (though if you’re like me and live microwave free, it’s still totally cool to melt the butter on the stovetop.)

Even more, they’re the perfect recipe to make with kids since they’re pretty fool proof. Little love stirring in the flour and sprinkling on the chips while big kids could easily make them from start to finish on their own.

I included a simpler variation of these brownies in my Fearless Kids Cooking guide , which shows you how to get kids of all ages into the kitchen with you without the mess or the stress. The recipe included uses a food processor so it’s even easier. Make sure you grab your copy to get the recipe.
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One Bowl Brownies – Perfect Fudgy Brownies

One Bowl Brownies

One bowl brownies the perfect recipe - dense and fudgy, dotted with half melted chips, crispy, crackly top, and decadent enough that you’re actually satisfied after one.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 12


  • 1/2 cup butter melted
  • 2/3 cup dark chocolate chips
  • 1/4 canola oil
  • 1 1/3 cup white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • ¼ teaspoon instant espresso
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup flour


  1. Preheat oven to 350. Microwave butter to totally melt in a large microwave safe bowl.
  2. Add chocolate chips to the hot butter and stir before setting aside for 3 minute. Whisk until the rest of the chips melt or mostly melt.
  3. Add the rest of the ingredients except for the flour and whisk until smooth.
  4. Gently stir in the flour until combined, being sure not to over mix.
  5. Spread evenly into a lines 8x8 pan. Top with more chips if desired.
  6. Bake for 30 minutes.

Recipe Notes

The brownies will NOT be cooked all the way through.

Allow them to sit and cool at least 10 minutes. They will continue to cook a bit and firm up.

'Do NOT overcook brownies. They will become dry. Still delicious, but not as delicious as fudgy goodness. 

Okay so tell me – what’s your favorite boxed dessert? Do you love one bowl desserts? Let me know in the comments!

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