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The Ultimate Fudge Brownie Recipe

The ultimate fudge brownies studded with chocolate chips and topped with a smooth, luscious chocolate ganache. So rich and chocolaty… they are any chocolate lover’s dream!

If you love all things chocolate, you are going to love this fudge brownie recipe. They are rich, decadent and full of delicious chocolate flavor. You’ll also love my triple chocolate chip cookies, chocolate lasagna and chocolate cupcakes.

stack of fudge brownies

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Chocolate lovers, rejoice! I have the most delicious and decadent ultimate fudge brownie recipe to share with you today! One of my favorite things about these fudge brownies is that they are so easy to make. The batter is mixed up in a saucepan, so you don’t even need a mixer to make them. I also love that the base is good quality chocolate chips melted in butter… you really can’t go wrong with that combination!

The ganache really takes them over the top…it’s the perfect chocolate frosting for brownies and is smooth, creamy and rich. It sets them apart from traditional homemade brownies and gives them an extra boost of deliciousness. Plus, the little sprinkle of sea salt adds so much depth of flavor. They are outrageously delicious in every way!

cutting fudge brownies with a knife

How to make homemade fudge brownies

Make batter. Unlike most brownie recipes, the batter for these fudge brownies is actually made on the stove instead of in a mixing bowl. To get started, melt the butter in a medium sauce pan over medium low heat. Stir in one cup of the chocolate chips until melted, then remove from heat and add in sugar and vanilla. One at a time, stir in the eggs. Then add the cocoa powder, salt and flour and mix until combined. Fold in the remaining 1/2 cup chocolate chips.

Bake in oven. Pour the batter into a parchment lined 9×9″ baking pan. Then bake at 350°F for about 50 to 55 minutes. This time may vary depending on your oven, so I’d keep an eye on them at about the 45 minute mark. Insert a toothpick into the middle of the pan (or at least 1-2 inches from the edge of pan). If the toothpick comes out clean or with a few moist crumbs, the brownies are ready. If the toothpick is covered in crumbs, bake for a few more minutes then check again. Continue to bake until the toothpick comes out clean. Once they’ve finished baking, remove from oven and let cool completely.

Chocolate ganache frosting

The ganache frosting is what really sets these brownies apart. You can enjoy the brownies as-is without it, but trust me – it adds the best flavor. If you love chocolate, then definitely add it!

It’s made from a simple mixture of chocolate chips and heavy cream. All you do is heat the heavy cream, then pour it over the chocolate chips in order to melt them. I prefer to heat my heavy cream on the stove, but you can also heat it in the microwave as well. Check out this post that shows how to melt chocolate using both methods.

Once the frosting has a smooth and creamy texture, immediately spread evenly on top of the cooled brownies. I love to finish them off with a sprinkle of sea salt. It adds the perfect depth of flavor!

frosted fudge brownies with sea salt on top

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fudge brownie recipe

Fudge Brownie Recipe

5 from 10 votes
The ultimate fudge brownies studded with chocolate chips and topped with a smooth, luscious chocolate ganache. So rich and chocolaty... they are any chocolate lover's dream!
Prep Time: 20 mins
Cook Time: 50 mins
Total Time: 1 hr 10 mins
Servings: 24



  • 12 Tablespoons (170 g) unsalted butter , cut into pieces
  • 1 cup (182 g) semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 1/2 cups (300 g) granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1/4 cup (17 g) cocoa powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup (65 g) all-purpose flour

Chocolate Ganache

  • 1 cup (90 g) chocolate chips , or chopped chocolate
  • 4 ounces heavy cream
  • flake sea salt , for sprinkling on top


  • Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line a 9x13" baking dish with parchment paper or spray with cooking spray, and set aside.
  • In a medium sauce pan, melt the butter over medium low heat. Stir in one cup of the chocolate chips and continue stirring gently until melted. Remove from heat and stir in the sugar and vanilla. Add the eggs one at a time, whisking well after each addition. Add the cocoa powder, salt and flour and mix until combined.
  • Spread the brownie mixture in the prepared pan. Bake for 35-40 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean. Remove from the oven and let cool.
  • When the brownies are nearly cool, place one cup of chocolate chips in a heat-proof bowl. Heat the heavy cream in a small saucepan to boiling. Pour the hot cream over the chocolate chips. Allow to sit a couple minutes. Then stir until the chocolate chips have melted completely. If it's too thick, microwave for 15 seconds and then stir until smooth.
  • Pour the hot ganache mixture over the cooled brownies and spread evenly with a spatula. Sprinkle flake sea salt over the top. Allow to set for 1 hour or refrigerate until the top has hardened.
  • Slice into 24 bars. Serve chilled or at room temperature.


Storage: Store in in a covered container at room temperature or in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Freeze for up to 3 months.
Recipe updated 7/3/22: I updated this recipe to be baked in a 9x13" pan. I also removed the extra 1/2 cup chocolate chips mixed into the batter. Feel free to add them back in if desired and bake in a 9x9" pan if you'd like a thicker brownie. 

Serving: 1g | Calories: 266kcal | Carbohydrates: 31g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 0.2g | Cholesterol: 48mg | Sodium: 64mg | Potassium: 144mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 24g | Vitamin A: 292IU | Vitamin C: 0.03mg | Calcium: 22mg | Iron: 2mg

Nutrition provided is an estimate. It will vary based on specific ingredients used.

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Author: Jamielyn Nye

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