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Fudgey Chocolate Chunk Brownies

Fudgey Chocolate Chunk Brownies

Remember how I told you that I used to make chocolate chip cookies from a mix? Well, the story actually gets better than that…

Until college, I didn’t even know that it was possible to make brownies from anything other than a box mix.

Not. kidding.

I know my mom is just dying somewhere reading this, but you have to know that I’m not blaming her. Lady knows her way around a kitchen and can bake fabulous goodies from scratch in her sleep. *But* we did use box mixes for brownies fairly often (because they’re awesome), and somehow the fact that such delicacies could be made in my own kitchen just completely eluded me.

Fudgey Chocolate Chunk Brownies

We made brownies every Sunday night growing up. When I went away to college, I kept up the weekly tradition to help with the homesickness. One Sunday evening I realized that I had spaced buying a box mix during my grocery trip the day before. As I panicked, my roommate simple shrugged and said, “So we’ll make it from scratch. What’s the big deal?”

My jaw dropped. From scratch? What kind of a magical culinary genius was my roommate that she could promise such things??

Fudgey Chocolate Chunk Brownies

After the brownies, we had nearly weekly baking lessons. Every time she went into the kitchen, I was at her elbow peering into her magic bowls. She taught me how to make all sorts of fun things (like caramel corn), and I had a blast learning from her. In return, I taught her some of my own specialties… like Ramen noodles with scrambled eggs.

Obviously, I had the better end of the bargain.

I’ve been using this brownie recipe for about 6 years, and it’s my go-to recipe for brownies. Others have come along that I really, really love. But I appreciate how basic and foundational this recipe is. It’s simplicity makes it ideal for creating variations.

If you couldn’t tell, I LOVE chunks in my brownies. And I like them fudgey. But if you like a different sort of brownie, here are a couple of easy alterations:

  • For more cake like brownies: use baking powder instead of soda and whisk  the batter to add air.
  • Don’t like all the chocolate chunks? Use 1 cup of chocolate chips, or use mini chocolate chips (or omit altogether)!
  • Like a firmer (rather than fudgey) brownie? Bake for 5-10 minutes longer until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.

Fudgey Chocolate Chunk Brownies


  • 1/2 cup butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 cups chocolate chunks


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a 9x9 baking dish with parchment paper.
  2. Beat together the butter, sugar, and vanilla in a stand mixer bowl. Add the eggs one at a time, mixing well between each addition.
  3. Stir together the flour, cocoa powder, and salt. Gradually add the dry ingredients to the butter mixture. Mix in the baking soda.
  4. Mix in the chocolate chunks with a wooden spoon or spatula.
  5. Once the batter forms (it will be thick), scrape it into the prepared dish and spread evenly.
  6. Bake for 25 minutes, until brownies begin to pull away from the side of the pan.
  7. Serves 9-12.

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76 Responses to “Fudgey Chocolate Chunk Brownies”

  1. Holly @ EatGreatBEGreat posted on June 15, 2013 at 8:53 pm (#)

    Mmmmm…yay for brownies! These look delicious!

  2. Erin @ Axell's Kitchen posted on June 15, 2013 at 9:07 pm (#)

    I cannot wait to make these!! I am always looking for a new brownie recipe!

  3. Kayle (The Cooking Actress) posted on June 15, 2013 at 9:19 pm (#)

    These brownies are purrrfect! I love em fudgy and all of those chocolate chunks are SO genius. LOVE.

    I totally was late to the baking thing from scratch game too (my mom made just about everything from boxes or the freezer) so you’re far from alone :P

  4. Tenns posted on June 15, 2013 at 10:17 pm (#)

    These look absolutely delicious! I recently make brownies, but they look…and I’m sure taste nothing like these.

  5. Andrea J posted on June 15, 2013 at 10:18 pm (#)

    Made these this evening and they were awesome! My family loved them! This is a keeper. Thanks!

  6. Capturing Joy with Kristen Duke posted on June 15, 2013 at 10:41 pm (#)

    those look so delicious! i love the roomie story, I totally didn’t know you could make brownies from scratch either until a few years ago! I still love my box mix, but I might just give this recipe a whirl;)

  7. Jo-Anna posted on June 16, 2013 at 12:34 am (#)

    I’m with you on the chunks of chocolate in my brownies! Yum! This recipe looks so amazing!!

  8. sally @ sallys baking addiction posted on June 16, 2013 at 10:39 am (#)

    There is nothing like homemade brownies!!! While I love the convenience of box mix, there is something so satisfying about knowing you made the batch from scratch. I love chunks in my brownies, too!

  9. Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel posted on June 17, 2013 at 12:09 am (#)

    Oh my — those are fudgey! I’m in love!

    And uh, I have only made “homemade” brownies like, twice in my life. Haha, there’s just something way easier about box mix, but this recipe may just change that!

  10. Faith @ Pixie Dust Kitchen posted on June 17, 2013 at 11:00 am (#)

    I’m kind of a box mix brownie kind of girl, but I’ve been looking for a from scratch alternative. These look simple and good, so I think these might become my go-to as well!

  11. Russell at Chasing Delicious posted on June 17, 2013 at 5:56 pm (#)

    Holy moly these brownies look fantastic! I will need to make a pan or two of these stat.

  12. Chels posted on June 19, 2013 at 12:56 am (#)

    Oh what I would give to stuff that into my face right now!

  13. Trish - Mom On Timeout posted on June 19, 2013 at 10:59 am (#)

    Looks like a fantastic brownie recipe Ashton – love all those chunks!

  14. Mandy posted on June 19, 2013 at 11:38 am (#)

    These brownies look amazing….definitely want to try them! Quick question….when do you add the 2 cups of chocolate chunks? After the dry ingredients are mixed in…I couldn’t tell from the recipe:)

  15. Liz Fourez posted on June 19, 2013 at 10:18 pm (#)

    Well I’m certainly glad you learn to bake, because these look awesome! And thanks for the tips on brownie variations! I like ’em fudgey and chunky too : )

  16. Ala posted on June 20, 2013 at 4:40 am (#)

    These look absolutely fudgey and decadent–what a great way to fight that homesickness! Thanks for sharing :)

  17. kristi@ishouldbemoppingthefloor posted on June 20, 2013 at 12:46 pm (#)

    Brownies with a chunky texture to them are THE BEST! These look wonderful.

  18. Mackenzie posted on June 23, 2013 at 10:54 pm (#)

    Ashton these are gorgeous! I love all the chocolate chunks; YUM!

  19. Megan posted on June 24, 2013 at 8:13 pm (#)

    I just made these, and I am in love. Thank you for sharing!!!

  20. Maegan @ The BakerMama posted on June 27, 2013 at 11:57 am (#)

    These look heavenly! Fudgey + Chunky = Brownie Perfection!

  21. Lindsay @ The Live-In Kitchen posted on June 27, 2013 at 4:29 pm (#)

    I made these yesterday and they are SO fudgey and delicious! This is definitely a keeper recipe!

  22. Lisa posted on June 28, 2013 at 6:37 pm (#)

    Quick question…is it unsweetened or regular cocoa powder? I bought some Special Dark cocoa powder, but don’t know if this will make it too sweet.

    • Ashton posted on June 29, 2013 at 9:20 am (#)

      You can use special dark– it’s not sweetened, so that’s perfect!

  23. Stephanie posted on July 7, 2013 at 12:34 am (#)

    I came across this blog by doing a search for chocolate recipes (I needed new ones! LOL) and I must say these brownies look SO yummy! I’m gonna try these out ASAP! :)

    • Ashton posted on July 8, 2013 at 9:08 pm (#)

      I’m glad you landed here! Stick around :)

  24. Nadia Rahman posted on July 17, 2013 at 2:47 pm (#)

    These brownies look so good and I can’t wait to make them! Quick question, can I use baker’s chocolate as the chocolate chunks? It’s the only thing I have right now

    • Ashton posted on July 17, 2013 at 8:06 pm (#)

      Totally fine! I wouldn’t used unsweetened though..

  25. Gloria @ Simply Gloria posted on July 17, 2013 at 5:11 pm (#)

    That’s the same reaction when I tell people I like to make brownies from scratch. I love brownies from the box (Ghirardelli is my favorite kind if it’s going to be a box). But now I can make these trusty brownies! I love making brownies every sunday evening too! Didn’t think any one else did that! (=

  26. Brad Brow posted on July 20, 2013 at 1:40 am (#)

    Just made these. I would have never dreamt of putting that many chocolate chips in brownies. The volume of the chips equaled that of the batter. Best brownie I have ever eaten. No crustiness even on the edges. Smooth creamy chocolatey goodness. More like an intense chocolate delivery system than a brownie.

  27. Debbie posted on July 21, 2013 at 12:14 pm (#)

    What type of chocolate chunks do you use?

  28. Rae posted on July 22, 2013 at 5:21 am (#)

    Hi there!
    Quick question, can I substitute baking soda with baking powder? If so, will it be the same quantity?

  29. Claire posted on July 30, 2013 at 2:11 pm (#)

    Hi! This looked so wonderful that the day I found it I made it later that night. However it turned out more like a lava cake rather than a fudgy brownie. It only became more of a brownie the next day. I am such a chocoholic that it didn’t matter. However what can I do to make it a brownie earlier so that I can make it for parties?

    • Ashton posted on July 30, 2013 at 9:07 pm (#)

      It may just need a little more bake time in your oven (they all seem to be so different! The ovens in my last 3 apartments have all been TOTALLY different in their bake times for the same recipes… I try to usually post a range or provide another means of gauging done-ness because of that :) ). How long did you bake for?

  30. Kelly @ the Moon and Me posted on July 31, 2013 at 11:35 am (#)

    I think we could be great friends! ;) You bring the brownies, and I’ll bring a fork. Kidding…I’m sure we could find something to barter. :)

  31. mayensi posted on July 31, 2013 at 5:14 pm (#)

    dumb question lol!…what do you mean by chocolate chunks. …do I buy a chocolate bar and cut it in chunks or is it something sold in the baking section of the grocery store?

    • Ashton posted on July 31, 2013 at 9:23 pm (#)

      You could really do either! But I used Nestle Tollhouse Chocolate Chunks :)

  32. Valerie@Occasionally Crafty posted on August 2, 2013 at 11:37 pm (#)

    These are in my oven for tomorrow’s baby shower. I haven’t made your recipe before bit you’ve never led me wrong! I know these will be amazing (the batter already is!). Thanks for another great recipe!

  33. Alicia posted on August 14, 2013 at 1:00 am (#)

    Just made these tonight. Fabulous! Love the texture, easy to make. Thanks!

  34. Kristen posted on August 14, 2013 at 12:40 pm (#)

    Recipe sounds great! Based on your experience from these brownies what would be the best cocoa powder to use.?

    • Ashton posted on October 12, 2013 at 11:12 pm (#)

      I like Hershey’s :)

  35. Krystle posted on August 17, 2013 at 12:44 pm (#)

    I love baking and have yet to find the perfect brownie recipe, but these might be it. Just made these delcious, chocolately chunky rich brownies. They were heavenly, thank you for sharing your recipe!!!

  36. Ashley Kumnick posted on August 21, 2013 at 5:40 am (#)

    Friend and I made these last month. They are the best by far! My husband is always asking me to nake these! (Brownies are something I havent made with my own recipe yet)

    Plus, kudos for this being EASY to make! I will take the extra time to make this now instead of boxed. (Unless I just want the dough hehe)

  37. Asmaa posted on August 27, 2013 at 10:45 am (#)

    I’ve just tried these , amaaazing :D It was very sweet. Probably because I ate a lot of it hahahahha

  38. Erin posted on September 1, 2013 at 7:07 pm (#)

    I made these brownies with a mixture of Nestle cocoa powder and Hershey’s special dark cocoa powder. They were dense, melted in one’s mouth, and are a recipe staple.

  39. shawn posted on September 6, 2013 at 7:00 pm (#)

    i made these with hershey’s special dark cocoa, one cup of hershey’s semi sweet choc chips and one cup of white choc m+ms. they were AWESOME!! thanks for a super easy recipe!

  40. BakingMomma posted on September 9, 2013 at 9:16 pm (#)

    These are amazing! I made them today and couldn’t get enough of them. They are going to be my go-to recipe now!

  41. Patty posted on September 11, 2013 at 12:51 am (#)

    I LOVE fudgey brownies. But, when I followed the recipe it turned out more cakey and also not as dark as the ones in your pictures. What am I doing wrong?

    • Ashton posted on October 12, 2013 at 10:57 pm (#)

      2 things, possibly… If you used a whisk attachment, you might have allowed too much air to form in the batter, making it cakey. You want to use the dough paddle in this recipe. And then, I’m wondering if you added all of the ingredients into the bowl at once? Or did you add them in the order listed in the recipe? It can make a difference, even though it seems silly!

  42. Marlaine posted on November 4, 2013 at 5:50 pm (#)

    Hi there… I had a ton of extra Halloween candy left over this year, so I chunked up a bunch of Coffee Crisp bars (Canadian deliciousness) and used them instead of the chocolate chunks. Threw in some chocolate chips to round out the 2 cups worth. I also added in some espresso powder to the mix – figured it’d be a nice fudgey, mocha brownie. Yum!!

  43. Christina posted on November 9, 2013 at 11:48 pm (#)

    The best brownies I have ever had. Thank you!

  44. Carrie posted on November 16, 2013 at 7:51 pm (#)

    I am sorry to say this was a swing and a miss in my opinion. I do have to say I am not what u call a “true chocolate lover”. Don’t get me wrong I do love chocolate. But from what I’ve been told true chocolate lovers love dark chocolate. Whatever that means. :) I’m a milk chocolate girl. I must like the extra sugar. :). I have made many things from something swanky and this is the first I haven’t loved. Maybe the family will though. I will still defiantly be followings this blog.

  45. Merle posted on December 10, 2013 at 5:30 pm (#)

    These brownies were exceptional! Can you say “chocolate overload”?! I just love a gooey brownie and this one ticks all the right boxes in my opinion.

  46. Britt posted on December 15, 2013 at 1:11 am (#)

    I have a question… say I wanted to double the recipe to make thicker brownies… what would that do for my cooking time?

    • Ashton posted on December 17, 2013 at 9:39 pm (#)

      I’d start by adding 10 minutes, and then continue to test with a toothpick every 5-10 minutes

  47. Jessica posted on December 29, 2013 at 4:29 pm (#)

    These are so tasty, I added chopped walnuts and used half chocolate chunks, and half dark chocolate chips. Insanely good!!!

  48. Tanisha G. posted on December 31, 2013 at 11:18 pm (#)

    Whipped up a batch of these for my New Year’s Eve movie night with my bestie. Such a wonderful treat!

  49. Anna posted on January 14, 2014 at 9:03 pm (#)

    After pinning this weeks ago, I finally baked your brownies. They are SO GOOD! By far, the best brownies I’ve ever eaten. Even better than the ghiradelli box I like. THanks for a fantastic recipe!

  50. Julia Fisher posted on January 29, 2014 at 12:29 pm (#)

    Do you use sweetened or unsweetened cocoa powder?

    • Ashton posted on January 29, 2014 at 7:41 pm (#)

      Unsweetened :) I didn’t even know they made sweetened cocoa powder!

  51. Rebecca@thiswomansstyle posted on February 2, 2014 at 7:30 pm (#)

    Your site is hazardous for my health but at the same time I’m SO glad I found it because your recipes look incredible and your photography is perfect to match! xxx

  52. Heather {Woods of Bell Trees} posted on February 8, 2014 at 2:52 am (#)

    Oof I need these!

  53. Tessa posted on March 3, 2014 at 4:57 pm (#)

    If I wanted to make it in a. 9 by 13 pan do I double the recipe?

    • Ashton posted on March 3, 2014 at 8:58 pm (#)

      Yep :)

  54. Vaiva posted on June 30, 2014 at 8:25 am (#)

    Thank you for this! This is perfect!! I am no god at baking – got this right teh first time! Turned out fudgy and chewy and the chocolate chunks…. mmmmm….
    I am doing ti again for my big big big fancy family dinner. Chocolate chunks will be white and milk chocolate mix. I love this!

  55. Sara posted on July 14, 2014 at 10:27 pm (#)

    I’ve got these in the oven now. They’ve been in there for a little over 35 min. but when I stick a toothpick in they;re still really liquid-y. Is that normal? Should the toothpick come out clean like with other brownies?

    • Ashton posted on July 15, 2014 at 8:41 pm (#)

      I’ve found that the baking time really depends on the oven. Depending on where we have live, sometimes I’ve left the brownies in a little longer until the toothpick was mostly clean. It definitely shouldn’t be liquid-like. Hope that help a little :)

  56. Tiana posted on July 29, 2014 at 3:16 pm (#)

    Thanks for this amazing recipe!
    Since we don’t get chocolate chunks around here, I will have to chop up chocolate bars myself.
    Should I use regular chocolate bars or those meant for baking. If I use regular ones, won’t they melt?

    • Ashton posted on July 30, 2014 at 9:51 pm (#)

      Regular chocolate bars will be perfect! And yup, they’ll melt and taste AWESOME :)

  57. Sami P posted on September 1, 2014 at 8:18 pm (#)

    Awesome recipe! I gotta confession, I have never had much success with homemade brownies until your recipe. I made these over the weekend to take to a BBQ, and my family LOVED them. They devoured them! I will definitely be making these again and again. They asked for a double (or triple) batch next time. Thank you for a great recipe!!

  58. Asasa posted on September 15, 2014 at 8:19 pm (#)

    This was the best brownies I’ve ever made, the taste is perfect. I used baking powder instead of soda and it turned out just fine.

    • Ashton posted on September 16, 2014 at 9:15 am (#)

      I’m so glad you liked them!!

  59. Thalissa posted on December 4, 2014 at 10:19 pm (#)

    Okay…. I need to say…. those are THE BEST BROWNIES EVER!!! Every time I make them, I have to make a double recipe, and every time I take it to work people LOVE IT!!! Thank you so much!!!

    btw…. I tried to make 4 times the recipe in my tiny mixer, the result was brownie batter everywhere. it was kind of ridiculous the whole kitchen covered in batter. but TOTALLY WORTH IT!!! :D

  60. Tiana posted on April 13, 2015 at 9:12 am (#)

    I have tried this recipe before and it was ABSOLUTELY YUM! 
    But now I want to double the recipe and make, so how should I adjust the baking time?


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