Fudgy Chocolate Brownies Dark and Dense

by Dorothy Reinhold on October 13, 2020

Print This Post Print This Post Sort of a cross between a brownie and fudge, these Dark Dense Fudgy Chocolate Brownies are for serious chocolate lovers. Use the best chocolate and butter you can afford!

Sort of a cross between a brownie and fudge, these Dark Dense Fudgy Chocolate Brownies are for serious chocolate lovers. Use the best chocolate and butter you can afford!

I first tried these brownies by the famous cookbook author Alice Medrich because they have an usual method. Once they are baked quickly in a hot oven, you dunk the bottom of the pan into ice water to quicken the cooling. This might seem like a lot of stuff and nonsense, but I’m here to tell you, it makes a brownie with a sort of crunch on the outside and a moist, fudgy inside. 

Dark Fudgy Chocolate Brownies stacked on top of each other, with a hand grabbing the top one

How to bake Fudgy Chocolate Brownies

2 different chocolate bars with a hand holding the left oneFirst of all, let’s talk chocolate. Of course, you always have my permission to use chocolate chips or whatever chocolate you have lying around (forever motto: Use what you have!), but you will have the best brownie results if you use quality chocolate. For example, I had these 2 bars in my pantry, and this recipe was the perfect excuse to showcase excellent quality chocolate, so in they go.

Add butter and chocolate to a glass bowl and microwave until melted. Stir until smooth.

Sugars added to the melted butter and chocolate with a white spoon

Add sugars, vanilla and salt to the melted chocolate and butter.

Showing the batter looks grainyThe batter will look grainy and you will doubt your skills. Don’t worry and carry on!

Cracking an egg into the batter

Stir in eggs one at a time.

Adding flour to the batterStir in flour until batter is smooth.

The batter should fall into ribbons like this.

Spread Fudgy Chocolate Brownie batter into foil-lined pan

Spread batter into foil-lined pan.

Fudgy Chocolate Brownies baked and out of the oven

It will look less glossy and slightly darker when it is baked. 

Large metal roasting pan filled with ice and cold waterFill a larger metal pan with crushed ice and add some cold water to make it slushy. I am using my old beat-up broiler pan, because why not?

Brownies cool in an ice bathOnce it is out of the oven, set the hot brownie pan in the icy slush, and nestle it in there. Don’t let the water come up so high it invades the brownies though! This ice bath may be the trick to making the brownies fudgy, so don’t skip this step. 

Fudgy Chocolate Brownies being cut by a knife on a wooden cutting boardWhen cool, lift brownies out of the pan using the foil. Remove foil and cut into squares.

Fudgy Chocolate Brownies packed into a plastic container for shippingThese brownies also pack neatly for shipping. Pack into a plastic container and wrap in bubble wrap inside a larger box (priority shipping box?). Cool completely before packing.

Dark Dense Chocolate Brownies

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour

Yield: Makes 16-20

Dark Dense Chocolate Brownies

Sort of a cross between a brownie and fudge, these Dark Dense Fudgy Chocolate Brownies are for serious chocolate lovers. Use the best chocolate and butter you can afford!


  • 8 tablespoons unsalted butter (this is 4 ounces, or 1 stick)
  • 4 ounces (8 tablespoons) unsweetened chocolate
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar (can be dark brown or light brown)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract (use double-strength if you have it)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • .
  • ENTIRELY OPTIONAL: 2/3 cup lightly toasted and chopped walnuts or pecans


  1. Heat oven to 400F degrees. Line an 8-inch-square metal baking pan with foil.
  2. In a glass bowl or measuring cup, melt butter and chocolate together in the microwave. Start with 30 seconds, then pull out the bowl and stir. Microwave for another 30 seconds, pull out the bowl and stir to see if it has melted. Do it once more if needed. When it looks almost completely melted, stir until smooth. (Note: chocolate holds its shape when heated in the microwave, so stirring is essential to seeing if it has melted.)
  3. Stir in both sugars, vanilla and salt. It will look grainy; don't let this bother you. Stir in eggs one at a time, followed by flour. Stir until very smooth, about 1 minute, until mixture pulls away from sides of bowl. (This would be the time to add nuts if you are using them.)
  4. Scrape batter into prepared pan and bake 20 minutes. While brownies are baking, prepare a chilled water bath: Pour crushed ice into a large roasting pan (like a broiler pan) to a depth of about 1 inch. Add cold water to the ice in the pan. Remove brownie pan from oven and place the hot pan in the water bath, being VERY careful to NOT splash water on brownies or let water creep into the pan. The bottom of the brownie pan should be slightly submerged in the water, but the pan ultimately should float. Water will ruin the brownies.
  5. Let brownies cool completely, then lift pan out of water bath, lift foil with brownies out of brownie pan, place brownies on cutting board and cut brownies into squares, peeling off the foil.
  6. Store on countertop in an airtight container for a day or two, or if saving longer, pack into an airtight container and freeze.
  7. Makes 16 squares.


Recipe source: Adapted just slightly from Alice Medrich's Cookies and Brownies (Warner Books, 1999; she called them New Classic Brownies).


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{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

Sandra McCollum October 21, 2020 at 10:36 am

My kids couldn’t stop eating these!! So good!


Dorothy Reinhold October 21, 2020 at 10:36 am

We felt the same way in our house!


Catalina October 16, 2020 at 7:19 am

Who can resist to these brownies! I need to make them next weekend!


Cathy October 15, 2020 at 12:59 pm

I’m a sucker for fudgy brownies! My favorite!


Kevin October 15, 2020 at 12:02 pm

I have to bake up some brownies! These look great!


Allyson Zea October 15, 2020 at 9:03 am

This looks like the perfect dessert treat! Thanks for the easy directions!


Wendy Klik October 15, 2020 at 6:36 am

I am definitely in the fudgy brownie camp as opposed to cake brownies.


Vikki October 15, 2020 at 12:02 am

So decadent and delicious, making these amazing brownies again!!


Dorothy Reinhold October 15, 2020 at 2:59 pm

I did the same. Made ’em….they disappears. Had to make ’em again!


Erin | Dinners,Dishes and Dessert October 14, 2020 at 9:08 pm

These Fudgy Chocolate Brownies would disappear in our house!


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