For When You Need a Brownie NOW: One-Bowl Fudge Brownies

Warm, gooey, chocolate fudge brownies from scratch can be made in the same time it takes to whip out a box of brownie mix and taste so, so much better!

One Bowl Fudge Brownies from scratch | are just as easy as a mix!

Raise your hand if ever crave brownies like sponge craves water.

Or like my refrigerator craves having eight pounds of butter in it at all times?

((Raises both hands))

When I get a brownie craving, it’s usually a pretty fierce desire. When I crave brownies, I want them like…yesterday. As much as I love a good homemade, knife & fork kind of brownie with salted caramel sauce drizzled over top, sometimes I just want a soft, warm brownie in the palm of my hand so that I can hoover it into my maw as quickly as possible!

I try to keep a box of brownie mix in the pantry at all times in order to heed such cravings, because no one wants to be around me when I’ve got a brownie craving that can’t be satisfied pronto!

Cravings are not always pretty, Friends.

This weekend I discovered that my pantry was woefully without a box of brownie mix, and things almost got ugly. I might have had a teeny, tiny pity party for myself until Son #3 said, “Why don’t you just make your regular brownies in the microwave, Mom?” While I was in no mood to go into the science behind why nuking a baked good in the microwave results in something akin to super ball in texture, the boy was on to something.

What if…?

What if I did most of the prep work in the microwave so I could get the brownies in the oven as quickly as possible? And what if doing so would make my life easier because I could make the brownie batter in one bowl, so I had less mess to clean up while they were in the oven?

Perhaps most importantly, what if I could tweak the recipe enough to enable super fudgy brownies to be made from scratch in about the same time as it would take to prepare a box of brownie mix? That would be SO awesome! 

One-Bowl Fudgy Brownies | are ready from scratch in about the time it takes to prepare a mix.

So I tried. And succeeded. I have to admit that One-Bowl Fudgy Brownies are pretty awesome!

One Bowl Fudge Brownies via are easy as a boxed mix and so much better!
In fact, One-Bowl Fudgy Brownies are so easy to prepare that I will never again worry about having a box of brownie mix hanging around the pantry, awaiting my next craving. Instead, I’ll keep a bag or two of homemade brownie mix in the pantry so that when a craving strikes, I can have brownies in the oven in under 10 minutes.

One-Bowl Fudgy Brownies with Cadburry Mini Eggs |

These One-Bowl Fudgy Brownies were ready so quickly that I heeded another of Son #3’s suggestions–we topped our warm brownies with a few Cadbury Mini Eggs.

Son #3 is wise beyond his years.

The Baby's Brownie Photo Bomb

Son #4 has no patience for food photography.

I had so much extra time, that I decided to photograph the brownies to share with you, Friends. Much to The Baby’s dismay. That kid can’t help but photo-bomb when he’s waiting to sample something wonderful.

Son #4: “I thought deese (these) brownies were rewee (really) quick, Mama? When do we get to eat dem?”

Me: “Right now, buddy. Right now.” 

P.S. If microwaves aren’t your thing, this recipe is just a little tweak on the first brownie recipe I ever posted on this site four years ago. Click on over and ignore the photos if you’d prefer a stove top version.


One Bowl Fudge Brownies

Yield 24 Brownies


Warm, gooey fudge brownies from scratch are a snap with this quick and easy recipe.


Prep Time: 10 minutes, Cook Time: 28 minutes, Total Time: 38 minutes


 For the Brownies:

1 ½ C. all-purpose flour

1/3 C. unsweetened cocoa powder

½ tsp. instant espresso powder

½ tsp. kosher salt

¾ C. unsalted butter

1 C. brown sugar, firmly packed

1 C. granulated sugar

12 oz. (2 C.) dark chocolate chips

2 tsp. vanilla extract

4 large eggs


Optional Toppings:

10 oz. Cadburry Mini Eggs, or other chocolate candies


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  Lightly spray a 9 x 13 inch pan with cooking spray and set it aside.

Measure the flour, both sugars, cocoa powder, instant espresso powder, and salt into a heavy duty gallon sized zip top bag.  Seal the bag and shake the dry ingredients until they are well blended. *

Place butter, vanilla extract, and chocolate chips into a large, microwave safe bowl. Microwave the contents in the bowl for one minute on full power and then stir. Continue microwaving in 30 second bursts on 70 % power, stirring between bursts, until the butter and chocolate are melted and smooth. (This process takes a total of 2 minutes in my 1.58 kW microwave.)

Add flour mixture to the chocolate mixture all at once, and stir well until it comes together to form a stiff dough. Stir in eggs, one at a time, until they’re just incorporated into the batter.

Pour batter into prepared pan, lightly spreading the batter to the edges. Bake the brownies for 25 to 28 minutes, or until center is just set.  (DO NOT overcook or the brownies will be dry.)  Remove brownies from the oven, setting them on a wire rack to cool. Lightly press Cadburry Mini Eggs or other chocolate candies into the warm brownies, if desired.

Once brownies have completely cooled, cut them into 24 squares with a plastic knife.

*Make Ahead Recipe Note: The dry ingredients may be mixed in a heavy duty zip top bag (or quart sized canning jar) and stored in the pantry for one month—longer if stored in the freezer. When a craving strikes, grab a bag of brownie mix and proceed as directed in the recipe. When the mix is on hand, these brownies can be in the oven in about 10 minutes!

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  1. Taking On Magazines says

    Kids are so good at, um, ‘helping’ out, aren’t they? I love the little hands just dying to dive in. I love the idea of brownies being ready so fast too. While I don’t ever get the craving (I’m not a chocolate fan), others in my family do, so this is an outstanding recipe to have tucked away for those moments.

  2. says

    An egg tried to escape the fate of being mixed into brownie batter and crashed to the floor, and I used two bowls instead of a bag and a bowl, but there are brownies on the counter and my 8 year old said “YUM!” when I asked him how his was. We have a new brownie recipe to add to the repetoire. Thank you. Mine will go with vanilla ice cream in a little while.

  3. says

    I love that these are simple to make and that they are gooey/chewy makes them an A+ in my book. I love a good, dense, fudgy brownie. And I just happen to have a pint of B&J’s Cherry Garcia in the freezer. How convenient!

  4. says

    Remember last week when I was all, “I’m on a break with brownies,” and, “I just overdid it and need some space”? Well, I almost immediately went and made brownies and then shoved them in my face as fast as possible. Soooo…yeah, we’re back together. It’s been pretty hot and heavy during the honeymoon phase, so I’m sure I’ll need this recipe in a few days.
    Thank you for simplifying my life and saving me from boxed brownie mixes.

    • says

      Haha! I didn’t understand the whole “break from brownies” thing. I’m glad to hear that it was more of a “Ross & Rachael” kind of break, rather than a “Jen & Brad” type split.

  5. Michelle says

    How important is the espresso powder? I really want to make these today, but I have a sick toddler and I don’t particularly want to go out.

  6. says

    Update…while camping last night we used these brownies to make S’Mores. They are so dense that they were easily sliced in half to use instead of the graham crackers. A hit for all who tried them. And we didn’t leave out the chocolate bar, either. Yum!


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