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Chocolate Fudge Brownies

Dear Chocolate- Lover Friends,

Oh… do I have a brownie for you.  It’s totally chocolatey- it’s packed with chocolate chips, and it’s topped with even more chocolate!  It’s from blogger Joy Wilson’s new cookbook:  Joy the Baker.  These are Chocolate Fudge Brownies!

Joy tops these with a Chocolate Buttercream Frosting in her book.  Her frosting has Ovaltine Powder in it, which is pretty much brilliant.  If I had Ovaltine Powder in my house… it would be a very dangerous thing indeed.  I was truly obsessed with Ovaltine Powder and its magical qualities of transforming milk into something wonderful when I was a pre-teen.! #confession

Anyway… I opted to top Joy’s brownies with a simple chocolate glaze instead.  It worked for me, and it worked for these brownies, and it worked for everyone who consumed them.

I have had the good fortune of meeting Joy the Baker a couple of times.  She’s a fun, flirty, cute, single girl.  I’d totally set her up with my best guy friend if he wasn’t already married.   Joy’s debut cookbook, Joy the Baker, was released at the end of February.  Her book is no less than awesome.  Joy shot all of her own photography, and I love all of her tidbit stories and intros to her recipes.  The girl is just plain cool.  I’m excited to try the following recipes from this book: Baked Coffee Cake French Toast, Giant Cinnamon Rolls with Buttermilk Glaze, Oatmeal Cookie Pancakes, Peanut Butter Bacon Cookies, Peanut Butter Birthday Cake, Pineapple Malted Milkshake, Strawberry Cookie Dough Ice Cream, Chocolate Malt Bread Pudding and Vanilla Bean Snickerdoodles. Everything looks so good!  :)

Joy is giving away one copy of her book, Joy the Baker, to one lucky RecipeGirl reader! This giveaway is open to anyone who has a mailing address in the USA. One winner will be chosen via on Sunday, April 8th and will be contacted via email. The winner will receive one Joy the Baker cookbook.

 This giveaway is now over.  The randomly selected winner is commenter #26 Haley- congrats & thanks to all for entering!

Joy the Baker is available  for purchase on Amazon, and it’s in bookstores too. You can visit author Joy Wilson on her blog: Joy the Baker, on Twitter and Facebook.

Yield: 16 to 20 brownies

Prep Time: 20 min

Cook Time: 25 min

Chocolate Fudge Brownies


3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter
3 ounces unsweetened chocolate, chopped
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated white sugar
2 large eggs
1 large egg yolk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips

2/3 cup powdered sugar
2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
4 to 5 teaspoons hot water (or more, as needed)


1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Spray an 8-inch baking dish with nonstick spray, then line it with a strip of parchment paper (edges hanging over), and spray the parchment with nonstick spray too.

2. Prepare the brownies: In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt. In a large, microwave-safe bowl, heat the butter and chocolate until butter is melted (about 75 seconds). Whisk the butter and chocolate together until the chocolate is melted and smooth (heat a few more seconds, if needed). Alternately, you may melt the butter and chocolate together in a pan set on top of a pot of simmering water. Remove from heat. Whisk the sugars into the mixture. Then whisk in the eggs, yolk and vanilla. Stir in the flour mixture until well incorporated. Fold in the chocolate chips.

3. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake for 25 to 30 minutes. Bake until a skewer inserted into the center of the brownie comes out clean. Remove from the oven and cool completely before adding the glaze.

4. Prepare the glaze: In a small bowl, combine the powdered sugar, cocoa and vanilla. Whisk in 4 teaspoons of hot water, then add more water- 1 teaspoon at a time- until you reach a desired glaze consistency. You want to be able to pour it on the brownies.

5. Use the parchment paper to move the brownies from the pan to a cutting board. Pour the glaze on top of the brownies, and use the bottom of a spoon to gently spread it to the edges. Let the glaze set (chill if you'd like) before cutting.

Source: (Adapted (with permission) from the Joy The Baker Cookbook)

502 Responses to “Chocolate Fudge Brownies”

  1. postedApr 4, 2012 3:02 AM
    Jessica H.

    Chocolate cookies! Oh my god, those brownies look so good!

  2. postedApr 4, 2012 3:27 AM

    I absolutley LOVE to bake anything cake-ish whether it be cupcakes or a full sized. Probably because I love to decorate things and make them look as wonderful as they taste! 🙂

  3. postedApr 4, 2012 3:45 AM

    I really love to bake is Lemon poppyseed muffins, you can never go wrong with them and they are always light and refreshing!

  4. postedApr 4, 2012 3:58 AM

    My favorite thing to bake is a birthday cake for my daughter. It’s a wonderful thing to see her face light up when I bring it out for her.

  5. postedApr 4, 2012 4:21 AM

    Mmm these sound lovely! I like baking cookies best!…chocolate chunk to be specific.

  6. postedApr 4, 2012 4:23 AM

    Chocolate chip cookies, I try to think up as many different flavors and additions as I can. and my daughters love the results.

  7. postedApr 4, 2012 4:26 AM

    cookies….any kind!

  8. postedApr 4, 2012 4:33 AM

    Fudgy dark chocolate brownies with peanut butter are my absoute favorite thing to bake!

  9. postedApr 4, 2012 4:33 AM


  10. postedApr 4, 2012 4:41 AM

    I love making muffins. They are so simple but always make an easy breakfast, even on the run.

  11. postedApr 4, 2012 4:51 AM
    Valerie G

    I prefer one step baking (cake and bars vs cookies or muffins). I’ve given up chocolate for Lent so baking something with chocolate is on my to do list for Easter morning. These brownies look amazing — it looks like they’ll be on my Easter dinner menu!

  12. postedApr 4, 2012 5:00 AM

    I love to bake muffins! And speaking of Joy, her browned butter blueberry muffins are fantastic! I was skeptical of the power of the browned butter, but everyone, even my husband, commented on what a delicious muffin it was! Would love to win her cookbook!!

  13. postedApr 4, 2012 5:06 AM
    Natalie @ Cooking for My Kids

    I love to bake brownies and cookies and cupcakes and….Oh, I just love to bake! 🙂

  14. postedApr 4, 2012 5:06 AM

    Brownies! I can’t wait to try this recipe!

  15. postedApr 4, 2012 5:08 AM

    I love to make cookies!

  16. postedApr 4, 2012 5:16 AM

    I honestly? I am not a huge baker, but I am trying to become more of one. I do make a lot of brownies and red velvet cupcakes from scratch and they are delicious!

  17. postedApr 4, 2012 5:20 AM

    Looks insane! I like making cupcakes!

  18. postedApr 4, 2012 5:22 AM

    Pumpkin bars with cream cheese frosting!

  19. postedApr 4, 2012 5:26 AM

    My favorite thing to bake is triple chunk brownies!

  20. postedApr 4, 2012 5:40 AM
    Liz H.

    Bread~ Bread is my favorite thing to bake!

  21. postedApr 4, 2012 5:42 AM
    Kerry Van Dusen

    CAKE!!! Cake…cake…cake! ALL cakes! I love to make a yummy cake!

  22. postedApr 4, 2012 5:43 AM

    LOVE LOVE LOVE to bake desserts! Mint Chocolate and PB and Chocolate are my favorites.

  23. postedApr 4, 2012 5:44 AM

    Cookies……and bread-they’re in a tie with my 2 favorite things to bake.

  24. postedApr 4, 2012 5:45 AM

    I love baking cupcakes (although I don’t get to do it often enough!). I love decorating them!

  25. postedApr 4, 2012 6:01 AM

    I love to bake pretty much anything…bars, cookies, breads…you name it. It’s relaxing and fulfilling to me!

  26. postedApr 4, 2012 6:15 AM

    My favorite thing to bake is a Key Lime Pie. I make the graham cracker crust from scratch and it tastes oh so delicious!

  27. postedApr 4, 2012 6:17 AM
    amy marantino

    M&M cookies.

  28. postedApr 4, 2012 6:19 AM

    Bread in the bread machine! And pizza! Oh, and I made a delicious shortcake from scratch that is cake, not biscuit! Everything! I love to bake! Thanks for the giveaway! Blessings from Bama!

  29. postedApr 4, 2012 6:25 AM

    Lately, my favorite thing to bake is mini lemon loaves from a great blog I found. They are a HUGE hit with everyone and I just got a proper Microplane for zesting.

    I also love to bake anything gingerbread-y because it makes the house smell wonderful.

  30. postedApr 4, 2012 6:26 AM
    Lindsay Zaraska

    Muffins! Thy are so quick and easy.

  31. postedApr 4, 2012 6:27 AM

    My favorite thing to bake is cornbread using my mother-in-law’s recipe!

  32. postedApr 4, 2012 6:33 AM

    I love to make cookies, especially chocolate chip.

  33. postedApr 4, 2012 6:34 AM

    My favorite thing to bake is chocolate chip cookies.

  34. postedApr 4, 2012 6:41 AM

    I love to make birthday cakes!

  35. postedApr 4, 2012 6:41 AM

    There are a few things but the favorite at the moment is banana cake with cream cheese frosting. I think the reason is because I know most everyone in my family loves it.

  36. postedApr 4, 2012 6:44 AM

    I love to bake fruit crisps — especially peach and raspberry in the summer. There is nothing better than a warm slice with vanilla ice cream on a hot day!

  37. postedApr 4, 2012 6:46 AM

    I love to make cookies! any kind. So easy but delicious.

  38. postedApr 4, 2012 6:51 AM

    I love to make any dessert, but I especially love making cookies and brownies! Life is Good 🙂

  39. postedApr 4, 2012 6:51 AM

    Mexican chocolate cookies!

  40. postedApr 4, 2012 6:53 AM

    I love to bake cookie cakes! Nothing cheers a person up like a cookie cake 🙂

  41. postedApr 4, 2012 6:55 AM
    Rebecca Lollar

    My favorite thing to bake is bars, any and all kinds!

  42. postedApr 4, 2012 7:00 AM

    I LOVE baking cookies. There are so many kinds!

  43. postedApr 4, 2012 7:09 AM

    My absolute favorite thing to bake is symphony bar brownies… only because I love to eat them! 😉

  44. postedApr 4, 2012 7:10 AM
    Anne Caffey

    my favorite thing to bake is cupcakes with sprinkles!

  45. postedApr 4, 2012 7:11 AM
    Bethany Grow

    I LOVE baking bread. Kneading is so much fun! And these brownies look absolutely delish!!

  46. postedApr 4, 2012 7:18 AM

    Cake & frosting!

  47. postedApr 4, 2012 7:20 AM

    My favorite thing to bake are Blueberry Cranberry Muffins! Thanks GREAT giveaway!

  48. postedApr 4, 2012 7:21 AM

    I LOVE Joy the Baker! And I love baking everything, but more specifically, cookies and granola!

  49. postedApr 4, 2012 7:23 AM

    I love to make brownies. This recipe sounds fantastic!

  50. postedApr 4, 2012 7:23 AM

    Banana Bread!

  51. postedApr 4, 2012 7:24 AM
    Kara D

    I love to bake muffins of all sorts!

  52. postedApr 4, 2012 7:27 AM

    These brownies look so good! My favorite thing to back is pumpkin cupcakes with cream cheese frosting!

  53. postedApr 4, 2012 7:27 AM

    peanut butter cookies!

  54. postedApr 4, 2012 7:27 AM

    Banana bread – I’ve been making it with my daughter since she was six months old.

  55. postedApr 4, 2012 7:27 AM

    My absolute favorite thing to bake is brownies….or anything involving chocolate really!

  56. postedApr 4, 2012 7:30 AM
    Sara Young

    I love making oatmeal raisin cookies for my darling husband! They are his absolute favorite & with 12-hour work days they give something to look forward to!

  57. postedApr 4, 2012 7:33 AM

    I love making cupcakes of all kinds, especially for birthdays. I love searching for something new and different that matches with the person I’m making them for.

  58. postedApr 4, 2012 7:34 AM

    Brownies – one bowl, one pan, and done!

  59. postedApr 4, 2012 7:36 AM

    My favorite baked item is anything someone else makes. I am a wonderful savory cook, but cannot bake to save my life!

  60. postedApr 4, 2012 7:36 AM

    I’m thinking I’m going to re-evaluate my Easter desserts after looking at these—drool. Favorite thing to bake of all time are Pies, doesn’t matter which kind, just pies. Love the flaky crust the savory filling. Yum.

  61. postedApr 4, 2012 7:37 AM

    I love to bake cookies, any kind!

  62. postedApr 4, 2012 7:38 AM

    I’ve been known to be kind of a muffin fanatic. They’re just so portable and tasty!

  63. postedApr 4, 2012 7:42 AM

    Anything with chocolate but my specialty is a peanut butter pie with a chocolate ganche and whipped cream. YUM!

  64. postedApr 4, 2012 7:48 AM

    My favorite thing to bake is a cake! I love making different kinds of cakes and frosting them. It’s relaxing to me 🙂

  65. postedApr 4, 2012 7:56 AM

    I love to bake peanut butter bars with chocolate on top, and M&Ms…and maybe a marshmallow or two!

  66. postedApr 4, 2012 7:56 AM

    I love baking blondies. So easy and quick, and I always have the ingredients on hand!

  67. postedApr 4, 2012 7:57 AM

    I love making elcairs!

  68. postedApr 4, 2012 8:00 AM

    Brownies!!! And I love trying new versions, will have to try these and would LOVE to have a copy of Joy’s book, she’s just adorable!

  69. postedApr 4, 2012 8:03 AM
    Linda S.


  70. postedApr 4, 2012 8:03 AM

    Cakes. I LOVE baking cakes.

  71. postedApr 4, 2012 8:05 AM
  72. postedApr 4, 2012 8:05 AM

    muffins. still looking for a cherry cream cheese muffin like Sue’s Bakery hadin Riverside, CA. It tasted like it used cherry pie filling & sweetened cream cheese

  73. postedApr 4, 2012 8:07 AM

    My absolute favorite thing to bake is banana bread! There are SO many ways to make it (oatmeal whole wheat by Joy the Baker, cinnamon swirl, muffins and cupcakes), and everyone loves it. I love tricking myself into thinking I’m baking something healthy 🙂

  74. postedApr 4, 2012 8:07 AM

    My favorite thing to bake is muffins and pies! And I wish Canadian were eligible!

  75. postedApr 4, 2012 8:10 AM

    Apple pie! So hard to only pick one thing 🙂

  76. postedApr 4, 2012 8:14 AM

    Awesome giveaway and I met Joy and have her book…it’s fabulous. You made the brownies look like the next thing that I HAVE to make. YUM!

  77. postedApr 4, 2012 8:17 AM

    I love to bake quickbreads and muffins. They are easy to make, are not fussy and take no time to bake. This recipe looks awesome.

  78. postedApr 4, 2012 8:19 AM


  79. postedApr 4, 2012 8:21 AM

    My favorite thing to bake? Joy’s applesauce oatmeal blueberry muffins. I love them because they are so versatile. You can pretty much do anything with them and the recipe doesn’t break. I love Joy. She is one of my all time faves!

  80. postedApr 4, 2012 8:23 AM
    Julie W

    I absolutely love to bake red velvet cake/cupcakes with cream cheese frosting from scratch! It’s such a sinfully delicious dessert.

  81. postedApr 4, 2012 8:33 AM
    Lauren S.

    My absolute favorite thing to bake is my aunt’s oatmeal cake. It is the quintessential comfort food. 🙂

  82. postedApr 4, 2012 8:33 AM

    It depends on the day…and my mood. But my favorite thing to bake is banana bread for my little one to enjoy. It was cookies the other day – she enjoyed the oatmeal kind. 🙂

  83. postedApr 4, 2012 8:46 AM
    Christina Loy

    My most favorite thing to bake is cookies and cinnamon rolls. They are tied for first. I love to bake more then I like to cook. There is something magical about baking. Plus it fill your home with tantalizing smells…..

  84. postedApr 4, 2012 8:48 AM

    I am famous for my coconut custard merangue pie, have to bring it to every holiday and family event!

  85. postedApr 4, 2012 8:50 AM
    Emilie @ Emilie's Enjoyables

    favorite thing to bake is probably cookies. They taste equally as amazing but in different ways whether or raw or baked! and you don’t have to worry about waiting for them to cool to frost them…I hate waiting! 🙂

  86. postedApr 4, 2012 8:52 AM

    Chocolate chip cookies! There is something just so familiar & comforting about a classic recipe…plus I love eating the dough 🙂

  87. postedApr 4, 2012 8:59 AM

    Cookies. I love making cookies.

  88. postedApr 4, 2012 9:02 AM
    Vera Wimmer

    I love to bake…period. One of my favorite things is an Apple Walnut cake. I want to try it with pears next time. Looking forward to trying these brownies. You have me curious about the Ovaltine, I may sneak a little in.

  89. postedApr 4, 2012 9:04 AM

    I to bake chocolate chip cookies. But really cakes too. Can I have more than one?

  90. postedApr 4, 2012 9:05 AM
    Shannon A

    I love making pies. I have my grandmother’s pie crust recipe and it never fails. Pies are just wonderful

  91. postedApr 4, 2012 9:06 AM

    I was just fixing to make some Cookies than I saw this chocolate fudge brownie recipe now I’m kinda heading in another direction. (lol)

  92. postedApr 4, 2012 9:06 AM
    Sue M.

    My absolute favorite thing to bake would have to be Cakes, Cookies, Pumpin Rolls and Brownies! All that sugary stuff that tastes soooo darn good! =]

  93. postedApr 4, 2012 9:06 AM

    I love to bake bread pudding. It’s my absolute favorite dessert. Well…red velvet cake too! I really need to find a recipe that combines the two 🙂

  94. postedApr 4, 2012 9:12 AM

    Lori, your brownies look absolutely decadent. And I’m very intrigued by this ovaltine powder. How have I never heard of this before?

    Anyway, my favorite thing to bake is muffins – they’re super easy and simple, and they don’t require a mixer!

  95. postedApr 4, 2012 9:12 AM

    Chocolate cake!!!!

  96. postedApr 4, 2012 9:12 AM
    susan duane

    i love to bake for my kids, chocolate chip cookies are a favorite!

  97. postedApr 4, 2012 9:12 AM

    My absolute favorite thing to bake are chocolate chip cookies made with browned butter–the smell of the butter browning on the skillet is incredible, and who doesn’t love mauling a spoon of chocolate chip cookie dough?

  98. postedApr 4, 2012 9:13 AM

    Cupcakes! Especially adorably decorated ones.

  99. postedApr 4, 2012 9:13 AM

    Absolute favorite thing to bake? Blueberry pie. From scratch. On a weekend afternoon.

    Those brownies look like they need to be made and eaten right now.

  100. postedApr 4, 2012 9:13 AM

    I have an absolutely amazing recipe for maple pumpkin cheesecake that I love to bake in the fall…or really any time of the year because it’s so delicious.

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