How To Make Chewy Brownies

updated Apr 26, 2022
How To Make Chewy Brownies
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How do you like your brownies? They tend to fall into three major categories, with their own diehard fans: cakey, fudgy, or chewy. All have their advantages (the dense richness of brownies that are closer to fudge than any baked good; the lightness and flavor of ones that run closer to cake). But chewy brownies — just this side of gooey, with a crackled, shiny crust — are perhaps the most ardently adored.

Here is our own step-by-step recipe for super-chewy brownies, with gorgeous tops and a rich center. They’re so much better than the box, and you only need one pan to whip them up. Brownies await!

(Image credit: Kelli Foster)

What Makes Brownies Chewy?

These brownies ride the line between chewiness and the rich experience of dark, fudgy brownies because we really just don’t want to compromise on the chocolate or the flavor. The absolute chewiest brownies use unsaturated oils, like canola (Cook’s Illustrated has a comprehensive guide to why this is so). But we find that brownies made with oil just don’t taste as good as those made with butter.

But oil isn’t the only key to a chewy brownie: Using dark brown sugar helps create that texture. Mixing in some white sugar gives you the shiny tops.

However, the best touch for the chewy brownie experience comes at the very end. Chewy brownies must be slightly under-baked. One of the top mistakes to avoid when making brownies is waiting until there’s no more crumbs on the toothpick to pull the pan from the oven. By that point they’re close to over-baked, and you will lose out on that chewiness you want. Secondly, put these in the fridge for an hour after baking for the ultimate chewy texture. Yes, it’s torture to wait an hour when you’ve been smelling the fine aroma of baking brownies. (Sneak a corner to tide you over.) But chilling the slightly under-baked brownies will give you reliably chewy results every single time.

What Is the Difference Between Fudgy and Chewy Brownies?

The difference between fudgy and chewy brownies is texture and flavor.

  • Fudgy brownies have a high amount of fat (in the form of butter and chocolate) and less flour than other varieties, making for an intensely rich chocolate flavor and a dense, super-moist, often gooey texture.
  • Chewy brownies have a deep chocolate flavor and are well-structured and chewy around the edge with a tender, moist, and slightly gooey center (although not quite as dense as a fudge brownie).
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How To Make Chewy Brownies

Makes 16 (2-inch) brownies

Nutritional Info


  • 10 tablespoons

    unsalted butter, cut into small pieces

  • 2 ounces

    unsweetened chocolate, finely chopped

  • 4 ounces

    bittersweet chocolate (70% cacao), finely chopped

  • 2/3 cup

    granulated sugar

  • 1/2 cup

    packed dark brown sugar

  • 2

    large eggs

  • 1

    large egg yolk

  • 1 teaspoon

    vanilla extract

  • 1/2 cup

    all-purpose flour

  • 1/2 teaspoon


  • 1/4 teaspoon

    baking powder

  • 2/3 cup

    chopped walnuts (optional)


  • Metal 8x8-inch baking pan

  • Parchment paper

  • Cooking spray or butter, for greasing the pan

  • 3-quart saucepan

  • Whisk

  • Spatula or wooden spoon

  • Toothpick


  1. Line a baking pan with parchment. Arrange a rack in the middle of the oven and heat to 350°F. Line a metal 8x8-inch baking pan with parchment paper so that it hangs over two sides of the pan. Lightly coat the pan and parchment with cooking spray or butter.

  2. Melt the butter and chocolates in a saucepan. Place the butter, unsweetened chocolate, and bittersweet chocolate in a 2-quart saucepan over low heat, stirring frequently, until melted and smooth. Remove from the heat.

  3. Whisk in the sugar. Add the granulated sugar and brown sugar and whisk to combine. The mixture will be grainy.

  4. Whisk in the eggs. Whisk in the eggs and egg yolk, one at a time, and then the vanilla. Whisk vigorously for about 1 minute.

  5. Stir in the dry ingredients. Stir in the flour, salt, and baking powder, then fold in the walnuts, if using.

  6. Spread the batter in the pan. Transfer the batter to the prepared baking pan and spread into an even layer.

  7. Bake the brownies. Bake until a tester comes out with just a few crumbs, 25 to 35 minutes. The edges should look firm and well-baked, and the center should be moist but not gooey.

  8. Chill the brownies. Immediately place the brownies in the refrigerator and chill for at least 1 hour before slicing. Brownies will be at their chewiest when completely cool. Grasping the parchment paper hanging over the edges, pull the brownie slab out of the pan and place on a cutting board. Cut into 16 pieces.

Recipe Notes

Nut options: We love walnuts in these brownies, but hazelnuts and almonds are also delicious.

Storage: Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 5 days.

Adapted from The Kitchn Cookbook.