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Dark Chocolate Brownie Recipe

Dark Chocolate Brownies prove that sometimes the simplest desserts are the best. Rich and fudgy with a bold cocoa flavor, these one-bowl brownies are a dark chocolate lover’s dream.

Love brownies? Be sure to try our delicious Oreo Brownies! Or give our Brookies a try next, the sweet combo of brownie and cookie.

Dark chocolate brownies cut into squares.

Why These Brownies Work

Do you like your brownies light and airy or dense and fudgy?

I’m firmly in the fudgy brownies camp. My idea of the perfect brownie is one that’s tiniest bit underdone with a gooey chocolatey center and a few cracks on top.

  • DARK chocolate for a bolder, richer flavor.
  • 7 ingredient brownie recipe!
  • Moist center with crackly tops.
  • Dusted with powdered sugar.

This brownie recipe takes hardly any effort to make. The batter comes together in one bowl with no special equipment needed.

Bonus: your kitchen will smell like chocolate paradise when these brownies are in the oven!

If you prefer a THICKER brownie, try our fudgy brownie recipe. Truly one of the best!

Ingredient Notes

Ingredients needed to make dark chocolate brownies.
  • Dark unsweetened cocoa powder. Use a good quality cocoa powder for best brownies. Hershey’s Special Dark and Ghirardelli dark cocoa are both good choices. I find the cheaper brands, including Nestle, negatively affect the taste of the brownies by giving them a bitter aftertaste.
  • Melted butter. Using melted butter produces a chewier brownie with that soft moist center I love.
  • Chocolate chips – I fold these into the batter before baking to make the brownies even more fudgy and chocolatey. Semi-sweet or dark chocolate morsels are perfect.

Easy Instructions

Step by step photos showing how to make dark chocolate brownies.

Melt the butter in a microwave safe mixing bowl. Combine the melted butter with all the remaining brownie ingredients.

Pour the batter into a square baking dish. Bake for about 25 minutes. Let them cool completely.

Sprinkle powdered sugar over the tops of cooled brownies before cutting and serving.

Tips and Tricks

  • Spread your favorite chocolate frosting over these brownies instead of powdered sugar if you prefer.
  • The dark chocolate brownies will look a little underdone when they come out of the oven. I like them that way! They’ll continue setting up a bit as they cool.
  • For a more well done brownie, add an additional 3 to 5 minutes to the baking time.
  • Line your baking pan with parchment paper. When the brownies are done cooling, you can grab the ends of the parchment paper to slide them out of the pan easily.
  • Take it a step further. Add marshmallows and icing like we did with these marshmallow brownies!
Fudgy dark chocolate brownies on parchment paper.

Recipe FAQs

Can I make these brownies with regular cocoa powder instead of dark?

Yes, this recipe will work with any unsweetened cocoa powder. The darker varieties have a more robust flavor which I especially love in brownies.

What’s the best way to cut gooey brownies?

Brownies can be tricky to cut without tearing. That’s especially true for soft brownies like these! I recommend using a plastic knife to cut brownies. Use medium pressure and a smooth stroke to give the brownies clean edges. Wipe brownie crumbs from the knife between each cut.

Can I make these with nuts?

Nuts are a delicious crunchy addition to these dark chocolate brownies! Add 1 cup of chopped walnuts or pecans to the batter before baking if you like nuts in your brownies.

Do these brownies need to be refrigerated?

These do not need to be refrigerated but they can be! They’ll firm up a bit more as they chill–and I love the flavor of these cold. If you like them as they are, store the brownies in an airtight container at room temperature for up to a week.

Slice of brownie on parchment paper.

More Easy Dessert Recipes

Yield: serves 12

Dark Chocolate Brownie Recipe

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes

Dark Chocolate Brownies prove that sometimes the simplest desserts are the best. Rich and fudgy with a bold cocoa flavor, these one-bowl brownies are a dark chocolate lover's dream.

Ingredients

  • ¾ cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 ½ cups granulated sugar
  • ¾ cup all-purpose flour
  • ¾ cup dark chocolate unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 cup semi-sweet morsels
  • 2 Tablespoons powdered sugar, optional garnish

Instructions

  1. In a glass bowl, melt butter in microwave for 30 seconds to one minute. Add sugar, flour, cocoa and eggs. Stir with a spoon until well combined. Fold in morsels
  2. Line a 9-inch square baking dish with parchment paper. Pour batter into dish, spreading evenly. Bake in a 350 degree oven for 25-28 minutes. I like my brownies a little under done and fudgy. You can add about 3-5 minutes for more well done, if desired.
  3. Cool completely. Top with powdered sugar or your favorite frosting recipe. ENJOY.

Notes

  • For even more dark chocolate flavor, swap out the semi-sweet morsels for dark chocolate chips.
  • Spread your favorite chocolate frosting over these brownies instead of powdered sugar if you prefer.
  • The dark chocolate brownies will look a little underdone when they come out of the oven. I like them that way! They'll continue setting up a bit as they cool.
  • For a more well done brownie, add an additional 3 to 5 minutes to the baking time.
  • Line your baking pan with parchment paper. When the brownies are done cooling, you can grab the ends of the parchment paper to slide them out of the pan easily.
  • See Blog post for more recipe tips and tricks!
  • Store brownies in airtight container at room temperature or freeze for up to 3 months.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

12

Serving Size:

1 brownie

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 329Total Fat: 17gSaturated Fat: 10gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 78mgSodium: 23mgCarbohydrates: 41gFiber: 1gSugar: 33gProtein: 3g

*Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate. Please see a registered dietitian for special diet advice.

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If you love chocolate, this Dark Chocolate Brownies recipe is the only brownie recipe you’ll ever need! Gooey, fudgy and decadent brownies are easy to make with simple ingredients.

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Posted on February 15, 2022

Comments & Reviews

  1. In this recipe you use 3 large eggs. I am highly allergic to eggs. Can you please tell me what I can use instead of the eggs and still have the same results

  2. This is, hands down, the best brownie recipe. Taking to happy hour tonight. Dark choc goes well with red wine 🙂

  3. Happened upon a neighborhood block party this morning and knew I needed to bring a little treat with me when we returned (new to the area). This recipe came back in my google search for a quick brownie recipe. They are amazing!! So easy to whip up, was lucky I had dark chocolate cocoa powder on hand – and have decided I’m only ever using dark chocolate for brownies moving forward. Plate of brownies were eaten up instantly! Thank you for the great recipe! 

    1. So glad they were a hit!!! Thanks for stopping by, and I hope you find other delicious recipes to try 🙂

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