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Very Chocolate Brownies

I've spent years trying different recipes in search of the perfect brownie...and this scrumptious version might be it. The fluffy melt-in-your-mouth top layer is absolutely heavenly. It's impossible to eat just one!—Arlene Butler, Ogden, Utah
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  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. + chilling Bake: 25 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    3 dozen


  • 3/4 cup butter, cubed
  • 4 ounces unsweetened chocolate, chopped
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup coarsely chopped walnuts
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream, whipped


  • In a microwave, melt butter and chocolate; stir until smooth. Cool slightly. In a large bowl, beat eggs and sugar. Stir in vanilla and chocolate mixture. Gradually add flour to chocolate mixture. Stir in walnuts.
  • Line a 13x9-in. baking pan with foil and grease the foil. Pour batter into pan. Bake at 350° for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out with moist crumbs (do not overbake). Cool completely.
  • For topping, melt chocolate chips and butter with water in a microwave; stir until smooth. Cool to room temperature. Fold in whipped cream. Spread over brownies. Chill before cutting. Store leftovers in the refrigerator.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 160 calories, 10g fat (5g saturated fat), 34mg cholesterol, 52mg sodium, 17g carbohydrate (14g sugars, 1g fiber), 2g protein.
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  • chocolate desert
    Jan 31, 2021

    Yummy, brownies. Made these brownies just as the recipe read. I did not do the topping this time, but even without the topping they were delicious. When I make them again (which will be soon) I will make the topping. Thank you for sharing!

  • Anne
    May 25, 2020

    Almost 30 years ago I was one of the first subscribers to Taste of Home magazine. This was one of the recipes I cut out and used for many MANY years for any occasion we could think of. Hands down I’ve never tasted better brownies! My 30 year old son called the day of his 8th anniversary to ask for the recipe. You rock Arlene Butler!! Thank you for sharing and making me popular among friends and family with this recipe!!

  • hasenflumom
    Feb 27, 2019

    I love these brownies! My kids loved them growing up! They look so pretty and are not super difficult to make! My daughter took these to work and the guys she worked with were arguing if they were brownies or fudge! Definitely let the brownies completely cool or the icing melts on top and becomes soupy. My daughter found this out the hard way but the guys loved them regardless!

  • OhBeeOne
    Nov 4, 2017

    Use this for the best brownies

  • ksuzz
    Feb 15, 2017

    The BEST brownie recipe ever! The first time I saw this in the Taste of Home magazine I made it to take to kindergarten class for my son's 6th birthday. Today, he's turning 23 and he still requests them! These brownies always get rave reviews from kids and grownups alike. Thank you for sharing this recipe Arlene Butler!

  • skoal1
    Jun 12, 2013

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  • Devildancer
    May 22, 2013

    This is the absolute best brownie ever! It melts in your mouth.

  • mewolcott412
    Jun 20, 2011

    This is an excellent recipe, I've made it several times. I'm going to use it as a base for the Mint Sundae Brownie Squares recipe since I'm not a big fan of box brownie mix.

  • twinklestar241
    Apr 29, 2011

    I used this recipe to make brownie bites with miniature reeses peanute butter cups pressed in the middle! Out of this world :) I also think they would be really good with rolos in the center.

  • blrobertson
    Oct 7, 2010

    I was short on time so I used a boxed brownie mix for the bottom. Was very tasty! I would like to try the full recipe another time.