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How to Make Fudgy Brownies With Crackly tops

Learn the tips and tricks for making the best fudgy brownies with crackly tops. These rich & dense brownies have a shiny crispy top that’s worth the effort!

*Thank you OXO for sponsoring today’s post so I can share this fudgy brownies with crackly tops recipe with all of you.*

My favorite comfort food is fudgy brownies with crackly tops.

Those CRISPY, CRACKLY, SHINY TOPS are to die for!

So, what type of brownies do YOU like?

Fudgy ooey gooey brownies? OR crackly brownies?

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Sometimes, I like to make these brownies just so I can eat the tops and nothing else…hahaha 😛

These brownies are DENSE, RICH, FUDGY and insanely CHOCO-LICIOUS, just the way brownies were intended 😉

Seriously, look at this perfection…

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I am NOT sure about the science behind getting crackly tops on top of the brownies.

But after a lot of trial and error, here are two very IMPORTANT things I have figured out about making perfect fudgy brownies with crackly tops:

  1. When I made brownies with just cocoa powder, the brownies were more cake-like and didn’t have the shiny crispy top. So, you definitely NEED to use baking chocolate or chocolate chips in your brownie recipe to get that crispy top.
  2.  You also need to CREAM the butter and sugar first until the mixture is pale and fluffy (takes about 5-6 minutes of beating). Most importantly, you need to MIX the heck out of your batter after adding the eggs (about 5 minutes). This adds a lot of air into the mixture and allows a crispy meringue layer to form on top of the brownies.

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To make these fudgy brownies with crackly tops, you will need the following ingredients:

2/3 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup + 2 tbsp unsalted butter (at room temperature)
7 ounces melted dark chocolate or semisweet chocolate
1 tbsp cocoa powder
1/2 tbsp espresso powder
2 tbsp warm water
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 large eggs

Notes:

– Don’t over-mix after adding the dry ingredients or else the texture of the brownies will change!
– Don’t over-bake or else the inside of the brownies will become more cake-like rather than staying fudgy.
– The butter needs to be at room temperature. I tried making these brownies with slightly cold butter and the results were not as great.

And here are the steps:

Step 1:
In a deep mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar until the mixture is pale and fluffy.

Step 2:
Add the eggs and vanilla extract and mix again for another 5 minutes.

Step 3:
In a small bowl, mix together the espresso powder with water.

Step 4:
Add this espresso mixture into your batter and mix until just combined.

Step 5:
Add the melted chocolate and mix until just combined.

Step 6:
In a separate bowl, whisk the flour and cocoa powder.

Step 7:
Add this dry mixture into the brownie batter and mix everything until just combined.
Do NOT over-mix!

Step 8:
Pour this batter into a square pan (Dimensions: 8in x 8in x 8in) that’s lined with foil paper and sprayed with oil.
Use a spatula to spread the batter evenly over the entire pan.

Step 9:
Bake at 350 degrees for 35-40 minutes or until an inserted toothpick comes out covered in some sticky crumbs.

Let the brownie cool down. Then, cut it into square pieces.

And you are done!

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By the way, these brownies are a small way in which I am trying to support a wonderful organization called Cookies for Kids’

Every year, OXO supports this organization through their #OXOGoodCookies program, where they encourage everyone to bake a difference with OXO.

For each blog post dedicated to this campaign, OXO will be donating $100 to Cookies for Kids’ Cancer.

I used OXO’s cake pan and brownie spatula to make my brownies today.

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If you liked this recipe, you may also like some of these other brownie recipes…

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Cherry brownies

Black bean brownies

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How to make fudgy brownies with crackly tops

Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
35 mins
Total Time
45 mins
 
Learn the tips and tricks for making the best fudgy brownies with crackly tops. These rich & dense brownies have a shiny crispy top that's worth the effort!
Servings: 9 Slices
Course: Brownie, Dessert
Cuisine: American
Calories: 359 kcal
Author: CakeWhiz

Ingredients

  • cups All-purpose flour
  • 1 cup Sugar Granulated
  • ½ cup + 2 tbsp Butter Room temperature, Unsalted
  • 7 ounces Dark chocolate Melted, Or semisweet chocolate
  • 1 tbsp Cocoa powder
  • ½ tbsp Espresso powder
  • 2 tbsp Water Warm
  • 1 tsp Vanilla extract
  • 2 Eggs Large

Instructions

  1. In a deep mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar until the mixture is pale and fluffy.
  2. Add the eggs and vanilla extract and mix again for another 5 minutes.
  3. In a small bowl, mix together the espresso powder with water.
  4. Add this espresso mixture into your batter and mix until just combined.
  5. Add the melted chocolate and mix until just combined.
  6. In a separate bowl, whisk the flour and cocoa powder.
  7. Add this dry mixture into the brownie batter and mix everything until just combined. Do NOT over-mix!
  8. Pour this batter into a square pan (Dimensions: 8in x 8in x 2in) that’s lined with foil paper and sprayed with oil. Use a spatula to spread the batter evenly over the entire pan.
  9. Bake at 350 degrees for 35-40 minutes or until an inserted toothpick comes out covered in some sticky crumbs.

  10.  Let the brownies cool down. Then, cut it into square pieces. Enjoy!

Recipe Notes

  • Don’t over-mix after adding the dry ingredients or else the texture of the brownies will change!
  • Don’t over-bake or else the inside of the brownies will become more cake-like rather than staying fudgy.
  • The butter needs to be at room temperature. I tried making these brownies with slightly cold butter and the results were not as great.
Nutrition Facts
How to make fudgy brownies with crackly tops
Amount Per Serving
Calories 359 Calories from Fat 180
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 20g 31%
Saturated Fat 12g 60%
Cholesterol 64mg 21%
Sodium 109mg 5%
Potassium 200mg 6%
Total Carbohydrates 40g 13%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 27g
Protein 4g 8%
Vitamin A 7.5%
Calcium 2.6%
Iron 18.4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Well, that’s all for today.

Until next time, tata my lovelies!

*Thank you OXO for sponsoring today’s post.*

93 comments on “How to Make Fudgy Brownies With Crackly tops”

  1. Thank you for sharing. I’m going to  try your recipe this weekend but still wonder about the method is just like simple chocolate cake.  How is different of the texture if I bake this in a round cake pan? IWill it  be a chocolate cake or brownies?)

    Please tell me if you’ve already known.
    Thank you.

  2. I don’t usually comment on recipes but this one just couldn’t go unacknowledged! Made this recipe today and added about 1/2 C chopped walnuts. I baked them in mini muffin pans since we all love edges and they were perfect! Thank you so much for sharing this recipe. No more “wet” middles!

  3. Delicious and superb.

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