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How to make fudgy brownies with crackly tops

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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!
Course Brownie, Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 35 mins
Total Time 45 mins
Servings 9 Slices
Calories 359
Author CakeWhiz


  • 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


  • In a deep mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar until the mixture is pale and fluffy.
  • Add the eggs and vanilla extract and mix again for another 5 minutes.
  • In a small bowl, mix together the espresso powder with water.
  • Add this espresso mixture into your batter and mix until just combined.
  • Add the melted chocolate and mix until just combined.
  • In a separate bowl, whisk the flour and cocoa powder.
  • Add this dry mixture into the brownie batter and mix everything until just combined. Do NOT over-mix!
  • 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.
  • Bake at 350 degrees for 35-40 minutes or until an inserted toothpick comes out covered in some sticky crumbs.
  •  Let the brownies cool down. Then, cut it into square pieces. Enjoy!


  • 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.


Calories: 359kcal | Carbohydrates: 40g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Cholesterol: 64mg | Sodium: 109mg | Potassium: 200mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 27g | Vitamin A: 375IU | Calcium: 26mg | Iron: 3.3mg