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Crispy Top Fudgy Brownies

These Crispy Top Fudgy Brownies are soft and fudgy with a crispy, sweet top. Baked in parchment paper so that even the sides are soft and chewy. Addictively delicious.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time45 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: brownies
Servings: 16 brownies


  • 3/4 cup butter melted, then cooled so that it is no longer hot, but is still liquid
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup all purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder


  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Line a 9x9 pan with parchment paper so that the paper is coming up over the sides.
  • Melt the butter, then allow it to cool so that it is no longer hot, but is still liquid. I usually melt the butter first, then place it in the freezer while I'm working on everything else.
  • Add the eggs and sugar to a stand mixer fitted with paddle attachment. Beat until the mixture is light yellow and thick, about 5-7 minutes.
  • Mix in the vanilla until just combined.
  • In a medium sized bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, salt, and baking powder. 
  • On low speed, slowly mix flour mixture into egg mixture until just combined.
  • Then, still on low speed, slowly pour in cooled butter until just combined.
  • Spread evenly in prepared baking pan.
  • Bake for 30-32 minutes, or until toothpick inserted into center of pan comes out with just a few crumbs. Do not over bake.
  • Allow to cool in pan for 2 minutes, then use parchment paper to lift brownies out of pan and let cool on rack.