Amy’s Brownies are rich, dark, and extra fudgy. These are just the thing for serious chocolate lovers!

stack of Amy's Brownies on a white tray

I am always surprised when I find out that someone has never had homemade brownies. I count homemade brownies among life’s simple pleasures. It’s been years since I made brownies from a box, and my love of the from-scratch variety means I’m not likely to go back to a mix.

These dark, rich, and fudgy Amy’s Brownies are from Amy’s Bread, one of my favorite bakeries in New York. As the name of the bakery implies, it is best known for its wonderful breads, but they have plenty of sweet treats, too. And these brownies are one of my favorites.

Amy's Brownies served on a white tray

These brownies are on the far side of the fudgy scale. They’re made with so much chocolate that you’ll think you’ve surely misread the recipe. But all that chocolate and not much flour means that you get a dense, fudgy brownie that is sure to satisfy even your biggest chocolate cravings.

If you like, you can add nuts to these brownies, but I usually opt to leave them out for an all-out chocolate experience. Either way is excellent, so just go with your preference.

a white tray filled with Amy's Brownies

These brownies are so fudgy that you’ll likely find that they’re easier to cut into bars if they’re chilled. Once they’ve cooled to room temperature, just stick them in the refrigerator for about an hour before cutting them. After that, they’ll be fine stored in an airtight container at room temperature.

If there are any of you out there who have never experienced a homemade brownie, I urge you to make these or some other brownie recipe as soon as you can. My only rule of brownie baking is to use the very best chocolate you can find. Brownies are one of the simplest things to bake. Most of them can be made in just one bowl. And they certainly beat brownies from a box any day.

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Yield: 12 large or 24 small brownies

Brownies from Amy’s Bread

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 36 minutes
Total Time 56 minutes

These dark, fudgy brownies were made famous by Amy's Bread in New York!

Amy's Brownies served on a white tray

  • 3 & 1/3 cups (20 ounces/567g) semisweet chocolate chips, divided
  • 1 cup (226g) unsalted butter
  • 3 ounces (85g) unsweetened chocolate, chopped
  • 1 cup (200g) granulated sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup + 1 tablespoon (67g) all-purpose flour
  • 1 & 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 & 3/4 cups chopped nuts (about 210g), toasted (optional)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease a 9"x 13"x 2" baking pan. Line the bottom of the pan with parchment paper.
  2. Melt the butter, half of the chocolate chips, and the unsweetened chocolate in a double boiler (or microwave). Set aside to cool to warm.
  3. Whisk the sugar, eggs, and vanilla just until mixed. (Over-mixing will cause crumbly brownies.) Fold in the warm chocolate mixture.
  4. Whisk the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Fold the flour mixture into the chocolate mixture until just combined. Stir in the remaining chocolate chips and nuts (if using), mixing just until combined.
  5. Pour the batter into the prepared pan, spreading evenly. Bake 32-36 minutes. The edges will be slightly firm and the center will be soft when they are fully baked. Do not overbake. Cool completely in the pan on a wire rack.

Notes

These brownies may cut better if they are chilled first.

Recipe slightly adapted from The Sweeter Side of Amy's Bread.

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    54 Comments on “Amy’s Brownies”

  1. Ooooo… those look perfectly fudgy with the great crinkly crust on top that I love. I will definitely be trying this recipe!

  2. Wow! These look delicious! I can’t wait to try them.
    Thanks for sharing.

  3. Your Brownies look simply scrumptious! Thanks for the recipe..

  4. These look wonderful. My husband loves brownies, so I’m always looking for good new brownie recipes to try. He would love these!

  5. These look yummy. The crust is absolutely wonderful. But which would you sayis your favorite, of these, the Supernatural Brownies, and MS’s Double Chocolate Brownies?

  6. I just made brownies for my students yesterday! I made mine with cocoa powder instead of chopped chocolate, but they ended up looking very similar to yours – fudgy-like. I don’t like using expensive chocolate, if the event is not special. I will have to try these very soon and use it for a special occasion.

  7. What kind of a person has never had a homemade brownie? I didn’t know you could live past the age of three without having had this vital sustenance! Lovely recipe — very homemade. Thanks for the inspiration!

  8. These were the absolute best brownies I have ever had! Thanks for sharing, they were perfect!

  9. Well honestly, very few folks in our families made homemade brownies. Straight from the box. That’s what we were used to. But of course, when we got the homemade deal, it was a life changer. Delicious of course!

  10. Just this year did I first have a homemade brownie, and you are right about not going back. I tried the Supernatural Brownie, but these look just as good. Thanks for sharing!

  11. I’m a complete brownie snob now (thanks, Jennifer) and I have to say these are at the top of my short list. They have a saltiness that pushes them over the top. I.. I miss them.

  12. Seconding the idea of leaving the nuts out…who needs ’em?! These look gorgeous!

  13. Avanika, I might have to say that these are my favorite. They have a wonderful flavor and texture.

  14. I was scarred by the experiences of actually BAD homemade brownies before. They had this thick crusty layer on top and they were sort of bland. Hardly chocolaty at all! I relied on box brownies for years. I just recently attempted a recipe from scratch, and I must say, I too am sold. It’s tough because I love chewy, fudge-y brownies, and my fiancee loves cakey ones… but I think I’ll definitely keep looking for a scratch recipe that we can both enjoy.
    These look pretty fudge-y… maybe I’ll just make some for myself! Hehe…

  15. Ok, ok if you insist I will make these brownies!

  16. These look wonderful. I have been very torn about buying the cookbook because I do not need a new baking book but I love love love their oaty nutty scones. (They’re not very sweet and they have enough of a crunchy granola vibe that I convince myself that they’re not the worst thing to eat for breakfast.) These brownies make it more tempting!

  17. I can’t wait for the weekend to try this recipe.

  18. just finished making them- they are perfect!

  19. Guilty as charged! My mom used to make boxed brownies and top them with store bought fudge icing. I’m surprised I didn’t have a mouth full of cavities! I’ve never been to Amy’s, I’ll have to go check it out!

  20. They look just wonderful! I am shocked that brownies come in a box!!! Why I thought you had to make them from scratch. Next time I will give it a go without the nuts as well.

  21. Well, I know have another book to add to my Amazon wish list. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Have you tried the brownies from the book “Baked”? I thought they were pretty good and there are some great recipes in it. Have you ever been to their store?

  22. This look perfect….. ๐Ÿ™‚ I am getting this book tomorrow…

  23. These look perfect….. shaking my head here… long day…. ๐Ÿ™‚

  24. Dishes like this (brownies!) make my wife happy. Perhaps I’ll surprise her tomorrow?

  25. Phillip, I haven’t tried the Baked brownie yet. I’ve been reluctant because of the coffee aspect. I’m just not a coffee fan. I suppose I could leave it out, but that might seem like I’m missing out on the whole Baked experience. I do have the Baked cookbook and love it! Oh, that Sweet and Salty Cake!

  26. omg now that is a gorgeous brownie photoshoot if I have ever seen one. These look just divine.

  27. These do look amazing.I also love visiting new and old bakerys except in SF.

  28. Since you say they are so good, I’m going to have to try them soon. ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m sure they’ll be great

  29. These brownies look so heavenly delicious…I’ll definitely try it.

  30. new to your site via A Cup of Jo and loving it! can’t wait to try out some of your recipes. ๐Ÿ™‚

    xo
    Kelly

  31. Found your site from Cup of Jo….LOVE all the beautiful pictures….reminds me of my Martha Stewart Baking book, which I LOVE….can’t wait to print out some recipes & get to it!

  32. Mmm, those look AWESOME!!

    I’ve found that the key to great brownies is undercooking them so that they come out looking all gross and gooey…then they’re perfect. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  33. Delish! I just made Fiesta Brownie cups the other day with a favorite recipe of mine, but I’m thinking of trying this one, because there’s less sugar and uses butter instead of oil. =)

  34. Homemade brownies are the best for sure – I make some with fresh raspberries dotted in them – divine!

  35. Amy’s is an amazing bakery and this brownies are only missing one thing – a glass of milk!

  36. These look like the perfect brownies. I always try to make from scratch, but they are never quite right. Can’t wait to try these!!

  37. Homemade brownies are so distinctly different from the box – and each recipe is so unique. Can’t wait to try these!

    Mark Garso

  38. These look incredible! I’ve been craving brownies lately and these look PERFECT!

  39. These brownies have become my absolute favorite. I’ve made them 3 times now (since discovering them on this site), and they are just perfect. I’m sending a batch to my pregnant sister-in-law tomorrow!

  40. I must admit – your brownies do look delicious! Great job!!

  41. They do delicious, you really can’t beat home baked brownies. Thanks for for the top tips.

  42. They do look delicious, you really can’t beat home baked brownies. Thanks for for the top tips.

  43. Wow, these look divine. My favorite dessert in the whole world is a rich brownie a la mode. Can’t wait to try this recipe.

  44. made these lastnight and currently serving them to my workmates – they’re a definite hit!

    personally, i could only cut them chilled (maybe i did something wrong??). also, next time i’ll probably use mini chocolatechips – I’m finding the big ones are a bit too chunky.

    seriously though – make these and never make any other!

  45. Wow! These look dense and scrumptious. I usually stick with the Baker’s one bowl brownie recipe, but I might have to deviate and try these.

  46. wow these brownies look awesome! would you recommend this recipe or this: your other double chocolate brownie recipeie. https://bakeorbreak.com/2008/04/double-chocolate-brownies/

    i like brownies with a chewy inside and a very crisp shell. please advice! thanks!

  47. Based on your preferences, I’d go with the double chocolate brownies. Enjoy!

  48. Hrm, btw relating to a comment you made back in may, the best brownies I ever had the person put expresso in (as well as a cheesecake top), and I don’t like coffee (I liked coffee even less back then when I had those). But, the coffee just adds a certain somethign, you don’t even taste it. I wish I had gotten her recipe but back then I didn’t really cook/bake or think I had the ability to do more than a simple brownie mix so I didn’t think I’d ever bother trying to make it anyways.

    Oh, and I just made these brownies (haven’t even had a chance to taste them) with some changes of my own (used a caramel layer from another brownie recipe on your site as well as a layer of pecans cause I like turtle brownies). This is my first attempt at home made brownies (which is why I didn’t use the other recipe fo yours cause I wanted to try to make home made ones but I much prefer turtle brownies to plain brownies. One day I think I’ll try your cheesecake one).

    Oh, and btw, I love the site. This is my fourth attempt at a recipe on your site (Tried your favorite chocolate chip cookies and oatmeal cranberry cookies as well as the chocolate chip muffins, all to great success).

  49. The brownies look so good. I am definitley going to make them!

  50. This is one the gratest blogs and so easy to navigate, its wonderful, and wonderfully put together.

  51. I made these brownies on Christmas Eve for my out of town guest. They were a huge hit!! Thanks so much for the great brownie recipe!!

  52. these are some of the most amazing brownies I’ve ever had. So FUDGY and delish – they are now my favorite recipe but tied with Salted Fudge Brownies also featured on this site. thank you!

  53. Jen- First off- your site is fabulous! Easy to navigate and whoever takes your photos deserves a raise!! Beautifully done! Now- about these brownies, they are delish! I’ve been baking for 35 years and brownies are my specialty! My latest best have been Ina’s Outrageous Brownies. These are equally good, however fall apart when cutting! I had a mess on my hands, although a very tasty mess at that!! There must be a way to hold these together better. Any suggestions? I cut them after an hr out of oven (left them in for 32 mins-perfect). Maybe they need to be refrigerated for a few hrs before cutting?? Next time! Will remake them for sure!

  54. Hi, Lisa! Brownies can be a bit crumbly sometimes. You might stick them in the freezer for a while after they’ve cooled to room temperature. Some people freeze them overnight, but an hour or so is probably enough. If you’re cutting them in the pan, you might try flipping them out onto a cutting board first. Or, you can line your pan with parchment paper (and grease or spray) before putting the batter in the pan. Then, just lift out the brownies using the overhanging paper to remove them easily before cutting.

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