Salted Fudge Brownies

I love a good brownie. To me, they offer one of the best returns on a time and effort investment in the baking world. There is usually no butter to soften, no sink full of dirty bowls, no long hours to wait for them to be ready to eat. You decide you want brownies? You can be eating them in under an hour with very little mess.

With my love of brownies stated, I must say that I like trying different kinds of brownies. Those of you who have followed BoB for any length of time probably already know that. I like them with nuts or caramel or peanut butter or just about anything. When I found this recipe at Food & Wine, I had a “well, duh!” moment and stared at it in disbelief that I’d never made a salty brownie.

These rich, dark chocolate Salted Fudge Brownies get a little extra flavor interest from a sprinkling of coarse salt. A perfect sweet and salty treat! - Bake or Break

This particular brownie is for all of you fudgy brownie fans. They are very dense and chewy. The salt complements the dark chocolate oh-so-well. For those of you who are big believers in the salty/sweet movement, add a little extra salt to the top. Just a light sprinkle before serving them will give them a little more interest.

So, does this recipe fulfill my brownie checklist? Quick preparation? Check. Made in one bowl? Oh, yeah. Ready to eat soon? Well, not exactly. You will have to suffer through a couple of hours of waiting after they’ve come out of the oven. But, believe me, they are worth it.

Salted Fudge Brownies

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 35 minutes

Salted Fudge Brownies


  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter
  • 2 ounces unsweetened chocolate, chopped
  • 1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 & 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt


Preheat oven to 350°. Line a 9-inch square baking pan with aluminum foil, letting the excess hang over the edges. Lightly butter the foil.

Melt butter and chocolate on low heat on the stovetop in a saucepan or in the microwave in a microwave-safe bowl. Remove from heat or microwave. One at a time, whisk in cocoa, sugar, eggs, vanilla, and flour. Pour into prepared pan. Smooth the top of the batter. Sprinkle salt over top of batter. Using a butter knife, swirl salt into brownie batter.

Bake for 30-35 minutes, until edges are set and center is a bit soft. A toothpick inserted in the center should come out with a little batter coating it.

Cool at room temperature for an hour. Then, cool in refrigerator for an hour or until firm. Remove from pan and foil. Serve at room temperature.

Brownies can be refrigerated for 3 days or frozen for a month.


Recipe adapted from Food & Wine.

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  1. Satpreet Kahlon May 12, 2010 Reply

    I came here to look at one of your older recipes, and was so pleased to see something new from you! I think this brownie is the first thing I will make with my new post-finals freedom. :)

  2. jose manuel May 12, 2010 Reply

    Que vuelta más espectacular. Un brownie que me copio tambien de nuevo. Tiene que estar increible. Un saludo

  3. Eliana May 12, 2010 Reply

    I’m not a huge chocolate lover but I love salted chocolate. These look delicious.

  4. Nan May 12, 2010 Reply

    These look wonderful!

  5. Joanne May 12, 2010 Reply

    Isn’t waiting for butter to melt obnoxious? Seriously.

    I have better things to do. Like eat these brownies. Which look seriously like heaven!

  6. Gwyn May 12, 2010 Reply

    These look delicious!!!! Is there any reason why I can’t make these for a 7:30 am staff mtg?! I am tired of making and bringing muffins.

  7. KSM150 May 12, 2010 Reply

    Those brownies look incredibly delicious!

  8. Ohh yum!! Each time I come on here, there’s a new addiction just waiting to happen :)

  9. Anna May 13, 2010 Reply

    Hi Jennifer, I made them this morning and they are fab. I didn’t have the fancy salt, so I put half the amount of salt into the batter to keep it from being flat, and plan to buy some good sea salt later this afternoon to put on top of the baked brownies.

    For my tasting, and since I don’t have the right salt yet, I just put a little Morton Kosher on top after baking. It satisfied my sweet/salty tooth, but I’m glad I left the rest of the batch “blank” and will dust them with the good stuff.

  10. vie May 13, 2010 Reply

    I’m so happy to have found your blog. I love to bake – and recently tend to blog a lot on my own ventures. In fact just made brownies yesterday. Can’t wait to try out this delicious recipe!! Thanks for sharing!

  11. jenna May 13, 2010 Reply

    I really enjoy reading your blog and can’t wait to follow it!
    I would love it if you could come check out my blog and follow :)

  12. Tv Food and Drink May 13, 2010 Reply

    You’re gonna be hard-pressed to get me off of the Max Brenner fudge brownie recipe you posted a while back, but I imagine I will break down and make these instead… or maybe as well! Oh, new possibilities have just made themselves known. Thanks for posting!

  13. You and your drool-inducing photos of brownies. I think you need to do a coffee table book of brownie photos!

  14. Elana May 14, 2010 Reply

    It seems that salted sweets are all the rage now. I made salted caramels and salted petits fours from great recipes i found, and now i have to make salted brownies. Oh, well, I guess I will just have to get out the KitchenAid stand mixer again. Whatever will I do with all these sweets… haha… eat them

  15. I’m obsessed with brownies. The name “Salted Fudge Brownies” kind of scares me because it usually not a great combo. I’ll take your word for it though and try them myself.

  16. Natalie May 15, 2010 Reply

    Oooh wow salted brownies these sound different but also extremely tasty, they look so moist and chewy mmm!

  17. Elisabet Figueras May 15, 2010 Reply

    Great brownie recipe. I love it is salted !!!

  18. Lila Ferraro May 16, 2010 Reply

    These look ridiculously good! I’m feeling heavier yet more satisfied as I’m sitting here looking at this picture. What do you know?! Motivation to move comes in the oddest forms!
    Lila Ferraro

  19. Mike May 16, 2010 Reply

    Saw this yesterday, made them almost immediately. They were great!

  20. simauma May 16, 2010 Reply

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  21. I adore salting sweets just a touch! What a great brownies, they look SO moist!

  22. SHORTBREAD NYC May 17, 2010 Reply

    mmm best thing ever! SWEET N SALTY mmmmmm

  23. Wholesome Chow May 18, 2010 Reply

    Ohh…sounds yummy! I love the combo of salty and sweet, and your brownies sounds like the best of both worlds! Have you ever done any vegan baking?

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  24. dani May 19, 2010 Reply

    now thats my kind of brownie :)

  25. The Food Hunter May 19, 2010 Reply

    salt and chocolate all in one…sounds like a dream come true.

  26. teresa May 21, 2010 Reply

    oh yum! i love the salt crystals, i bet that brings the flavor out even more.

  27. Made in one bowl? I’m there.

  28. Mary May 22, 2010 Reply

    These look wonderful. I found your blog by chance and had intended only to pop in and say hello. I was, instead, lured by your earlier posts and stayed far longer than I planned. I really like your recipes and the the tone of your blog. I’ll be back as often as I can. I hope you are having a good day. Blessings…Mary

  29. These look wonderful! Chocolate and salt together can’t be beat!!!

  30. betty May 23, 2010 Reply

    these look great :O)

  31. Katharine May 23, 2010 Reply

    These were freakin’ awesome, I have to say.
    Although I don’t get the whole cooling thing – what is better in this world than a warm brownie right from the oven? (I know, it probably makes them “fudgier” but I have my priorities)

  32. ingrid May 23, 2010 Reply

    Love the salty sweet….perhaps the salt added will make a brownie lover out of me.

  33. Michelle May 27, 2010 Reply

    This food and wine recipe is my absolute favorite brownie on the planet. I make them every chance I get too, and the salted top is just divine.

  34. new to your blog…but, oh my, good first impression with the salted brownies…oh yeah, will try.

  35. Lori @ RecipeGirl May 28, 2010 Reply

    lol, I just made this recipe too! I loved the sea salt on top with the sweet taste of the fudgy brownie.

  36. Cheryl May 28, 2010 Reply

    This was such an easy recipe…and wow, such a great brownie! I actually bought fine sea salt just for these brownies and boy, did it pay off. The sea salt mixed with the fudgey, dark chocolate was absolutely heavenly.

    Btw, there was no way I was waiting two hours to try one…They were in the fridge for maybe 20 minutes before I caved. :)

  37. bree May 31, 2010 Reply

    i wanna shoot myself. i’ve been following your blog for over a year now and i’m just now seeing the little link that says view recipe. i’ve always wondered why the heck you didn’t post them, turns out i was an idiot this whole time! hahah

  38. hoover June 2, 2010 Reply

    These remind me of salted chocolate that I had before. It adds an interesting savory kind of taste.

  39. Emma @CakeMistress June 10, 2010 Reply

    Oh hello ooey gooey delicious brownie! I’m even more in love with these given their ease of preparation.

  40. Mary June 10, 2010 Reply

    I’m new here so I have had the fun of going through your earlier posts as well as the brownie recipe you’ve featured today. I really love your recipes and will be back often to see what else you have been baking. I hope you are having a wonderful day. Blessings…Mary

  41. Brenda Dunn June 13, 2010 Reply

    I saw this yesterday and immediately thought of sharing this with you. Hope you take the chance to make it.

  42. Sugahmommy June 13, 2010 Reply

    I just spent a Saturday baking up 3 versions of brownies in search of the ‘Ultimate’ brownie ( and then I saw this post, AND your related posts on other brownies (the Coconut one is a must-try). I guess my search is not over yet! I do so love salted desserts. May I also suggest that not just any salt will do – fleur de sel is my salt of choice for chocolate and caramel – it has a pleasantly rounded taste unlike the jarring aftertaste of other salts.

  43. tasteofbeirut June 18, 2010 Reply

    I totally agree with you ; brownies are the best return on investment of baking time there is; I love fudgy brownies with a nice crust. I recently made some with tahini instead of butter and they were delicious too.

  44. Jannett June 20, 2010 Reply

    mmmmmm….salt on brownies… a must try for sure…. :)

  45. Josh Smith June 21, 2010 Reply

    These brownies are so good i just made them i recommend them for you to make they are exquisite

  46. Aida Lee June 21, 2010 Reply

    Thank you so much for the recipe. I have tried it like 5 times and it turned out excellent everytime! It is the best brownie I have ever made and all my friends love it!

  47. julie June 24, 2010 Reply

    Found your website by way of another one. Too funny that the first thing I see is a salted brownie recipe. I was at Trader Joes the other day and saw the same thing for sale… so I had to try it. Wonderful! Now I have a recipe to use for here at home… because homemade brownies are always better than store bought! 😉

  48. home office desk June 29, 2010 Reply

    Brownies are not my favorite dessert however the suggestion of adding caramel and nuts may have me rethink how I feel about this dessert. I believe the salt added to the brownie may give it a bitter-sweet taste. By the way great pictures.

  49. Lexi June 29, 2010 Reply

    I love brownies as well. The salt is such a good idea, I love the way salt and chocolate taste together. Beautiful pictures.

  50. ellie July 12, 2010 Reply

    I make these per your suggestion…the first time I have even made “home-made” brownies. They are SOOOOO friken good that I had a hard time sharing!
    The whole tray was gone!
    Some people that I asked to try them shy’d away because of the salt but after they tried them they were intrueged.

  51. Lindsey July 16, 2010 Reply

    These look delish!!!

  52. Sharon August 9, 2010 Reply

    I never thought of adding salt to a brownie, but looking at your photos my mouth was watering. This is definitely a must try recipe for a cookie and brownie lover like me. Thanks for sharing it.

  53. Ari August 11, 2010 Reply

    These remind me of the sweet and salty brownies from Baked in Brooklyn. They are salty, caramel-y deliciousness.

  54. Bailey's Bites September 19, 2010 Reply

    I would have never thought to put salt on a brownie. I’m going to have to try this out, my brother just brought me Hawaiian Salt from Hawaii. I’m going to try brownies with that on top next time.

  55. Pretty. Good. Food. September 19, 2010 Reply

    These look and sound delicious! Great photos!

  56. Rose October 4, 2010 Reply

    So I tried this recipe, my second time making brownies, the first recipe I used was a Martha Stewart one and I think I baked them too long so they were very let’s say hard as rocks, lol. I found this one to be much easier, but I used less sugar, a cup less, cause I really thought it was a lot. Anyway even though me and my son liked them and they weren’t hard this time, my husband’s complaint was that they tasted like diet brownies and that they were to crumbly! He said and I want to get your opinion on this, that sticking to the correct amount of sugar would keep it from falling apart and tasting better.

    • jennifer October 7, 2010 Reply

      Rose, altering baking recipes is a tricky thing. I would say your husband is right. Leaving out that much sugar was probably the reason they didn’t turn out quite right.

  57. Tamar November 3, 2010 Reply

    I had been searching the net for a brownie recipe that included pomegranate molasses to no avail. I decided to make these brownies and include the molasses somehow. Like the previous commenter I used just one cup of sugar, added two tablespoons of pomegranate molasses, 1/4 tsp. baking soda and 1/2 tsp. baking powder. The consistency is moist with a nice crumble and the taste is sweet, sour from the molasses and slightly bitter from the chocolate. The salt adds more depth to all of the flavors.

    I don’t know whether the addition of the baking soda and powder helped it stay together with the reduced amount of sugar. I did take it out of the oven after 29 mins too though,

  58. Sandy February 20, 2011 Reply

    This is my favorite brownie recipe…I have been making it over and over again..fudgy and dense! oh yum! and so easy

  59. mandy September 13, 2011 Reply

    You had me at salted…

  60. OLGA September 15, 2011 Reply

    I love all kind of Brownies.

  61. Ashley @peaceloveyumminess September 20, 2011 Reply

    MMMMMMMMMM! I used to hate the whole salty sweet combo but I have 100% grown out of that and these seem DELISH!

  62. Sara November 1, 2011 Reply

    What a wonderful combination-I love rich chocolate and salt! If you are a fan of this combo like me (and don’t have high cholesterol) I recommend this when you need a quick fix: great baguette spread with good, salted butter and a square of outstanding chocolate. Thanks for the beautiful blog!

  63. The Gourmet Review November 6, 2011 Reply

    These are out of this world fabulous. It looks like I will be putting aside “my” (Thomas Keller’s) brownie recipe for quite some time.

    Thanks so much!

  64. I Just Want To Eat! March 31, 2012 Reply

    These photos are great! The brownies look moist, chocolaty and…delicious!

  65. Sarah April 23, 2012 Reply

    These. Are. The. Best. Brownies. Ever.

    I couldn’t stop eating them. I made these two days ago, preserved myself a couple for the next day, and am presently craving more today.

    This is my new fav dessert recipe

  66. Jojo August 12, 2012 Reply

    Simply delicious!!! I added just a pinch of sea salt and they turned out wonderful! Thank you for the recipe!

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  68. BC April 13, 2014 Reply

    Is the chocolate (2 oz.) measured by weight or volume? I usually work in grams, but I don’t know how to convert that part of the recipe…

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      Jennifer McHenry April 14, 2014 Reply

      It’s 2 ounces by weight, which is roughly 57 grams.

      • BC April 19, 2014 Reply

        Thank you! They came out great, by the way; not too sweet and very dense, just the way I was hoping. Another BakeorBreak recipe for the win! :)

  69. Ed May 3, 2015 Reply

    Made these this afternoon, best..brownies…ever!!

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