Fat Witch Brownies

Inside the famed Chelsea Market, is a little shop called Fat Witch Bakery. I first sampled their famous brownies a few years back during a visit to New York. Like so many before and after me, I was quite pleased.

Recently, the good folks behind Fat Witch published a cookbook that I was lucky enough to preview. On first glance, I found many recipes I want to try (hazelnut cream cheese brownies?!? yes, please!). Ultimately, I figured that I should start with what most think they do best – brownies.

The recipe notes suggest the addition of 1/2 cup of nuts, chocolate chips, or peanut butter chips, but I opted for the straightforward approach. These brownies are a bit different than most I’ve made. They are light in both texture and flavor. Eating one is a gentle yet pure chocolate experience. These might be the brownie of choice for those that aren’t fond of strong flavors.

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Fat Witch Brownies

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 33 minutes

Yield: 12-16 brownies

Fat Witch Brownies


  • 14 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup + 2 tablespoons bittersweet chocolate chips
  • 1 & 1/4 cups granulated sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup + 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • pinch of salt


Preheat oven to 350°. Grease a 9″x 9″ baking pan with butter. Dust with flour, tapping out the excess.

Melt butter and chocolate in a saucepan over low heat (or in the microwave), stirring frequently. Set aside.

Beat sugar, eggs, and vanilla. Add cooled chocolate mixture and mix until well blended.

Sift together flour and salt. Add to chocolate mixture, mixing gently until well combined.

Spread batter evenly in prepared pan. Bake 30-33 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out with only dry crumbs. Cool on rack for 1 hour before cutting into bars.



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  1. Joanne September 30, 2010 Reply

    For some reason I didn’t know they had a location in Chelsea market! Crazy. i’m going to have to go over and check it out. I’m much more of a dense brownie person myself but those cream cheese brownies sound heavenly to me!

    • Sahara January 20, 2015 Reply

      Joanne: Not sure if you ever had the opportunity to get by Chelsea Mkt to try out Fat Witch Brownies but I will say that among my favorites by far is the Breakfast Brownie, Blonde Brownie, & Caramel Brownie.

      Before my DH became ill & was unable to work, I’d place an order every few months; hwr, I haven’t had the chance or the money to buy from them & have them shipped to me in a very, very long time. I esp miss the Java & Blonde Brownies. If they didn’t cost more than I can afford – I’d over each week. If I lived anywhere nearby, I’d stop by a few times a week, that is if I could afford to buy them.

      After I learned my health was getting in the way of the 15yrs I worked to start a new career when one health problem threw me out of my former career move field, I should have known that other shoe was going to drop to take even more – And it did…

      Regardless, if anyone can afford it, I highly recommend that everyone check out Fat Witch Brownies. they are amazing & they even ship fresh-baked!

  2. Tv Food and Drink September 30, 2010 Reply

    Never heard of Fat Witch but I sure love that name, just in time for October. Clicked the LIKE button too, just like you told me! Thanks!

  3. Nicole September 30, 2010 Reply

    I couldn’t resist trying their carrot zucchini bars. I love how simple all their recipes are. The brownies look really good too.

  4. Lina September 30, 2010 Reply

    What a fancy name for a bakery. I love the cracked crispy top!

  5. LimeCake October 1, 2010 Reply

    this really makes me want to visit the bakery! i love the crackly top on yours. delicious!

  6. CaSaundra October 1, 2010 Reply

    I love how there are SO many different variations on brownies. These sound like one I’d like to try!

  7. The Blue-Eyed Bakers October 1, 2010 Reply

    YAY! We literally just ordered this cookbook from Amazon! Cannot wait to try some Fat Witch recipes…these look so divine! Thanks for posting.

  8. jose manuel October 1, 2010 Reply

    Tiene una textura muy jugosa, me gusta este brownie. Saludos

  9. I’ve been seeing this book around a lot, the brownies look good, like a much lighter brownie alternative.

  10. Michelle October 1, 2010 Reply

    These look simple but good–I like that combo!

  11. Mary October 2, 2010 Reply

    Wow, these sound fabulous! ::bookmarked::

    Great site! So happy I found you!

    Mary xo
    Delightful Bitefuls

  12. Abby October 2, 2010 Reply

    I keep bumping into brownie recipes in my reader. I think God is trying to tell me something.

  13. Eliana October 5, 2010 Reply

    WOW – these brownies look amazing and it looks like I am going to grab myself a copy of this book. Another to add to the collection.

  14. Sherry October 11, 2010 Reply

    Light brownies…not sure about that one. They look absolutely amazing however. I’m not a true chocolate fanatic, but when I want chocolate I want ‘CHOCOLATE’. Thanks!

  15. Jenn @ LL4L October 12, 2010 Reply

    Mmmm, I love Fat Witch brownies! They are so good. I didn’t know they have a cookbook, but I can’t wait to go get it! Your brownies look delicious!

  16. Liz October 17, 2010 Reply

    I featured your brownies on The Weekend Blog Showcase today and linked them back to you! They are totally yummy!!! Thanks for the inspiration!!!

  17. Paul Byron Downs October 18, 2010 Reply

    Love their brownies. Always swing by them and Eleni’s cookies when in the neighborhood.


  18. rachel October 20, 2010 Reply

    interesting name and I love the crust.

  19. dani October 22, 2010 Reply

    brownies are my ultimate weakness. these look great!

  20. millys mini kitchen October 24, 2010 Reply

    My mouth is watering! May have a little look into that book too :)

  21. pinky black October 25, 2010 Reply

    finally a light textured brownie. not your ordinary peanut-chocolate-heavy textured brownie. a new innovated brownie on my list. i have to get the recipe of this one! i am such a brownie fanatic.

  22. Sabrina Modelle October 25, 2010 Reply

    Don’t know why I insist on looking at your site so close to midnight. It’s akin to torture. I’m seriously considering making these right now. Darn you and those gorgeous brownies! Thank you!

  23. Baking In Brooklyn October 26, 2010 Reply

    I can’t believe I’ve lived in NYC as long as I have and not been to the Chelsea market! I need to get there!

  24. olgalopez October 27, 2010 Reply

    wow yummy brownies.

  25. Lori @ RecipeGirl October 28, 2010 Reply

    Interesting. I’ve never had them at the bakery, but I baked them using the recipe from the book and reviewed them here: http://culinarycovers.com/2010/10/fat-witch-brownies/ I had a very different take on these than you did.

  26. blackbookkitchendiaries October 29, 2010 Reply

    i love these brownies…so glad they have their own cookbook now..i can enjoy them by making my own. thank you for sharing this. have a nice weekend.

  27. sim November 1, 2010 Reply

    I am thinking about buying this book but on Amazon there’s a discussion where someone complain that real fat witch brownies are dense and these are soft. and you say the same – soft.
    so please, what’s your opinion – is this just a recipe book which yields good enough brownies or is it same as (very close to) the real stuff.
    do the authors claim these are real recipes or are just inspired by the bakery?

  28. Alexis November 3, 2010 Reply

    Those look fantastic! Brownies with ice cream are my favorite!

  29. Who can resist a brownie that looks this good? Yum! What a fun name too.

  30. Christmas Sweets November 25, 2010 Reply

    This brownie looks so good… Makes me hungry.. :(

  31. KendallG February 12, 2011 Reply

    I just made these today. The taste is delicious, but they came out a little too cakey to be brownies.

  32. Jennifer February 14, 2011 Reply

    I miss NYC… wow, do those look YUMMY! I’m looking up the cookbook now :)

  33. DJ February 15, 2011 Reply

    I own this book but just got around to trying the recipe for Valentine’s Day. I made the recipe despite some online snarky comments I have read concerning it. (I have never been to the bakery in NYC so have no opinion either way on if it is “authentic” or not. If the recipe is nice–who cares?!)

    Even though I usually prefer very dense, super moist, fudgy brownies, I thought the recipe was delicious. The texture was lighter but very lovely. I used good quality ingredients including walnuts. I made a little raspberry coulis from some frozen organic berries I picked last summer (which is a good use for frozen berries since they get sort of mushy when thawed anyway). It was a hit. Perhaps the fact that it is a tad more cakey (somewhat more like a flourless cake than a super gooey, wet brownie) is why it paired so well with the berry accompaniment. Wet brownies don’t work well with that treatment as it all turns into a gooey mushy mess.

    I am dying to try the Whiskey Brownies and some of the fruit bars such as apricot from the book. Yum!

  34. tubukoDX February 21, 2011 Reply

    Hello from Japan,
    I’m a huge fan of brownies, but I’ve never been to the Fat witch Bakery…
    So I just found your blog and tried make this brownies!!!
    I added a little bit cocoa powder and Grand Marnier and Cointreau instead of vanilla extract.
    It’s Yummy Orange flavored brownies!!!
    Thanks a lot for your post!

  35. Prirox March 18, 2011 Reply

    Only one word to describe the taste and picture- DELICIOUS!!!

  36. jen @ onecurlyfry April 16, 2011 Reply

    The last time I was at the Food Network in Chelsea Market I stopped by to try one of these. I got the Mocha one, and it was to die for! I’d definitely love to try some more flavors.

  37. betty August 10, 2011 Reply

    oh man these look good! id be a fat-betty-witch after finishing these off hehehhe

  38. Brian May 2, 2012 Reply

    These have the be the absolute worst brownies I’ve ever made or eaten.
    I don’t know what it is with these NYC bakeries, but they are really pulling the wool over the eyes of their customers. Magnolia Bakery is another hack. The recipes in their cookbook are just as horrible, yet people buy those cupcakes like they’ve never seen one before.

  39. D.C. October 14, 2012 Reply

    These are some of the best brownies I’ve ever made/had!

    They’re a hit with everyone – even some of my very picky friends who like the “fudgy” brownies.

    So good!

  40. hannah September 13, 2014 Reply

    I have just moved back to Australia from NYC and miss Fat Witch and Chelsea Market! Thanks for posting it!

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