ultimate crinkle brownies

Ultimate crinkle brownies are the best rich and fudgy brownies! With perfect crinkle tops, these taste like your favorite box mix brownies, only better. 🙂 Delicious with a glass of milk, these brownies are a chocolate dream!

Ultimate Crinkle Brownies

Perfect Crinkle Brownies

Prep ahead – Line the baking pan and measure out all of the ingredients in advance so you can work quickly. The batter should be warm all the way through the process of making this recipe for the classic shiny crinkle top!

Chocolate – The recipe is really all about the chocolate! 🙂 The brownie batter includes 6 ounces of semisweet chocolate (finely chopped) and unsweetened cocoa powder. Use the best quality semisweet chocolate you can in this recipe (I like Ghirardelli baking bars). Once the batter is mixed together, fold in 1 cup of semisweet chocolate chips or chocolate chunks.

Fudgy brownies – This recipe does not use chemical leaveners (there’s no baking powder or baking soda in these brownies) which equals super fudgy brownies!

Baking pan – Use an 8-inch square metal baking pan lined with parchment. Light-colored pans conduct heat evenly, and I recommend them for all brownies and bar recipes.

Ultimate Crinkle Brownies

How to Make Crinkle Brownies

  • Gradually melt chopped chocolate and butter in a double boiler (or a heat-proof bowl over simmering water). Once the chocolate is completely melted and smooth, remove from the heat and whisk in sugars until smooth.
  • Whisk in eggs and egg yolk one at a time until smooth, then whisk in vanilla. Gently fold in flour/cocoa mixture just until no streaks remain, then fold in chocolate chips (or chunks).
  • Pour batter into prepared baking pan and smooth the top with an offset spatula. Tap the pan once to remove air bubbles.
  • Bake these brownies until just set, 25 to 28 minutes. A toothpick inserted in the center should come out with a few crumbs attached.
  • Let the brownies cool completely, then cut into squares with a sharp knife. Store brownies in an airtight container at room temperature.

Ultimate Crinkle Brownies

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Ultimate Crinkle Brownies

Ultimate Crinkle Brownies

  • Author: Laura | Tutti Dolci
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 12 to 16 brownies
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Bake
  • Cuisine: American


Ultimate crinkle brownies are the BEST rich and fudgy brownies! With perfect crinkle tops, these taste like a homemade version of box mix brownies!



  • 3/4 cup (105 g) flour
  • 1/4 cup (24 g) unsweetened cocoa powder, sifted
  • 1/4 tsp (1.5 g) salt
  • 1/2 cup (112 g) unsalted butter, cubed
  • 6 oz (168 g) semisweet chocolate, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup (100 g) sugar
  • 1/2 cup (92 g) lightly packed light brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs (100 g), at room temperature
  • 1 large egg yolk (17 g), at room temperature
  • 1 1/2 tsp (6 g) vanilla extract
  • 1 cup (170 g) semisweet chocolate chips (or chocolate chunks)


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F and line an 8-inch square metal baking pan with parchment paper. Whisk together flour, cocoa, and salt in a medium bowl.
  2. Place butter and chopped chocolate in a double boiler or in a heat-proof bowl over a saucepan of simmering water. Gradually melt the butter and chocolate, stirring until completely melted and smooth.
  3. Remove chocolate mixture from the heat and whisk in sugars until smooth. Whisk in eggs and egg yolk one at a time, until combined. Whisk in vanilla. Add flour mixture and fold in just until no streaks remain. Fold in chocolate chips.
  4. Pour batter into prepared pan and smooth the top. Gently tap pan once to remove air bubbles.
  5. Bake brownies for 25 to 28 minutes, until the top is set and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out with a few crumbs attached. Remove from oven and place on a wire rack to cool completely.
  6. Lift parchment and place brownies on a cutting board. Cut into squares with a sharp knife. Store leftover brownies in an airtight container at room temperature.


Freeze Brownies: To freeze brownies, cool completely before wrapping with plastic wrap and foil. Freeze up to 3 months. Thaw brownies overnight in the refrigerator (still wrapped to prevent condensation), then bring to room temperature before serving.

Keywords: Chocolate, Brownies, Crinkle Brownies

Ultimate Crinkle Brownies

More brownie recipes to try:

Baileys Irish Cream Brownies
Praline Brownies
Salted Caramel Brownies

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  1. These deserve the name ULTIMATE! They are so fudgy and delicious. Easy to make … this is the perfect brownie recipe!

  2. My family loves the convenience and fudginess of mix brownies and I love the taste of a good homemade brownie, these are the perfect combination! I scaled the recipe up 25% to fit my 9×9 Pan. It was super easy to do it with the weights given in the recipe. I melted 4 oz of lindt dark chocolate that had been sitting in the pantry for at least 5 years but hadn’t deteriorated at all, and added some semi sweet chocolate to get the amount I needed. Used Aldi dsrk Belgian chunks for the mix-in at the end. Remarkably good chocolate! Mix brownies get too done at the edges and are still really loose in the middle (higher sugar to fat ratio?), but these baked up perfectly all the way through and are so easy to cut because of the parchment. You just pull the whole thing out of the pan and let it cool completely and then use a long thin sharp knife to cut them.

  3. When I thought about making these brownies, I asked myself how many good chocolate brownie recipes one person needed, and considered passing it up. I bake for the homeless and for a local beach cleanup (I live in South Florida), so I bake almost daily. I am so glad I gave this recipe a try. My husband and I both tasted the brownie, and concluded it was the best brownie we had ever had. No more searching for the perfect brownie. This is it!!

    1. I googled crinkle top brownies and accidentally stumbled upon this page, tried this recipe and was impressed beyond belief! The recipe was simple and the brownies looked perfect and tasted amazing! I’m an amateur baker and to have my dessert look so good and taste so great was honestly the best feeling. Cannot wait to try everything else on this site and it looks absolutely gorgeous! Thank you Laura! ♥️

  4. When I tasted the raw batter, it wasn’t sweet ( enough.) Then I realized that I hadn’t yet added a 1/2 cup of semi -sweet chocolate chunks. They were the perfect addition. The top is definitely a good crinkle and the flavor is densely chocolate. If this doesn’t drive people to a glass of cold milk, I don’t know what does!!! I think next batch I’ll try adding walnut pieces to add some crunch and maybe some height as well. I baked in a glass 8×8 dish at 350 for 27 minutes.

  5. Phenomenal recipe and the crinkle tops are perfect! We also like adding one teaspoon of instant espresso to the batter. So good!

  6. These turned out amazingly delicious.
    My husband is already drooling over the thought of a second batch. These will be our Go-To homemade brownies recipe FOR SURE!!! 🍫🍫🍫🍫🍫 Thank you so much for sharing your delicious sweets💕

  7. Really yummy brownies. Will be definitely baking it again. 🙂 Thanks for sharing! 🥰 – Espie G.

      1. Great brownies recipe! Gave to some people to try and they said it’s sooo good! By the way, may I ask if I were to reduce the sugar, is it possible? Or will it alter the texture of the brownies? Would appreciate your response. Thanks!

        1. So glad this recipe was a success for you, Andrina! 🙂 I don’t recommend reducing the sugar as it will change the texture and appearance of the brownies.

  8. So happy to hear from you! Have a question though. Have you tried using all dark chocolate for this recipe or if you would combine semi-sweet with it, what do you suggest ratio is?

    On your other recipe, maple pecan pie bars. Is it possible to use honey instead for the maple syrup?

    Thanks again!😊


    1. Hi Espie! You can use dark chocolate instead, just choose a dark chocolate that you like the flavor of (some are more bitter than others, so taste them first!). For the maple pecan pie bars, I recommend following the recipe as written and using maple syrup.

  9. These are SO. GOOD. I am obsessed. Might be even better than Betty Crocker. I will definitely make these again. If you are skeptical of homemade brownies — make these! YOU WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED!!!

  10. Made these this morning and this is indeed the perfect brownie recipe! Thank you for including grams!

  11. Can I make this eggless?
    Please give me any substitute.
    I am so excited to try your brownie recipe.

    1. Hi Namrata! Unfortunately not for this recipe. I’ve only tested these brownies with eggs, and have never baked with any kind of egg substitute. I would search elsewhere for an eggless recipe.

  12. I’ve tried out tons of brownie recipes and this is the only one that turned out perfect!
    Absolutely delicious 😃 my new favourite recipe.

  13. The absolute best brownies! Super rich and fudgy, with crinkle tops every time. Delicious with a glass of milk!

  14. Hi, Laura!
    I’m excited to try these brownies, but have run out of brown sugar. Could I use just superfine caster sugar for the entire recipe, or would this not work at all? Thank you, in advance!

    1. Hi Bella! That should work, though the appearance of the brownies may change a bit with the swap. I can’t guarantee that they will still crinkle and have shiny tops as I haven’t tested the recipe with superfine sugar. Hope that helps!

  15. My absolute favorite brownie recipe! So easy to make and the brownies have perfect crinkle tops every time. Highly recommend!

  16. These brownies are incredible! Supremely fudgy with perfect crinkles and plenty of rich chocolate. Highly recommend!

  17. These are the perfect fudgy brownie! I absolutely love the crinkle tops too. I can’t wait to make these again 🙂

  18. These brownies are incredible and definitely worthy of the “ultimate” title! Highly recommend!

  19. This is the best brownie recipe I’ve made so far! The texture is spot on if you’re someone who loves box brownies- rich and fudgy middle, and chewy, crisp edges (not to mention the perfect crinkle top). I added walnuts instead of the extra chocolate chips, and they came out exactly how I hoped they would (like a box mix but better)! Will 100% be making these again. THANK YOU for this recipe!!

  20. Super delicious brownies! Love this recipe. Personally, I find it too sweet. May I know how much sugar can I reduce? 🙂

    1. Hi Frances, this recipe is developed by weight so I don’t recommend adjusting the sugar as that will also affect the brownie texture/appearance. I like to sprinkle the brownies with flaky salt for a nice balance with the chocolate. Happy baking!

  21. Omgggg these brownies are an absolute delight!! Looking at that crinkle top come out of the oven is just pure bliss.. I have tried so many brownie recipes but never found something which had the perfect fudginess and the crinkle top!! Thank you so much for this recipe! ABSOLUTELY RECOMMEND BAKING THEM!!!!

  22. Love these brownies! You have quickly turned into my “go to” person when I ‘m looking for recipes. I realized that the majority of recipes I’ve saved from Insta are yours! Always turn out perfect!!

  23. My brownies turned out perfectly – super fudgy, rich, and decadent. So easy to make and delicious!!

  24. I made this brownie recipe 3 or 4 times before accidentally misplacing it. Panic set in immediately. After nearly an hour of combing through my files, searching online, and texting my friends, I finally located it again online. Printed 3 copies! Will have to lock one copy up in the safe. It’s that good! Thank you for a perfectly easy recipe that yields such marvelous results.
    Still wondering where I put my original copy ….

  25. The best brownies ever – I’ve made this recipe at least 5 times and they’ve turned out perfectly every time. A big hit with my family!