plate of brownies and coffee

Candace Nelson’s Decadent Fudgy Brownies

The founder of Sprinkles Cupcakes uses European-style butter to make these brownies moist.


plate of brownies and coffee

Candace Nelson’s Fudgy Brownies

These simple chocolatey squares partner perfectly with espresso.
Course Dessert
Servings 16 brownies


  • 6 tbsp European-style or good-quality butter plus more for pan
  • 170 g bittersweet chocolate chopped (scant 1 cup)
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1⁄4 tsp fine sea salt or kosher salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1⁄4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract


  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Butter 8-inch square pan, then line with 2 fitted strips of overlapping parchment paper, leaving a 2-inch overhang on all sides.
  • In large microwave-safe bowl, melt butter and chocolate on high, stirring every 45 seconds, until melted and smooth, 2 to 3 minutes.Stir in sugar and salt until combined.
  • Whisk in eggs, 1 at a time, until smooth. Whisk in flour and vanilla until mixture is smooth and glossy. Scrape into prepared pan, smoothing top.
  • Bake until top is set and slightly shiny brownies should not spring back when pressed), 25 to 26 minutes. Let cool completely on rack; cut into squares.


What is European style-butter? European-style butter is churned to a higher milk fat content of 82%. In Canada, butter is churned to meet the standard of at least 80% fat
Keyword chocolate brownies