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Fudgy Brownies Without Baking Powder

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These deliciously fudgy brownies don’t require baking powder and are so simple to make. You whip up the batter in a saucepan and it’s ready to bake in no time!

stack of fudgy brownies with crackly tops.

I love rich fudgy delicious brownies.  Don’t you?!  They are so delicious and I love the dense chewy texture and deep chocolate flavor.  

This recipe has it all, cocoa powder, chocolate and instant coffee to give it that extra boost. It makes them one of the best brownies out there.

saucepan with brownie batter and whisk.

They come out just the way I like them.  I used most of the batch for something fun that will be posted this weekend (it’s a super delicious chocolate brownie cheesecake that has chunks of these brownies baked right in!) 

My husband and I ate the rest within minutes!

pouring brownie batter into greased pan to be baked.

The best part about this recipe is that the batter can all be made in one saucepan.  You melt the butter and chocolate, add everything else and put it in your baking dish.  

Easy peasy!  The brownie batter is delicious too, if you’re into that sort of thing.

For a fun twist on homemade brownies, check out the recipe for rhubarb brownies. The addition of rhubarb adds flecks of pretty pink and a fun flavor as well!

What makes these the perfect brownie?

Because you are going to melt together the ingredients in a saucepan, there is no need to wait for anything to come to room temperature. Waiting for butter to soften is agony when your sweet tooth is acting up!

Because there is no baking powder in this recipe, these brownies have a fudgy texture. Adding baking powder creates more air bubbles and results in a cakey brownie texture.

freshly baked pan of brownies.

This easy recipe gets your the crackly top and the perfect mix of chewy edges and fudgy center. We like ours slightly underbaked, so we like to stay towards the lower end of the bake time.

For brownies that are completely baked through, continue to bake them until the toothpick test comes out clean. Either way they are going to be delicious, it just depends on the texture you prefer.

How do you store brownies?

Brownies tore best at room temperature. In an airtight container they will stay fresh for up to 5 days. For longer storage, you can wrap pieces of baked brownies in plastic wrap and aluminum foil then freeze for up to three months.

More Great Homemade Brownie Recipes

For a giant tray filled with cakey brownies, make lunch lady brownies. They fill a sheet pan and are coated with chocolate frosting. They are a cake-like brownie as the recipe is written, but you can leave out the baking powder for a fudgier brownie.

Make your own brownie mix so you can have rich fudgy homemade brownies at a moment’s notice. Store the mix in glass jars or plastic bags and keep them for yourself or give them as simple gifts.

Stack of fudgy chocolate brownies on plate.

Coffee and cream brownies are the perfect combination of classic brownies and creamy coffee buttercream. They are topped with a fudgy glaze to really make them over the top good.

Or if you don’t want to have to worry about melted chocolate and saucepans, make one bowl cocoa brownies. They are easy to make and use cocoa powder for all of their chocolate flavor.

Did you make this recipe? Please leave a review in the recipe card below!

stack of fudgy brownies with crackly tops.

Brownies Without Baking Powder or Soda

Servings: 9 Servings
Author: Carlee
These deliciously fudgy brownies are so simple to make. You whip up the batter in a saucepan and it’s ready to bake in no time!
5 from 8 ratings
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes


  • ½ cup butter
  • 2 oz bittersweet chocolate semisweet chips work in a pinch
  • 1 teaspoon instant coffee
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¼ teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1 cup granulated white sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 3 Tablespoons cocoa powder
Makes: 8 x 8inch rectangle


  • Preheat oven to 350°F and grease an 8×8″ pan
  • In a large saucepan, melt butter and chocolate over low heat until smooth.  Remove from heat.
    ½ cup butter, 2 oz bittersweet chocolate
  • Stir in coffee powder, extracts, salt and sugar.  
    1 teaspoon instant coffee, ½ teaspoon vanilla extract, ¼ teaspoon almond extract, 1 pinch salt, 1 cup granulated white sugar
  • Add eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each addition.
    2 eggs
  • Sift the flour and cocoa powder into the pan and stir until fully incorporated.
    1 cup all purpose flour, 3 Tablespoons cocoa powder
  • Pour into prepared pan and smooth the top.  
  • Bake for 23-25 minutes. 


Serving: 1ServingCalories: 291kcalCarbohydrates: 36gProtein: 4gFat: 15gSaturated Fat: 9gPolyunsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 69mgSodium: 114mgFiber: 2gSugar: 22g

Nutritional Disclaimer

“Cooking With Carlee” is not a dietitian or nutritionist, and any nutritional information shared is an estimate. If calorie count and other nutritional values are important to you, we recommend running the ingredients through whichever online nutritional calculator you prefer. Calories and other nutritional values can vary quite a bit depending on which brands were used.

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Wednesday 24th of May 2023

Easy recipe. Tried it today. Taste great too. Thanks.


Wednesday 24th of May 2023

I am so glad you liked it!


Monday 21st of March 2016

Carlee, these brownies look so thick, dense and delicious! I've always wanted to put coffee in my brownies. I'm def going to try these!


Tuesday 22nd of March 2016

I love the combination of chocolate and coffee and I REALLY love my brownies dense, fudgy and still a bit gooey. I hope you enjoy them!

Big Rigs 'n Lil' Cookies

Sunday 20th of March 2016

1 pan prep? And delicious batter? Yup, you got my attention!


Sunday 20th of March 2016

I know, they are almost dangerously easy!


Saturday 19th of March 2016

These look like are still gooey inside, looks delish and easy to make too. My favourite combo for a recipe!


Sunday 20th of March 2016

Mine too, thanks!

Julie's Lifestyle

Friday 18th of March 2016

Hi Carlee, thanks for sharing this awesome brownie recipe. I will have to make them sometime. Hope you have a nice Friday and weekend. Julie xo


Friday 18th of March 2016

You really should, Julie! They are so easy and so full of chocolate flavor!