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Because there is a lot to celebrate today, and because it’s FRIDAY…and everyone knows that Friday’s deserve chocolate.

So if there was ever a classic brownie recipe to have in your back pocket, it’s this one. Trust me on this. They remind me of the brownies I’d eat as a kid, and I’m really not sure there’s anything better. These are light, a little fudgy, extra chocolatey, perfectly sweet, and they have the most flakey, crinkly top ever. Oh my gosh, SO GOOD.

Before I dive into the delicious details, let me explain the reason I am sharing them.

As most of you know by now, my younger brother Red took home his first Olympic gold medal last week in Men’s Snowboard Slopestyle in PyeongChang, South Korea. If you missed my recap post, you can read part one here and part two here. I said from the start that I wasn’t going to make any fancy Olympic themed food. One, because I am not good with decorating food in fancy ways, and two, because I just didn’t have any great ideas.

That said, after returning home from Korea last week, I felt the need to create a recipe that I knew Red would love. I mean, he did win GOLD, so a celebratory dessert is certainly in order. Right?

Yes, yes, yes. For sure.

Here’s the thing, Red’s a semi picky eater, and doesn’t like anything fancy. His favorite desserts are Special K-Bars (cookbook recipe), chocolate chip cookies, and brownies.

I have a lot of brownie recipes on HBH, but I don’t have one brownie recipe Red would actually eat. Red likes his brownies simple. Chocolate, no frosting, maybe some powdered sugar, and preferably eaten slightly warm. So basically the brownies my mom would make us when we were kids. The ones that came straight out of the Betty Crocker box.

Not going to lie, I loved them too…which is why I am SO excited about these brownies. I really cannot stress enough just how good they are.

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When I set out to make these brownies, I thought for sure that I’d make them first try and they’d be perfect. I think I felt so confident because I’ve made a hundred and one brownie recipes. But guys, I tested these brownies over and over and over. It was so important to me that they would have the perfect texture, not be dense or cakey, and have the most flakey, crinkly top.

They needed to be perfect, just like the ones I remember eating as a kid with my brothers.

It took a while, used up a lot of eggs…and even more butter.

Like two full days of testing, way over a dozen eggs, probably pounds of butter. Six batches later (possibly more, I lost count), I finally got them right. My freezer is now full of brownies. It’s awesome and very dangerous.

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So what’s the secret to that perfect texture and crinkly top?

Real melted chocolate, semi-sweet chocolate chips, and a good amount of whisked eggs.

The chocolate is obvious, but the whisked eggs? You need those to create that crinkly top. Whisking the eggs prior to mixing them in the batter creates air within the eggs that helps to create that crinkly top. It might seem like an unnecessary step, and a waste of a clean bowl, but just trust me on this, it’s what makes these brownies great.

While that and all the semi-sweet chocolate…and butter.


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Red has yet to try these brownies, seeing as he’s still in South Korea, but I’m feeling pretty confident that he’s going to love them.

Speaking of Red, he is competing one last time tonight in Men’s Snowboard Big Air, alongside two of his USA teammates, Kyle Mack and Chris Corning. Kyle is a super close friend of the family, who’s honestly almost like another brother. Pretty excited for the both of them, but I have my fingers crossed for Kyle on this one, as Big Air is much more his event. Make sure to watch tonight at 8pm EST on NBC!

Annnddddd with that, I’m thinking these brownies are the perfect chocolate treat to eat while cheering the boys on.


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The Recipe

Crinkle Top Fudge Brownies

By halfbakedharvest

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chocolate brownies, easy recipe

These brownies are light, a little fudgy, extra chocolatey, perfectly sweet, with the most flakey, crinkly top ever. Oh my gosh, SO GOOD!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 20 brownies
Calories 274 kcal



  1. 1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line a 9x13 inch pan with parchment paper.

    2. In the microwave, melt together the butter and 1 1/2 cups chocolate chips (stir at 30 second intervals) until melted and smooth. Stir in the sugar, vanilla, and instant coffee. 

    3. In a small bowl whisk the eggs for 1 minute until bubbly on top. Stir the eggs into the chocolate mix. Add the flour, cocoa powder, and baking powder. Stir until just combined. Stir in the remaining 1/2 cup chocolate chips.

    3. Evenly spread the mixture into the prepared baking pan. Bake for 28-30 minutes or until the brownies are just set. Let cool (or not) and dust with powdered sugar. Enjoy! 

Recipe Notes

*For extra thick brownies, bake them in a 9x9 inch square baking dish and bake for 30-35 minutes. 

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The BEST, enough said.