Best Gooey French Brownies

If you like gooey brownies, you’ll love these Best Gooey French Brownies. Rich, chocolate decadence with a crispy top. Simply the best!

best gooey french brownies
See how gooey?!

These brownies are a staple in the home of my former thesis advisor, Cara. She brought them to a lab event many years ago, and I immediately asked for the recipe. They were that good.

best gooey french brownies

These brownies are not chewy but rather more fudge-y and, as Cara put it, “wet.” They have a nice crispy top and are truly decadent. I love having recipes for different styles of brownies, like these Chewy Fudgy Brownies from America’s Test Kitchen. Rarely do I come across a brownie that I don’t like!  

best gooey french brownies
Crispy, flaky top.

Cara couldn’t remember the source of this recipe, but she thought they were called “French Brownies.”  I’ve done some internet searching and am unable to locate the original source or title, so for now they will keep that name.

This recipe reads like a lab protocol, which is one of the reasons I love it. You don’t have to be a scientist to follow this recipe, but if you are one, you’ll appreciate the format!

best gooey french brownies

While some brownie recipes call for just cocoa powder, this recipe uses real chocolate which gives them an intense and authentic chocolate flavor. If you love chocolate, you must try Best Gooey French Brownies!

best gooey french brownies

Gluten Free Option for Best Gooey French Brownies

I have not tried it myself, but I have good luck using Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free 1 to 1 Baking Flour in place of all purpose in many baked good recipes.

Best Gooey French Brownies

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best gooey french brownies

Best Gooey French Brownies

The best gooey brownies you've ever had. These brownies have a crispy, flaky top with a soft, rich chocolate center.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Cool Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine French
Servings 16 or more


Mixture 1:

  • 2 sticks unsalted butter
  • 8 ounces unsweetened chocolate (see note)

Mixture 2:

  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract

Mixture 3:

  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/4 tsp table salt


  • Preheat oven to 350°F.

Make Mixture 1:

  • Melt butter and chocolate in the top of a double boiler, whisking until smooth. Cool to room temperature.

Make Mixture 2:

  • In a medium bowl, combine sugar, eggs, and vanilla extract.

Make Mixture 3:

  • Stir together the flour and salt.

Finish and Bake:

  • Add Mixture 1 to bowl containing Mixture 2, stir to combine, then fold in Mixture 3.
  • Pour batter into an 11×7-inch rectangular dish. Bake for 35 – 40 minutes until top is set and flaky. You may use an 8-inch square dish for thicker brownies or a 9×13-inch rectangular dish for thinner brownies. Adjust baking time to longer for the smaller pan or shorter for the larger pan.


You may use 12 ounces bittersweet chocolate in place of the 8 ounces unsweetened chocolate, but reduce the sugar from 2 cups to 1 1/2 cups. 
To elevate the chocolate flavor, you may add 1-3 teaspoons espresso powder to Mixture 1 while the butter and chocolate are melting. 
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Keyword brownie, chocolate, dessert, French

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