Fudgy Sea Salt Brownies
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Moist, fudgy brown sugar brownies topped with creamy chocolate ganache and crunchy sea salt flakes.
These brown sugar brownies are the stuff of your chocolate dreams: Moist, rich and deeply chocolatey.
Whenever I need a chewy brownie, these are the ones I make.
They’re made with dark chocolate, glazed with a creamy chocolate ganache, and sprinkled with sparkling flaky sea salt for the finishing touch.
If you’re in the moist and chewy brownie camp rather than the cakey one, this recipe is for you.
I switched-up a basic brownie batter recipe by using some brown sugar in place of some of the white sugar.
The batter includes crunchy flaked sea salt for a fun texture and also to intensify the flavors.
How brown sugar works in brownies:
Replacing some of the total sugar in a brownie recipe with brown sugar will result in a slightly more tender, fudgy crumb, because the molasses in the brown sugar adds moisture, as well as a deeper flavor.
Is sea salt good with chocolate brownies?
Flaky salt adds an amazing spark to anything you sprinkle it on, but it’s absolutely wonderful in desserts.
A small amount of salt counterpoints the sugar in recipes.
You barely notice it’s there, but it actually enhances depth of flavor. And well, the crunchy texture is just irresistible.
I love Maldon salt, which is readily available in grocery stores (even at Target!) or you can order it on Amazon.
Chocolate ganache is a smooth mixture of chocolate melted in warm heavy cream, often used as a filling, topping or a sauce.
Depending on the ratio of chocolate to cream, the mixture can be thick and spreadable or thinner and more sauce-like.
For these brownies, the ganache contains a small amount of corn syrup for extra shine, and is spread on cold brownies to help set it.
More yummy salty sweets to try:
Fudgy Sea Salt Brownies
- 8 tablespoons (120 g) unsalted butter
- 8 ounces (225 g) dark chocolate, chopped
- 3 large eggs, at room temperature
- ½ cup (110 g) brown sugar
- ½ cup (120 g) granulated sugar
- 1 tablespoon (15 ml) vanilla extract
- ½ cup (70 g) all-purpose flour
- Fleur de sel or flaked sea salt, such as Maldon
- ½ cup (125 ml) heavy cream
- 3 ounces (75 g) dark chocolate, chopped
- 1 tablespoon (15 ml) corn syrup
- Heat oven to 325 degrees. Line an 8-inch square baking pan with 2 sheets of overhanging parchment paper.
- Melt the butter in a small pan over medium-low heat. Stir in the 8 ounces of chocolate. Lower the heat and stir until melted and smooth. Cool 10 minutes.
- In a stand mixer with the paddle attachment, beat the eggs and both sugars until thickened and creamy, about 5 minutes at medium-high speed. Add the vanilla chocolate mixture and stir until blended. Add the flour and 1/4 teaspoon salt and stir just to incorporate the flour.
- Pour batter into prepared pan and bake 25-30 minutes, or until edges are firm and center is still slightly soft. Remove from oven and cool completely on a wire rack. Remove brownie in one slab and wrap in plastic wrap. Refrigerate until cold, at least an hour.
Make the glaze
- Put the 3 ounces of chocolate in a heatproof bowl. Place the cream in a small saucepan over low heat. As soon as the edges start to bubble, pour the cream over the chocolate and let sit 30 seconds. Add the corn syrup and stir until completely smooth.
- Set brownie slab on a rack over a large piece of parchment or waxed paper. Pour ganache over the center of the slab and gently spread to the sides.
- Let set about 1 hour. Sprinkle sea salt over the brownie, then cut into bars. To make clean cuts, use a knife that has been heated under hot running water, wiping the blade clean after each cut.
Karen’s Notes and Tips
- Tip: To make clean cuts when dividing into bars, use a sharp knife heated under hot running water. Wipe the blade with a towel after each cut.
- Brownies will keep at room temperature for 3 days, well wrapped.
- Brownies can be frozen up to 3 months.
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Hey, I’m not sure what I did wrong, but the brownies are not baking. They’ve been in the oven for about 40 minutes and still nothing. Only a hard shell on the top.
Sorry you’re having trouble with the brownies.
They should be a bit gooey in the middle, and will firm up after you take them out of the oven and let them cool.
Also, do you have an oven thermometer? You can check to see if your oven runs a bit cooler.
Hope that helps – let me know!
oh I remember how good these were — I guess it’s time to make them again! XO
That glaze and the salt makes these brownies look irresistible!
Oh wow these brownies look so chocolatey and decadent! Delicious!
Beautiful brownies you have created, and the addition of sea salt…wow, believe it or not I have never tried anything like this! thank you for the recipe 🙂
i ate these 10 years ago and i ate t hem today and i will eat them until the day i die so
These must be my favorite brownies! Just the right amount of everything and I love the salt on top – good balance and good texture.
These are incredible !!!
These look life threateningly good. Wow!
Oh, wow. Those are gorgeous! Definitely adding to my ‘to try’ list. 🙂
Chocolate and sea salt…oh my!
I adore the use of sea salt with baking and treats. We were at a dinner where they served chocolate covered caramels with sea salt on top: loved them!
Thanks, Helene. Shiny chocolate glazes hook me every time.
Susan, addictive, yes! One of my favorite snacks when I worked at bakery in RI was good crusty (and kinda salty) Italian bread with a hunk of chocolate inside.
Liza, let me know how you like them. I’ll be thinking of you…
I have made the list and sent S out to buy the few additional ingredients I need and we are having those for dessert tonight. YUM. I can’t wait.
This is such an engaging post, Karen! It’s amazing the way the salt compliments the chocolate’s intensity. I tried it for the first time last fall on some bread, and I’ve been hooked ever since. Your brownies sound divine (a “10” on the addictive scale). 🙂
These look scrumptious. love the shiny glaze and of course the salt.
Brilynn and Deborah, these will fix up your sugar tooth, for sure!
Your brownies look incredible… chocolatey and rich. Salt and chocolate does not seem like a logical combination to me, but with so many people trying it, it must be good!
I think my sweet tooth is permanently on, these look amazing!
More like Countess Chocula.
Salt + Chocolate = Taste Sensation!
Holy cow that’s a lot of chocolate. Are you the Easter bunny?
I keep seeing chocolate treats with salt in/on them. I swear if I see one more recipe with sea salt delicately sprinkled over a chocolate this-or-that I’m going to have to run out and make something delicious.