These are seriously some of the BEST brownies I have ever eaten…and they are made from scratch.

This recipe came from a family friend and was in one of those rinky-dinky cookbooks that private schools and churches make. Those rinky-dink cookbooks have some of the best recipes, let me tell you. There are alot of family secrets hidden in those cookbooks.

And before your mind wanders off too much, I mean FOOD family secrets, not family secrets like the ones David Letterman is spilling all over the media. Or like my little secret of how I peed my pants while wearing tights in Kindergarten. Can you even imagine how uncomfortable THAT is? I almost feel for Dave.

Or not. But I bet if he made his wife these brownies she might consider not making him sleep on the sidewalk.

My first 6 months of marriage may have been more tolerable if my hubby made these for me every single day.

Melt some baking squares and butter in the microwave.



I use semi-sweet baking squares. Because NOTHING is sweet enough for me. Seriously – nothing. You will often find me with a baffled, confused expression when someone says they can’t finish their dessert because it is ‘too rich.’ What is that?? Really – WHAT does that mean??

There is nothing ‘too rich’ for me. And there is also probably no one ‘too rich’ for me, either. Sorry. I like shoes.

This batter begins quite differently than most because instead of creaming softened butter and sugar, we cream melted butter and sugar. I would never have thought of that. In fact, I thought it was wrong and called my mom 67 times before making this saying  ‘are you SURE this is right??’

I can be a bit dramatic.

As usual, my mom was right and the batter was perfect.


Throw in some chocolate chips…


And this here, folks, is the special ingredient.


Mini marshmallows! They must be mini. I have seen recipes for ‘smores brownies,’ so before you decide that this doesn’t look like anything special, I have to say this tastes absolutely nothing like a smore.

The marshmallow completely melts because it is mixed in with the batter.


There is no trace of marshmallows in the brownies – instead, we are left with a gooey, fudgey addition like nothing I have ever had before.


The marshmallows also create a thin, crispy, chocolatey, crusty layer on top.


A sneak peek into the fudgey goodness.


Can you see it?? I can feel it in my waistline already.

And no, not because I ate the entire pan.


Please, please try these.  In the name of all things chocolate and sugary, please try!


These make perfect gifts, too. They are THAT GOOD. They are THAT brownie that can be given as a present. You can be THAT GIRL (OR GUY) that gives brownies as gifts. Really, they are just THAT good.

Oooey Gooey Fudgey Brownies

1 stick unsalted butter

2-3 squares baking chocolate

2 cups sugar

4 eggs

1 cup flour

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 cup chocolate chips

2 cups mini marshmallows

Preheat oven to 350.

Melt butter and baking sqaures in a microwave safe bowl. In the mixing bowl, cream melted butter and chocolate mixture. Add in sugar and vanilla and beat until fluffy, about 2-3 minutes. Add in eggs, beating one at a time. Add flour and stir just until combined. Fold in chocolate chips. Fold in marshmallows.

Pour into greased 9 x 13 baking dish (I used a 10 x 10 square cake pan).  Bake for 35-45 minutes, or until just barely done.



Now, go out and buy your pants one size bigger.

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66 Responses to “Oooey Gooey Fudgey Brownies.”

  1. #
    Kelly — October 7, 2009 @ 4:32 pm

    mmm those look yummy! and yes, i am one of those people that you don’t get. i can eat a hershey kiss and need something salty or else i feel like i’m gonna throw up from sugar overload. good for my waist, yes, not so good when i want to sample all the cookies at a wedding!


    • elizabeth — January 1st, 2012 @ 5:58 pm

      liz jan,1 2012

      this recipe looks very good and i wish i new how to put this recipe for 50 people. where i work thats how many people i have so i would need to know what the recipe would call for, ty liz


  2. #
    Naomi (onefitfoodie) — October 7, 2009 @ 4:39 pm

    8 ingredient, decadent amazing looking brownies WOW I am there…and the marshmellows just [put this over the top! you cease to amaze me with your recipes jess!!


    • Maria — January 20th, 2011 @ 7:58 am

      Jessica, I’m a new reader of your amazing blog and already totally in love with it <3
      Ha ha, you are too funny, I could never agree MORE!!!
      I am also always the one person, sitting there as one big question mark
      when someone can't finish up the most divine dessers ever – say WHAT???
      I could eat caramel icecream with chocolate & caramel sauce, caramel & choc chunks, marshmellow, biscuit, fudge, cookie dough, sprinkles…. all in one bowl and feel like the happiest girl in the world :)
      Can't wait to try this recipe today.
      Love, Maria from Denmark.


      • Jessica — January 20th, 2011 @ 1:16 pm

        Thank you!

  3. #
    Lindsay — October 7, 2009 @ 4:46 pm

    Those look like the perfect brownie!


  4. #
    AWP Sports Performance — October 7, 2009 @ 5:02 pm

    It’s like you could read my mind… what is Megan craving today?

    THIS. FTW.


  5. #
    Erica — October 7, 2009 @ 5:04 pm

    oh my drool. I think these are the best looking/sound brownies I’ve ever seen! What a great treat. I agree- those cookbooks truly hold gems.


  6. #
    April — October 7, 2009 @ 5:06 pm

    OMG! Am I in heaven? I think i’ll make these for Thanksgiving!!!!


  7. #
    donna — October 7, 2009 @ 5:19 pm

    I will definately have to give these a try. My husband LOVES brownies!


  8. #
    foodieinthecity — October 7, 2009 @ 5:47 pm

    If you INSIST, then I guess I can try these :)


  9. #
    eatingmachine — October 7, 2009 @ 5:50 pm

    i just realized i’ve never made brownies from scratch. and i can bake a cake from scratch, blackout drunk. (guess how i know that…)
    clearly, i need to make some brownies.


  10. #
    carascravings — October 7, 2009 @ 7:14 pm

    How could one not try this recipe? These looks too good to be true! I am longing for an oven right now so that I could try them out…2 more months until I can bake again; can’t wait!


  11. #
    Shannon @ — October 7, 2009 @ 7:46 pm

    oh my! look at that crusty top..thats the best bit you know


  12. #
    Christina — October 7, 2009 @ 7:52 pm

    I need to try these! Brownies are definitely the best dessert. I’ve never made them from scratch and now I have no reason not to :)


  13. #
    The Candid RD — October 7, 2009 @ 8:00 pm

    Ok, these are officially the best looking brownies I have ever seen!!! And I agree with you, there is NO such thing as too rich! When people say that I think they are crazy. Thanks for sharing this amazing recipe!


  14. #
    Dani — October 7, 2009 @ 8:08 pm

    theyre like MAGICAL BROWNIES.
    where did the marshmallow go??? hahaha
    i am so amazed by this, it’s making me laugh at myself xD
    I’ll have to try this sometime, but I hope it will work – I’m gonna have to buy some kosher/halal marshmallows (idk if they come in mini, i might have to do some chopping) anddd those might not work the same.
    I’ll just have to try it and see =D


  15. #
    traveleatlove — October 7, 2009 @ 9:11 pm

    Holy delicious decadence!


  16. #
    Abby — October 7, 2009 @ 9:36 pm

    looks yumm! dont worry about your waistline.. enjoy! :)


  17. #
    Weekly Bite — October 7, 2009 @ 9:57 pm

    Oh My Goodness! I want one of those brownies!!


  18. #
    burpexcuzme — October 7, 2009 @ 10:44 pm

    lol, I LOVE your style of writing, it is very witty, humorous, and engaging. that said, I’m not a huge brownie fan, but you’ve convinced me to try baking this some day! :D


  19. #
    EatingRD — October 8, 2009 @ 12:26 am

    I love the addition of mini marshmallows!! Looks like THE perfect texture. You’re a funny gal, like your writing and blog. Thanks for visiting mine ;)


  20. #
    julia — October 8, 2009 @ 6:31 am

    Those brownies look amazing, and more…mmm! I am drooling, seriously!

    xxx Julia (Taste of Living)


  21. #
    messybaker — October 8, 2009 @ 6:42 am

    I’ve never liked brownies, but yours are making me hungry! I just might become a convert!


  22. #
    peanutbutterfingers — October 8, 2009 @ 8:58 am

    this post made me laugh throughout! :) so funny… and i TOTALLY feel ya on the “this is too rich” confusion. who thinks that??? everything is better sweeter & richer.


  23. #
    MelissaNibbles — October 8, 2009 @ 9:12 am

    I’m licking the screen!


  24. #
    Nicole — October 8, 2009 @ 10:20 am

    Those look awesome! I’m bookmarking this recipe right now…


  25. #
    Ivan Maminta — October 8, 2009 @ 11:41 am

    This is definitely going into my recipe box. My daughter is going to flip!


  26. #
    Angela — October 8, 2009 @ 2:24 pm

    Hi! I came across your blog through April….i just wanted to say those brownies look so freaking good!!!! I want to make them now…but i have to wait….5.5 more weeks and they are mine :)


  27. #
    megan — October 8, 2009 @ 4:22 pm

    ok you totally won me over with this recipe and your description. I saw the title and thought “eh, i’ve made brownies before”. Then I read your post and ok, these are definitely on my “to make” list. and you made me laugh out loud while reading it. :) (And I agree – nothing is ever too sweet for me, and I too have called my mom about 58 times in an hour period to check on recipe questions.)


  28. #
    Stephanie — October 8, 2009 @ 6:08 pm

    HOLY COW! Those brownies look absolutely delicious! I will make the for sure, feed them to my family, then force my children to exercise while simultaneously forcing my husband to suffer through Jillian Michaels 30-day shred….AGAIN!


  29. #
    Amy J in SC — October 8, 2009 @ 8:29 pm

    I would have to make them at someone elses home so I could up and leave them after eating just one.


  30. #
    TinaFromTexas — October 8, 2009 @ 8:54 pm

    I have to agree with you–I don’t understand when people say something is too rich. It’s dessert–it should be rich and overly sweet or then it’s just not dessert!


  31. #
    Dinnerbelle — October 12, 2009 @ 4:19 pm

    It is a miserable rainy day here in Georgia, but reading this recipe cheered me up! They look absolutely fabulous. Beautiful photos too! Off to the grociery store to pick up mini marshmallows.


  32. #
    Paula - bell'alimento — October 15, 2009 @ 1:34 pm

    Jessica, these look ah-mazing! I’m salivating. Wishing I could make them this weekend but I’m still doing the Eat on $30 challenge and it wouldn’t be in budget – boo! & hello too rich, what’s that ? :D


  33. #
    Averie (LoveVeggiesandYoga) — December 27, 2009 @ 12:59 pm

    just saw Paige make these. Wow. I may un-vegan and un-GF for these bad boys!


  34. #
    Merlot — February 20, 2011 @ 1:34 am

    These are the best brownies ever!! Thanks for the recipe!


  35. #
    Tara Zuk — April 20, 2011 @ 12:02 pm

    Screw Weight Watchers! Im giving these bad boys a try:)


  36. #
    Lauren — May 20, 2011 @ 6:11 pm

    how do you keep the top from getting too brown? maybe i had too many marshmallows towards the top but it cooked wayyyy faster than the rest of the pan. advice? thanks, xx


  37. #
    Andrea — May 23, 2011 @ 11:02 pm

    Love your writing style and your recipes! I always enjoy your writing, your humor, and your beautiful photos, too. Tonight, I am making these and have a very basic question… I may have overlooked this information, but do I bake them at 350? I’m guessing yes, but just wanted to verify.


    • Jessica — May 24th, 2011 @ 6:56 am



  38. #
    Sara — June 16, 2011 @ 6:05 pm

    I made these brownies for a family party. I don’t know if I didn’t bake them long enough, or what happened (I’m claiming it wasn’t human error. But, actually an act of God). My brownies more ooey gooey than brownies. But, have no fear! I saved this delectable delight from a dreary dessert disaster! I broke out the ice cream maker and served this ooey gooey creation over homemade vanilla bean ice cream!
    Moral of my story: No matter what happens, chocolatey sugar coma inducing goodness will ALWAYS go amazing over ice cream!
    Thank you for the recipe. My chocolate much topped ice cream was a hit and will be made again! :)


  39. #
    Kay — August 13, 2011 @ 1:44 pm

    So I tried making this, but my batter didn’t end up thick enough to pin down the marshmallows, so they kinda floated to the top and made a marshmallow topping. Any ideas on how I can fix this?


  40. #
    Bex — September 5, 2011 @ 9:11 pm

    Just topped one of these with homemade coffee Heath bar ice cream, whipped cream, and a few cranks of my just-purchased TJ’s coffee-chocolate grinder and am tempted to loudly declare my own genius. Keeping myself in check by reminding myself I am no Jessica. :-)


  41. #
    Shelbie — September 12, 2011 @ 11:04 pm

    can these be made with oil instead of butter?


    • Jessica — September 13th, 2011 @ 6:51 am

      Never tried it with oil so I can’t really say.


  42. #
    Stephanie — October 20, 2011 @ 10:46 pm

    I think these might need a little salt? What do you think? Maybe a little sea salt on top?


  43. #
    Ebonee Dawson — December 2, 2011 @ 2:53 pm

    Hey Jessica

    Quick question

    First, love your friends and I are in law school and to get away from it all we make some of your recipes every other weekend! So thank you for the great eats!


    Is the baking chocolate sweetened or unsweetened?



  44. #
    Amelia — July 8, 2012 @ 11:53 pm

    Hi, I would like to try this recipe,can you tell me if you used white or brown sugar?


  45. #
    Marleen — August 10, 2012 @ 5:40 am

    these look delicious and I really want to try them! But as I am from the Netherlands we don’t have those handy baking squares, could you maybe tell me how much chocolate you used in oz. or grams or cups?


  46. #
    Kiki — September 29, 2012 @ 6:18 pm

    I REALLY hope you see this before Tuesday night.

    I am assuming, but the looks of it, you used Baker’s squares. I think last time I made it, Is there such thing as too much chocolate? I have a baking chocolate bar (Ghiradelli) that I was going to use. The whole bar should be okay, right? I cannot for the life of me remember what I did last time I made these. Ok….novel ended.

    Thank you!!


  47. #
    Jessica — October 8, 2009 @ 9:35 am

    you would be that person. hmpf!


  48. #
    Jessica — October 8, 2009 @ 9:36 am

    Thanks, hun!


  49. #
    Jessica — October 8, 2009 @ 9:37 am

    Thank you – that is such a sweet comment, really means alot to me!



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