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Jun 03

Brownie Gooey Bars

Do you like drippy, gooey chocolate? Yes? Good, you’re in the right place today.

I’ve made you an epic brownie. It’s going to blow your mind, knock your socks off, and make you the envy of everyone you know. They’re that good.

Just a few simple ingredients makes these Brownie Gooey Bars my favorite brownie EVER.

The BEST brownies ever: Brownie Gooey Bars

Sometimes you just NEED CHOCOLATE, am I right? Usually on those days when the chocolate craving hits hard and fast, a simple candy bar won’t do.

I don’t want a truffle.

I don’t want a Kit Kat or a Hershey Bar. Sadly, Reese’s also doesn’t satisfy in my times of dire chocolate need.

What do I crave when the chocolate fix hits with a vengeance? Brownies.

Last week I wanted brownies and I wanted them RIGHT THAT MINUTE.

I didn’t get them that minute, but I did get them about 40 minutes later.

Because that’s how long it took to mix, make, and bake these gooey bars. Just 40 minutes to chocolate bliss.

Brownie Gooey Bars

I think my desire for brownies when I crave chocolate comes from living so close to the See’s Candy factory growing up. The air would permeate with the smell of freshly baked brownies. Sometimes I walk around my house and the memory hits me so hard, it feels like I’m standing on my parents’ front porch.

Normally I love making brownies with my favorite brownie recipe, or even my favorite one bowl brownie recipe. Those are both amazing recipes and I triple love a from-scratch brownie. But sometimes I just crave a box mix. I think it comes from growing up using it. We never made completely from scratch cakes or brownies or pie crusts growing up, so sometimes I just crave that childhood memory.

Also, using a box makes these come together super fast. And when you have a I NEED IT NOW craving for chocolate, time is important.

Brownie Gooey Bars - the most gooey and chocolatey brownies ever!

I made these gooey bars like I make all my other versions. You start with a box mix and add an egg and a stick of butter. The dough is very stiff. If you have one, use a stand mixer. The dough comes together much faster that way. If you’re using a hand mixer, it will work, but it’ll take longer, so keep that in mind. I don’t recommend doing this by hand unless you have rock star biceps. And if you do, please email me your workout. Thanksmuch.

Half the dough gets pressed into a pan. Be sure you spray it with cooking spray! Even better, line it with foil AND spray it. These suckers can get sticky!

Half a can of sweetened condensed milk goes on top, along with a cup of chocolate chips. I used dark chocolate chips, but you can use any kind you have in your pantry. You can also use chopped candy bars: Reese’s, M&Ms, Butterfingers, Rolos, Almond Joy, Kit Kat….etc.

Tip: when you’re pouring on the sweetened condensed milk, make sure it does not touch the edges of the pan. Drop the remaining dough on the top of the bars and press it around the edges as much as possible to create a seal. If the SCM is touching the edge of the pan, it will bubble up and brown. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, but it becomes like caramel and gets very sticky (for removing and for eating).

I let these cool to room temperature on the counter before cutting them. They stayed gooey and drippy, like you see in the photos. If you want them to keep that look, store them at room temperature. If you chill them, the’ll firm up and be gooey, but less drippy. Your choice!

Seriously. Best way to eat brownies. EVER.

The BEST brownies ever: Brownie Gooey Bars

Suddenly, I’m getting another brownie craving….

Brownie Gooey Bars

Yield: 9-12 brownies

The gooiest fudgy brownies ever! This is an easy recipe that starts with a brownie mix and is filled with extra chocolate and sweetened condensed milk!


  • 1 (approximately 18 ounces) brownie mix
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup sweetened condensed milk (regular or fat-free)
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a 9x9” pan with foil and spray with cooking spray for easy removal.
  2. Add brownie mix, egg, and butter to the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Beat until at thick mixture forms (thicker than cookie dough). You can do this with a hand mixer but it will take a really long time!
  3. Press half the mixture into the bottom of the prepared pan. Top with the chocolate chips and pour the sweetened condensed milk over the top, but try to not let the milk touch the edges of the pan. (That will cause it to bubble and brown.) Break pieces of the remaining dough and drop them evenly over the top of the bars, then press gently to compact.
  4. Bake for 27-32 minutes, until the top starts to loose the glossy look. Cool to room temperature before cutting.
  5. Store at room temperature for maximum gooeyness.

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78 Responses to “Brownie Gooey Bars”

  1. Mir posted on June 3, 2014 at 3:14 am (#)

    Okay, I’m getting madly jealous. First you tell us that you lived near Disneyland and fresh strawberries. And you lived near See’s? As in, the best chocolate ever? I have to order custom mixes and have them shipped to me sometimes. They’re so good!
    These gooey bars would definitely fill any chocolate lover’s cravings, and quickly, too! And I love how they’re all melty in your pics. Couldn’t wait to eat them, huh? I’m the same way! :)


    • Dorothy Kern replied on June 3rd, 2014 at 6:43 am

      The See’s was so close! The RV park at Disneyland was just a campground, oh how I wish we lived there!


  2. Chloe @ foodlikecake posted on June 3, 2014 at 3:26 am (#)

    These look amazing!


  3. Betsy | posted on June 3, 2014 at 3:33 am (#)

    Gooey is right! Get in my belly gooey brownies! These look so yum, Dorothy!


  4. How to Philosophize with Cake posted on June 3, 2014 at 4:43 am (#)

    Wow, that looks amazing! I love me a gooey brownie, and these look just perfect! :)


  5. Jennie @themessybakerblog posted on June 3, 2014 at 4:52 am (#)

    So much ooey gooey going on here. Love these! Pinned.


  6. Melanie @ Carmel Moments posted on June 3, 2014 at 5:13 am (#)

    An epic brownie? I’m totally in! Of course every brownie of all shapes, sizes and tastes is awesome in my book.
    Have a marvelous day Dorothy!


  7. Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice posted on June 3, 2014 at 5:30 am (#)

    Wow! I am craving this brownie, right now! Wish I had this for breakfast!


  8. Tieghan posted on June 3, 2014 at 5:37 am (#)

    Umm, drippy, gooey chocolate? I was sold before that, nut man those words are my favorite ever! Love these! :)


  9. Chelsea @chelseasmessyapron posted on June 3, 2014 at 6:31 am (#)

    Oh my gosh this looks amazing Dorothy! Your gooey bars always make me hungry! I love all that oozing chocolate coming from these bars! Pinned :)


    • Dorothy Kern replied on June 3rd, 2014 at 6:41 am

      Thanks for the pin Chelsea!!


  10. risa posted on June 3, 2014 at 7:25 am (#)

    I’m a sucker for a brownie. Certainly going to have to test these out – it seems like the right thing to do!


  11. Averie @ Averie Cooks posted on June 3, 2014 at 7:54 am (#)

    Girl you put the GOOEY back in gooey bars. Amen! These look so rich, chocolaty and perfect! Pinned of course!


  12. Matt Robinson posted on June 3, 2014 at 8:32 am (#)

    These are so gooey and chocolatey, I could seriously eat these for breakfast this morning. So great!


  13. Valerie | From Valerie's Kitchen posted on June 3, 2014 at 10:21 am (#)

    I love boxed mix recipes! These are so over the top…incredible :)


  14. Lindsay @ Life, Love and Sugar posted on June 3, 2014 at 10:22 am (#)

    Brilliant! They look amazing! All that melty chocolate – I want!


  15. Alice // Hip Foodie Mom posted on June 3, 2014 at 1:17 pm (#)

    oh my gawd!!! Hello!! I want these brownies!


  16. Jenn@eatcakefordinner posted on June 3, 2014 at 4:35 pm (#)

    How amazing are your pics!! They totally capture how gooey and amazing these bars are!


  17. Danielle posted on June 3, 2014 at 4:57 pm (#)

    I think I need these in my life now! The next time I make brownies, I’m making these.


  18. Amy @ Amy's Healthy Baking posted on June 3, 2014 at 5:31 pm (#)

    Umm, I’m embarrassed to admit (although it probably comes as no surprise) that every day is a “OMG-I-need-chocolate-now” day for me. I have at least 7 different kinds of dark chocolate in my minuscule pantry right now, but you’re right… Sometimes they’re not good enough and I could definitely use an ooey gooey chocolaty treat. These bars look fabulous — totally up my alley! And P.S. Do you have any tips for getting a mixer attachment off? Mine’s been stuck for a week, and neither hot water or oil will loosen it!


    • Dorothy Kern replied on June 3rd, 2014 at 7:12 pm

      Oh my gosh. I can’t believe it’s so stuck!!!! I googled real quick and one person said to chill it to see if that helps???


      • Amy @ Amy's Healthy Baking replied on June 3rd, 2014 at 7:28 pm

        Okie, better start eating those 3 tubs of ice cream in the freezer to make it fit… 😉 Thanks for checking!!

  19. Laurie F. posted on June 3, 2014 at 6:06 pm (#)

    You can never have too many brownie recipes! When I used to have card parties/game nights with my friends we would always have brownies – love them!


  20. Alyssa {Cake, Crust, and Sugar Dust} posted on June 3, 2014 at 6:40 pm (#)

    Someone really needs to come up with a way for brownies to cook faster but still turn out soft and fudgy and amazing…I get that “I need a brownie NOW” feeling sometimes too :) Loving all the melty goodness in these pics Dorothy!


  21. Stephanie @ Back For Seconds posted on June 3, 2014 at 8:09 pm (#)

    These have been chasing me all day! I will take that as a sign I need to make them :)


  22. The Better Baker posted on June 3, 2014 at 8:31 pm (#)

    OH.MY.STARS!! These are definitely TO.DIE.FOR! I can’t imagine growing up near that See’s fragrance wafting near…lands sakes! Thanks for sharing this yummy dessert. Pinning for when I get that chocolate craving myself.


  23. Crystal posted on June 3, 2014 at 9:56 pm (#)

    Heavenly!! I can’t wait to make these! Super delicious!!


  24. BakingTray posted on June 3, 2014 at 10:26 pm (#)

    WOW WOW WOW! these look sooo good!! so chocolately! will definitely satisfy any chocolate cravings that I have xD
    I have recently discovered your blog and LOVE it!! keep up the posts~ :)


  25. Tashiana posted on June 3, 2014 at 11:17 pm (#)

    Dorothy!! I can’t believe that I have only just found you! Your blog is like X rated food porn! I love it! I love your sidebar bio even more though…are we twins?!

    I am so looking forward to making these, and your peanut butter cup cookies…and the peanut butter swirl brownies!!


  26. Samina | The Cupcake Confession posted on June 3, 2014 at 11:29 pm (#)

    I wasn’t getting brownie craving until I read this post and saw these photos!!!!! OMG!!!! Is it legit to swirl my finger at the screen and get some of that dripping chocolate????????/ PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!!!!! And if I could do that, wouldn’t I just gingerly pick up a piece {or 4 pieces} of those delicious brownie bars???? GOSHHHH!!!!! I’m salivating looking at these! Need to make a batch right away!


    • Dorothy Kern replied on June 4th, 2014 at 6:27 am

      I wish I could have shared!!! :)


  27. Kelly - Life made Sweeter posted on June 4, 2014 at 3:21 am (#)

    Holy cow, these look amazing Dorothy! Yes to a gooey brownie any time – especially with all that oozing chocolate. These would satisfy any chocolate craving! Pinned :)


  28. Jessica @ A Kitchen Addiction posted on June 4, 2014 at 8:31 am (#)

    And now I have a craving for brownies!


  29. Monica posted on June 4, 2014 at 8:32 am (#)

    Honestly, any dessert that can be described as “gooey” gets my vote. I love brownies and these look like serious winners. :)


  30. Jocelyn (Grandbaby Cakes) posted on June 4, 2014 at 11:08 am (#)

    You are killing the game with these brownies! The entire game!!!


  31. Kayle (The Cooking Actress) posted on June 4, 2014 at 12:30 pm (#)

    OUT.OF.CONTROLLLL!!! These brownies are so decadent and gooey and insanely PERFECT!


  32. Rachel @ Bakerita posted on June 4, 2014 at 3:45 pm (#)

    Melted chocolate chips get me everytime…these look unreal! Definitely going on the to-bake list. Who can resist something so chocolate-y?!


  33. Layla @ Brunch Time Baker posted on June 4, 2014 at 5:27 pm (#)

    This is genius!! one of my fave things in the entire world is gooey brownies!


  34. ami@naivecookcooks posted on June 4, 2014 at 6:02 pm (#)

    wow, these look so gooey and wonderful!! I want these in my life now!!


  35. Jaren (Diary of a Recipe Collector) posted on June 4, 2014 at 6:05 pm (#)

    Holy Moly! These look fabulous! You had me at sweetened condensed milk!


    • Dorothy Kern replied on June 5th, 2014 at 6:36 am

      Isn’t it the best stuff ever???


  36. Cindy @ Pick Fresh Foods posted on June 4, 2014 at 7:05 pm (#)

    I’ll get these crazy chocolate cravings and a brownies always does the trick. These look amazing!


  37. Whitney @ The Newlywed Chefs posted on June 4, 2014 at 7:08 pm (#)

    Drippy, gooey chocolate? Sign me up. These look fabulous!!


  38. Mimi @ Culinary Couture posted on June 5, 2014 at 11:26 am (#)

    Wowee! This is a whole nother level of gooey! I want!


  39. Kristyn posted on June 5, 2014 at 2:45 pm (#)

    These look amazing! Can’t wait to give them a try. Thanks for the delish recipe. :)


  40. Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel posted on June 6, 2014 at 7:08 am (#)

    These bars are out. of. freakin’. control. I’m obsessed! Pinned 😀


  41. Becky posted on June 6, 2014 at 7:25 am (#)

    These sound divine! :)

    Usually, my sweet cravings are for cookies. I need to bake more….lol


  42. Laura @ Laura's Culinary Adventures posted on June 6, 2014 at 8:20 am (#)

    Wow! What a delightful sugar rush!


  43. Renee @ Awesome on $20 posted on June 8, 2014 at 8:23 pm (#)

    My goodness, I can’t even imagine the torture of living next to a chocolate factory. These brownies sound ridiculous. Can’t wait to try!


  44. Ali posted on June 11, 2014 at 7:09 am (#)

    How do I substitute brownie mix? We do not have such cake mixes in Poland :(


  45. Erin posted on June 13, 2014 at 3:38 pm (#)

    This is pretty much the best timing to find this. I was out at the shops last night and had a massive craving for Mrs Fields brownies. (Not sure if Mrs Fields is international or Australia only, but if you haven’t heard of it, it’s basically the most delicious brownies and cookies anywhere, ever.) I’ve mastered a cookie recipe that tastes just as delicious as their cookies, and as I was munching away on my Choc Macadamia brownie, and later on my Double Choc brownie (yes I bought two, and I’m in no way ashamed!) I was thinking how I need to master a delicious brownie recipe so I can have brownies all the time. This recipe sounds like the perfect place to start!! Yummmm!!


  46. Stephanie @ Macaroni and Cheesecake posted on June 17, 2014 at 7:09 am (#)

    Oh My Goodness!!! These look absolutely incredible!!


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  48. Mary Brown posted on July 11, 2014 at 5:00 am (#)

    Hi Dorothy, I have made these three times already. Once with peanut butter chips. They are really so good. hubby says best brownies he ever ate. Thanks for all your great posts. have a wonderful day.


    • Dorothy Kern replied on July 11th, 2014 at 6:18 am

      I’m so glad Mary!!! Thanks for telling me. Peanut Butter Chips – YES!


  49. Sunny posted on July 20, 2014 at 5:42 pm (#)

    Just made these and they are amazing!!! I’m about to eat with some frozen yogurt and blueberries so I don’t feel bad eating too many of them


    • Dorothy Kern replied on July 20th, 2014 at 6:15 pm

      LOL you’re better than me! Enjoy!


  50. Anne posted on August 12, 2014 at 11:59 am (#)

    I’m 8 months pregnant, and this recipe has me running upstairs to check if I have any sweetened condensed milk on hand. Heaven forbid I have to wait until tomorrow to make these!


    • Dorothy Kern replied on August 12th, 2014 at 3:49 pm

      Enjoy Anne! I remember those cravings. :)


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  52. Leah posted on September 19, 2014 at 1:19 pm (#)

    I’m slightly confused. I do NOT make the brownies per the box directions AND add an extra egg and butter right? Is that why you’re saying it’s going to be super tough to mix? Because normally, brownie mix is runny, correct? Thanks!


    • Dorothy Kern replied on September 19th, 2014 at 4:28 pm

      Nope! Just use the box mix, the egg and butter called for, not the ingredients on the box. The mixture will be like thick cookie dough.


  53. Melanie posted on November 10, 2014 at 11:33 am (#)

    The ooie gooie goodness is SO GOOD!!  I’ve made some variations, and it tastes amazing every time. (9×13 pan, adding Heath bits) Thank you for dreaming this up and for sharing!!


  54. Mable Moses posted on November 17, 2014 at 9:42 am (#)

    I’m going to try this brownie receipe this weekend it looks so good and I’m sure that it is going to be delicious, I may keep this all for myself hee !!!hee!!!


  55. Melissa posted on December 3, 2014 at 3:04 pm (#)

    Amazing Gooey Chocolate Brownies. Best Brownie recipe I have ever made and so easy! They stay moist for days and hold a really nice shape once cooled so you can have fun with them around the holiday season!


    • Dorothy Kern replied on December 4th, 2014 at 6:36 am

      I’m glad you liked them! Thanks for your comment Melissa!


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  60. Marcia Little posted on August 2, 2015 at 6:16 am (#)

    I have two teenage boys and two of their best friends who live with me and my other half. I think that I will make this with triple the brownie mix ingredients, so I can make a 9×13 pan, and have plenty to cover the top with, prolly have to double the chips and SCM. Oh shucks! This is the only way that I get more than one. Must think of yourself when feeding that many teenagers, especially when we are talking about brownies!


    • Dorothy Kern replied on August 2nd, 2015 at 3:07 pm

      I bet they eat you out of house and home! Hopefully you get at least a bite. :)


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