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.

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Easy Brownie Gooey Bars stacked on parchment paper with brown background

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 on wooden board with teal straws in the background

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 stacked on wooden board with teal straws in the background

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.

Easy Brownie Gooey Bars collage

Suddenly, I’m getting another brownie craving….

Brownie Gooey Bars

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!
Yield 9 -12 brownies
Serving Size


  • 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


  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a 9x9” pan with foil and spray with cooking spray for easy removal.
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • Bake for 27-32 minutes, until the top starts to loose the glossy look. Cool to room temperature before cutting.
  • Store at room temperature for maximum gooeyness.

Nutritional information not guaranteed to be accurate

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Last Updated on May 13, 2020

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  1. 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!

    1. 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.

  2. 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!

  3. 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

  4. 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.

  5. 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!!

  6. 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!