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Crinkle Top Brownies

Dense, chewy, fudgy brownies, with a tissue paper thin crinkle top
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time28 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: brownies, crinkle, flaky
Servings: 9 brownies
Calories: 539kcal
Author: Erin
Cost: $1


  • 1 egg
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 tbsp vanilla
  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • ½ cup cocoa powder dutch process
  • 1 cups flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • cup water
  • 1 cup optional semi sweet chocolate chips or coarse chopped chocolate of choice (optional )


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9x9 inch square baking pan, or line with parchment paper.
  • Mix or whisk sugar, eggs and vanilla for up to 10 minutes until lightened in color.
    eggs, sugar and vanilla being mixed until pale in color
  • Gently fold in remaining ingredients, just until mixed.
  • Spread into a 9x9 inch baking pan.
    brownie batter being spread into a square, parchment paper lined baking pan
  • Bake for 20-28 minutes until edges are set. Center should feel soft but will set as they cool.
    freshly baked brownies with shiny tops in a square pan
  • Cool for at least 30 minutes at room temperature before cutting.
    close up of brownies cut into squares


  • Pull the brownies out of the oven when the edges are set, and the middle is still gooey-they'll set as they cool. It's better that they're under done than over cooked. 
  • Avoid using an electric or stand mixer for crinkle top brownies, as they can hinder the result of a shiny, flaky top and make the brownies cakey.
  • Fold the ingredients together only until things are just combined and no further. 
  • If using a 9x9 inch square pan, you'll likely need to reduce cooking time by 4-6 minutes. 
  • If using a 13x9 inch rectangular pan, reduce cooking time by 5-7 minutes. 


Serving: 1g | Calories: 539kcal | Carbohydrates: 89g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Cholesterol: 38mg | Sodium: 278mg | Potassium: 311mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 67g | Vitamin A: 68IU | Calcium: 36mg | Iron: 4mg