Recipe: Crack Brownies

Recipe: Crack Brownies

Crack Brownies Recipe angela lanter hello gorgeous

Recently, I searched, “How to make boxed brownies better” and came across a simple hack.  That hack has since become one of my favorite dessert recipes, especially for the holidays. 

I’ve inherited the title of “Family Fudge Maker” from my mawmaw and it’s definitely a Christmas must-have for most of my family members on my mom’s side.  Mawmaw’s fudge is so decadent. 

Dare I say that I like these brownies even better?


Crack Brownies Recipe angela lanter hello gorgeous

Crack Brownies Recipe angela lanter hello gorgeous


I’ve inherited the title of “Family Fudge Maker” from my mawmaw and it’s definitely a Christmas must-have for most of my family members on my mom’s side.

Mawmaw’s fudge is so decadent.  Dare I say that I like these brownies even better?  They are positively sinful.


Crack Brownies Recipe angela lanter hello gorgeous


A lot of desserts call for a ton of ingredients, multiple steps and a lot of time invested. 

That’s another reason why I love this recipe so much, it’s so simple that it’s almost impossible to mess them up.


Crack Brownies Recipe angela lanter hello gorgeousCrack Brownies Recipe angela lanter hello gorgeous


This recipe has now gone viral on Pinterest multiple times and with good reason…

They really are THAT GOOD, y’all.

If you haven’t made these sinful brownies yet, then what the heck are you waiting for?!


baking must haves




one box of brownie mix (these are my favorite!)

ingredients for brownies (listed on box)

1/2 can of sweetened condensed milk (only brand I use)

1/2 bag of milk chocolate chips




Prepare and bake brownies according to instructions on box.  Once baked (toothpick should come out clean!) poke holes throughout baked brownies with a knife.  While brownies are hot, pour 1/2 a can of sweetened condensed milk over brownies.  Use a spatula to spread milk evenly.  Sprinkle 1/2 a bag of milk chocolate chips on top.





You can use any combination of brownies and chips that you want.  I’ve made several batches now and my favorite combination has been dark chocolate brownies with milk chocolate chips.  They melted into the most incredible ooey gooey dessert I’ve ever tasted.  Topped with ice cream, they are the closest thing your tastebuds will get to heaven.

If you don’t like gooey brownies, then go with a traditional brownie mix (like pictured above) and follow the instructions for cake-like brownies.  Personally, I don’t think this version comes anywhere near close to the gooey version, but my hubby prefers this style.  To each your own!

This recipe has gone viral on Pinterest and this blog post itself has been shared over 90,000 times!  It’s clearly a favorite among my readers.

Crack brownies are always a crowd pleaser.  If you have a dinner party or really any event coming up, add this dessert to your menu.  It’ll be a requested recipe moving forward, I promise!

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  • Another great brownie hack for yummy and gooey boxed brownies is adding (…sounds gross but wait for it) a big cup of mayonnaise! If you think about it, Mayo is made with oil and eggs so it makes them very moist. When my boys were growing up all their friends always begged me to make what they called, “God Brownies” (because they’re so good lol) To this day whenever their friends visit, I’m still asked to make them.

    • Angela Lanter

      I’ve heard of this trick before but I’ve never tried it!

    • Mini years ago we were all eating a chocolate cake at a party and everybody was raving about it until they said it was made with mayonnaise and everybody just stopped and looked at each other. It was amazing and you would never have known it was mayonnaise.

      • Angela Lanter

        I’ve heard of this, but haven’t tried it before!

    • I’ve always used mayonnaise instead of oil for packaged brownies and cakes. My mum taught me that. Aldis has a brand that works well. Just use the same amount that is called for the oil.

    • Sarah Riniker

      What do I do with the leftover half -can of condensed milk?

      • Angela Lanter

        I cover mine and put it in the fridge. I try to use it within a week.

  • Love everything about your blog ? glad I subscribed finally!! These crack brownies will be a bonus❤️ Thank you for sharing

  • Making these for Christmas with the family!!

  • Isabella

    These brownies were the hit of our Christmas party!! No one could get enough!

  • Alicia Parsons

    Omg ? these were mouth watering delicious ? my whole family loved them! Thank you so much for sharing this recipe.

  • I’m making these brownies tonight. I’ve been so excited to try them!

  • Just made these to bring to super bowl party ??? can’t wait to taste them

  • Nancy Hinson

    My 9×13″ brownie mix usually makes a thin layer so I always use 2 mixes. Can I double your recipe?

  • Janet Kent

    These are so delicious! Now how about your MawMaw’s fudge recipe?!

  • Does your box of brownies say it makes an 8×8 or 9×13? My box says 8×8… so just curious what your box says!

    • Angela Lanter

      I prefer my brownies thinner so I use a 9×13. 🙂

  • Nancy Rovatti

    You received a comment about doubling the brownie mix, you replied “sure”, do you also have to double the condensed milk and the chocolate chips.

    Also, if you replace the oil with mayonnaise do you use the same amount of mayonnaise as the oil and is that the only thing you replace in the recipe.


    • Angela Lanter

      If you double a recipe, you need to double all of the ingredients. 🙂
      I have never baked brownies with mayo, so you would need to google.

  • Such a delicious recipe ? I love how gooey it is. I have to stop myself from eating half the pan. Thank you for a great and easy recipe.

    • Angela Lanter

      Aren’t they the best?! I’m so glad you like them!

  • Joan Larsen

    I goofed! Forgot to poke holes. Then tried to do it 20 minutes after when I realized my mistake . They feel like raw dough! What can I do?

    • Angela Lanter

      I’ve done that before too and had to remake it!

  • Can they be made a day or so ahead?

  • Jessie Neely

    After the condensed milk and chocolate chips you do nothing? How long should they sit before serving?

    • Angela Lanter

      Yep! Add your toppings and let it sit for about an hour!

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