Crack Brownies

Crack Brownies Recipe

Recently, I searched, “How to make boxed brownies better” and came across a simple hack that I’ve since coined as my “Crack Brownies”.

That hack has since become one of my favorite family 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? 

They are positively sinful.

 

 

*UPDATE:  Since originally posting this recipe in 2019, it has gone viral on Pinterest several times.

And I totally get why they keep going viral, they’re SO easy to make and every single person who tried them LOVES them!

They are officially the best brownies I have ever tasted.

And probably the easiest too.  They’re basically just poke brownies topped with sweetened condensed milk and chocolate chips.

I dare you to try them and tell me otherwise.  Hint…  You won’t!!

 

Crack 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
 

 

CRACK BROWNIES RECIPE NOTES:

 

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.

Top these crack brownies 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!

If you have a Christmas party coming up, consider giving this delicious dessert a try!

 

 
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Crack Brownies
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
Course Dessert
Keyword Brownies
Prep Time 7 Minutes
Cook Time 30 Minutes
Servings
Per container
Course Dessert
Keyword Brownies
Prep Time 7 Minutes
Cook Time 30 Minutes
Servings
Per container
Crack Brownies Recipe
Instructions
  1. Prepare and bake brownies according to instructions on box.
    Crack Brownies Recipe angela lanter hello gorgeous
  2. Once baked (toothpick should come out clean!) poke holes throughout baked brownies with a knife.
    Crack Brownies Recipe angela lanter hello gorgeous
  3. While brownies are hot, pour 1/2 a can of sweetened condensed milk over brownies. Use a spatula to spread milk evenly.
    Crack Brownies Recipe angela lanter hello gorgeous
  4. Sprinkle 1/2 a bag of milk chocolate chips on top.
    Crack Brownies Recipe angela lanter hello gorgeous
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96 Comments

  1. Wenn
    December 16, 2019 / 4:35 PM

    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.

    • January 4, 2020 / 6:29 PM

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

      • Kathy McAllister
        August 16, 2020 / 7:20 PM

        What do you do with the other half can of condensed milk?

        • Lori
          August 18, 2020 / 8:03 PM

          Eat it with a spoon!!!! Or pour it over snow cones. Or maybe make a second batch of brownies!

        • Lisa merwin
          October 24, 2020 / 10:59 AM

          Mix it in coffee, Vietnamese coffee, so good.

        • Teresa
          March 19, 2021 / 9:19 AM

          Use it to make ‘Brazilian limeade’ mix in with the lemon or lime aid- oh. Yum.

    • Vicky
      April 8, 2020 / 11:14 PM

      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.

      • carol
        October 22, 2020 / 11:42 AM

        I have made mayonnaise cake since1960.

      • Dee
        March 11, 2021 / 7:19 AM

        Does the Mayo replace the egg and oil or is it an additional ingredient to add?

    • Katy
      April 17, 2020 / 4:40 PM

      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.

    • Becky
      June 22, 2020 / 5:52 PM

      Do you substitute the mayo for the eggs and oil or in addition to them?

      • Lauren Munro
        July 1, 2020 / 11:40 AM

        Wondering the same – do you changed the ingredients or do you just add the mayo?

      • Megan S Colucci
        July 7, 2020 / 10:15 AM

        Substitute the mayo for the oil in direct proportion. The eggs don’t change — add as it says on the box. Just the mayo for oil is swapped.
        I make all my cakes/brownies with mayo as a substitute. Much more moist than with the oil.
        Now I am a Hellman’s girl, through and through. So I cannot attest to any other brand being good 🙂

      • Lisa
        September 3, 2020 / 6:31 AM

        I use the mayo instead of the oil but still use the eggs.😊

    • July 16, 2020 / 12:06 PM

      How much mayonnaise in does it replace the other ingredients or is it in addition to to the other ingredients

      • June 16, 2021 / 7:45 PM

        can I use Greek yogurt instead of mayo/oil? or should I add more or less than required amount?

    • August 24, 2020 / 11:54 PM

      I’m a miracle whip user. Can I use that or it has to be real mayonnaise

      • August 25, 2020 / 10:30 AM

        I’ve never tried Miracle Whip or Mayo in this recipe.

      • Collette
        February 23, 2021 / 6:22 PM

        I would say NO to Miracle Whip.
        It’s has more of a sandwich tanginess to it- better for sandwiches.
        Use real MAYONAISE

    • paan
      September 13, 2020 / 10:29 AM

      Does the cup of mayo replace the eggs & oil. Or is in ” in addition to”?! Thanks for the tip!!

    • Julia
      October 2, 2020 / 12:23 PM

      Do you add that addition to the ingredients listed in this recipe?

    • lisa byrnes
      October 11, 2020 / 8:06 PM

      what is your recipe exactly and do you use Hellmans or Dukes?!! I’ll give it a try.

    • Jennifer
      October 23, 2020 / 7:23 AM

      How much mayo???

    • Donna
      January 11, 2021 / 9:33 AM

      So do you still use oil and eggs in addition to the big scoop of mayonnaise? Or eliminate them

  2. Ashley
    December 16, 2019 / 7:20 PM

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

    • YuWanda Mines
      June 12, 2020 / 6:00 AM

      Hey, once you add the chocolate chips on top do you place it back in the oven to melt?

      • Amanda
        June 18, 2020 / 6:02 AM

        Following!!

        • Ashley Thomas
          July 22, 2020 / 8:06 AM

          following!
          it seems like the chips would need to melt!

          • Margo
            September 20, 2020 / 8:09 PM

            The recipe doesn’t seem complete. Once you have it the choc chips on do you put it back in the oven or do they not melt?

      • Marie
        July 5, 2020 / 6:09 AM

        Do you have to put the brownies back in over after adding condensed milk and chips and for how long?

  3. Laura
    December 19, 2019 / 5:12 AM

    Making these for Christmas with the family!!

    • April 9, 2020 / 6:52 PM

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

  4. Isabella
    January 2, 2020 / 6:28 AM

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

  5. Alicia Parsons
    January 4, 2020 / 11:40 AM

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

    • April 18, 2020 / 9:33 PM

      Does the mayo affect the taste at all?

  6. Faren
    January 12, 2020 / 1:47 PM

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

  7. Erin
    February 2, 2020 / 10:05 AM

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

  8. April 4, 2020 / 5:03 PM

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

    • Kim
      September 30, 2020 / 6:54 PM

      How long do the brownies need to sit, to completely soak in the condensed milk?

  9. Janet Kent
    April 7, 2020 / 9:17 AM

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

  10. Megsn
    May 2, 2020 / 4:04 PM

    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!

    • May 2, 2020 / 8:32 PM

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

  11. Nancy Rovatti
    May 3, 2020 / 7:17 PM

    Hi,
    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.

    Thankyou

    • May 4, 2020 / 8:15 AM

      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.

  12. Becky
    June 7, 2020 / 7:20 PM

    Do these brownies need to be kept in the refrigerator?

  13. Jennifer
    June 9, 2020 / 8:28 AM

    So you don’t bake anymore after you pour the condensed milk and chocolate chips on top?

  14. Barbara
    June 11, 2020 / 9:41 AM

    Hi, I’m dying to try these for my daughter’s bday party – my one question – after you pour on condensed milk and chips do you bake again? Or that’s it – you just let cool and serve?

    Thanks so much!

  15. Mary Ann Skibinski
    June 21, 2020 / 3:50 PM

    I bake a lot of brownies but can’t wait to make this recipe, sounds awesome. Thanks for sharing, Angela.

  16. Toni Eubanks
    June 28, 2020 / 1:25 PM

    Walmart substituted the brownie mix that I ordered for a different brand. They call for 1 egg. Should I use 2 as your recipe says?

  17. Debbie
    July 16, 2020 / 8:12 PM

    What do you do with the other half of the can of condensed milk?? Make another pan of brownies? 😉

  18. Sam
    July 21, 2020 / 7:51 AM

    Are these cut into squares or do they fall apart

  19. Paul Simington
    July 23, 2020 / 3:48 PM

    Great REcipe

    • Angela Lanter
      July 24, 2020 / 5:56 PM

      Thanks!

  20. Debbie
    September 17, 2020 / 12:55 PM

    I think toasted coconut and pecans on top would be really yummy.

  21. Jo
    September 21, 2020 / 8:41 PM

    Made recipe exactly as written in an 8×8 pan. Delicious! Will try again using a homemade brownie recipe. Thank you Ang!

  22. patricia Thomas
    September 29, 2020 / 6:56 PM

    I make brownies according to directions and before baking add 1 cup sour cream and 1/2 cup chocolate chips or whatever flavor you want. You can also add nuts if you like.

  23. Christine
    October 9, 2020 / 4:15 PM

    I noticed the bag of chocolate chips in your picture are semi-sweet chocolate but the recipe calls for milk chocolate chips. Did you use milk chocolate? Thanks.

    • Angela Lanter
      October 12, 2020 / 4:45 AM

      I use both. Just whatever I have on hand.

  24. Christina Phillips
    October 16, 2020 / 9:26 AM

    Omg I cannot wait to make this!!!! I bet they are soo good!!

    • Angela Lanter
      October 19, 2020 / 1:49 AM

      You’re going to LOVE them!!

  25. Melissa
    October 20, 2020 / 11:42 AM

    I only have triple chocolate brownie mix which has chocolate chips and chunks in the mix. Do you thunk this would still work?

    • Angela Lanter
      October 21, 2020 / 6:07 AM

      Oh, I’m sure it would!

  26. Kathy
    October 29, 2020 / 6:55 PM

    Can I make the night before ? Will they be okay or watery?

    • Angela Lanter
      October 30, 2020 / 11:30 AM

      Should be just fine!!

  27. Gina
    October 31, 2020 / 7:51 AM

    Hello! Are you making these in an 8×8 pan or 9×13?
    It doesn’t look square but you say to make the brownies according to the package directions.
    Thanks!!

    • Angela Lanter
      November 2, 2020 / 6:39 AM

      I use the 9X13!

  28. Vicky
    November 3, 2020 / 7:31 AM

    Just baked it today and it’s gooey alright. Thanks.

    • Angela Lanter
      November 3, 2020 / 12:28 PM

      YAY! I hope you love it!

  29. Lindsay aka Stella_summers
    November 5, 2020 / 1:46 PM

    Dang girl all your recipes are so good!!!! You are going to turn me into an oinker 🐷 hahaha

    • Angela Lanter
      November 6, 2020 / 6:17 AM

      HAHA!!

  30. Maxine Tate
    November 28, 2020 / 7:28 AM

    Well my American friends, now you have got me ! All your talk about chocolate brownies has my mouth watering. Tomorrow I’m off to the shops to buy brownie mix, condensed milk and chocolate drops etc and have a bash at this recipe that you have all been talking about ! Problem is though, in Australia we don’t have any of the brands that you mention so I just hope that they turn out somewhere as good as yours sound ? Then the next problem is, my husband doesn’t like chocolate anything . Poor me, looks like I will have to eat them all myself ! I love reading all your comments, In my mind I’m reading them with your wonderful American accent . It makes me feel soooo far away though . ( big sob ).

    • Angela Lanter
      December 3, 2020 / 7:06 AM

      YAY! I hope you love them, Maxine!

    • Michele
      January 1, 2021 / 1:08 AM

      Were you able to make the brownies?
      It’s so funny that you said, “wonderful American accent”.
      I LOVE the Australian accent. It has always been my favorite 💛

  31. Shelly
    January 28, 2021 / 8:08 PM

    How long do they have to sit before you can eat them?

    • January 29, 2021 / 4:24 PM

      until they don’t burn your mouth lol

  32. Adriann
    March 10, 2021 / 9:22 AM

    I’m going to make these for a small family BBQ birthday party this Saturday. I’m excited to try this, because I do love brownies! This will be the extra dessert besides the birthday cake. I’m just curious…does the chocolate chips melt and soak into the brownies?

    • Angela Lanter
      March 11, 2021 / 10:40 AM

      They do! Everyone’s going to love it!

  33. August 6, 2021 / 6:51 PM

    Since the choc. chips on put on top while still hot, do they melt and make a frosting which needs to be spread over the top? Seems like there should be a number 5 step…… ???? And yes, if you use mayo which I often do, you substitute it in place of the oil. Another sub. for oil is applesauce which I use often. You can’t taste the difference & it’s just as moist if not more so!

    • Angela Lanter
      August 9, 2021 / 6:20 AM

      Just let them melt! No need to spread!

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