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State Fair Ribbon Fudge Brownies

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"Move over boxed brownies! Fudgy brownies with a shiny, crackly crust and surprise ingredient - mashed banana - which adds just a hint of delicious flavor. These brownies won third place at the Minnesota 2009 state fair and they are easy to make!"
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2 h 55 m servings 228
Original recipe yields 16 servings (16 brownies)


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  1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Spray the bottom of an 8x8-inch metal baking pan with cooking spray.
  2. Mix flour, cocoa, and 1/4 teaspoon plus a pinch of salt together in a bowl and set aside.
  3. Melt butter in a medium saucepan over low heat. Add semisweet and bittersweet chocolate to melted butter and stir until smooth. Remove from heat; set aside for 2 to 3 minutes.
  4. Meanwhile, mix brown sugar, eggs, and banana by hand until combined, about 1 minute. Add melted chocolate mixture to banana mixture and stir well, about 1 minute more. Mix flour mixture slowly into chocolate, stirring just enough to combine. Fold in walnuts and chocolate chips. Spread batter into the prepared pan.
  5. Bake in the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out with moist crumbs, 35 to 40 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool in the pan on a wire rack for at least 2 hours before cutting.


  • Cook's Notes:
  • You can substitute 3/4 cup semisweet chips and 1/4 cup bittersweet chips for the chocolate, if desired.
  • You can substitute pecans for walnuts and bittersweet chocolate chips for semisweet, if desired.
  • If you use all bittersweet chocolate, or more bitter than semi, you won't get the shiny crackly crust. The secret to a shiny crust is to have a higher sugar to fat ratio. Bitter and unsweetened chocolate have more fat.
  • Cut with a plastic knife when cool. Brownies don't stick to plastic for some reason. Edges might be harder, so start with a regular knife.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 228 calories; 12.4 29 3 32 89 Full nutrition

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