Creme Brûlée Brownies

creme brulee brownie with caramelized sugar top on a blue speckled plate

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These creme brûlée brownies are the most ridiculously decadent brownies I've ever tasted!! The brownie layer is chocolatey, chewy and fudgy. That's topped off with a layer of smooth and creamy creme brûlée made with real vanilla beans! For the final touch, they're finished with a layer of sugar that gets melted and caramelized for a delicious crunchy topping.


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Brownie Ingredients 

  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 teaspoon table salt
  • 3 tablespoons water
  • 4 oz. semisweet or bittersweet chocolate, melted and cooled slightly
  • 2/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup dutch-process cocoa powder (or sub. regular natural cocoa powder)

Creme Brûlée Topping Ingredients

  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 1 vanilla bean (or sub. vanilla bean paste or vanilla extract)
  • 5 large egg yolks
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • pinch salt
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • Fine turbinado sugar, for brûléeing (or sub. regular granulated sugar)


  1. Make creme brûlée pudding mixture: Heat cream with vanilla bean and seeds until bubbling, about 5 minutes - let cool slightly. (Note: see above "How to Split a Vanilla Bean") While it’s cooling, whisk together egg yolks, cornstarch, salt, and sugar in a small bowl. Slowly pour the warm vanilla milk into the egg mixture a little bit at a time, whisking after each addition, until it’s all added. Return the mixture to the saucepan and cook over medium heat until it begins to bubble. Once it thickens, immediately remove the pot from the heat and continue to whisk for another minute to prevent curdling. 

  2. Assemble brownies: spread the creme brûlée pudding mixture evenly on top of the cooled brownies. Refrigerate uncovered for at least 3 hours (or overnight). 

  3. Top with sugar and brûlée! It's easier to cut the brownies first, then torch each brownie individually.


  • Make ahead instructions: Follow steps 1-3 and allow brownies to sit overnight. The next day, slice, top with sugar, brûlée, and serve. 
  • After bruleeing, I like to put the brownies back in the fridge for about 10 minutes so that the creme is on the cooler side. But not for much longer than that, or the crunchy top will start to soften.