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If you’re a chocolate lover, there are few things more delicious than a perfectly baked brownie. The warm, gooey goodness paired with a cold glass of milk makes my mouth water just thinking about it! Now, depending on who you talk to, there are many types of brownies – and ways to bake brownies – that yield the perfect one.
Here are 22 different recipes to make all your brownie dreams come true.
1. Simply Sweet and Fudgy Brownies
I love the simplicity of this recipe! It provides pictures of every step and uses simple ingredients. If you’re a beginning baker, this is a great way to get your toes wet with homemade brownies.
It calls for a full 2 cups of chocolate chips, on top of the cocoa and sugar that go into the batter. You can rest assured this batch will be blissfully chocolatey to your delight.
2. Picture-perfect Homemade Brownies
Whether you want to impress your next group of guests at a dinner party, or you just need a chocolate fix, these brownies are true perfection. Gooey and fudgy on the inside and crispy and flakey on top. They call for powdered sugar (because it contains corn starch) to help thicken the batter.
If you’re wanting to up your brownie baking game, give this recipe a try. Make sure to pay attention to the baking tips at the end – they’ll make all the difference.
3. Boxed Brownies 2.0
Ah, the great divide of boxed brownies versus brownies from scratch. For the boxed brownie addicts, this recipe is just what you need. It has the same texture and fudginess you’d expect from a box recipe, but even better.
It calls for butter instead of oil and uses salt and vanilla to add more flavor than you’d get from a box recipe. It also uses cocoa powder instead of chocolate to balance out the sweetness of the sugar with the bitterness of cocoa. You’d think this would yield the same results but it adds a more gourmet taste to the brownies, trust me.
4. For the Gift-giving Baker: Brownies in a Jar
If you want to gift a pan of brownies and also make it look like a gift, here you go! This brownies-in-a-jar recipe is perfect to drop off to a neighbor or give as a housewarming gift. Now, you may be thinking, “why would you put brownies in a jar and not a pan?”
The jar only contains the dry ingredients (as seen in the pictures). The recipient simply adds the butter, eggs, and vanilla. You can get crafty with cute instructions and even add some holiday-specific ribbon if you want to go all-out, or you can just write the instructions and keep it simple.
Either way, this gift is likely to warm anyone’s heart.
5. Decadent Brownies you can Customize
I know it’s hard to know which brownie recipe makes THE best brownies, but this one claims it. It may be because it uses chocolate chunks – and I mean actual chunks, not just square chocolate chips. I felt like I needed a glass of milk just looking at the pictures.
What I like about this recipe is that it makes it really easy to add in other flavors (nuts, peanut butter chips, fruits, caramel chips, marshmallows, etc.). So, if you want to bring a fancier-than-usual dessert to an upcoming party, this would be an easy choice!
6. For the Vegan Chocolatier
These fudgy vegan brownies are too good to be any kind of “healthy”! While you may think that eggs are necessary for a fudgy batch, au contraire. The melted vegan butter and non-dairy milk add the texture you’d get from raw eggs.
Sometimes vegan recipes are harder to follow because they rely more on the chemistry of the ingredients, so it matters how you prepare and mix everything. Luckily, this recipe provides step-by-step instructions to make sure they come out as perfectly as the pictures.
7. “Blondies” Have More Fun
If you’re not in the mood for something chocolatey, this recipe will turn your brownies into blonde brownies, or “blondies.” They’re buttery, soft, and chewy without the cocoa. The recipe calls for cornstarch and one extra egg yolk – one of my favorite tricks for adding richness to any batter.
It also allows for nuts or white chocolate chips as add-ins, so if you need an extra crunch, or just can’t stay away from chocolate, you have the option!
8. Brownies for the Health-nut
Black bean brownies may not sound appetizing, but if you’re on a health kick and still need a chocolate fix, these may do the trick. As a bonus, they’re dairy and gluten-free. Like other alternative-ingredient recipes, it matters how you prepare and mix everything together.
This recipe offers step-by-step guidance with pictures to help you get it just right. You’ll need to rinse the beans ahead of time, and wait until everything is room temperature before you begin baking, so plan accordingly.
9. Gluten-free, Gooey Goodness
For the bakers who need a gluten-free option but still want all the butter and dairy to stay in the recipe, here is a simple gluten-free recipe. You’ll just need a good gluten-free flour, but as this recipe notes, be sure not to use flour that has extra xantham gum in it or your batter will be too gummy. This means that when it’s in the oven, the batter won’t be able to bake into a fudgy, cake-like yumminess we all love.
Extra gummy brownie batter means extra chewy – like, too chewy – brownies. Luckily, chocolate is gluten-free, so even with the gluten-free flour, there will be no lack of that delicious chocolate flavor we all love.
10. Salty and Sweet – Salted Caramel Brownies
Who doesn’t love a good Tasty recipe and video?! Salted caramel goes with chocolate, like Batman and Robin. It’s the perfect blend of salty and sweet.
This recipe goes all-in on salted caramel with a salted caramel filling and frosting to top it off. So maybe I’d recommend two glasses of milk for a serving of these brownies! They’re so rich and sweet that you’re gonna need an extra glass, trust me.
If you want your caramel fix but don’t want to overdo it, go ahead and skip the frosting. No one will know the difference.
11. Peanut Butter Brownies AKA Heaven in a Pan
Like your children or your parents, I realize you’re not supposed to have a favorite, but these would be mine. I am a sucker for peanut butter and chocolate! It’s my go-to combo for desserts and sweets.
And protein shakes, let’s be real. For me, peanut butter provides the same saltiness as salted caramels, but it’s a little more subdued and way less sugary, so I can eat more of it! If you usually buy the natural-style peanut butter (where the oils and butter separate), the recipe recommends buying a jar of Jif or Skippy instead.
I know they’re not the healthiest option, but they do way better in the oven. Plus, we’re making brownies here, so being healthy isn’t exactly our priority, right?
12. The Cult Classic: Mint Chocolate Brownies
I don’t know why but something about mint chocolate brownies makes me think of my grandma and her friends baking in their kitchen in the 1950s. Mint chocolate is a classic combo, and these brownies live up to the tradition! This recipe even includes a delicious chocolate ganache on top and uses both brown and white sugars for the perfect level of sweetness.
If the idea of three layers in a brownie intimidates you, don’t be. There are step-by-step pictures and plenty of detailed directions to help you as you go. You have to wait for the brownies to be completely cooled off before adding the mint and ganache layers, so make sure to give yourself plenty of time to make these if you’re taking them to a party or event!
Trust me, they’re worth the wait.
13. THE Fudgiest, Fudgy Brownies
These brownies are so fudgy you’ll probably need 2 sips of milk per bite. You can feel the chocolate melting on your lips just from looking at the pictures! When I read through this recipe, I was impressed with how many attempts this baker went through to perfect her batch.
Eighteen attempts! That’s dedication, and I am here for it. She really gets into the science of the eggs/oil ratio, and all that goes into getting the flaky top.
It’s honestly impressive. The recipe calls for dutch processed cocoa powder because it’s smoother and less acidic. There’s also an unusual secret ingredient – you’ll be surprised to find out!
14. For the Baker who Loves to Bake and Hates to Clean
Say it with me, “One bowl brownies!” Yes, that’s right, just one bowl! These brownies provide all the deliciousness and only a minimal mess.
These brownies would be perfect for a last-minute, middle-of-the-night kind of craving. So when you’re too lazy to clean up and too lazy to put on pants to go to the store for some fancy ingredients, here you go.
One of the recipe’s tips is to let the brownies cool completely before cutting them, but if you’re too impatient, just eat them straight out of the pan. Your secret’s safe with me.
15. For the Overachiever: White Chocolate Caramel S’more Brownies
You know how you build up a tolerance for certain foods and drinks, like spices or even caffeine? The more you consume it, the more you need stronger “doses” the next time to get the same effect? This recipe would be that for the brownie-obsessed.
If your classic batch of fudgy, chocolatey gooiness just doesn’t do it for you anymore, these white chocolate caramel s’more brownies will. I mean I don’t think you could add anything else in! White chocolate, caramel, s’mores, and oh yeah, there are still “regular” chocolate brownies under all that.
This recipe is not for the faint of heart, but it’s bound to impress any dinner party or throng of guests.
16. Christmas in a Brownie Pan
These peppermint bark brownies from the beloved Ghiradelli Chocolate company make me wish I could fast forward to the holiday season and take these to an ugly sweater party, snowy weather and all. I actually just discovered Ghiradelli’s peppermint bark last December when I was stocking up on holiday goodies to have on hand, and I don’t know why I didn’t think of putting them in brownies. Genius!
These brownies are most definitely not dairy-free, so if you are making these for a big group of guests and are worried about food allergies, you may want to leave these at home. Enjoy!
17. Gluten-free but Make it Fancy
Something about adding tahini and agave nectar to a brownie recipe just screams “fancy” to me, right? These brownies are just the right amount of chocolatey and fudgy without making you feel sick afterward. That’s probably because the tahini adds a smidge of bitterness to the batter.
If you need a gluten-free recipe but haven’t been impressed with the ones you’ve tried so far, give this one a chance. The tahini sounds weird, I know, but the recipe’s reviewers swear by it!
18. Nuts About Chocolate: Double Almond Chocolate Brownies
Growing up, my dad had a nut allergy, so we never added nuts to our chocolatey desserts, but it adds such a delicious flavor and crunch. This recipe does not skimp on the almonds. It uses an almond paste for the almond filling in the brownies and adds coarsely cut almonds on top.
So, for all you nut-lovers, this one will satisfy all your flavor requests!
19. Brownies for When You’re Overthinking It
If reading through all these recipes has left you feeling really indecisive and unsure where to start, just go with these instead! You’ll only need five ingredients and one bowl. This recipe is the most simple, easy one I could find.
In fact, you probably have all of the ingredients in your kitchen right now. I wouldn’t go so far as to call it idiot-proof, but it’s pretty close.
20. Bacon Your Brownies
Bacon finds its way into just about everything, right? These are probably something you’d expect at a state fair or a hip new restaurant that’s trying to outdo everyone else. These bacon-bourbon pecan brownies are not something I’d personally try (I’m a PB/chocolate loyalist, remember?) but if you want a recipe that’s really unique and unexpected, this is it!
These would be fun to serve at a BBQ in the summer, or even just for the bacon-lover in your life. In addition to topping the brownies with bacon bits and pecans, the recipe also calls for a bit of bacon grease to be mixed into the batter! If you try these, please let me know in the comments how they turn out.