Our Best Brownies

Topped with streusel, peppermint, chocolate or just a sprinkle of powdered sugar, these brownies are ultimate showstoppers when it comes to both looks and taste.

  • Caramel-Marshmallow Brownies

    Caramel-Marshmallow Brownies

    No matter the brownie recipe, they all have one thing in common: chocolate. So find the secret ingredient you love most (caramel, marshmallows, peanut butter, maybe mocha?) and bake a batch during the holidays.
  • Irish Cream Brownies
    Howard L. Puckett

    Irish Cream Brownies

    Need a light way to indulge your chocolate cravings? These scrumptious brownies have just 5 grams of fat. A splash of Baileys Irish Cream complements the intense chocolate flavor, but feel free to substitute other flavored liqueurs such as coffee, raspberry, or almond.
  • Peppermint-topped Brownies
    Photo: Leigh Beisch

    Peppermint-topped Brownies

    These festive peppermint brownies will surely ring in the holiday cheer. Not a fan of mint? Try six other mouth-watering ways to top these beauties.
  • Salted Caramel Brownies
    Photo: Francesco Tonelli; Styling: Philippa Brathwaite

    Salted Caramel Brownies

    If you love old fashioned salted caramels, this brownie is for you. With their rich, indulgent flavors, these layered brownies are a definite crowd-pleaser.
  • Chunky Chocolate Brownies

    Chunky Chocolate Brownies

    Studded with big chunks of chocolate, these brownies could just be the fudgiest on the planet. Keep a stash in the freezer for when chocolate cravings strike, or make a rich dessert by topping warm brownies with a scoop of vanilla, coffee, or caramel ice cream.
  • Shortbread Caramel Brownie Bars
    James Carrier

    Shortbread Caramel Brownie Bars

    Made-from-scratch brownies, cookie dough, and gooey caramel are layered to make what's sure to be a hit at your holiday cookie exchange. If you're short on time, substitute store-bought cookie dough and brownie mix to make the process quick and easy.
  • Caramel-Coconut-Pecan Brownies

    Caramel-Coconut-Pecan Brownies

    Spruce up that plain brownie recipe with a gloriously chewy, crunchy topping of shredded coconut, chopped pecans, and condensed milk. It's like a brownie and candy bar all rolled into one.
  • Mexican Chocolate Streusel Brownies
    James Carrier

    Mexican Chocolate Streusel Brownies

    Streusel toppings may be more common on pies and coffeecake, but they taste uncommonly good on top of chewy chocolate brownies, particularly when the streusel is a mix of Mexican chocolate, cinnamon, and brown sugar.
  • Mississippi Mud Brownies
    Photo: Jennifer Davick; Styling: Lydia DeGaris Pursell

    Mississippi Mud Brownies

    Even if you're not from Mississippi—from the fluffy marshmallows to the chocolate frosting—you'll love these brownies.
  • Dark Chocolate and Cherry Brownies
    Photo: Randy Mayor; Styling: Jan Gautro

    Dark Chocolate and Cherry Brownies

    The brownie version of chocolate-covered cherries, these cakey gems are a snap to make. Keep a jar of cherry preserves and a bag of chocolate chips in the pantry and bake up a batch in just 25 minutes.
  • Spicy Caramel Brownies
    Photo: John Autry; Styling: Leigh Ann Ross

    Spicy Caramel Brownies

    These fudgy brownies have a thick, rich swirl of dulce de leche and a kick from ground red pepper.
  • Peanut Butter Candy Bar Brownies

    Peanut Butter Candy Bar Brownies

    Let the kids help with this one! Made with crushed peanut butter sandwich cookies, chocolate peanut butter cups, crushed peanut butter candy bars, chocolate chips, coconut, and condensed milk, it's the quintessential brownie for those who love a splash of chocolate with their peanut butter.
  • Cappuccino-Frosted Brownies
    Photo: John O'Hagan; Styling: Lisa Powell Bailey

    Cappuccino-Frosted Brownies

    Make these brownies for your next office party. Your co-workers will love you and your boss might give you a raise just because of the Cappuccino Buttercream Frosting.
  • Chocolate-Glazed Brownies

    Chocolate-Glazed Brownies

    With deep dark chocolate flavor plus creamy chocolate icing (and ingredients you probably have on hand), this is the ultimate go-to brownie for last-minute pot lucks and holiday gatherings.
  • Peanut Butter Streusel Brownies
    Photo: Jennifer Davick; Styling: Marian Cooper Cairns

    Peanut Butter Streusel Brownies

    Streusel topping gives the timeless chocolate-and-peanut butter combo an upgrade in these brownies.

  • Fudgy Mocha-Toffee Brownies
    Becky Luigart-Stayner

    Fudgy Mocha-Toffee Brownies

    Instant coffee granules combine with chocolate for a rich mocha-flavored brownie that's sprinkled with crunchy toffee chips. If you have any leftovers (highly unlikely, but possible), wrap them in foil and pop them in the freezer. They'll keep for up to four months.
  • Bourbon-Cream Cheese Brownies
    Photo: Jennifer Davick; Styling: Buffy Hargett

    Bourbon-Cream Cheese Brownies

    These brownies are a bourbon lovers' dream, sandwiching two layers of a chocolate brownie batter between a bourbon-flavored cream cheese mixture.

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