Cookies, pies, tarts,bars--step aside. The brownie is possibly the best American dessert inventionever. When I lived in New York CityI satisfied my craving at Fat Witch Bakery in Chelsea Market, creators of thedivinely decadent Fat Witch Brownie. But when I left the city the only optionwas mail order. Thankfully Fat Witch creator Patricia Helding has taken pity on all of us non-NewYorkers and come up with three brownie mixes to recreate the Fat Witch goodnessat home. (Up until now she never parted with her brownie recipes.)

The Fat Witch Original Brownie Mix takes minutes to mix and the result is a pan of intensely chocolatey, dense, not-too-sweet brownies. Youcan also choose from Snow Witch (white chocolate) or Blonde Witch (a crossbetween a chocolate chip cookie and a brownie). All you need are eggs, butter, a baking pan, and a mixing spoon. $8.99 per package