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10 Easy Better-Than-the-Box Brownie Recipes

10 Easy Better-Than-the-Box Brownie Recipes

Brownies right out the box are delicious. Stick the mixture in the oven to bake and in no time, you’ll have a chocolatey dessert. But don’t be afraid to make brownies from scratch — they are super easy and taste even better than the out-of-the-box variety.

To make brownies, all you need are a few additional ingredients: sugar, vanilla extract, baking powder, cocoa powder, salt, and flour. Just mix all of the ingredients together and bake them. The best part is that you get to add any yummy flavorings and toppings you’d like. If you want an orange-scented brownie, swap out vanilla extract for orange extract. You can also add slivered almonds, walnuts, or pecans to change up the texture of your sweet treat.

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You can even make brownies to suit your dietary needs. If you’re gluten-free, make flourless brownies. Try making brownies with puréed black beans — it acts as a binder in the recipe. You can even use applesauce in place of sugar for a healthier take. There are so many brownie options that you’re missing out on by making them from a mix. From gluten-free to nut-studded, give homemade brownies a shot.

Want some easy better-than-the-box brownie recipes? The Daily Meal has rounded up 10 decadent and delicious ones to get you started.

Brainy Brownies

This is the signature recipe from the first Sneaky Chef book. Everyone was amazed that no one — neither kids nor adults — could detect the hidden spinach, blueberries, and oat bran, or the missing fat and sugar. Boxed brownie recipes are filled with sugar — this is a healthy but decadent alternative. For the Brainy Brownies recipe, click here.

Classic Brownies

Almost everyone has a seriously impassioned opinion about what kind of brownie is the absolute best. Chewy! Cakey! Soft and gooey! But whatever your favorite style, when presented with a plate of homemade brownies, hardly anyone can resist having at least one (after all, it’s only polite!). For the Classic Brownies recipe, click here.


The Best Brownie Recipes, According to Eater Editors

Holiday baking season is in full swing, but brownies have been on our minds for a while now. Maybe that’s because of the inexplicable inability of the most recent crop of Great British Baking Show contestants to make one correctly. (Seriously, Britain, what’s going on?) We’ve also been, um, chewing over this Epicurious opus on brownie chewiness. Whatever the reason, Eater editors are all about brownies and these are the recipes we turn to satisfy that specific craving.

The Baked Brownie: This is the One True Brownie recipe. I had them at a party and begged for the recipe, which now happens to me every time I bring them to a party. They’re super rich and fudgey so cut them into small pieces but oh, man — there’s just nothing better than that chocolate overload. — Erin Russell, Eater Austin associate editor

Olive Oil Brownies with Sea Salt: My ideal brownie is extremely fudgy, toeing that raw batter line with abandon. For that type of consistency, there is nothing better than Melissa Clark’s olive oil brownies with sea salt. I appreciate the multiple forms of chocolate that are all required to pull this off (cocoa powder! melted baking chocolate! chocolate chips!) and the dark brown sugar and tablespoons of olive oil make for a rich and luxurious finished product. The flaky Maldon salt sprinkle at the end helps cut through the chocolate in each bite. It’s a perfect brownie. — Erika Adams, Eater NY reporter

Outrageous Brownies: There is a reason why multiple Eater editors fought over who got to write about the Outrageous Brownies when we chose our favorite Ina recipes: They are magic. There’s more than two pounds of chocolate in these beauties, plus a hit of instant coffee that really emphasizes the sharpness of the chocolate. While it’s slightly labor intensive to melt down all that cocoa goodness, it’s worth it. The brownies come out dense and gooey, with that classic crispy top. I like to make a big batch, stick them in the freezer, and keep them around as a treat. — Brenna Houck, Eater Detroit editor

Glossy Fudge Brownies: On the journey to brownie supremacy, Stella Parks’s Glossy Fudge Brownies over at Serious Eats are the final stop. After baking them many, many times in the last few years, I can’t imagine reaching for any other method. The final product is chewy, deeply chocolatey, and bakes up with a crinkly, papery top (the hallmark of a great brownie, according to Parks). This recipe alone is a big reason I’ve evangelized Stella’s extraordinary book to everyone I know. — Adam Moussa, lead social media manager

Milk Chocolate and Raspberry Blondies: These are not brownies. But if you are craving some sweet, chewy, chocolatey, salty, and satisfying that’s also a cinch to make, I would like to introduce you to Melissa Weller’s milk chocolate and raspberry blondies. They look and taste far more impressive and complex than they should given how straightforward they are to put together. — Amanda Kludt, editor-in-chief

Crazy Brownies: Let’s be frank: Most food writers not going to look kindly on this recipe, and I’ve lent it side-eye myself on more than one occasion. Packaged brownie mix is listed as an ingredient, and the concept is basically, “Sure, brownies would be great, if only they were stuffed with candy.” But my husband has made this wild Pioneer Woman recipe for cookouts, holiday gatherings, family reunions, and more, and the reaction from friends and family is always the same: sheer delight. The people have spoken, and the people are all about Rolos in their brownies, apparently. — Missy Frederick, cities director

Pick a Box, Any Box: Never forget that boxed brownie mixes are a triumph of convenience foods, and there’s no shame in the box-baking game. — Hillary Dixler Canavan, restaurant editor


The Best Brownie Recipes, According to Eater Editors

Holiday baking season is in full swing, but brownies have been on our minds for a while now. Maybe that’s because of the inexplicable inability of the most recent crop of Great British Baking Show contestants to make one correctly. (Seriously, Britain, what’s going on?) We’ve also been, um, chewing over this Epicurious opus on brownie chewiness. Whatever the reason, Eater editors are all about brownies and these are the recipes we turn to satisfy that specific craving.

The Baked Brownie: This is the One True Brownie recipe. I had them at a party and begged for the recipe, which now happens to me every time I bring them to a party. They’re super rich and fudgey so cut them into small pieces but oh, man — there’s just nothing better than that chocolate overload. — Erin Russell, Eater Austin associate editor

Olive Oil Brownies with Sea Salt: My ideal brownie is extremely fudgy, toeing that raw batter line with abandon. For that type of consistency, there is nothing better than Melissa Clark’s olive oil brownies with sea salt. I appreciate the multiple forms of chocolate that are all required to pull this off (cocoa powder! melted baking chocolate! chocolate chips!) and the dark brown sugar and tablespoons of olive oil make for a rich and luxurious finished product. The flaky Maldon salt sprinkle at the end helps cut through the chocolate in each bite. It’s a perfect brownie. — Erika Adams, Eater NY reporter

Outrageous Brownies: There is a reason why multiple Eater editors fought over who got to write about the Outrageous Brownies when we chose our favorite Ina recipes: They are magic. There’s more than two pounds of chocolate in these beauties, plus a hit of instant coffee that really emphasizes the sharpness of the chocolate. While it’s slightly labor intensive to melt down all that cocoa goodness, it’s worth it. The brownies come out dense and gooey, with that classic crispy top. I like to make a big batch, stick them in the freezer, and keep them around as a treat. — Brenna Houck, Eater Detroit editor

Glossy Fudge Brownies: On the journey to brownie supremacy, Stella Parks’s Glossy Fudge Brownies over at Serious Eats are the final stop. After baking them many, many times in the last few years, I can’t imagine reaching for any other method. The final product is chewy, deeply chocolatey, and bakes up with a crinkly, papery top (the hallmark of a great brownie, according to Parks). This recipe alone is a big reason I’ve evangelized Stella’s extraordinary book to everyone I know. — Adam Moussa, lead social media manager

Milk Chocolate and Raspberry Blondies: These are not brownies. But if you are craving some sweet, chewy, chocolatey, salty, and satisfying that’s also a cinch to make, I would like to introduce you to Melissa Weller’s milk chocolate and raspberry blondies. They look and taste far more impressive and complex than they should given how straightforward they are to put together. — Amanda Kludt, editor-in-chief

Crazy Brownies: Let’s be frank: Most food writers not going to look kindly on this recipe, and I’ve lent it side-eye myself on more than one occasion. Packaged brownie mix is listed as an ingredient, and the concept is basically, “Sure, brownies would be great, if only they were stuffed with candy.” But my husband has made this wild Pioneer Woman recipe for cookouts, holiday gatherings, family reunions, and more, and the reaction from friends and family is always the same: sheer delight. The people have spoken, and the people are all about Rolos in their brownies, apparently. — Missy Frederick, cities director

Pick a Box, Any Box: Never forget that boxed brownie mixes are a triumph of convenience foods, and there’s no shame in the box-baking game. — Hillary Dixler Canavan, restaurant editor


The Best Brownie Recipes, According to Eater Editors

Holiday baking season is in full swing, but brownies have been on our minds for a while now. Maybe that’s because of the inexplicable inability of the most recent crop of Great British Baking Show contestants to make one correctly. (Seriously, Britain, what’s going on?) We’ve also been, um, chewing over this Epicurious opus on brownie chewiness. Whatever the reason, Eater editors are all about brownies and these are the recipes we turn to satisfy that specific craving.

The Baked Brownie: This is the One True Brownie recipe. I had them at a party and begged for the recipe, which now happens to me every time I bring them to a party. They’re super rich and fudgey so cut them into small pieces but oh, man — there’s just nothing better than that chocolate overload. — Erin Russell, Eater Austin associate editor

Olive Oil Brownies with Sea Salt: My ideal brownie is extremely fudgy, toeing that raw batter line with abandon. For that type of consistency, there is nothing better than Melissa Clark’s olive oil brownies with sea salt. I appreciate the multiple forms of chocolate that are all required to pull this off (cocoa powder! melted baking chocolate! chocolate chips!) and the dark brown sugar and tablespoons of olive oil make for a rich and luxurious finished product. The flaky Maldon salt sprinkle at the end helps cut through the chocolate in each bite. It’s a perfect brownie. — Erika Adams, Eater NY reporter

Outrageous Brownies: There is a reason why multiple Eater editors fought over who got to write about the Outrageous Brownies when we chose our favorite Ina recipes: They are magic. There’s more than two pounds of chocolate in these beauties, plus a hit of instant coffee that really emphasizes the sharpness of the chocolate. While it’s slightly labor intensive to melt down all that cocoa goodness, it’s worth it. The brownies come out dense and gooey, with that classic crispy top. I like to make a big batch, stick them in the freezer, and keep them around as a treat. — Brenna Houck, Eater Detroit editor

Glossy Fudge Brownies: On the journey to brownie supremacy, Stella Parks’s Glossy Fudge Brownies over at Serious Eats are the final stop. After baking them many, many times in the last few years, I can’t imagine reaching for any other method. The final product is chewy, deeply chocolatey, and bakes up with a crinkly, papery top (the hallmark of a great brownie, according to Parks). This recipe alone is a big reason I’ve evangelized Stella’s extraordinary book to everyone I know. — Adam Moussa, lead social media manager

Milk Chocolate and Raspberry Blondies: These are not brownies. But if you are craving some sweet, chewy, chocolatey, salty, and satisfying that’s also a cinch to make, I would like to introduce you to Melissa Weller’s milk chocolate and raspberry blondies. They look and taste far more impressive and complex than they should given how straightforward they are to put together. — Amanda Kludt, editor-in-chief

Crazy Brownies: Let’s be frank: Most food writers not going to look kindly on this recipe, and I’ve lent it side-eye myself on more than one occasion. Packaged brownie mix is listed as an ingredient, and the concept is basically, “Sure, brownies would be great, if only they were stuffed with candy.” But my husband has made this wild Pioneer Woman recipe for cookouts, holiday gatherings, family reunions, and more, and the reaction from friends and family is always the same: sheer delight. The people have spoken, and the people are all about Rolos in their brownies, apparently. — Missy Frederick, cities director

Pick a Box, Any Box: Never forget that boxed brownie mixes are a triumph of convenience foods, and there’s no shame in the box-baking game. — Hillary Dixler Canavan, restaurant editor


The Best Brownie Recipes, According to Eater Editors

Holiday baking season is in full swing, but brownies have been on our minds for a while now. Maybe that’s because of the inexplicable inability of the most recent crop of Great British Baking Show contestants to make one correctly. (Seriously, Britain, what’s going on?) We’ve also been, um, chewing over this Epicurious opus on brownie chewiness. Whatever the reason, Eater editors are all about brownies and these are the recipes we turn to satisfy that specific craving.

The Baked Brownie: This is the One True Brownie recipe. I had them at a party and begged for the recipe, which now happens to me every time I bring them to a party. They’re super rich and fudgey so cut them into small pieces but oh, man — there’s just nothing better than that chocolate overload. — Erin Russell, Eater Austin associate editor

Olive Oil Brownies with Sea Salt: My ideal brownie is extremely fudgy, toeing that raw batter line with abandon. For that type of consistency, there is nothing better than Melissa Clark’s olive oil brownies with sea salt. I appreciate the multiple forms of chocolate that are all required to pull this off (cocoa powder! melted baking chocolate! chocolate chips!) and the dark brown sugar and tablespoons of olive oil make for a rich and luxurious finished product. The flaky Maldon salt sprinkle at the end helps cut through the chocolate in each bite. It’s a perfect brownie. — Erika Adams, Eater NY reporter

Outrageous Brownies: There is a reason why multiple Eater editors fought over who got to write about the Outrageous Brownies when we chose our favorite Ina recipes: They are magic. There’s more than two pounds of chocolate in these beauties, plus a hit of instant coffee that really emphasizes the sharpness of the chocolate. While it’s slightly labor intensive to melt down all that cocoa goodness, it’s worth it. The brownies come out dense and gooey, with that classic crispy top. I like to make a big batch, stick them in the freezer, and keep them around as a treat. — Brenna Houck, Eater Detroit editor

Glossy Fudge Brownies: On the journey to brownie supremacy, Stella Parks’s Glossy Fudge Brownies over at Serious Eats are the final stop. After baking them many, many times in the last few years, I can’t imagine reaching for any other method. The final product is chewy, deeply chocolatey, and bakes up with a crinkly, papery top (the hallmark of a great brownie, according to Parks). This recipe alone is a big reason I’ve evangelized Stella’s extraordinary book to everyone I know. — Adam Moussa, lead social media manager

Milk Chocolate and Raspberry Blondies: These are not brownies. But if you are craving some sweet, chewy, chocolatey, salty, and satisfying that’s also a cinch to make, I would like to introduce you to Melissa Weller’s milk chocolate and raspberry blondies. They look and taste far more impressive and complex than they should given how straightforward they are to put together. — Amanda Kludt, editor-in-chief

Crazy Brownies: Let’s be frank: Most food writers not going to look kindly on this recipe, and I’ve lent it side-eye myself on more than one occasion. Packaged brownie mix is listed as an ingredient, and the concept is basically, “Sure, brownies would be great, if only they were stuffed with candy.” But my husband has made this wild Pioneer Woman recipe for cookouts, holiday gatherings, family reunions, and more, and the reaction from friends and family is always the same: sheer delight. The people have spoken, and the people are all about Rolos in their brownies, apparently. — Missy Frederick, cities director

Pick a Box, Any Box: Never forget that boxed brownie mixes are a triumph of convenience foods, and there’s no shame in the box-baking game. — Hillary Dixler Canavan, restaurant editor


The Best Brownie Recipes, According to Eater Editors

Holiday baking season is in full swing, but brownies have been on our minds for a while now. Maybe that’s because of the inexplicable inability of the most recent crop of Great British Baking Show contestants to make one correctly. (Seriously, Britain, what’s going on?) We’ve also been, um, chewing over this Epicurious opus on brownie chewiness. Whatever the reason, Eater editors are all about brownies and these are the recipes we turn to satisfy that specific craving.

The Baked Brownie: This is the One True Brownie recipe. I had them at a party and begged for the recipe, which now happens to me every time I bring them to a party. They’re super rich and fudgey so cut them into small pieces but oh, man — there’s just nothing better than that chocolate overload. — Erin Russell, Eater Austin associate editor

Olive Oil Brownies with Sea Salt: My ideal brownie is extremely fudgy, toeing that raw batter line with abandon. For that type of consistency, there is nothing better than Melissa Clark’s olive oil brownies with sea salt. I appreciate the multiple forms of chocolate that are all required to pull this off (cocoa powder! melted baking chocolate! chocolate chips!) and the dark brown sugar and tablespoons of olive oil make for a rich and luxurious finished product. The flaky Maldon salt sprinkle at the end helps cut through the chocolate in each bite. It’s a perfect brownie. — Erika Adams, Eater NY reporter

Outrageous Brownies: There is a reason why multiple Eater editors fought over who got to write about the Outrageous Brownies when we chose our favorite Ina recipes: They are magic. There’s more than two pounds of chocolate in these beauties, plus a hit of instant coffee that really emphasizes the sharpness of the chocolate. While it’s slightly labor intensive to melt down all that cocoa goodness, it’s worth it. The brownies come out dense and gooey, with that classic crispy top. I like to make a big batch, stick them in the freezer, and keep them around as a treat. — Brenna Houck, Eater Detroit editor

Glossy Fudge Brownies: On the journey to brownie supremacy, Stella Parks’s Glossy Fudge Brownies over at Serious Eats are the final stop. After baking them many, many times in the last few years, I can’t imagine reaching for any other method. The final product is chewy, deeply chocolatey, and bakes up with a crinkly, papery top (the hallmark of a great brownie, according to Parks). This recipe alone is a big reason I’ve evangelized Stella’s extraordinary book to everyone I know. — Adam Moussa, lead social media manager

Milk Chocolate and Raspberry Blondies: These are not brownies. But if you are craving some sweet, chewy, chocolatey, salty, and satisfying that’s also a cinch to make, I would like to introduce you to Melissa Weller’s milk chocolate and raspberry blondies. They look and taste far more impressive and complex than they should given how straightforward they are to put together. — Amanda Kludt, editor-in-chief

Crazy Brownies: Let’s be frank: Most food writers not going to look kindly on this recipe, and I’ve lent it side-eye myself on more than one occasion. Packaged brownie mix is listed as an ingredient, and the concept is basically, “Sure, brownies would be great, if only they were stuffed with candy.” But my husband has made this wild Pioneer Woman recipe for cookouts, holiday gatherings, family reunions, and more, and the reaction from friends and family is always the same: sheer delight. The people have spoken, and the people are all about Rolos in their brownies, apparently. — Missy Frederick, cities director

Pick a Box, Any Box: Never forget that boxed brownie mixes are a triumph of convenience foods, and there’s no shame in the box-baking game. — Hillary Dixler Canavan, restaurant editor


The Best Brownie Recipes, According to Eater Editors

Holiday baking season is in full swing, but brownies have been on our minds for a while now. Maybe that’s because of the inexplicable inability of the most recent crop of Great British Baking Show contestants to make one correctly. (Seriously, Britain, what’s going on?) We’ve also been, um, chewing over this Epicurious opus on brownie chewiness. Whatever the reason, Eater editors are all about brownies and these are the recipes we turn to satisfy that specific craving.

The Baked Brownie: This is the One True Brownie recipe. I had them at a party and begged for the recipe, which now happens to me every time I bring them to a party. They’re super rich and fudgey so cut them into small pieces but oh, man — there’s just nothing better than that chocolate overload. — Erin Russell, Eater Austin associate editor

Olive Oil Brownies with Sea Salt: My ideal brownie is extremely fudgy, toeing that raw batter line with abandon. For that type of consistency, there is nothing better than Melissa Clark’s olive oil brownies with sea salt. I appreciate the multiple forms of chocolate that are all required to pull this off (cocoa powder! melted baking chocolate! chocolate chips!) and the dark brown sugar and tablespoons of olive oil make for a rich and luxurious finished product. The flaky Maldon salt sprinkle at the end helps cut through the chocolate in each bite. It’s a perfect brownie. — Erika Adams, Eater NY reporter

Outrageous Brownies: There is a reason why multiple Eater editors fought over who got to write about the Outrageous Brownies when we chose our favorite Ina recipes: They are magic. There’s more than two pounds of chocolate in these beauties, plus a hit of instant coffee that really emphasizes the sharpness of the chocolate. While it’s slightly labor intensive to melt down all that cocoa goodness, it’s worth it. The brownies come out dense and gooey, with that classic crispy top. I like to make a big batch, stick them in the freezer, and keep them around as a treat. — Brenna Houck, Eater Detroit editor

Glossy Fudge Brownies: On the journey to brownie supremacy, Stella Parks’s Glossy Fudge Brownies over at Serious Eats are the final stop. After baking them many, many times in the last few years, I can’t imagine reaching for any other method. The final product is chewy, deeply chocolatey, and bakes up with a crinkly, papery top (the hallmark of a great brownie, according to Parks). This recipe alone is a big reason I’ve evangelized Stella’s extraordinary book to everyone I know. — Adam Moussa, lead social media manager

Milk Chocolate and Raspberry Blondies: These are not brownies. But if you are craving some sweet, chewy, chocolatey, salty, and satisfying that’s also a cinch to make, I would like to introduce you to Melissa Weller’s milk chocolate and raspberry blondies. They look and taste far more impressive and complex than they should given how straightforward they are to put together. — Amanda Kludt, editor-in-chief

Crazy Brownies: Let’s be frank: Most food writers not going to look kindly on this recipe, and I’ve lent it side-eye myself on more than one occasion. Packaged brownie mix is listed as an ingredient, and the concept is basically, “Sure, brownies would be great, if only they were stuffed with candy.” But my husband has made this wild Pioneer Woman recipe for cookouts, holiday gatherings, family reunions, and more, and the reaction from friends and family is always the same: sheer delight. The people have spoken, and the people are all about Rolos in their brownies, apparently. — Missy Frederick, cities director

Pick a Box, Any Box: Never forget that boxed brownie mixes are a triumph of convenience foods, and there’s no shame in the box-baking game. — Hillary Dixler Canavan, restaurant editor


The Best Brownie Recipes, According to Eater Editors

Holiday baking season is in full swing, but brownies have been on our minds for a while now. Maybe that’s because of the inexplicable inability of the most recent crop of Great British Baking Show contestants to make one correctly. (Seriously, Britain, what’s going on?) We’ve also been, um, chewing over this Epicurious opus on brownie chewiness. Whatever the reason, Eater editors are all about brownies and these are the recipes we turn to satisfy that specific craving.

The Baked Brownie: This is the One True Brownie recipe. I had them at a party and begged for the recipe, which now happens to me every time I bring them to a party. They’re super rich and fudgey so cut them into small pieces but oh, man — there’s just nothing better than that chocolate overload. — Erin Russell, Eater Austin associate editor

Olive Oil Brownies with Sea Salt: My ideal brownie is extremely fudgy, toeing that raw batter line with abandon. For that type of consistency, there is nothing better than Melissa Clark’s olive oil brownies with sea salt. I appreciate the multiple forms of chocolate that are all required to pull this off (cocoa powder! melted baking chocolate! chocolate chips!) and the dark brown sugar and tablespoons of olive oil make for a rich and luxurious finished product. The flaky Maldon salt sprinkle at the end helps cut through the chocolate in each bite. It’s a perfect brownie. — Erika Adams, Eater NY reporter

Outrageous Brownies: There is a reason why multiple Eater editors fought over who got to write about the Outrageous Brownies when we chose our favorite Ina recipes: They are magic. There’s more than two pounds of chocolate in these beauties, plus a hit of instant coffee that really emphasizes the sharpness of the chocolate. While it’s slightly labor intensive to melt down all that cocoa goodness, it’s worth it. The brownies come out dense and gooey, with that classic crispy top. I like to make a big batch, stick them in the freezer, and keep them around as a treat. — Brenna Houck, Eater Detroit editor

Glossy Fudge Brownies: On the journey to brownie supremacy, Stella Parks’s Glossy Fudge Brownies over at Serious Eats are the final stop. After baking them many, many times in the last few years, I can’t imagine reaching for any other method. The final product is chewy, deeply chocolatey, and bakes up with a crinkly, papery top (the hallmark of a great brownie, according to Parks). This recipe alone is a big reason I’ve evangelized Stella’s extraordinary book to everyone I know. — Adam Moussa, lead social media manager

Milk Chocolate and Raspberry Blondies: These are not brownies. But if you are craving some sweet, chewy, chocolatey, salty, and satisfying that’s also a cinch to make, I would like to introduce you to Melissa Weller’s milk chocolate and raspberry blondies. They look and taste far more impressive and complex than they should given how straightforward they are to put together. — Amanda Kludt, editor-in-chief

Crazy Brownies: Let’s be frank: Most food writers not going to look kindly on this recipe, and I’ve lent it side-eye myself on more than one occasion. Packaged brownie mix is listed as an ingredient, and the concept is basically, “Sure, brownies would be great, if only they were stuffed with candy.” But my husband has made this wild Pioneer Woman recipe for cookouts, holiday gatherings, family reunions, and more, and the reaction from friends and family is always the same: sheer delight. The people have spoken, and the people are all about Rolos in their brownies, apparently. — Missy Frederick, cities director

Pick a Box, Any Box: Never forget that boxed brownie mixes are a triumph of convenience foods, and there’s no shame in the box-baking game. — Hillary Dixler Canavan, restaurant editor


The Best Brownie Recipes, According to Eater Editors

Holiday baking season is in full swing, but brownies have been on our minds for a while now. Maybe that’s because of the inexplicable inability of the most recent crop of Great British Baking Show contestants to make one correctly. (Seriously, Britain, what’s going on?) We’ve also been, um, chewing over this Epicurious opus on brownie chewiness. Whatever the reason, Eater editors are all about brownies and these are the recipes we turn to satisfy that specific craving.

The Baked Brownie: This is the One True Brownie recipe. I had them at a party and begged for the recipe, which now happens to me every time I bring them to a party. They’re super rich and fudgey so cut them into small pieces but oh, man — there’s just nothing better than that chocolate overload. — Erin Russell, Eater Austin associate editor

Olive Oil Brownies with Sea Salt: My ideal brownie is extremely fudgy, toeing that raw batter line with abandon. For that type of consistency, there is nothing better than Melissa Clark’s olive oil brownies with sea salt. I appreciate the multiple forms of chocolate that are all required to pull this off (cocoa powder! melted baking chocolate! chocolate chips!) and the dark brown sugar and tablespoons of olive oil make for a rich and luxurious finished product. The flaky Maldon salt sprinkle at the end helps cut through the chocolate in each bite. It’s a perfect brownie. — Erika Adams, Eater NY reporter

Outrageous Brownies: There is a reason why multiple Eater editors fought over who got to write about the Outrageous Brownies when we chose our favorite Ina recipes: They are magic. There’s more than two pounds of chocolate in these beauties, plus a hit of instant coffee that really emphasizes the sharpness of the chocolate. While it’s slightly labor intensive to melt down all that cocoa goodness, it’s worth it. The brownies come out dense and gooey, with that classic crispy top. I like to make a big batch, stick them in the freezer, and keep them around as a treat. — Brenna Houck, Eater Detroit editor

Glossy Fudge Brownies: On the journey to brownie supremacy, Stella Parks’s Glossy Fudge Brownies over at Serious Eats are the final stop. After baking them many, many times in the last few years, I can’t imagine reaching for any other method. The final product is chewy, deeply chocolatey, and bakes up with a crinkly, papery top (the hallmark of a great brownie, according to Parks). This recipe alone is a big reason I’ve evangelized Stella’s extraordinary book to everyone I know. — Adam Moussa, lead social media manager

Milk Chocolate and Raspberry Blondies: These are not brownies. But if you are craving some sweet, chewy, chocolatey, salty, and satisfying that’s also a cinch to make, I would like to introduce you to Melissa Weller’s milk chocolate and raspberry blondies. They look and taste far more impressive and complex than they should given how straightforward they are to put together. — Amanda Kludt, editor-in-chief

Crazy Brownies: Let’s be frank: Most food writers not going to look kindly on this recipe, and I’ve lent it side-eye myself on more than one occasion. Packaged brownie mix is listed as an ingredient, and the concept is basically, “Sure, brownies would be great, if only they were stuffed with candy.” But my husband has made this wild Pioneer Woman recipe for cookouts, holiday gatherings, family reunions, and more, and the reaction from friends and family is always the same: sheer delight. The people have spoken, and the people are all about Rolos in their brownies, apparently. — Missy Frederick, cities director

Pick a Box, Any Box: Never forget that boxed brownie mixes are a triumph of convenience foods, and there’s no shame in the box-baking game. — Hillary Dixler Canavan, restaurant editor


The Best Brownie Recipes, According to Eater Editors

Holiday baking season is in full swing, but brownies have been on our minds for a while now. Maybe that’s because of the inexplicable inability of the most recent crop of Great British Baking Show contestants to make one correctly. (Seriously, Britain, what’s going on?) We’ve also been, um, chewing over this Epicurious opus on brownie chewiness. Whatever the reason, Eater editors are all about brownies and these are the recipes we turn to satisfy that specific craving.

The Baked Brownie: This is the One True Brownie recipe. I had them at a party and begged for the recipe, which now happens to me every time I bring them to a party. They’re super rich and fudgey so cut them into small pieces but oh, man — there’s just nothing better than that chocolate overload. — Erin Russell, Eater Austin associate editor

Olive Oil Brownies with Sea Salt: My ideal brownie is extremely fudgy, toeing that raw batter line with abandon. For that type of consistency, there is nothing better than Melissa Clark’s olive oil brownies with sea salt. I appreciate the multiple forms of chocolate that are all required to pull this off (cocoa powder! melted baking chocolate! chocolate chips!) and the dark brown sugar and tablespoons of olive oil make for a rich and luxurious finished product. The flaky Maldon salt sprinkle at the end helps cut through the chocolate in each bite. It’s a perfect brownie. — Erika Adams, Eater NY reporter

Outrageous Brownies: There is a reason why multiple Eater editors fought over who got to write about the Outrageous Brownies when we chose our favorite Ina recipes: They are magic. There’s more than two pounds of chocolate in these beauties, plus a hit of instant coffee that really emphasizes the sharpness of the chocolate. While it’s slightly labor intensive to melt down all that cocoa goodness, it’s worth it. The brownies come out dense and gooey, with that classic crispy top. I like to make a big batch, stick them in the freezer, and keep them around as a treat. — Brenna Houck, Eater Detroit editor

Glossy Fudge Brownies: On the journey to brownie supremacy, Stella Parks’s Glossy Fudge Brownies over at Serious Eats are the final stop. After baking them many, many times in the last few years, I can’t imagine reaching for any other method. The final product is chewy, deeply chocolatey, and bakes up with a crinkly, papery top (the hallmark of a great brownie, according to Parks). This recipe alone is a big reason I’ve evangelized Stella’s extraordinary book to everyone I know. — Adam Moussa, lead social media manager

Milk Chocolate and Raspberry Blondies: These are not brownies. But if you are craving some sweet, chewy, chocolatey, salty, and satisfying that’s also a cinch to make, I would like to introduce you to Melissa Weller’s milk chocolate and raspberry blondies. They look and taste far more impressive and complex than they should given how straightforward they are to put together. — Amanda Kludt, editor-in-chief

Crazy Brownies: Let’s be frank: Most food writers not going to look kindly on this recipe, and I’ve lent it side-eye myself on more than one occasion. Packaged brownie mix is listed as an ingredient, and the concept is basically, “Sure, brownies would be great, if only they were stuffed with candy.” But my husband has made this wild Pioneer Woman recipe for cookouts, holiday gatherings, family reunions, and more, and the reaction from friends and family is always the same: sheer delight. The people have spoken, and the people are all about Rolos in their brownies, apparently. — Missy Frederick, cities director

Pick a Box, Any Box: Never forget that boxed brownie mixes are a triumph of convenience foods, and there’s no shame in the box-baking game. — Hillary Dixler Canavan, restaurant editor


The Best Brownie Recipes, According to Eater Editors

Holiday baking season is in full swing, but brownies have been on our minds for a while now. Maybe that’s because of the inexplicable inability of the most recent crop of Great British Baking Show contestants to make one correctly. (Seriously, Britain, what’s going on?) We’ve also been, um, chewing over this Epicurious opus on brownie chewiness. Whatever the reason, Eater editors are all about brownies and these are the recipes we turn to satisfy that specific craving.

The Baked Brownie: This is the One True Brownie recipe. I had them at a party and begged for the recipe, which now happens to me every time I bring them to a party. They’re super rich and fudgey so cut them into small pieces but oh, man — there’s just nothing better than that chocolate overload. — Erin Russell, Eater Austin associate editor

Olive Oil Brownies with Sea Salt: My ideal brownie is extremely fudgy, toeing that raw batter line with abandon. For that type of consistency, there is nothing better than Melissa Clark’s olive oil brownies with sea salt. I appreciate the multiple forms of chocolate that are all required to pull this off (cocoa powder! melted baking chocolate! chocolate chips!) and the dark brown sugar and tablespoons of olive oil make for a rich and luxurious finished product. The flaky Maldon salt sprinkle at the end helps cut through the chocolate in each bite. It’s a perfect brownie. — Erika Adams, Eater NY reporter

Outrageous Brownies: There is a reason why multiple Eater editors fought over who got to write about the Outrageous Brownies when we chose our favorite Ina recipes: They are magic. There’s more than two pounds of chocolate in these beauties, plus a hit of instant coffee that really emphasizes the sharpness of the chocolate. While it’s slightly labor intensive to melt down all that cocoa goodness, it’s worth it. The brownies come out dense and gooey, with that classic crispy top. I like to make a big batch, stick them in the freezer, and keep them around as a treat. — Brenna Houck, Eater Detroit editor

Glossy Fudge Brownies: On the journey to brownie supremacy, Stella Parks’s Glossy Fudge Brownies over at Serious Eats are the final stop. After baking them many, many times in the last few years, I can’t imagine reaching for any other method. The final product is chewy, deeply chocolatey, and bakes up with a crinkly, papery top (the hallmark of a great brownie, according to Parks). This recipe alone is a big reason I’ve evangelized Stella’s extraordinary book to everyone I know. — Adam Moussa, lead social media manager

Milk Chocolate and Raspberry Blondies: These are not brownies. But if you are craving some sweet, chewy, chocolatey, salty, and satisfying that’s also a cinch to make, I would like to introduce you to Melissa Weller’s milk chocolate and raspberry blondies. They look and taste far more impressive and complex than they should given how straightforward they are to put together. — Amanda Kludt, editor-in-chief

Crazy Brownies: Let’s be frank: Most food writers not going to look kindly on this recipe, and I’ve lent it side-eye myself on more than one occasion. Packaged brownie mix is listed as an ingredient, and the concept is basically, “Sure, brownies would be great, if only they were stuffed with candy.” But my husband has made this wild Pioneer Woman recipe for cookouts, holiday gatherings, family reunions, and more, and the reaction from friends and family is always the same: sheer delight. The people have spoken, and the people are all about Rolos in their brownies, apparently. — Missy Frederick, cities director

Pick a Box, Any Box: Never forget that boxed brownie mixes are a triumph of convenience foods, and there’s no shame in the box-baking game. — Hillary Dixler Canavan, restaurant editor