There are few things in the world more wonderful than chocolate. It is delicious in all of its iterations — hot cocoa, Hershey bars, triple layer cakes — but nothing quite encapsulates the amazing flavor like the perfect brownie recipe. Just picture it — a soft, sweet fudgey square, oozing with chocolatey goodness, practically begging you to eat it. Are you salivating with anticipation yet?
The philosophy by which we should all live our lives is that there is never a bad time to have a brownie. Having a rough day? You need a brownie to improve your mood. Having a good day? You need a brownie to celebrate. Having a completely unremarkable day? Have a brownie — it will make your day remarkable. And if ever there was a day to indulge, it's today: National Brownie Day. Forget the 12 days of Christmas, let's celebrate the 13 days of brownies.
So go ahead, bake a batch of brownies. These recipes are extra terrific, and will make all of your brownie dreams come true. But be warned, these photos may not be appropriate for office viewing. they are so gooey, rich and chocolatey, they're practically sensual.
Caramel Filled Peanut Butter Swirl Brownies With A Pretzel Crust
For a fully-loaded brownie, try Confessions of a Cookbook Queen's caramel peanut butter pretzel brownie, which basically combines all of the best flavors in the world into one, delectable desert.
Gluten-Free Salted Pecan And Bourbon Brownies
You know what's almost as good as brownies? Bourbon. Combine the two in London Bake's salted pecan and bourbon brownies. And, since these are gluten-free, even the gluten intolerant can enjoy this batch of goodness.
Spice Cake Knock You Naked Brownies
In case there is such a thing as overdoing it on chocolate (although, there probably isn't), Cookies & Cups' knock you naked brownies use a spice cake base, which is a nice way to switch it up. And if they're promising to get you down to your birthday suit, they've got to be incredible.
Imagine a s'mores, but instead of just a piece of chocolate bar in the middle, you have a full-fledged brownie. Thats's what Cookie Monster Cooking's s'mores brownies are, and as they're no bonfire required, it's a perfect way to evoke the tastes of summer in the winter.
Really, everything goes with chocolate, but few things compliment the sweet quite as well as mint. Your Cup of Cake's mint brownies are a refreshing after dinner treat (or during lunch treat or before breakfast treat...your call).
Holy Heck Brownies
With a name like Holy Heck brownies, how can you go wrong? Cookies & Cups' recipe is a fudge brownie stuffed with chocolate chips, caramel, and — oh my God — Snickers. ...Holy heck!
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