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.
1. Salted Caramel Rolo Brownies
Bake Love Give's salted caramel Rolo brownies are the ooey-gooey chocolate treat you need in your life right now.
2. Outrageous Brownies
If you want to bake the ultimate brownie, check out Brown Eyed Baker's outrageous brownie recipe, courtesy of the great Ina Garten. It will definitely not disappoint.
3. 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.
4. Malted Chocolate Brownies
In the words of Don Draper, Cookies & Cups' malted chocolate brownies are "simple, but significant."
5. 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.
6. 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.
7. Bittersweet Marbled Chocolate Cheesecake Brownies
Add a little something extra to your batch with these marbled chocolate cheesecake brownies from Willow Bird Baking. Two showstopper desserts in one.
8. Paleo Fudgy Oreo Brownies
The Simple Sweet Life's paleo brownies are loaded with chocolate, and utilize the world's favorite cookie: Oreos.
9. S'mores Brownies
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.
10. Double Chocolate Fudge Brownies
Double chocolate? Count us in. With a fudgy inside and a perfectly crusty top, Bake Love Give's fudge brownie recipe is the dessert you've been dreaming of.
11. Mint Brownies
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).
12. Paleo Almond Joy Brownies
Coconut, chocolate and almonds, oh my! Leaf Parade's Almond Joy brownies are a baked-good version of the classic candy, which makes them irresistible.
13. 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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