A parchment lined loaf pan filled with partially frosted small batch brownies and a wire whisk on the side.
Christina Lane
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Small Batch Brownies

These small batch brownies are made from scratch and baked in a loaf pan, which means they make just enough for two so you don’t have an entire baking pan of brownies sitting around all week tempting you. You’re welcome.
A parchment-lined square pan filled with pecan-studded best brownies.
Maren Caruso
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David Lebovitz’s Best Brownies

I’ve made a lot of brownies in my life, and these really are the best.
Squares of chocolate chip brownies on a white marble surface.
America’s Test Kitchen
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Chocolate Chip Brownies

These chocolate chip brownies, made with flour, sugar, butter, and two (two!) types of chocolate, are slightly sweet, fudgy, and full of chocolatey goodness.
A metal baking pan of gluten free brownies with one piece missing
Josh Weissman
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Gluten-Free Brownies

These gluten free brownies, made with chocolate, butter, and tapioca starch, are remarkably easy and fudgy and, in all seriousness, taste like the real deal even though they’re flourless. Swear.
A batch of Rose Levy Beranbaum's fudge brownies cut into 16 squares, with two missing and a knife resting beside.
Matthew Septimus
5 of 22

Rose Levy Beranbaum’s Fudge Brownies

When you hear that Rose Levy Beranbaum makes fudge brownies, would you expect anything less than the richest, most chocolatey, most wonderful dessert? Of course not. Cooks, meet brownies. Brownies, meet cooks. Let the love affair commence.
A slab of pumpkin spice seven layer bars cut into ten pieces on a wooden board.
Averie Sunshine
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Pumpkin Spice Seven Layer Bars

These pumpkin spice seven layer bars are appropriately autumnal yet hearken back to the classic with graham crackers, sweetened condensed milk, coconut, and chocolate. Lovely any time of year.
A slab of Katharine Hepburn brownies cut into 9 pieces, on parchment paper, with a knife nearby
Todd Coleman
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Katharine Hepburn Brownies

Katharine Hepburn brownies are an American classic and so easy to make with everyday pantry ingredients. Turns out dark, rich, intense, chewy fudge brownies. One of our most popular chocolate desserts. Here’s the original recipe.
Six one-bowl mocha brownies on wood
Erin Chase
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One-Bowl Mocha Brownies

These one-bowl mocha brownies, made with instant coffee, dark chocolate, cocoa, flour, sugar, and butter, take their kick from caffeine, their ease from everything coming together in a single bowl, and their raves from their spectacularly fudgy texture.
A cast-iron skillet filled with chocolate brownie.
Beatriz Da Costa
9 of 22

Skillet Brownies

These skillet brownies are made with dark chocolate, sugar, eggs, almonds or hazelnuts, and cocoa, and baked in a cast-iron skillet. They’re crisp on the edges, gooey in the middle, and just happen to be gluten-free as well.
A white cake stand of a pile of one-pot cocoa brownies, a glass of milk, on a white table
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One-Pot Cocoa Brownies

These one-pot cocoa brownies are incredibly easy and come together with just flour, cocoa, sugar, and other pantry ingredients in a 9-by-13-inch pan. A cakey brownie that’s close to perfect and the easiest we’ve found to make (and clean up after!). Kids love ’em.
A slab of dulce de leche brownies, with five brownies cut from the end.
Tara Fisher
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Dulce de Leche Brownies

A chocolate brownie is a fudgy square of deliciousness with just the right amount of goo, and it beats all when it comes to downright indulgence. I adore the effect of the creamy dulce de leche swirled through dark, fudgy brownies.
Individual brownies with toasted marshmallow topping on a baking sheet
Cassandra Birocco
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Brownies with Marshmallow Topping

Like the classic campfire treat, but easier to eat and available all year round, these brownies with marshmallow topping are certain to satisfy any s'mores craving.
Eight triangle shaped pieces of nutella brownie.
Romulo Yanes
13 of 22

Nutella Brownies

Nutella brownies actually don’t call for the luscious jarred Italian stuff we go crazy for but rather the ingredients with which its made. Namely, hazelnuts and chocolate. No complaints here. Quite the contrary.
A tray of brownies for a crowd with one brownie missing.
Deposit Photos
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Brownies For A Crowd

These brownies for a crowd, made with semisweet chocolate aplenty and eggs, butter, flour, and sugar, are cake-y and rich. The recipe makes plenty. A crowd-pleaser for parties, tailgating, bake sales, and more.
Squares of blondies with chocolate chips on parchment paper on a marble slab
Kamran Siddiqi
15 of 22

Nancy Drew Blondies

Nancy Drew blondies are like butterscotch brownies that are chewy and gooey and loaded with chocolate chips that melt into a luscious swirl. Lovely in the best, most indulgent way possible.
A tray of s'mores brownies with a spatula resting inside and several brownies missing.
Eric Wolfinger
16 of 22

S’mores Brownies

These s’mores brownies, layered with bittersweet chocolate brownies, a graham cracker crust, and marshmallows, are as gooey, chocolatey, and messy as the name suggests. Here’s how to make them.
Squares of care-package brownies on parchment paper.
New Africa
17 of 22

Care Package Brownies

These care-package brownies, laden with chocolate chips, cocoa nibs, and cocoa powder, are intensely rich and fudgy. They also travel exceptionally well, whether you ship through the post office or simply drop them off on a porch.
Three Passover brownies stacked on top of each other on a white plate.
Katherine Martinelli
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Passover Brownies

Passover brownies are almost always disappointing. Not these. How could they be with matzo meal for Pesach, bittersweet chocolate, sugar, butter, eggs, brandy, and nuts? They’re slightly crumbly outside and splendiferously fudgy inside.
A white baking dish with a piece of patterned parchment and 15 squares of coconut blondies.
Jason Hervey
19 of 22

Coconut Blondies

These coconut blondies, also known as yum-yum squares, are made with vanilla, coconut, and walnuts. They are obscenely rich, fudgy, and every bit as impossible to stop eating as the name suggests.
Stack of four Congo bars made of coconut, chocolate, graham crackers, each on a square of paper
Alexandra Grablewski
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Congo Bars | 7 Layer Bars

These congo bars, also known as 7-layer bars, include a graham cracker base and sweetened condensed milk, chocolate chip, shredded coconut, and pecan topping. And they taste like childhood, too.
Pumpkin swirl brownies, uncut, in a large rectangular baking pan.
Susan Barnson Hayward
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Pumpkin Swirl Brownies

These pumpkin swirl brownies are made with cream cheese and taste as if pumpkin spice cheesecake swirl collided with chocolate fudge brownies.
Half of a homemade KIND bar with a piece broken off.
Tina Rupp
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Homemade KIND Bars

Homemade KIND bars are homemade granola bars that are actually healthy. They’re easy to make, too, with nuts, seeds, dried fruit, and any other add-ins you fancy (coconut, anyone?). Gluten free. Low sugar. For breakfast or any other time of day.

About David Leite

I count myself lucky to have received three James Beard Awards for my writing as well as for Leite’s Culinaria. My work has also appeared in The New York Times, Martha Stewart Living, Saveur, Bon Appétit, Gourmet, Food & Wine, Yankee, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, The Washington Post, and more.

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