In case it wasn’t obvious, we really love brownies. Especially these, our most superlatively chocolatey brownies that are ideal for Super Bowl, Valentine’s, or old day you’re experiencing a super intense craving.


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.
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 vegan fudge brownies on a marble surface.
Carl Tremblay
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Vegan Fudge Brownies

These vegan fudge brownies, made with cocoa powder, and bittersweet and unsweetened chocolates, are proof that egg and dairy-free brownies can still be rich, fudgy, and oh-so-chocolatey.
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.
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 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.
Eight triangle shaped pieces of nutella brownie.
Romulo Yanes
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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 cast-iron skillet filled with chocolate brownie.
Beatriz Da Costa
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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.
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.
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 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.
Seven squares of raspberry cheesecake brownies on a metal sheet pan.
Joy Wilson
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Raspberry Cheesecake Brownies

Brownies are one of those incredibly easy things to make with little planning or forethought. They were the first thing I learned how to bake as a kid. Here, though, I've given the standard brownie an update by adding a raspberry-infused cream cheese layer and studded the whole thing with tangy, scarlet berries.
A stack of five chocolate chip cookie brownies.
Lennart Weibull
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Chocolate Chip Cookie Brownies

These chocolate chip cookie brownies are a spectacular mash-up of classic chocolate chip cookies and a rich, fudgy brownie. Because no one should ever have to choose between the two.
Squares of care-package brownies on parchment paper.
New Africa
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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.
A tray of s'mores brownies with a spatula resting inside and several brownies missing.
Eric Wolfinger
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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.
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 batch of five ingredient Nutella brownies cut into squares on a wire rack with fresh raspberries scattered around.
Tieghan Gerard
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Five-Ingredient Brownies

The BEST five-ingredient brownies. Truth? I tried to make "healthier" brownies and it didn't end well. So, I caved and made these instead. They're better. Much better. They remind me of the brownies I’d eat as a kid, and I’m pretty sure there’s nothing better–fudgy, extra chocolatey, and they have the flakiest, crinkliest top ever. SO GOOD.
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 batch of Rose Levy Beranbaum's fudge brownies cut into 16 squares, with two missing and a knife resting beside.
Matthew Septimus
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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.
Eight vegan chocolate chip brownie swirl cookies on a piece of crumpled parchment.
Ciarra Siller
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Vegan Chocolate Chip Brownie Swirl Cookies

These vegan chocolate chip brownie swirl cookies are for those moments when you can’t decide between cookie and brownie. Go on, have them both.
Slices of tar heel pie on individual white plates, each topped with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.
Joe Keller
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Tar Heel Pie | Brownie Pie

Brownie pie is known in some parts as tar heel pie. Whatever you care to call the recipe, it’s essentially a rich, gooey, chocolate fudge pie made from scratch. Store-bought just can’t compete.
Six pieces of roasted white chocolate brownies in a metal baking pan.
Linda Xiao
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White Chocolate Brownies

Roasted or caramelized white chocolate has become so popular that some professional chocolate companies like Valrhona are even selling commercial versions of it now. You'll find these brownies truly spectacular.

About David Leite

David Leite has received three James Beard Awards for his writing as well as for Leite’s Culinaria. His work has 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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