You can never be too old to enjoy a delicious brownie (or two), but you can outgrow the kind of overly sugary box chocolate brownie mix kids eat by the panful when they’re growing up and learning to bake.
As if you needed an excuse to make brownies, today is National Brownie Day. Yep, brownies get a day, too: December 8th, to be exact. So whip out your apron and baking pan and try one of these gourmet-level brownie recipes. They are certain to satisfy your adult tastebuds while still giving you the melt-in-your-mouth brownie experience you loved as a child.
And now go on and celebrate, with brownies, of course.
We love slurping miso soup at Japanese restaurants, but until we saw this recipe from A Cozy Kitchen it didn’t occur to us to add it to brownies. It supposedly gives the brownies an umami flavor that you won’t be able to quite put your finger on.
2Maple and candied bacon blonde brownies
Never mind the scoop of ice cream on top, this recipe from The Urban Poser had us at maple syrup and bacon.
3Dark chocolate zucchini brownies
You don’t actually taste the zucchini in this brownie recipe from Cookie and Kate, but the vegetable adds moisture, making the end result super-rich.
4Tahini and halva floss brownies
Although tahini is typically found in hummus, the ingredient works surprisingly well in brownies too. Case in point: this Turkish-inspired brownie recipe from Hummingbird High.
5Deep cherry chipotle brownies
The sweetness of the cherries perfectly balances the heat from the chiles in this brownie recipe from The Messy Baker.
6Malt chocolate cake brownies
Described as the offspring of a chocolate sheet cake and a fudgy brownie, these brownies from A Cozy Kitchen have a not-so-secret ingredient: malt.
7Crème brûlée brownies
Your tastebuds will be saying “Oh là là” to these French-inspired crème brûlée brownies from Confessions of a Cookbook Queen. They even have a crackly sugar top.
8Earl grey chocolate brownies with lemon sugar
Seriously, is there a food more comforting that earl grey flavored brownies, like these ones from Climbing Grier Mountain? We think not.
9White chocolate-coconut brownies
If there is a brownie recipe that could transport you to a tropical island with its flavors, it would definitely be this one from Brown Eyed Baker.
These Mexican brownies from A Spicy Perspective have a bit of a kick, courtesy of the recipe’s use of cinnamon and cayenne pepper.
11Three layer pumpkin brownies
Leave it to Wholefully to teach us that pumpkin and chocolate are a delightful combo, especially in a brownie.
This buttercream brownie recipe from Big Girl, Small Kitchen ticks off all the brownie boxes: rich, chocolate-y, and flavorful.
13Raspberry and goat cheese swirl brownies
If you are a fan of goat cheese, you MUST try this decadent recipes from Love & Lemons.
14Salted caramel eggnog brownies
Perfect for leaving out for Santa, these eggnog brownies from A Spicy Perspective taste like all of our favorite holiday flavors rolled up into a cake-y brownie.