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28 Rich, Moist Brownie Recipes

Our brownie recipes offer traditional chocolate bars plus variations with frosting, cream cheese, whipped cream, ice cream, candy pieces, nuts and more.
Irish Coffee Brownies

Irish Coffee Brownies

As warmly welcoming as the traditional Irish beverage, these brownies have a little whiskey in the batter and a little more in the glaze.

Irish Coffee Brownies

Malted Mousse Brownies

We stirred chocolate-flavor malt powder into both the brownie base and the lush, fluffy topper. For an extra-indulgent dessert, substitute your favorite homemade brownie recipe. Just be sure it bakes in a 13x9x2-inch pan.

Malted Mousse Brownies

Incredible Turtle Brownies

Lots of chocolate, homemade caramel sauce and toasted pecans create a decadent, hard-to-resist brownie.

Incredible Turtle Brownies

Farmers Market Brownies

Patrick Groth, owner-chef of Incredibly Delicious in Springfield, Illinois, says these ingredients should be mixed and placed in the oven as quickly as possible for best flavor. "We sell these at the local farmers market. They are really good with fresh whipped cream and berries," Patrick says.

Farmers Market Brownies

Toffee Bars

These moist, easy brownies get a little extra crunch from a topping of toffee pieces.

Toffee Bars

White Chocolate Brownies

White chocolate and macadamia nuts give traditional brownies a flavor and color makeover.

White Chocolate Brownies

Caramel Pecan Skillet Brownie

Caramel in the bottom of the pan melds with the brownie, creating a dessert so rich and gooey that you need a spoon to serve it. Because cast iron holds heat, the brownie will still be warm when you go back for seconds.

Caramel Pecan Skillet Brownie

Brownie Parfaits

You can complete a fast-fix dinner with this easy-to-make dessert. We layered store-bought brownies with a sweetened cream-cheese sauce and peppermint patties.

Brownie Parfaits recipe

Triple Espresso Brownies

Homemade coffee-flavored frosting, chocolate-covered coffee beans, and a sprinkling of espresso powder combine for a richly flavored brownie.

Triple Espresso Brownies

Shortbread Brownies

Shortbread forms a crunchy, buttery base for a moist brownie topping.

Shortbread Brownies

Brownie Bombs

A reader sent us this recipe when Midwest Living® held a chocolate recipe contest. The result features a cheesecakelike layer sandwiched between two rich chocolate layers.

Brownie Bombs recipe

Co's Candy-Bar Brownies

Colleen Weeden, Midwest Living® Test Kitchen project supervisor, combines packaged sweets with homemade frosting for her easy dessert. "My family has no idea I'm using a box brownie mix when I cover the brownies with from-scratch chocolate frosting and sprinkle on candy or chopped candy bars," Colleen says.

Co's Candy-Bar Brownies

Fudgy Coffee Brownies

Sandra Granseth, food consultant for Midwest Living®, turned a brownie mix into a grown-up dessert by stirring in cinnamon and coffee liqueur. A chocolate drizzle decorates the top. Or, top with white and dark chocolates.

In our picture, Sandra's Fudgy Coffee Brownies are shown with a candy-topped variation of Co's Candy-Bar Brownies (previous slide).

Fudgy Coffee Brownies

Chocolate-Oatmeal Trilevel Brownies

Two layers of chocolate sandwich a chewy oatmeal layer in this brownie recipe.

Chocolate-Oatmeal Trilevel Brownies

Caramel Blonde Brownies

Caramels, oats and milk chocolate pieces blend in these gooey sweets from a West Des Moines, Iowa, reader.

Caramel Blonde Brownies

Zucchini Brownies

Here’s an easy way to sneak some veggies into dessert. Add shredded fresh zucchini to brownies. These are so rich and moist, your crew will never notice. 

Zucchini Brownies

Peppermint Stick Brownies

A creamy, peppermint-flavor cheesecake layer adds holiday flair to classic chocolate brownies.

Peppermint Stick Brownies

Chocolate Espresso Walnut Tiles

The flavors of bittersweet chocolate, coffee and walnuts—topped with cream-cheese frosting and a brownie glaze—combine to make this luscious dessert.

Chocolate Espresso Walnut Tiles

Box-Mix Makeover

Want a quick box-mix makeover? Sprinkle chocolate and peanut butter pieces on a brownie mix while it's still hot from the oven. This technique helps the pieces stick to the cake but still retain their shape.

More ideas for box-mix makeovers

Orange-Kissed Chocolate Brownies

Orange buttercream frosting and melted chocolate top a brownie base for a decadent combination of flavors.

Orange-Kissed Chocolate Brownies

Cream Cheese Brownies

This brownie recipe comes from a reader in Peoria, Illinois. You can add chocolate frosting to the marbled top, if you like. A variation of these, called Zebra Brownies, uses a package of brownie mix and a package of white cake mix, along with cream cheese, for a marbled effect.

Cream Cheese Brownies

Zebra Brownies

Truffle Brownies

These moist, dense, mocha-flavored bars will remind you of truffles.

Truffle Brownies

Chocolate-Peanut Butter Brownies

Creamy peanut butter frosting tops brownies baked on a graham cracker crust.

Chocolate-Peanut Butter Brownies

Toffee Blondies In A Jar

These Toffee Blondies are a popular variation on brownies. While they have a handful of semisweet chocolate pieces, most of the flavor comes from brown sugar, butter, chopped nuts and toffee pieces or butterscotch pieces. They make a nice gift from the kitchen, too; layer the ingredients in a glass or clear plastic container.

If you're looking for something other than the traditional chocolate brownie, honey and nut lovers might like our Honey Bear Brownies. Spicy Brownies have cinnamon, anise and a touch of cayenne pepper to live up to their spicy name.

Toffee Blondies In A Jar

Honey Bear Brownies

Spicy Brownies

Marshmallow-Crisp Brownies

Bake a fudge brownie mix, then top with tiny marshmallows and drizzle with a mixture of semisweet chocolate pieces, peanut butter and crisp rice cereal.

Marshmallow-Crisp Brownies recipe

Tailgaters' Brownie Cupcakes

A surprise candy-bar center awaits those who bite into these easy, fudgy delights. Baking them in muffin cups makes them super-easy to tote to potlucks, tailgating events or other parties.

Tailgaters' Brownie Cupcakes

Irish Coffee Brownies

As warmly welcoming as the traditional Irish beverage, these brownies have a little whiskey in the batter and a little more in the glaze.

Irish Coffee Brownies

Marbled Chocolate-Pumpkin Brownies

Swirl a layer of cream cheese and pumpkin into chocolate batter to create these luscious brownies, and sprinkle walnuts on top for extra crunch.

Marbled Chocolate-Pumpkin Brownies

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