20 Next-Level Brownie Recipes to Keep in Your Back Pocket

Salted Caramel Brownies Recipe
Photo: Jennifer Causey

What's not to love about a brownie? From quadruple chocolate to s'mores, these luscious brownie recipes make the perfect dessert. Some of our favorites include cookbook author (and F&W Cooks contributor!) Vallery Lomas' outrageously good Salted Caramel Brownies, which get drenched with a layer of homemade salted caramel and finished with flaky sea salt. We're also fans of these Air Fryer Brownies, which are reminiscent of a molten chocolate cake. You can't go wrong with a brownie cake sundae, either—did we mention pecan-ice cream balls were involved? And if you prefer your brownies to err on the side of less sweet, look no further than Gail Simmons' Chewy Black Licorice Chocolate Brownies. With 20 different choices here, your perfect brownie recipe is only a few clicks away.

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Quadruple Chocolate Brownies

Quadruple Chocolate Brownies
© Hans Gissinger

By swirling chunks of white, milk, and bittersweet chocolate into a batter made with unsweetened chocolate, and then melting and drizzling more all over the top, San Francisco chocolatier Michael Recchiuti says this recipe has "all the chocolates I like in one brownie."

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Salted Fudge Brownies

Salted Fudge Brownies
© Tina Rupp

Former Food & Wine editor Kate Krader has been making these fudgy, sweet-salty brownies since she was 10 years old. As a kid, she used regular table salt. Now she recommends a flaky sea salt like Maldon, because the flavor is less harsh and it melts so nicely into the batter, accentuating the chocolaty sweetness.

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Hazelnut-Brown-Butter Brownies

Hazelnut-Brown-Butter Brownies

These brownies from pastry chef and cookbook author Stella Parks pack in a ton of flavor thanks to hazelnuts, instant coffee, brown butter, and of course, chocolate (in this case, bittersweet chocolate).

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Bacon-Bourbon Brownies with Pecans

Bacon-Bourbon Brownies with Pecans

Food & Wine senior editor Kat Kinsman tops her rich brownies with bacon and pecans. To enhance the smoky flavor, she mixes some of the bacon fat into the batter.

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Jumbo Brownies

Jumbo Brownies
© Stephanie Foley

"Like all great desserts," says F&W Best New Chef 1995 Anne Quatrano, "these brownies have only three pertinent flavors: chocolate, butter and walnuts."

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Praline Brownies

Praline Brownies
© John Kernick

Pastry chef Kelly Fields makes these delicious fudgy brownies with brown sugar, dark chocolate, and cocoa powder, and studs them with crunchy bites of nutty pecan praline.

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Brownie Bites

Brownie Bites
© Lucy Schaeffer

These wheat-free, butterless brownies are rich and dense. "It's really, really hard to make a good vegan brownie," says pastry chef Erin McKenna. Her first efforts using applesauce and vegetable oil were cakey or fluffy. It took her six months of making small adjustments to perfect them.

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Fudgy Chocolate Brownies

Fudgy Chocolate Brownies

These brownies have a secret ingredient—applesauce, which gives them extra moisture and a little sweetness, too.

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Coconut Brownie Bars

Coconut Brownie Bars

Pastry chef Cheryl Burr loves candy, as is obvious from her homage to the Almond Joy. Her luxurious take consists of a supremely fudgy brownie topped with a layer of chewy, flaky, exceptionally tender coconut. She dots each bar with a crunchy roasted almond, then coats them in silky bittersweet-chocolate ganache.

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Gooey Walnut Brownies

Gooey Walnut Brownies

Andrew Zavala discovered the recipe for these gooey brownies in a kids' cookbook by Pamela Gwyther called Let's Cook! when he was seven years old. A self-professed kitchen scientist, he likes to revisit the recipe often, substituting ingredients and noting the results. "My favorite version uses two ounces each of dark, milk and white chocolate," he says.

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Warm Double-Chocolate Brownie Cakes

Feb. 13: Warm Double-Chocolate Brownie Cakes

Brownie meets cake in this fun dessert from renowned cookbook author and pastry chef Emily Luchetti. She bakes the batter in muffin cups so the edges turn crispy and chewy like a brownie, but the inside becomes soft and fluffy like a cake.

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Espresso-Shortbread Brownie Bars

Espresso-Shortbread Brownie Bars

Former Food & Wine editor Grace Parisi brings the beloved combination of coffee and chocolate together by using a pleasantly crumbly espresso-flavored shortbread as a crust for fudgy brownies.

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Chewy Black Licorice Chocolate Brownies

Chewy Black Licorice Chocolate Brownies
John Kernick

This deeply dark-chocolaty brownie has a sophisticated touch of salt, plus notes of molasses and anise from black licorice, and the combo makes a brilliant treat that is irresistibly chewy and not too sweet.

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Mascarpone-Swirled Brownies with Nutty Caramel Corn

Mascarpone-Swirled Brownies with Nutty Caramel Corn
© Tina Rupp

These fudgy brownies are laced with mascarpone and served with sweet-salty clusters of peanuts and popcorn.

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S'mores Brownies

S'mores Brownies
© SARAH BOLLA

These fudgy, gluten-free brownies are baked in a graham cracker crust, then topped with marshmallows and broiled.

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Skillet Brownies on the Grill

Skillet Brownies on the Grill
Victor Protasio

Chef Valerie Gordon (of Valerie Confections in Los Angeles), who shared her recipe for this grill-baked dessert, likes to make it in a lavishly buttered cast-iron skillet using the ambient heat of a Big Green Egg. Top them with ice cream for a showstopping dessert for your next cookout.

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Lee Lee's Double Chocolate Chunk Brownies

Lee Lee's Double Chocolate Chunk Brownies
Greg DuPree

While many recipes call for creaming the butter and sugar before adding the eggs, pastry chef Lee Lee Reid whips eggs and sugar together to aerate them, leading to the ultimate brownie consistency.

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Cannabis-Infused Salted Caramel Fudge Brownies

Salted Caramel-Filled Fudge Brownies
© Tara Fisher

Editor's Note: This recipe has been modified from the version developed by Anya Von Bremzen to include cannabis-infused butter in addition to regular butter. You'll find the original non-cannabis recipe, included earlier in this gallery, here. As cannabis regulation continues to evolve across the United States and around the world, please consult your local laws.

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Air Fryer Brownies

Air Fryer Brownies with ice cream
Photo by Jennifer Causey / Food Styling by Ali Ramee / Prop Styling by Audrey Davis

With the help of an air fryer, these gooey, fudgy brownies—baked in ramekins and reminiscent of a molten chocolate cake—are less than an hour away. Adding espresso powder to the batter helps bring out the chocolate flavor, as does the crunchy sea salt garnish at the end. Serve them on their own, or with your favorite ice cream. Better yet, top them with berries, whipped cream, chopped nuts or caramel sauce to make a brownie sundae.

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Salted Caramel Brownies

Salted Caramel Brownies
Photo by Jennifer Causey

"In the recipe, I counsel you to let these guys cool completely before drenching them with caramel sauce, but I'm definitely guilty of cutting them while they're still warm and covering them in caramel sauce," cookbook author and F&W Cooks contributor Vallery Lomas says. "Trust me—they're just as delicious, and pulling this trick out of your hat for eager guests is a move they won't soon forget."

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