The Best Brownie Recipes For Every Diet

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Craving chocolate in a hurry? If you want something warm, homemade and delicious, but don't have much time to bake, these brownies will satisfy your cravings.

Basic Brownie Recipes

Basic chocolate brownies are pure comfort food. Try one of these easy varieties:

One-Bowl Childhood Brownies

  • 1-cup butter
  • 2 cups sugar
  • ½ cup cocoa powder
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 4 eggs
  • 1½ cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt

Preheat oven to 350 F. Melt butter in microwave oven, in a microwave-safe bowl. Remove from oven and stir in remaining ingredients in order as listed. Pour into a greased 9 x 13 inch pan and bake for 20 minutes to half an hour.

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Frosted Fudge Brownies

  • 1-cup butter
  • 4 squares unsweetened chocolate
  • 1¾ cups white sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 1-cup flour
  • 1½ teaspoons vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1½ cups chopped walnuts or pecans

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 9x13 inch pan, then melt butter and chocolate over low heat, stirring constantly. Remove from heat and mix in the sugar.Allow a few minutes for mixture to cool, and then beat in eggs. Mix in vanilla.In a separate bowl, mix together flour and salt with a fork, then stir into liquid mixture. Mix in nuts and pour into a greased 9 x 13 pan. Bake for about 30 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean from center of batter.

For the frosting, you'll need:

  • 3 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 3 tablespoons cocoa
  • 1-tablespoon honey
  • 1-teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1½ tablespoons milk

Mix butter, cocoa, corn syrup and vanilla thoroughly. Add milk and powdered sugar and beat until smooth enough to spread. Spread on brownies after they have cooled.

Health Conscious Brownies

If you're looking for delicious brownies with a little less guilt or if you're dealing with health issues or allergies, you'll enjoy these health conscious brownie variations:

Gluten-Free Brownies

  • 5 ounces dark chocolate
  • ½ cup coconut oil
  • ¾ cup light brown sugar
  • ½ cup almond meal
  • ¼ cup brown rice flour
  • 1-teaspoon sea salt
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 2 tablespoons vanilla

Preheat the oven to 350 F. Line an 8x8-inch square baking pan with aluminum foil and lightly oil the bottom. Melt chocolate and coconut oil over low heat, stirring constantly. In a separate bowl, mix all dry ingredients together with a fork.Add vanilla, beaten eggs, and the oil-chocolate mixture. Beat for two minutes at a low to medium speed, until batter thickens and becomes smooth. Pour into greased 8 x 8 pan and bake for about 35 minutes, or until brownies have set.

Low Fat Applesauce Brownies

  • ½ cup flour
  • ½ cup cocoa
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons walnut oil
  • ½ cup applesauce
  • 1½ teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 2 egg whites

Preheat oven to 350 F. Combine dry ingredients with a fork. In a separate bowl, combine wet ingredients. Gently mix dry mixture into wet ingredients until thoroughly combined. Pour into greased 8 x 8 inch pan and bake for about 20 minutes, or until sides of batter pull away from edges of pan.

Carob Brownies

For those allergic to chocolate or dairy, these treats offer a delicious alternative. You will need:

  • ½ cup whole-wheat flour
  • ½ cup pastry flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 stick butter at room temperature, plus 1 tablespoon, melted
  • 2/3 cup honey or agave
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • ½ cup toasted carob powder
  • 3 tablespoons soymilk
  • ½ cup chopped pecans
  • ½ cup chopped dates

Preheat oven to 350 F. Combine flour and baking powder with a fork in a bowl.In a separate bowl, cream butter and honey or agave. Mix in eggs and vanilla. In a third bowl, mix together carob powder, melted butter and soymilk. Pour carob mixture into butter and honey mixture and stir until blended. Fold in the flour mixture and blend until smooth. Mix in pecans and dates. Pour into a greased 9 x 9 pan and bake for about 25 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.

Specialty Brownies

When you're looking for something a little out of the ordinary, here are some yummy brownie variations:

Peanut Butter Brownies

  • ½ cup peanut butter
  • 1/3 cup butter, softened
  • ¾ cup whit sugar
  • ½ cup brown sugar, firmly packed
  • 2 eggs
  • 1-teaspoon vanilla
  • 1-cup flour
  • 1-teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt

Preheat oven to 350 F. Cream butter and peanut butter, then mix in sugars, eggs and vanilla. In a separate bowl, mix flour, baking powder and salt with a fork. Add to the peanut butter mixture and mix until blended. Pour into a greased 9 x 9 pan and bake for about 30 minutes or until top springs back when touched.

Pumpkin Chocolate Brownies

  • ½ cup canned pumpkin
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 egg whites
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1-cup flour
  • 1-teaspoon baking powder
  • 1-teaspoon cocoa
  • 2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
  • ¼ cup chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350 F. Thoroughly blend sugar, egg, egg whites, pumpkin and oil in a large bowl. Mix in dry ingredients and beat until batter is smooth. Fold in chocolate chips. Pour into 8-inch pan and bake for about 25 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean from center.

You don't have to grab a bag of candy or a store-bought chocolate cake to soothe your sweet tooth. With easy brownie recipes, you'll be enjoying a homemade yummy chocolate dessert in about an hour.


Last Updated: December 19, 2011
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About Roberta Pescow Roberta Pescow holds a bachelor's degree in communications from City University of New York, Queens College and is a freelance writer and editor in the NJ area. The author of "A Life In The Service" and "A Monster's Tears," she enjoys writing informative articles, personal essays, fiction and music.  Roberta is a proud mother of two. Her other interests include fitness, photography, sculpture and meditation. She is a voracious reader and holds a 2nd degree black belt in Tae Kwan Do. Roberta enjoys decorating her hectic, but happy home and garden in original and affordable ways.  

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