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One Brownie Recipe, 13 Delicious Variations!

One Brownie Recipe, One Hundred Possibilities!

Most of us probably already have a good brownie recipe in our cooking repertoire. (If not, check out our favorite one below.) This timeless classic is definitely a crowd-pleaser especially when you take into account all the different variations available to please almost every palate. The combinations of chocolate and other flavors is virtually endless….but today we’re sharing a few of our favorites.

One Brownie Recipe, One Hundred Possibilities!

Buttermilk Brownies

adapted from All You Magazine

Ingredients

  • 1 stick unsalted butter
  • 6 oz. bittersweet chocolate, chopped
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk*
  • 3/4 cup flour (or gluten-free baking mix)

*If you make some butter (it’s easy!), you’ll have buttermilk too

Directions 

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Line an 8-inch square baking pan with foil or parchment, or use cooking spray.

One Brownie Recipe, One Hundred Possibilities!

In a small saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat. Once melted, remove from heat and add the bittersweet chocolate. Stir together until completely melted.

One Brownie Recipe, One Hundred Possibilities!

In a medium-sized bowl, combine the brown sugar, sugar, eggs, and vanilla until smooth.

One Brownie Recipe, One Hundred Possibilities!

Add in the melted chocolate and the buttermilk, and stir again.

One Brownie Recipe, One Hundred Possibilities!

Finally, add the flour and stir just until combined. Pour the batter into your prepared pan, and bake in the oven for 45-55 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean. Enjoy!

Brownie Variations

These tasty variations don’t require very many alterations to the original recipe, but they will require a bit more time in the oven – give the brownies below about 55-60 minutes in a 350 degree oven.

One Brownie Recipe, One Hundred Possibilities!

Caramel Swirl Brownies

One prepared recipe of Buttermilk Brownies, with a swirl of sweet, gooey caramel throughout.

Caramel Swirl recipe:

  • 12 unwrapped caramels
  • 3 oz. cream cheese, softened
  • 1 Tbsp sugar
  • 1 Tbsp milk
  • 1 egg yolk

In a small saucepan, combine caramels, cream cheese, sugar, and milk. Cook and stir over medium-low heat just until caramels melt. In a small bowl, beat the egg yolk, then gradually stir it into the caramel mixture. Pour the completed caramel mixture over your prepared brownie batter in the baking pan, then use a knife or spoon to swirl the mixes together, and bake.

One Brownie Recipe, One Hundred Possibilities!

Pumpkin Swirl Brownies

One prepared recipe of Buttermilk Brownies, with a spiced pumpkin swirl mixed in. Who needs to decide between perfect brownies and the great Pumpkin Pie when you can have both?? :-)

Pumkpin Swirl recipe:

  • 3 oz. cream cheese, softened
  • 3 Tbsp sugar
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 tsp cinnamon

Beat the ingredients together in a small bowl using a hand mixer, until the mixture is smooth and creamy. Pour the brownie batter into a greased 8-inch baking pan, then pour the pumpkin mixture over the top. Use a spoon or a knife to swirl the pumpkin into the brownie batter, then bake.

One Brownie Recipe, One Hundred Possibilities!

S’mores Brownies

Pour half of the prepared Buttermilk Brownie batter into an 8-inch square baking pan. On top of the batter, place a layer of graham crackers, a layer of chocolate bars, and a layer of marshmallows (Jet-Puffed Stacker Mallows work best!) Pour the rest of the brownie batter over the top, and bake.
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Peanut Butter and Pretzels Brownies

Substitute a 1/2 cup of creamy peanut butter for the buttermilk in the Buttermilk Brownies recipe, and stir in 1/2 cup of Reese’s Pieces candies in when you add the flour. Sprinkle a handful of crushed pretzels over the top of the batter before baking.

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Espresso Brownies

Stir in 2 Tbsp instant espresso powder into the Buttermilk Brownie mixture when you add the flour.

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Malted Toffee Brownies

Stir in 1 cup of toffee bits and 1/4 cup of malted milk powder when you add the flour to the Buttermilk Brownies. Sprinkle additional toffee bits over the top of the batter before baking.

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Banana Nut Brownies

Stir in a cup of mashed bananas and 1/2 cup of chopped walnuts into the Buttermilk Brownies batter before baking.

Black Forest Brownies

Make Buttermilk Brownies, folding in 1/2 cup each sour cherry preserves and chopped maraschino cherries.

Minty Brownies

Make Buttermilk Brownies, fold 1 cup mint chips into the batter. Dust with confectioners’ sugar before serving.

Raspberry Brownies

Make Buttermilk Brownies, adding 2 tablespoons raspberry liqueur with the vanilla. Top evenly with raspberries before baking.

Coconut Brownies

Make Buttermilk Brownies, folding in 1 cup each toasted coconut and sliced almonds.

Toffee Brownies

Make Buttermilk Brownies, folding 1/2 cup toffee bits into the batter. Top with 1/4 cup toffee bits before baking.

Frozen Brownie Mud Pie

Press 1 1/4 cups crumbled prepared brownies into a pie plate; freeze. Fill with softened coffee ice cream and top with toffee bits; freeze. Top with whipped cream and hot fudge.

What is your favorite brownie recipe variation?

One Brownie Recipe, One Hundred Possibilities!

Pumpkin Swirl Brownies

Jill Nystul
Buttermilk brownies, with a spiced pumpkin swirl mixed in. Who needs to decide between brownies and pumpkin pie when you can have both??
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Course Dessert
Servings 12
Calories 382 kcal

Ingredients
  

Brownie Batter Ingredients

  • 1 stick unsalted butter
  • 6 oz bittersweet chocolate chopped
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 3/4 cup flour (or gluten-free baking mix)

Pumpkin Swirl Ingredients

  • 3 oz. cream cheese softened
  • 3 tbsp sugar
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 tsp cinnamon

Instructions
 

  • Beat the ingredients together in a small bowl using a hand mixer, until the mixture is smooth and creamy.
  • Pour the brownie batter into a greased 8-inch baking pan.
  • Pour the pumpkin mixture over the top. Use a spoon or a knife to swirl the pumpkin into the brownie batter, then bake.

Nutrition

Calories: 382kcalCarbohydrates: 53gProtein: 4gFat: 17gSaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 90mgSodium: 161mgPotassium: 179mgFiber: 1gSugar: 43gVitamin A: 2030IUVitamin C: 0.4mgCalcium: 60mgIron: 1.9mg


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Jill Nystul (aka Jillee)

Jill Nystul is an accomplished writer and author who founded the blog One Good Thing by Jillee in 2011. With over 30 years of experience in homemaking, she has become a trusted resource for contemporary homemakers by offering practical solutions to everyday household challenges.
I share creative homemaking and lifestyle solutions that make your life easier and more enjoyable!

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  • LOVE these suggestions for brownies! Am thinking of making the nut and banana brownie for a road trip next week. Hm-m, wonder if brownies can be considered healthy snack food for the road…

    • Healthy? My blood sugar has risen through the roof just reading the recipes! (I hate to think what the calorie count is … ) But with a little imagination I think I can enjoy many of them: get the toasted coconut & almonds, the banana and walnuts, the raspberries, etc, make a cup of real coffee, and eat while gazing at a box of brownie mix!

  • These sound amazing. I’m thinking of making a whole bunch of different batches and then cutting them up in small pieces to serve at Christmas so everyone can have a taste of the different recipes! We usually have a bunch gathered – at least 15!
    Thanks you for a wonderful recipe!

  • Very tasty ideas. I will purchase two rolls of “Rollo’s” . After the brownie batter has baked for 15 min I have the candy unwrapped, pull the pan out and quickly drop the candy into the part-cooked batter.
    This ensures that they don’t melt and blend in completely. Wow!
    Another good basic brown recipe is from “Baker’s Chocolate”. It’a their double chocolate brownie that is oh so good – this is the recipe I will make for a special occasion. These brownies don’t even need any icing, I will just dust with some icing sugar. Its available on their website.

  • Love these recipes, but as usual I have trouble when they include buttermilk since I live in Argentina and it’s not found in supermarkets. I believe there is a way to make buttermilk? Would love this information. Thanks a lot and keep it up Jillie, I love your posts

  • This looks fabulous! We’re having a dessert contest at our church picnic this weekend and I immediately decided I’m trying the s’mores one for my entry.

    I’m assuming you could double this to make a 9×13. Do you know how much you’d adjust the baking time?

  • Because I grew up on boxed mix brownies, it’s what I still prefer. And knowing that a mix costs $1-2 I have a tough time melting my chocolate supply. So the recipe I found that’s perfect for me is from the King Arthur website. It uses cocoa powder and typical kitchen staples. The brownies are really good. I omit the espresso powder that it lists and use half butter/half oil, which further lends to the boxed mix taste. I just thought I’d mention it for those who prefer the cocoa powder brownie taste.

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