15 Brownie Recipes That Go Way Over the Top
Not that there's anything wrong with a pan of simple, straightforward homemade brownies, but sometimes you just want to go beyond basic. We definitely second that and offer 15 of our most creative, over-the-top brownies. Some are made from scratch and some get kick-started with a box of brownie mix. Either way, these brownies are oh so extra.
Caramel Popcorn Brownies
Start with a box of brownie mix (or make your own brownies from scratch), then go to town with popcorn, peanuts, chocolate chips, and peanut butter chips over the top. But that's not all — you'll drizzle homemade caramel sauce over the whole thing before baking.
Chunky Cheesecake Brownies
Homemade brownie dough gets swirled with a creamy cheesecake layer. Allrecipes home cook dpink13 raves, "This is an excellent recipe! They were excellent warm, and they were just as good the next day. They have the perfect mixture of the sharp cheesecake taste and the sweet brownie taste in a soft, smooth texture."
Red Velvet Cheesecake Swirl Brownies
Another winning combo of brownie and cheesecake, with a red velvet vibe. You might want to save this one in your recipe box for Valentine's Day.
Brownies get layered with marshmallows, chocolate, and graham crackers for this oven-baked take on a classic campfire treat. Warning: All those layers make this very rich and decadent, indeed. Many reviewers opted to use Teddy Grahams instead of graham cracker pieces, and we say that sounds great!
A brownie/crispy rice/marshmallow mash-up! Can you take this much decadence? Maybe you should share. Tiffany did, and says, "This is the second year I've made these to pass out to friends and neighbors during the holidays and I always get such great compliments on them. They are so gooey and delicious, and the crunch from the rice crispy puts it over the top!"
Scrumptious Frosted Fudgy Brownies
Homemade brownies are heavenly all on their own, but top them with a thick layer of homemade frosting, and you're at a whole new level. Allrecipes user bellydancer says, "I have never had such fudgy brownies, or such rich, fudgy frosting. It is very important not to over-bake these, or you will lose the fudgy texture. Give these a try, you won't be sorry."
Waffle Iron Brownies
Home made brownie batter meets waffle iron. Deliciousness ensues. Do note they are more cake-like than chewy. Reviewer Tiger Didi says, "Just bought a waffle stick maker and was looking for fun recipes to try. You can't believe how good this recipe is in waffle stick form."
Caramel Pretzel Brownies
You've got your sweet, your salty, your crunchy, your chocolate, your gooey...all in one bite. User kimba raves, "These were amazing! I ended up incorporating mini chocolate chips into the batter before baking instead of on top as directed, only because I misread the recipe. Will definitely make again."
Meet your perfect fall brownie. "We love these," Allrecipes home cook abapplez says. "Followed the recipe, using canned organic pumpkin, mini chocolate chips and baked them in mini muffin tins. I used a small ice-cream scoop and just layered the two mixtures (did not swirl). The bake time was approximately 23 minutes in my oven. At 18 minutes, I sprinkled additional mini choc chips and chopped walnuts on top and returned to the oven for the last five minutes."
Coconut Macaroon Brownies
A rich layer of coconut macaroon is layered between homemade chocolate brownies, and there goes your will power. Some reviewers use unsweetened coconut, and some use sweetened. What you choose to do is between you and your sweet tooth.
Cherry Cheesecake Brownies
Brownies taste even more decadent when syrupy cherry pie filling and sweet cream cheese are swirled into the mix. "They came out really gooey in the middle, but that's what everyone loved about them! Kind of like a lava cake," Linda S. Horton says. "I have had several people ask for the recipe."
A glaze made from amaretto liqueur and almond extract add a delicious almond flavor to these brownies. Top it off with buttery chocolate sauce for brownies that can't stop, won't stop being crazy good.
Mocha Brownies with Coffee Frosting
"They came out fudgy in the middle, chewy on the outsides, and had a crisp crust on top. I would definitely recommend adding extra instant coffee for a stronger flavor, but they came out absolutely delicious without any added frosting," Madelyn Maggio says. "I added chocolate chips over the top before I put it in the oven and it added a really good extra chocolate flavor to them. Definitely will be making these again."
Best-Ever Buckeye Brownies!
Peanut butter gets sandwiched between brownies and chocolate. "Major hit with co workers for a carry-in dessert and neighborhood kids, as well. The mixture of chocolate and peanut butter and more chocolate is a triple win. Easy to make and directions are spot on," Karla Noel says.
"I love this recipe because Turtles are my favorite candy. I also found the caramels hardened too much on top, so I added butter continuously while melting the caramel until it remained soft on my stir spoon after cooling. That fixed the problem and these brownies never stay in the house more than one day," reviewer Kiwi Hilary says.