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National Brownie Day is on December 8th, 2023!

The decadent brownie! Does your family have a secret recipe to get that just right combo of gooey and chewy? I can't resist a corner piece with some walnuts!

Here are some ideas to spruce up your regular brownies, although there is nothing wrong with the original! Below there are some recipes and some ideas on things to add to your brownies. Some can be baked in and some are just to be used as toppings. See if you find a new kind of brownie to love!

Happy National Brownie Day!

Try adding these to your brownie batter for even more

delicious brownies!

Nuts (walnuts, almonds, pecans)

Chocolate, white chocolate, or butterscotch chips


Hot fudge

Small pieces of candy bars

Crushed candy canes



Cream cheese

Espresso powder


Crumbled Oreos, Chips Ahoy, or Nutter Butters (1 cup in your mix)



Layer with cookie dough

Peppermint patties


Top with:

Ice cream: vanilla, peanut butter, or mint chocolate chip

Frosting or cool whip

Sea salt

Chocolate or caramel drizzle

Powdered sugar



Melted peanut butter and crumbled pretzels

For some Christmas fun:

Cut your brownies into triangles. Frost and decorate to resemble Santa hats, Snowmen, Christmas trees, and reindeer!

Grandma's Fudge Brownies


  • 2/3 cup butter

  • 2 eggs

  • 1 cup sugar

  • 6 Tbsp. cocoa

  • 1 tsp. vanilla

  • 1/2 cup sifted flour

  • 1/2 cup chopped nuts (optional)


  1. Cream butter, sugar, and vanilla.

  2. Add in eggs and beat well.

  3. Next, blend in cocoa.

  4. Then, stir in flour and nuts (if desired).

  5. Bake at 325 degrees for 30-35 minutes.

  6. Frost with chocolate fudge frosting if desired.

Grandma's Blonde Brownies


  • 2 cups brown sugar

  • 2/3 cups butter

  • 2 tsp. hot water

  • 2 eggs

  • 2 cups flour

  • 1/4 tsp. baking soda

  • 1 tsp. baking powder

  • 1/4 tsp. salt

  • chocolate chips

  • nuts (optional)


  1. Melt brown sugar and butter and add to hot water. Let cool.

  2. Add eggs, and beat well.

  3. Mix all remaining ingredients, except chocolate chips.

  4. Mix with the melted mixture.

  5. Put on a greased cookie sheet or brownie pan and sprinkle with chocolate chips.

  6. Bake at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes.

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