10 Easy Better-Than-the-Box Brownie Recipes

Brownies from the box are delicious, but we have 10 recipes that are even more decadent and indulgent

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10 Easy Better-Than-the-Box Brownie Recipes

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Brownies right out the box are delicious. The decadent batter is pre-made, so all you need to do is add eggs, oil, and water or milk. Stick the mixture in the oven to bake and in no time, you’ll have a chocolatey dessert. But don’t be afraid to make brownies from scratch — they are super easy and taste even better than the out-of-the-box variety. 

Brainy Brownies

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This is the signature recipe from the first Sneaky Chef book. Everyone was amazed that no one — neither kids nor adults — could detect the hidden spinach, blueberries, and oat bran, or the missing fat and sugar. Boxed brownie recipes are filled with sugar — this is a healthy but decadent alternative. For the Brainy Brownies recipe, click here.

Classic Brownies

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Almost everyone has a seriously impassioned opinion about what kind of brownie is the absolute best. Chewy! Cakey! Soft and gooey! But whatever your favorite style, when presented with a plate of homemade brownies, hardly anyone can resist having at least one (after all, it’s only polite!). For the Classic Brownie recipe, click here.

Flourless Brownies

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This is an easy and simple brownie recipe that doesn’t contain any flour. Now you won’t have to go in search of gluten-free brownie mix — instead, just make it from scratch. For the Flourless Brownies recipe, click here.

Four-Ingredient Nutella Brownie

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This recipe went from just three ingredients to four, but we still think it's pretty simple. The applesauce adds a certain moistness to the brownies, and the subtle, tangy flavor intensifies the rich NutellaFor the Four-Ingredient Nutella Brownie recipe, click here.

Fudgy Brownies

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Aine Carlin of Keep it Vegan has this to say about her fudgy brownies: “you’d be hard pushed to find somebody who doesn’t love a good brownie. Whilst everyone has their very personal views on how gooey or chewy brownies should be, my favored texture errs on the fudgy side. Chunky enough to cut into manageable bite-sized squares, these could also eat be eaten warm with a scoop of dairy-free vanilla ice cream for a truly indulgent dessert. Enjoy!” For the Fudgy Brownie recipe, click here.

Maia Yogurt Irish Brownies

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These brownies are super boozy and super indulgent. With layers of chocolate and liquor to get through, make sure that you don’t get behind the wheel after a few of these bad boys! For the Maia Yogurt Irish Brownies recipe, click here.

Nutella Brownies

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A sinful and decadent brownie with Nutella? Yes, please! Make this for a girls’ night in or take it with you to a gathering. Be sure to make two batches, because they will gone in one, two, three. For the Nutella Brownies recipe, click here.

One-Bowl Brownies

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Just spying a box of Baker’s baking chocolate brings back nostalgic memories of Mom mixing brownie batter in the kitchen. The brand has been around since 1790, and with every box of individually wrapped chocolate pieces comes a one-bowl dessert recipe. The most famous, however, is the one-bowl brownies recipe that takes just 15 minutes to prepare. For the One-Bowl Brownies recipe, click here.

Peppermint Brownies

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You don’t have to wait till the holidays to enjoy peppermint brownies. Make fudgy brownies and dress them with peppermint and mint chocolate chips in the batter. If you can’t find candy canes to put in the topping, use peppermint extract in the batter as a substitute. For the Peppermint Brownies recipe, click here.

Simple Brownies

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Step out of the box — the brownie box, that is — and give this recipe a try. These rich, fudgy brownies are irresistible. For the Simple Brownies recipe, click here.