The Great Brownie Showdown
They look innocent, those classic quick-to-bake treats, but they can be deceptively polarizing. People tend to get rather opinionated about their brownies — chewy or cakey? Nuts, or no nuts? Adorned with fudge or marshmallow, or just dusted with confectioner’s sugar? Most controversial of all is the blondie, because—ssshhh, c’mere, this is juicy—there are people who are not all that into chocolate. No way!
Fortunately, whatever your fantasy, we’ve got an option for you—a reliable basic brownie recipe that you will love. Our blondie recipe fiendishly substitutes butterscotch for chocolate, with predictably delectable results. (Rumor has it that an easy blondie recipe is just to use chocolate chip cookie dough and bake it in bar form. Has anyone tried that?) A few grownup versions add a touch of liquor (don’t worry, the alcohol bakes right out, leaving behind a 100-proof taste sensation). And oh, goodness, did you ever think cinnamon, coffee, and even hot pepper would find their way into your brownies? (Only if you’re very good!)
Who wants brownies? Check out all our brownie recipes!