Brownies are so versatile.

They can turn a boring, old, boxed-mix dessert into an impressive, rich treat with just a few add-in’s or decadent frosting. And yes, sometimes I use a boxed mix. They are delicious!


Brownies are easy to whip up and usually a crowd pleaser. I mean, who doesn’t like brownies?


Bailey’s brownies will put some pep in your step and make it easier for you to tell your husband that you really just don’t care who wins the Kentucky Derby this year, and that you’d rather stay home and drink mint julep’s on your own couch while wearing a big goofy hat.

Really, you just cant bear being seen with him one more time in his Dale Earnhart, Jr t-shirt, smell horse you-know-what all day at the local track, or sit in the car listening to Waylon-you-make-my-ears-bleed-Jennings. I don’t even know care who that is.


While booze in a baked good is never a bad thing, these cookies and cream brownies are so tasty that they may make you loopy.

This means that you can eat them and simultaneously ignore your that-person-you-live-with’s bodily functions and jet-engine snoring. You also won’t realize when he watches Oceans Thirteen or Urban Cowboy for the 27th time. Or when he starves to death because you haven’t cooked anything in the past 16 minutes.


It doesn’t get much better than the peanut butter brownies, especially when you can trick your significant other into eating them because there is protein in peanut butter.

So what if he tops them with chicken breast or some gag-inducing pepperoni for an extra boost?


The s’mores brownies might be your absolute favorite.

I can tell you one thing: they definitely will become your favorite when after the 2 hours you spent making them, your husband casually mentions that he ‘doesn’t really like s’mores.‘ They might become your thighs’ favorite, too.


Cappuccino brownies make all right in the world.

With one bite, they make you forget about all of the cowboy boots and hats in the love-of-your-life’s closet. And the plethora of 90’s grunge CDs.

And maybe. . .just maybe, that giant stuffed turkey.


And that, my friends, is why you should have a brownie.

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68 Responses to “Brownie Overload.”

  1. #
    Maria — April 30, 2010 @ 6:14 am

    I think brownies for breakfast are in order now. Love all of your recipes!


  2. #
    Evan Thomas — April 30, 2010 @ 6:14 am

    I may only be on breakfast, but I think I know what I’m having for dessert later–yum!


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    Diana — April 30, 2010 @ 6:15 am

    This post is pure torture! I’m trying to avoid baked goods for a while :p


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    Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg — April 30, 2010 @ 6:20 am

    I’m glad to hear that you endorse brownies from a box…it’s the only way I usually go, but I’ve always been embarrased to admit it :-)


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    Nicole @ Geek Turned Athlete — April 30, 2010 @ 6:20 am

    I don’t know what to say. Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmm. That was seriously too much brownie stimulation. I’m off to pass out now.


  6. #
    Kate — April 30, 2010 @ 6:22 am

    You’re so right! Brownies have magical effects on me too. I forget all about the large-mouth bass hanging over our television.

    Haha…keep these great recipes coming!


  7. #
    Kate — April 30, 2010 @ 6:23 am

    You’re so right…brownies make me forget all about the large-mouth bass hanging over my television. Keep up the great recipes!


  8. #
    Heather @ Side of Sneakers — April 30, 2010 @ 6:25 am

    I was hoping you were going to hand me a brownie at the end of that post ;)


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    Jolene ( — April 30, 2010 @ 6:25 am

    Those brownies all look SO moist! If you are using a boxed mix do you cook them less than what the box says to?


    • Jessica — April 30th, 2010 @ 6:29 am

      I usually put them in for about 5 minutes less than the box says, check them, and go from there!


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    Mackenzie@The Caramel Cookie — April 30, 2010 @ 6:25 am

    Um could you please send me a box of all those brownies? My mouth is watering….


  11. #
    Jil — April 30, 2010 @ 6:28 am

    Seriously – all of those brownies look out of this world. The cookies and cream are calling my name.


  12. #
    Heather — April 30, 2010 @ 6:37 am

    remember the other day when for the possibly 15th time in our blendship I went from your most recent post backwards, viewing at least 30 pages of your recipes in search for treats to bake? [seriously. if there was a howsweeteats cookbook, I would sleep with the thing. SERIOUSLY. publish it already. I’m not kidding.

    Sure, I read your posts when you publish them and note “oh. yum. ha. silly husband. ohmygodjessicajustateanothervegetablemaybesheissick. yum.” but i also visit your blog at LEAST twice a week to reference something i remember reading before.

    Remember that time you got the search for “mans job fish tacos” (or something) because all I could remember about your post is that you shoveled the day you made fish tacos. and those fish tacos arent even a “recipe” post as much as you just telling us what you made for dinner. I reference that post on my blackberry in the middle of the grocery store because i couldnt find old bay and (ahem) didnt actually know what it was.

    I come to your blog anytime I want to bring a treat to work. or make something sweet for my neighbors. Or convince a boy to like me bc of my baking charms. ahem. Or if i have an ingredient (read: coconut milk) and want to find something ot make with it. I visit your blog on days I am going to go to the grocery store because I may want to purchase something special to make something I may have said i was going to make and then forgotten about it and dont want to miss the opportunity to make it. (now that im old(er) i forget things a lot). I come to your blog when my former roommate, Ashely, sends me a text message asking me if i have any new recipes she should try out for a pot-luck dinner. I scan through your pages when I want to put good food photography on my kitchen walls. I scan through your posts when I’m hungry. (that is usually a mistake.)

    oh my god. i had a point in the beginning.
    remember the other day when i was scanning through your posts for treats to bring to work to celebrate my secret 27th birthday and then you threatened my life because i didnt TELL you it was for my birthday. ahem.

    well, while i was “flipping through pages” of the virtual cookbook that is HSE, I noticed; “Jessica really likes brownies. And she uses baking chocolate in them. I need to get baking chocolate so i can make brownies that way. There are like a billion brownie recipes.”

    and then you posted this.

    that is all.

    and by all, i would like to apologize for talking your ear off.
    or writing your eyes out. whatevs.


    • Jessica — April 30th, 2010 @ 6:50 am

      ‘mans job fish tacos’ was definitely one of the best searches ever.


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    Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen) — April 30, 2010 @ 6:38 am

    Those smore’s brownies won over my family! They absolutely LOVED them! I made them gluten and dairy free…but not taste free! I swear I just gained 15 pounds looking at this post! Have a great Friday!


  14. #
    Naomi (onefitfoodie) — April 30, 2010 @ 6:45 am

    your KILLIN me with this brownie action at 9:50 am in the morning because I want one of each of those…probably heavily weighed on the smores brownies :)


  15. #
    Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction — April 30, 2010 @ 6:48 am

    I should not be looking at this before I have eaten breakfast… I’m sooo craving brownies now.


  16. #
    Estela @ Weekly Bite — April 30, 2010 @ 6:59 am

    Okay… write your book already! If this post doesn’t justify that you need a publishing agent… I don’t know what does….

    One more thing… I’m normally on your side with everything you write, but…. I have to go with your hubby on this one… I can watch Urban Cowboy any time of the day. Maybe its a Texas thing ;)


  17. #
    Erica — April 30, 2010 @ 7:00 am

    I’m on chocolate overload just from reading :) Josh is sitting here with me and when he saw the Smores brownies he said, WHAT are those???


  18. #
    Avanika (Yumsilicious Bakes) — April 30, 2010 @ 7:19 am

    Oh yumm! You are killing me. If I didn’t have a cake in the oven this minute, I would be baking these brownies, for sure!


  19. #
    Jessica @ The Process of Healing — April 30, 2010 @ 7:21 am

    I’m ALL about homemade desserts but I have YET to find a recipe for brownies that beats the boxed versions.. but i’m always willing to prove that theory wrong!


  20. #
    Jae — April 30, 2010 @ 7:23 am

    Your brownies are literally making my mouth water like a crazy lady :)

    oh and I found this on foodbuzz top 9 for the day,
    they’re bacon cupcakes… thought you’d enjoy this :)
    Here’s the linkk


  21. #
    Mr. How Sweet It Is — April 30, 2010 @ 7:28 am


    There are so many things wrong in your post, where should I start?

    Waylon Jennings sang The Dukes of Hazzard theme. He was also the “The Balladeer,” or the person that would ask the viewers how they thought those ol’ Duke boys would get out of whatever jam they had gotten themselves in to. To read more on this man that was so much more than “tDoH” (he was an outlaw for cheese-n-rice sakes!), please go here..

    OK, next point, I don’t have a Dale Jr shirt. I do have a couple of hats but no shirt. Also, I would not wear that to the track. I get dressed up to go to the track. Some nice slacks and a polo button down or golf shirt and I’m ready to go. It’s like church. Also, I live by the motto, l”ook good, feel good, bet good.”

    Point numero three-o, Lookin at Lucky wins the 136th running of the Kentucy Derby despite having Post #1. You heard it here first. Even though you didn’t want to hear it. This horse is heads and shoulders above the rest of the field.

    #4…I’m getting hungry.

    #5….Urban Cowboy is a great movie. Charlie Daniels was in it. He sang “The Devil went down to Georgia” in the movie. Charlie Daniels loves the USA. The only thing that he may have loved more than this country was smoking weed back in the early 80s. Also, you are a lot like Sissy from that movie. When John Travolta’s character and she wed, they moved into a trailer. When we wed you moved into my apartment. Their love blossomed and grew despite some rocky roads. My love for you grows everyday.

    #6…I’m really hungry now. I’m getting weak. My blood sugar is dropping. Must. eat. something. soon.

    K love you!


    • Jessica — April 30th, 2010 @ 7:32 am

      I am just horrified that you said the word ‘slacks.’


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    Heather (Heather's Dish) — April 30, 2010 @ 7:33 am

    i’ve made every single one of those brownie recipes, and they are ALL fabulous! i’ll say the s’mores ones and the cappuccino ones are my personal favorites, but i have yet to meet anyone who doesn’t adore the peanut butter version :)


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    Madeline - Greens and Jeans — April 30, 2010 @ 7:33 am

    You always have me wanting chocolate for breakfast! Luckily, I need to make a treat for a birthday party tomorrow, so brownies just might be in order…


  24. #
    Camille — April 30, 2010 @ 7:35 am

    My mouth is watering all over my computer!


  25. #
    Kacy — April 30, 2010 @ 8:10 am

    You have that Southern bell look, so it would be a shame for you not to wear your large hat out in public. Not to side with the Mr. or anything. i’m just sayin’.

    I’m PMSing right now. That post gave me blue balls.


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    Lindsey — April 30, 2010 @ 8:17 am

    I cannot believe there isn’t a brownie recipe in here involving coconut! Where’s the coconut love?? :( I would love to see something along those lines… Mmmm…


    • Jessica — April 30th, 2010 @ 8:42 am

      You are correct. I must work on that!


  27. #
    Kelly — April 30, 2010 @ 8:23 am

    Agreed. Brownies are always a winner.


  28. #
    PippaPatchwork — April 30, 2010 @ 8:25 am

    Lol, I don’t usually eat a lot of brownies, but that was convincing! I’m intrigued by the s’mores…


  29. #
    Jessica Lee — April 30, 2010 @ 9:11 am

    I’ll take any of those brownies above. I’ve never heard of smores brownies before but they sound divine!


  30. #
    Alycia @ FitnFresh — April 30, 2010 @ 9:32 am

    umm wow those all look delicious, i almost wish i hadn’t seen this post! i’m going to be craving brownies like all day now! mmmm


  31. #
    Brittany — April 30, 2010 @ 9:59 am

    To be honest, I’ve never been a huge brownie fan. But this post may make me change my mind. :)


  32. #
    Jenn ( — April 30, 2010 @ 9:59 am

    Thank you for reminding us with eyegasms just how awesome and versatile brownies are! Now I have to go clean the drool off my keyboard. ;)



  33. #
    Erin — April 30, 2010 @ 10:21 am

    Oh I’m in heaven! Brownies are my favorite! Do you have a favorite base brownie recipe?


  34. #
    Ashley — April 30, 2010 @ 11:00 am

    I will take a plain brownie please!! I will email you my address ;) Hmmmm let’s do a food exchange!!


  35. #
    Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat — April 30, 2010 @ 11:42 am

    I don’t really consider myself a chocolate person, but you are seriously changing my mind! I remember in high school, my friend’s mum made brownies for her to take in and share with everyone. This friend’s mum is particularly chill when it comes to alcohol, and I’m pretty sure she might even put it in her cereal. Anyways, she sent my friend to school with Kahlua brownies and they were DIVINE.
    Thanks for the sugar rush for the eyes!! :)


  36. #
    katie — April 30, 2010 @ 11:46 am

    oh my gahhhh those brownies! im not a brownie girl-but sometimes they are SO GOOD WITH ICE CREAM!


  37. #
    Blond Duck — April 30, 2010 @ 12:01 pm

    Totally want a brownie, even though I’m allergic to chocolate and haven’t had one since I was 6.


  38. #
    Nicole @ Making Good Choices — April 30, 2010 @ 12:19 pm

    I have to make a dessert for a baby shower in school and everytime I come to your site I decide to make a new dessert. Really though I think PB brownies it is….until I see the next thing you post :)


  39. #
    Paige (running around normal) — April 30, 2010 @ 12:34 pm

    Annnd I’m making the Bailey’s brownies this weekend. Thanks for the reminder :D Oh, and the recipe ;)


  40. #
    homecookedem — April 30, 2010 @ 1:22 pm

    I want a brownie tasting plate!! All of them look incredible!! :)


  41. #
    Megan @ The Oatmeal Diaries — April 30, 2010 @ 3:45 pm

    WOW. I’m sold!!!


  42. #
    Beth — April 30, 2010 @ 3:46 pm

    Mmmm…brownies are my favorite thing EVER. The cappuccino brownies? Holy moly. Chocolate and coffee my two favorite flavors.


  43. #
    Pure2Raw Twins — April 30, 2010 @ 4:20 pm

    They all look decilous…although I am not a brownie, more a cookie and cake girl, but I would take a bite out of all of these!


  44. #
    dani — April 30, 2010 @ 4:38 pm

    holy crap, i think you MUST be married to someone in my family


  45. #
    april — April 30, 2010 @ 4:42 pm

    Dang.. you need to sell those creations!! You have me ready for dessert already!


  46. #
    Julie @ Wearing Mascara — April 30, 2010 @ 6:36 pm

    Mmmmmm now I want a brownie! Those peanut butter ones look ahmazing. Can’t wait to meet you next week!


  47. #

    I think I would like, no I would love all those brownies.


  48. #
    Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) — April 30, 2010 @ 7:38 pm

    i could use a shot. of baileys brownies right now. Great post, love Brownie Central action…all under one roof! yum!


  49. #
    Nicole, RD — May 1, 2010 @ 5:41 am

    I should have a brownie. With my coffee. S’mores…or cookies’n cream….s’mores or cookies’n cream…



  50. #
    Erica — May 1, 2010 @ 7:22 am

    Haha your posts always make me laugh! And those s’mores brownies were to die for. I need to catch up on all your brownie recipes as I am a sucker for brownies.



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