The Best Brownie Recipes For Your Holiday Party

brownies with a pitcher and glass of milk

Still twiddling your thumbs trying to figure out what to make for the holiday party? Stop worrying about it and make one of these simple and delicious Thanksgiving and Christmas inspired brownie recipes. They’re the perfectly sweet finish line to your culinary 10K.  Your friends, family, and taste buds will thank you as you drift off into your food coma.

Turtle Brownies: The name says it all. The delicious candy transforms into a brownie for this decadent recipe.

A Chocolate turtle brownie

Super Cream Cheese Brownies: A quick and easy brownie recipe that uses a box mix but adds a tremendous depth of flavor with cream cheese.

Brownies made with cream cheese

Peppermint Brownies: Bring the flavor of a candy cane to your dessert table with this minty recipe.

a brownie made with peppermint at a holiday table

Make sure you follow some simple tips to making better brownies:

Measure, measure, measure: Admittedly, I can’t bake to save my life. My problem is that I never care enough to measure the exact amount of each ingredient. I’ll usually wind up with a soupy disaster instead of a delicious baked good. Learn from my stubbornness and measure as precisely as you can.

Use the right tools! If the recipe calls for an 10-inch loaf pan, use it. Don’t try to make them in a pie tin, you’ll wind up with soup. Don’t try to make them on a cookie sheet, you’ll wind up with a slab of burnt concrete. Also, take it from me, mixing a cake batter with your hands doesn’t cut it.

Storing: In the event that these awesome recipes don’t get gobbled up immediately after you serve them, immediately place them in an airtight container. They’ll be okay at room temperature for three days; five days are okay in the fridge. If you want to freeze leftover brownies, be prepared to wrap each one in plastic wrap, then in foil, and then place it in an airtight freezer bag. You do want them to still taste good, right? Then you have to cover it in all three.

I hope that you and the people close to you have a happy, restful, and delicious Thanksgiving with lots of laughs, love, and brownies.


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