What do chocolate chip cookies, apple pie and brownies have in common? They’re all classics.

Each one is a winner in my book, but today is National Brownie Day so I’m taking some time to recognize the delectable, chocolate treat that has been around since the late 1800s. That’s right! Brownies have been around for over 100 years and they’re just as popular today as they were when they were invented.

Here’s a little history lesson. The first brownie recipe came from a woman named Bertha Palmer — a prominent Chicago-based socialite who was married to the owner of the Palmer House Hotel. On the night of Chicago’s World Columbian Expedition, she asked her pastry chef for a cake-like dessert that could be packed in lunches.

The result was what we all know as the brownie. And boy am I thrilled that she made that request!

While the first brownie recipe was filled with walnuts and covered in apricot glaze, plenty of brownie recipes have surfaced over the last century. If you’d like to celebrate National Brownie Day by baking some of your own, you can find some of my favorite brownie renditions below.

Scroll down to find my sheet cake!

Brownie Recipes To Make At Home

Apple Brownies

Who says brownies have to be filled with chocolate? I love this Harvest Apple Brownie recipe because you’ll get a taste of sweetness and tartness in every bite.

I first tried these when I was working in Indiana, but I still make them all the time. They’re an incredible fall treat but you can certainly bake them as a year-round dessert!

The instructions are fairly easy to follow and the baking process takes only 30 minutes. If you’d like to see the whole recipe, you can find it HERE.

Brownie Chip Cookies

These aren’t technically brownies, but they sure taste like them! They’re my super simple brownie chip cookies and they make the perfect after-dinner treat.

I’m all about making recipes as easy as possible and this one is no different. You make it with store-bought brownie mix — eliminating a lot of the steps you’d need in a normal brownie recipe. Plus, it only requires four ingredients and shouldn’t take more than 30 minutes from start to finish.

Great for snacking or for gifting to neighbors! Find the whole recipe HERE.

Fudgy Chocolate Sheet Cake

If you’re a chocolate lover you’ll be head over heels for this recipe. It’s called my Fudgy Chocolate Sheet Cake and it’s perfect for large gatherings since it gives you lots of servings.

While they might not be brownies, they sure look like them when they’re cut into squares. To make it at home, you can see the whole recipe HERE.

You’ll want to start by mixing together all the necessary ingredients. After, you’re going to bake it into a 10″ x 15″ baking sheet at 350-degrees for about 20 to 25 minutes. My favorite part is finishing it off with delicious frosting when the cake cools. It will certainly keep people coming back for seconds!

If you’d like some festive baking pans, platters and serving trays, I found a few online that I think you’ll like. Just click on one of the photos below to check them out.

From my kitchen to yours,

Jill

Find more of my dessert recipes here:
Cookies and Cream Fudge
German Chocolate Caramel Cake
Historic Maine Inn Pecan Pie