I created this recipe because my sister-in-law really enjoys hazelnuts and is always asking me to bake with them. A plate of these rich, chocolaty bites makes a great gift, too. —Laura Majchrzak, Hunt Valley, Maryland
I have to give my husband credit for this idea—since we love chocolate and orange together, he suggested I come up with this recipe. Now they're not only his favorite, but also the whole family's. I'm always asked to bake these brownies for family gatherings. —Elinor Townsend, North Grafton, Massachusetts
Brownies are a common dessert in our household - they're just about the only form of chocolate my husband will eat! I love this version that makes a big batch and has a rich cream-cheese layer in the center.
This is such an easy dessert that everyone goes crazy over! I have brought it to church and work potlucks, and everyone always begs for more. The recipe is so easy—it goes together in a snap. —Ann Vick, Rosemount, Minnesota
"This is such a sophisticated dessert!," rhapsodizes Agnes Ward in Stratford, Ontario. "Each rich, fudge-like brownie is bursting with fresh, plump red raspberries and topped with a dreamy, bittersweet ganache. It’s true perfection for chocolate lovers of all ages!"
This brownie recipe from Lucie Fitzgerald of Spring Hill, Florida is perfect for creating ice cream sandwiches. All you need is 4 cups softened ice cream. Cut the brownie in half widthwise; spread one half with ice cream and top with the other half of the brownie. Wrap in plastic and freeze, then cut into desired shapes - you'll have a treat everyone will enjoy!
Friends have told me these are the best brownies they've ever eaten. That includes one man who ordinarily does not like cream cheese. Since there are peanuts in both the bars and the frosting, nut lovers will clamor for them.
Oatmeal and wheat germ add a nutritious touch to these fudgy brownies sent in by Marilyn Yates of Roanoke, Virginia. "This recipe seems too good to be true, but these brownies really taste great," she assures. TIP: Use 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons of semisweet chocolate chips if you don't have six semisweet chocolate squares.