Your choice of brownie recipe depends partly on what type of brownies you want to end up with. Some are fudgy, some are cakey, some are chewy, and some are downright decadent.
buttertart’s go-to recipe is Nick Malgieri’s “supernatural” brownies, to which she adds 1/2 teaspoon baking powder, a few drops of almond extract, and walnuts or pecans, baking them only until solid in the center. These brownies must rest overnight before cutting to attain maximum fudginess. “They are completely different and nondescript if you don’t let them rest,” says buttertart. “It IS supernatural what happens to them.”
chowser likes the Malgieri recipe when she wants something chewy, but says that these man-catcher brownies are chocolaty, thick, and decadent, while CHOW’s Intense Brownies have a more adult flavor. When she wants to gild the lily, she makes Dorie Greenspan’s chipster-topped brownies, which are topped with a layer of chocolate-chip cookie dough.
Or you could always take the easy way out.