Monday, September 8, 2014

Review: Extreme Brownies by Connie Weis

Title:Extreme Brownies: 50 Recipes for the Most Over-the-Top Treats Ever
Author: Connie Weis
Format: egalley
Pub. Date: September 9th 2014
Source: Netgalley & Andrews McMeel Publishing


Four and a half stars, rounded up.


Extreme Brownies is a baking cookbook that includes fifty recipes for some of the most delicious sounding brownies I've ever seen in my life. Just saying.

This book is divided into sections. The beginning and tail sections are filled with helpful tips on how to buy ingredients, cut and store brownies, convert measurements and more. The recipe themselves are split into to parts, brownies and blondies. That's a huge plus for me, because while I do love brownies (I wouldn't have picked this up if I didn't!) I don't like chocolate overdose. I like that blondies are offered for those of us who want to ease off the chocolate now and then.

I do wish there had been more pictures. I'm an extremely visual person when it comes to cooking and baking, and when something is as pretty as these gourmet-styled brownie, it would have been helpful to see how each one is supposed to look. While I do understand that color prints are expensive, I'd pay the extra money.

That being said, the pictures that were included were stunning. Even the more simple sounding brownies looked incredible, and would impress at any party. The ingredients range from all types of candies and chocolates to different fruits and even some unexpected spices. My only complaint about the ingredients was that there are so many that have marshmallows in them, something of which I'm not a huge fan. But, I'll just leave those out when I make them.

There are very few recipes in this book that I do not want to try. And I really appreciated her handy tips on how to easily find fractions or switch ingredients. Some of the ones that I'm most excited to try are Red, White, and Blueberry White Chocolate Blondies, Montmorency Tart Cherry Black Forest Brownies, and Spicy Cinnamon Baja Brownies.

All in all, this is a super approachable book that anyone who loves dessert can appreciate. Thanks to Netgalley and Andrews McMeel Publishing for my copy in exchange for my honest review.


  1. A book for brownies? Yes please! This review is great, and I love that you mentioned this book has blondies recipes, that's a perk for me as I too don't appreciate chocolate overdoses. I'm a lot more inclined to go for vanilla cupcakes than the chocolate ones because of the over richness of the chocolate. (Not that I don't enjoy me a chocolate cupcake once in a while, I'm not a savage.)

  2. I have this one for review next week. It's amazing how different feel can be between two people for the same book. The images were gorgeous though. I would have liked a lot more of them as well :)

    1. Aw were you not so much a fan?

    2. Kinda in the middle? I liked parts but overall feel this one wasn't quite for my personality I don't think. I'm trying one of the recipes this week though. Hopefully it'll go well :)

    3. So can't remember the name but they're stuffed with peanut butter cups then have a chocolate and peanut butter drizzle over them. Looked pretty good :)