Brownies have many advantages for any home cook. Unlike cookies, you don’t have to shape them or drop them or slice them individually. You don’t even have to bake them separately, you just spread the mixture in a pan and bake. What could be more simple? Also, there are many ways to change up the recipe depending on what you want to do. Any type of chips or chunks can be used, whether milk chocolate, dark chocolate, semisweet, big chips, little chips, chocolate chunks, peanut butter chips, butterscotch chips etc. Not only that, if you like nuts, you can throw in pretty much whatever nuts you like, walnuts are popular for brownies, but almonds, pecans, peanuts, macadamias, pretty much any nut you like will work. Brownies can be chewy or cakelike, they don’t need frosting at all, but you can can still spread some frosting on them if you like. Brownies are really one of the ultimate comfort foods, especially when they are still warm.