December 8 beckons brownie-lovers to indulge in their favorite delicious sweet treat. New Orleans is famous for its cuisine, so why not partake in National Brownie Day in one of the tastiest cities on earth? Below are places that offer the best and chocolatiest brownies NOLA has to offer.
Bittersweet Confectioners was founded by local Cheryl Scripter in 2002 with "a mission to create an exceptional collection of chocolates using local ingredients and superior chocolate." This bakery and café will make you a birthday cake or a wedding cake and truly has everything in between, even breakfast, lunch, and brunch. They offer a wide range of sweets and even a mini dessert tray, which includes brownies, lemon bars, peanut butter bars, cheesecakes, tarts, truffles, and chocolate-covered strawberries. Bittersweet Confections' sweet and flavorful brownies will give you a chocolate fix on December 8. 725 Magazine St, (504) 523-2626, bittersweetconfections.com
Gracious Bakery + Cafe
This bakery creates their desserts daily, by hand, and from scratch. They prioritize using high-quality ingredients, such as Plugra butter and King Arthur unbleached and unbromated flour, because they believe that baking with the most pure ingredients creates the best-tasting desserts. Aside from desserts, they also offer breakfast, sandwiches, and salads—but their brownies are truly remarkable. Gracious Bakery's brownies are dense and gooey with cream-cheese icing. And beyond the delicious and chocolatey brownies, customers often rave about the friendliness and sweetness of the staff—maybe they get it from the desserts! Multiple Locations, graciousbakery.com
Levee Baking Co.
Levee is named from the French verb lever, which means to rise; however, this one word is multi-dimensional in its meaning: Levees surround New Orleans; lever means to rise, as bread does; and it is the street where Margaret Haughery, the bread woman of New Orleans, had her bakery. Levee Baking Co. offers a variety of cookies; kouign amann, which is comparable to butter cake; a plethora of croissants, cinnamon rolls, hand pies with homemade jam and filling; and more. They also offer the flavorful and moist rye brownie, which will leave you wanting more. Spend National Brownie Day with this inviting brownie, and you'll consider it a day well spent. 3138 Magazine St., (504) 354-8708, leveebakingco.com
Laurel Street Bakery
Hillary Guttman, who founded Laurel Street Bakery, recollects what a difference her bakery made following Hurricane Katrina. "We were pretty beat up—the whole city," she explains. "But people would walk into my bakery, and smiles would appear." Come to this beacon-of-light bakery for sweet treats that are crafted by hand and baked fresh in the oven. Laurel Street Bakery offers fudge walnut brownies and cream-cheese Brownies, as well as other delicious chocolate treats. This place will become your new favorite sweet spot, and aside from desserts, they offer breakfast and lunch options as well. 2701 Broad St., (504) 897-0576, laurelstreetbakery.com
Haydel's Bakery has been serving New Orleans freshly baked cookies, cakes, and pastries for three generations. This bakery originally started out as a 24-hour window service shop yet grew exponentially and became a full-fledged family-owned business. Haydel's Bakery especially flourishes during Mardi Gras season, as they ship thousands of king cakes nationally and internationally. Haydel's Bakery offers the pecan brownie petit four, which is made from scratch and expertly combines chocolate fudge and authentic Southern pecans. If you find that you can't get enough of these brownies, you can order them to be shipped in batches of 24 pieces. 4037 Jefferson Hwy., (504) 837-0190, haydelsbakery.com