Need Chocolate? Want something quick and easy. Here are 22 ways to dress up a brownie mix. I gleaned these ideas from the Sonlighter's Club forum several years ago and put all the ideas and comments into one document. Easy to find if you have a chocolate emergency.
How to Dress Up a boxed Brownie Mix
To one brownie mix--add:
1 Peppermint Prepare as usual - but put half in pan, line it all with unwrapped peppermint patties, then cover with remaining mix - bake as usual. (May bake batter the regular way, then cover with Andes mints when you take it out and when melted spread them for frosting)
2 Extra Peppermint Make brownies, but add 1 tsp peppermint extract. Then as soon as you take them out of the oven, put Andes mints on top - cover the whole thing if possible - let them melt, then spread out with a knife. They are awesome!
3 Brownie Sundae I love to serve make your own brownie sundaes for company desert. Brownie, ice cream, choc sauce, whipped cream, nuts, etc. It is always a big hit.
4 Toffee Prepare mix as usual - but put half in pan, line it all with Hershey Symphony bars, then cover with remaining mix - bake as usual.
5 Peanut Butter Cream Cheese… You make a brownie mix but on a pizza stone (my consultant used parchment paper for quick clean up). Bake & cool. Mix 1/4 C peanut butter w/ 8 oz cream cheese and 1/2 C brown sugar. Top the brownie with it. Chop up a few Reese's PB cups (or some such thing) and sprinkle over the brownie. Add sliced banana, cool whip and chocolate syrup.
6 M&M Recently, we have started sprinkling M&Ms on top of brownies before baking.
7 Chippers- Add chocolate chips, mint chips, toffee bits, etc.
8 Butterscotch If it's 'regular' cheap brownie mix, add one box fudge pudding mix, stir in butterscotch chips. We make triple batches and use a full bag of butterscotch chips.
9 Maple Instead of water, use 1/2 water, 1/2 maple syrup. Ohh-- those are scrumptious! I still use nuts in this one.
10 Peanut Butter and marshmallow Make the mix, half in the bottom of pan, sprinkle peanut butter chips across, then sprinkle mini marshmallows across and carefully put the rest of the brownie mix on top. OH what a nice gooey surprise!
11 Mississippi Mud Pie Mississippi Mud Pie. Brownie for the bottom, good coffee ice cream (I like Breyers), drizzle with chocolate sauce or hot fudge topping (I prefer the latter), sprinkle some chopped nuts and a few dabs of whipped cream (I like real whipping cream, whipped with a drop of vanilla).
12 Peanut Butter Mix your brownies as normal and pour in pan. Melt a couple of tablespoons of peanut butter in the microwave and pour over the brownies. Use a butter knife to marble the peanut butter through the mix. Bake as usual. Enjoy~ mmmmmm
13 Cheesecake Mix 8 oz. softened cream cheese, 1 egg, 1/3 c. sugar and 1 tsp. vanilla until smooth. Add some mini chocolate chips if desired. Now make your brownie mix, spread half in the pan, dollop on the cream cheese (spread as best you can) then dollop on the remaining brownie batter. Swirl through with a knife, then bake--like 10 or 15 minutes longer than usual.
14 Cookie Dough Add a cookie dough layer on top. 1 cup flour, 1/2 c butter, 1/2 brown sugar, and a 1 tsp vanilla and 1 cup chocolate chips. I think you could use this like a frosting after brownies are cooled or put it on before baking.
15 S'Mores A box of brownie mix, then put a package of chocolate chips, some marshmallows and crumbled graham crackers on top and bake a bit longer. It really DOES taste like S'mores, especially if you let the marshmallows brown a bit.
16 Turtle Sunday, I made some vanilla ice cream and topped the warmed brownies with that, Smucker's caramel sauce, and chopped pecans.
17 Cinnamon Once, in middle school, we dumped in a little box of red hot candies. Cinnamon! Yum
18 Dense If you like dense brownies (which I really do) mix the batter with a big spoon, just until mixed (try to get the least amount of air in there). And bake it for the minimum amount of time, so it is a little soft still.
19 Oatmeal Brownies Quick Cooking had a recipe for Oatmeal Brownies that I make quite often.
1 1/2 cups oatmeal
1/2 c flour
1/2 c brown sugar
1/2 t baking soda
1/2 c butter, melted
1 c M&Ms minis or chocolate chips
1/2 c chopped walnuts, optional
Combine, set aside 1 cup for topping, and put remaining in greased 15x10 pan. Spread prepared brownie mix on crust, sprinkle with reserved topping, and bake 350, 25-30 minutes. The crust doesn't always cover the bottom of the pan, maybe a 9X13 would work better. We love this recipe. Enjoy!
20 Dessert w/ Pudding Bake the large 9x13 box...I use a round baker. scoop out center and chop into pieces, combine 1/2 c cold milk, 3 tbsp instant coffee, 3.4 oz pkg of instant vanilla pudding and 12 oz cool whip. Fold in brownie pieces and spoon back into crust.
21 Almond Add some almond extract
22 Mocha Substitute coffee for the water.
I hope you enjoy this list. If you would like me to send you a PDF chart with these in a easy to use chart format, just send me an email. firstname.lastname@example.org