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Posted: 9/27/2013 1:47:14 PM
I have a box of brownie mix I was going to make this afternoon but would like to liven them up a little bit.

Is there something you add to make them a little more fancy?



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Posted: 9/27/2013 1:55:58 PM
Pecans and caramel sauce.


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Posted: 9/27/2013 1:58:51 PM
I add chopped walnuts and when they come out of the oven I put a large Hershey bar on top. As soon as it's melted, I spread it evenly over the top. My grandsons love them


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Posted: 9/27/2013 1:59:08 PM
put chocolate chips on them when I them out of the oven. When they melt i spread it over them and let it set up. Or i add them into the batter
























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Posted: 9/27/2013 2:06:09 PM
I use the Ghirardelli brownies when I do this but I'm sure any would work.

Mix the batter and put half in the pan. Then break a Symphony bar (I get the one with nuts and toffee in it) and place the pieces on top of the batter around the pan. Then I add the rest of the batter on top. Bake. Oh yum!


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Posted: 9/27/2013 2:10:11 PM
Chopped peanuts and raisins.

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Posted: 9/27/2013 2:11:45 PM
I switch out butter for butternut squash, no taste difference but cuts the fat.




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Posted: 9/27/2013 2:17:10 PM
I add 1/2 kaluha and 1/2 water

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Posted: 9/27/2013 2:20:28 PM
Smash up 1/2 box of thin mints and add to any brownie mix or recipe for thin mint brownies. They're good with or without frosting, but if I frost them I use whatever chocolate frosting i have handy and add a few drops of mint extract. We call them crack brownies because they're so addictive.
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Posted: 9/27/2013 2:27:37 PM
14 yr old dd always puts chocolate chips in hers


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Posted: 9/27/2013 2:30:58 PM
I drink Champagne or a nice sparkling wine while I eat them

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Posted: 9/27/2013 2:41:22 PM
Instead of water use coffee. And boy oh boy the rest of these ideas sound great!


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Posted: 9/27/2013 2:46:19 PM
Love these ideas!

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Posted: 9/27/2013 3:33:47 PM
Substitute oil for Blood Orange olive oil.

The owner of an olive oil shop in the area recommended it... I was a bit skeptical, but bought a bottle after I nearly inhaled his basket of samples. The brownies did not last the evening! My DH & DS were practically scrapping off the teflon from my pan.

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Posted: 9/27/2013 4:02:08 PM
I sprinkle coconut on top of the batter in the pan and then bake as usual. People RAVE about it and ask where I got them. LOL.

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Posted: 9/27/2013 4:13:14 PM
I had brownies with some kind of cherry stuff mixed in at a church dinner. They were great. I haven't been able to find a recipe for it, does anyone know what I'm talking about and have a recipe?

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Posted: 9/27/2013 4:25:03 PM
Mix up the brownie mix and spread half in a pan. Lay down a layer of whole graham crackers and then layer mini marsh mallows. Drizzle with the rest of the brownie mix and bake. S'mores brownies!!!!


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Posted: 9/27/2013 4:48:09 PM
I add chocolate chips to the batter, then frost the top with chocolate frosting. Yummy!


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Posted: 9/27/2013 5:06:07 PM
I add chocolate chips or peanut butter chips. YUM!


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Posted: 9/27/2013 5:58:04 PM
Chopped peanut butter cups in the batter and then drizzle the tops after baking with chocolate and peanut butter that's been melted together.

Another few ideas I will need to try soon!

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Posted: 9/27/2013 6:10:15 PM
We put globs of peanut butter in the batter and swirl it around. We have also put in half the batter then put down a couple regular Hershey bars then top with rest of batter. My girls LOVE it that way- I think it's just ok and not very good when the brownies aren't warm.


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Posted: 9/27/2013 6:14:04 PM
I had brownies with some kind of cherry stuff mixed in at a church dinner. They were great. I haven't been able to find a recipe for it, does anyone know what I'm talking about and have a recipe?



Hmmm.. sounds yummy! I don't have a recipe, but they might have added canned cherries to it. Allrecipes.com probably has something.

I am going with MergeLeft's answer mmmmmm... pecans and caramel sauce!


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Posted: 9/27/2013 6:15:06 PM
I mix two ghiradelli mixes, one with chocolate chips and one with the fudge packet. I then add lots of nuts--pecans or walnuts. I use a 13x9" pan.

I only bake the brownies until they're set in th middle but still gooey.

Then serve with vanilla bean ice cream.



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Posted: 9/27/2013 6:24:00 PM
Blend a package of softened cream cheese and an egg. After you spread the brownie batter in the pan, drop spoonfuls of the cream cheese mixture on top the lightly swirl in with a knife. Yum!


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Posted: 9/27/2013 6:24:17 PM
I always add walnuts or pecans.

Sometimes I add chocolate chips to the batter before baking.

Sometimes I add half kahlua/half water (never thought to use coffee, but will try it).

I've added craisins before. DH liked it, me not so much.

Make cream cheese swirl brownies. SO good.

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Posted: 9/27/2013 8:08:34 PM
Pecans for sure, I always use an extra egg - makes it more cake like and not so chewy. Carmel chips are fabulous added, especially in a dark chocolate brownie mix.


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Posted: 9/27/2013 8:20:44 PM
Try substituting flavored coffee creamer for the water...I have a recipe that calls for that, along with a couple of layers of other stuff.

My favorite boxed brownie mix is Betty Crocker. They always come out so soft and gooey. We just scoop them out of the pan by the spoonful.


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Posted: 9/28/2013 10:32:37 AM
OMG! These all sound AMAZING! My 9 year old DD loves brownies!

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Posted: 9/28/2013 10:36:43 AM
I swirl caramel sauce into the pan, or I add crushed toffee bits to the tops as soon as they come out of the oven. MMMMM!!!!

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Posted: 9/28/2013 8:18:47 PM
I pour a bag of chocolate chips in a jar and add 1/4 tsp mint extract. Shake to mix. Best if let sit overnight for flavoring to absorb into the chips. Ok to use immediately too. Throw a handful into the batter and sprinkle a few more on top before baking. Yum! Mint is strong so only 1/4 tsp is needed for the whole bag of chips.

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Posted: 9/28/2013 8:20:33 PM
Slightly undercook them so they're gooey. Serve warm with vanilla ice cream and chocolate syrup or hot fudge.


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Posted: 9/28/2013 8:59:36 PM
I'll have to find recipe link.

Lightly spray mini cupcake holders before adding brownie batter.

Shoot, I need the link. As soon as they're removed from the oven, press the middle w/the back of the spoon. Add a melted peanut butter mixture, and then sprinkle chocolate & peanut butter chips on top.

They're so good! My son's friends request them when they are hanging out.

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Posted: 9/28/2013 9:18:54 PM
drop dulce de leche into the pan before baking and swirl it in.

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Posted: 9/28/2013 9:21:04 PM
Yummy!!!

So many great ideas...thanks!!!



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Posted: 9/28/2013 9:21:13 PM
Yummy!!!

So many great ideas...thanks!!!



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Posted: 9/28/2013 9:27:20 PM
I had a guy friend once bring brownies to my party. Everyone raved about them. When asked for the recipe, he said he used a brownie mix, dome pecans and about a pound of chocolate. Well played Mr Chocoholic, well played.


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Posted: 9/28/2013 9:40:40 PM
I put Andes mints on top just as they come out of the oven. They seem to be a hit. You could also try the cherry ones.

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Posted: 9/28/2013 10:05:51 PM
Tablespoon of (good) instant coffee.

Or

Decrease water by a tablespoon or two and add an equal amount of either Kirschwasser (German style cherry brandy)


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Posted: 9/29/2013 7:29:09 AM
This recipe sounds delish

Yum


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Howdiheidi, perhaps they were a Black Forest Brownie



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Posted: 9/29/2013 10:41:05 AM
My dh broke pieces of a couple Oreo poptarts and put that in the mix. They were pretty good.

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Posted: 9/29/2013 12:52:14 PM
Put blobs of chocolate chip cookie dough on top of the brownie batter before baking.


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A little sweetened condensed milk added to batter with white chocolate chips


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Posted: 9/29/2013 4:36:32 PM
My go to fixes: Peanut butter chips (my favorite), chopped up Snickers bars, or marshmallows (put them on when almost done) and chocolate chips on top!

I think I'm going to go make some now with coffee though. I love chocolate cake made that way, never thought to try it with brownies!

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Bake a small scoop inside a mound of chocolate chip cookie dough.

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Posted: 9/29/2013 7:00:39 PM
OMG, so many amazing ideas! Definitely trying the flavored coffee creamer and the swirled caramel sauce or toffee chips! YUM


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Posted: 9/29/2013 9:04:30 PM
Love all these ideas...they all sound delicious.

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Posted: 9/29/2013 9:13:40 PM
cut reeses cups into 4ths. lots of reeses cups...then mix them in the batter and enjoy!


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