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Help turn my brownie mix into something good

Alice Patis Dec 4, 2006 10:28 PM

So I bought this box of brownie mix from TJs that I wanted to use for my work holiday potluck (since I'm lazy and don't have much time to cook/bake on weekday eves). But lo and behold, someone just signed up to bring brownies before I could. Drat. Anything I can do with the brownie mix other than brownies? Not cookies, that was taken also. I tried to google "brownie mix" as an ingredient but I keep turning up brownie recipes.

Actual recipes would be appreciated, but not required. Like if you tell me you remember an excellent dessert that had a layer of crumbled brownies, a layer of caramel, etc that might help me realize brownies & caramel go together (do they?). Bonus points for something that appeals to the masses, not the gourmet (potluck, remember?).

And yes I could think of bringing something completely different but I'm determined to use that brownie mix!

  1. mintchip Dec 7, 2006 10:15 PM

    I always add a capful of vanilla, and subsitute leftover (cold) coffee for the water. Sometimes I do half coffee and half kaluha. also - I slightly underbake them (just by a few minutes).

    mint chips (from trader joes) and 1/2 t. mint extract are also a big hit.

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      1rawsugarcap Dec 6, 2006 12:23 AM

      How about turning it into Chocolate Gingerbread by adding cloves, ginger, brown sugar and black pepper and subbing some molasses for the oil?

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        Fleur Dec 5, 2006 09:41 PM

        When I bake Brownies from a mix, I leave out the oil, substituting the same amount of melted and cooled butter. Fudgy and delicious.

        1. Katie Nell Dec 5, 2006 01:16 PM

          I always thought these looked good, the espresso glaze especially... http://www.foodnetwork.com/food/recip...

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            cooknKate Dec 5, 2006 12:55 PM

            Coffee is good in brownies. And it's good WITH them too!

            I love to add toffee bits, cappucino chips, and caramel ice cream topping swirled into the batter before cooking. But not all in the same pan!

            1. King of Northern Blvd Dec 5, 2006 12:00 AM

              Your mention of caramel with brownies got me excited. I am not a sweets person at all but they definitely go together. There are Turle brownies etc.

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                Kelli2006 Dec 4, 2006 11:54 PM

                2 boxes of brownie mix baked in 8" cake pans are the start to making the "death by Chocolate cake. You will need ganache, and chocolate butter cream, and bittersweet chocolate shavings, plus truffles for garnish.

                I like to add a bit of instant coffee crystal to the brownie mix, to accentuate the flavor.


                caramel added to brownies make turtles brownies.

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                  virtualfrolic Dec 7, 2006 08:11 PM

                  The idea of the chocolate cake reminded me of something I used to make alot - an oreo brownie cake.
                  *Bake 2 boxes of brownie mix in a 13x9 pan (or 2 smaller pans). *Make frosting or buy vanilla frosting.
                  *Crush a handful of oreo cookies in a plastic bag
                  *Add crushed oreos to the frosting
                  *Use the frosting as filling (between the 2 brownie layers) and on top of the cake.
                  *Garnish with any extra oreos

                  This cake is INTENSE, a lot of people loved this cake!

                  Blog: http://virtualfrolic.blogspot.com/

                2. chowser Dec 4, 2006 11:08 PM

                  I've never made this but it seems like something that would appeal to the masses. A brownie trifle:

                  http://www.cooks.com/rec/view/0,1913,...

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                    stacylyn Dec 5, 2006 11:49 AM

                    I was definitely going to suggest a Trifle. SO EASY and it looks pretty, too. Layer brownies with either pudding, mousse, or even flavored whipped cream, candy crumbles of your choice, oreo bits, hot fudge, caramel.....endless possibilities.

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                    OnceUponABite Dec 4, 2006 11:06 PM

                    ice cream sandwiches with brownies as the "bread"

                    1. HillJ Dec 4, 2006 10:34 PM

                      for the kidlets:
                      S'more Brownies
                      After you make the brownies turn the oven to broiler. Place a full bag of mini marshmellows and mini choc chips on top and broil until marshmellows are toasted.

                      for the grownups:
                      Poke a few fork holes across the top of your baked brownies. Brush Frangelico or another "toasty" liquer on top of warm from the oven brownies.

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