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how to doctor up brownies from a box??

Usually I am an only from scratch girl but I have to bake for a party tomorrow night and am already making cupcakes and homemade frosting. We need one more sweet thing hwoever so I thought in an effort to save my sanity I would use a box to make the brownies (which i actually prefer!). Anyone have any great tricks to doctor them up, maybe with carmel chips etc, just to make them a little more special? Thanks a million

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  1. I add a little instant espresso to the batter and swirl some peanut butter in too!

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    1. re: MellieMac

      Yes, espresso powder is a great addition.

      Or swirl some good raspberry jam on the top of the batter (warm the jam b/f swirling). You could swirl the warmed jam w/ some cream cheese (beat 1/3 cup sugar, 3 oz crm chs, 2t flour, 1/2 t vanilla, 1 egg white) over the brownie mix too.

      1. re: MellieMac

        How much espresso do you add in?

        1. re: Sarah

          1-2 Tablespoons, depending on how much added flavor you want.

      2. Start with the Ghiradelli brownie mix. I too prefer to bake from scratch but these are so good, I haven't made my own since I discovered these!

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        1. re: kavikat

          I agree! The Ghiradelli brownie mix is wonderful.

        2. Stir extra butter (as much as you dare?) into the batter and pour in a few glugs of rum. I had a friend in school who used to make these and they were fabulous.

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          1. My mom always just adds chocolate chips and people rave about them.

            1. Orange zest or some smushy banana in the batter.

              I like brownies with instant espresso too.

              Mini chips, like you say, or maybe little pieces of Peppermint Patty, or the itsy-bitsy Peppermint Patty pieces if you can find them.

              Ice them with some minty or caramel-y frosting.

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              1. re: foxy fairy

                foxy, i looked in vain all holiday season for those miniature peppermint patty chips. ;-(

                  1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                    ghg, thanks. where's the white "filling" in the chip? tastes the same?

                    1. re: alkapal

                      actually, i have no idea - i've never used them. i just hunted them down for you because i was curious to see where one might find them. but if you look at the photo on this page...

                      http://www.bakingchipstore.com/index....

                      ...it appears as though they really are just teeny versions of the regular patties - white filling and all.

                      btw, in my search i also came across "andes mints" baking bits. they're little square chips, and judging from the picture on the box they have that green mint center layer in them just like the larger ones do...

                      http://www.candy7.com/andes_baking_ch...

                      1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                        you are right! miniature yorks! yeah!!

                  2. re: alkapal

                    Use the whole peppermint patty! They are gorgeous when you slice into the brownie. Just put in a little batter, spread it around, arange the patties on top and then the rest of the batter on top.
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                      1. re: alkapal

                        i'd call them "peppermint surprise" ;)