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Ghiradelli Brownie Mix - as is or alter recommendations?

I love the Ghiradelli Brownie Mix and plan to whip up a batch of brownies for a holiday party this weekend. They are quite delicious as is, but I was just wondering if anyone alters the added ingredient recommendations - 1/3 cup water, 1/3 cup vegetable oil and 1 egg? For example, do you ever use butter instead of vegetable oil or add an extra egg, etc? TIA.

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  1. I know someone who subs a couple tablespoons of Kahlua for some of the water... They're SO good...

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    1. re: Mild Bill

      I always, always sub Kahlua (or some other liquer -- Chambord is good with a few white chocolate chips as well, or Bailey's) for all of the water required in brownie mix, and add some good chocolate chunks as well. And make them in a smaller pan!

    2. We've covered the top in Peppermint Patties, After Eight Mint Squares, marshmallow and chocolate chips, caramel bits, used apple sauce instead of oil, added crushed nuts to the batter, added vanilla extract, brushed the top with Kahlua right out of the oven and added instant espresso powder (2 tsp.) to the batter, topped with raspberry puree once cooled and made a peanut butter layer onto of the brownie layer before baking.

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      1. re: HillJ

        Hope all of those additions were in the same panful!

        1. re: pine time

          lol, I tried editing it but couldn't get back in!

          No all different batches of course. My son happens to love this mix. Most of the experimentation is his.

      2. I've substituted coffee in place of the water.

        1. Usually I add chopped dried sour cherries to the batter. Spread ganache on the top.

          1. I know some people doctor it up but I guess was wondering if adding butter instead of the oil would make any difference. The Kahlua instead of water sounds great.

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            1. re: fldhkybnva

              I sub apple sauce for the oil, not butter.

              1. re: fldhkybnva

                I use butter instead of the oil. Brandy for part of the liquid and I add some espresso powder. Sometimes I put in some cinnamon.