5 Ways to Get Creative with Your Brownie Recipe
Whether you like the moist middle, chewy edge, or crisp corner, who doesn’t love a good brownie? Sometimes plain brownies can seem a little dull, though. If you’re making brownies from scratch or just whipping up a boxed mix, it’s easy to jazz up this classic treat. Here are five simple ways to take your brownies from boring to extraordinary.
What’s a “brookie,” you ask? It’s a cross between a brownie and a cookie! Simply prepare your brownie batter and place it into a pan. Then, unwrap a tube of your favorite cookie dough and drop small dollops onto your batter. (Tip: If you let the dough sit on the counter for a few minutes it will soften slightly and become easier to work with.) Using a knife, swirl the dough across your batter for a decorative effect. Bake according to your brownie recipe’s instructions, and you’ll have a delicious batch of “brookies” that are sure to be a hit with your family and friends.
What could possibly make a brownie better? Putting candy in it, of course! Whether you like toffee bits, candy-coated chocolates or peanut butter cups, you can’t go wrong adding your favorite sweets into your batter. Experiment with various types of candy bars until you find your perfect combination. You can even add several kinds at one time to create “everything but the kitchen sink” brownies! Biting into a brownie with chunks of a familiar treat baked throughout is a delightful treat.
Did you know that a standard brownie recipe can be a great way to create a gourmet indulgence? Prepare your brownies as you normally would and let cool. Using a teaspoon or small cookie dough scoop, portion out the brownies into small pieces. Then, roll each piece in your hands until it forms a ball. That’s where your creativity comes into play! You can dust the balls with cocoa, nuts, sprinkles, chocolate shavings or toasted coconut. You might even decide to dip them in melted dark chocolate for a truly decadent experience. The possibilities are endless! The truffles can also be placed on sticks to make fun and tasty brownie pops that will appeal to both kids and adults.
Have fun with fillings
It’s easy to create an inventive dessert just by including something special in between your brownies. Prepare a batch of your basic brownies, let cool, and use a serrated knife to form two separate layers. Now you’re ready to add your choice of filling. Use creamy, milk chocolate frosting or jarred hot fudge sauce to really pump up your brownies’ chocolate intensity. Vanilla frosting or marshmallow crème are also good options. You can even spread some slightly softened ice cream between the layers, cut into bars, and then freeze for a couple of hours to make delicious homemade ice cream sandwiches. Whatever filling you choose, your brownies will taste decidedly out-of-the-ordinary.
Broaden your definition of brownies
Who says brownies have to be made in bar form? Try preparing brownies in muffin or cupcake cups with a small piece of chocolate in the middle to create a molten cake effect. Bake your batter in a loaf pan to make delicious “brownie bread” that can be sliced and served with hazelnut spread. You can even make brownies in a pie tin to use as the base for your favorite pie, such as strawberry or peanut butter. By stretching the limits of what a brownie can be, you can really take your treats over-the-top!
Brownies are often thought of as an old-fashioned baked good, but they don’t have to be. By using any one of these simple tips, you’ll impress your family and friends with your modern spin on a classic. So go beyond the traditional and create a new favorite today!