I’m not a super chocolate lover, but I do love brownies.  I like them crisp on the edges and chewy inside.   There are so many recipes out there and I’m sure you have your favorite.  Even the boxed brownie mixes are good.  Sam’s Club sells Ghiradelli Ultimate Chocolate Brownie Mix (4 packages to a box).  What makes them stand out is they come with chunks of chocolate chips.  So let’s take your favorite recipe or a boxed mix and take them to the next level with unique flavors and combinations.

Brownie/Chocolate Chip Cookie

Here is a really good recipe that I got from my sister-in-law. Make your favorite brownie mix and spread in a pan. Sprinkle coconut over the top and bake as directed.  Allow to cool.  Take homemade or store bought chocolate chip cookie mix and spread it onto a pan the same dimensions as your brownie pan. Put walnuts on top and bake as directed.  Pour some caramel over the cooled brownie and place the chocolate chip cookie on top.  Hmmmmm….. this is so delicious and even better if you add some ice cream!

Coconut Macaroon Brownies

Ingredients:

  • Brownie Mix (may need 2)
  • 1 package sweetened coconut (about 4 cups)
  • 1 14 ounce sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Prepare the brownie mix and spread half into a 13 by 9 inch baking dish. Mix the remaining ingredients and spread on top of the brownie mix. Top with remaining brownie. If you use a double batch of brownies, it will take about 60 minutes to cook.

Frosted Brownies

Any flavor of frosting will work.  Make your favorite frosting or buy one you really like and after the brownies have cooled, frost them for added flavor. Here’s my favorite:

Cream Cheese Filling

  • 8 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 1/3 cup granulated white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 large egg

Mix together and spread the filling over half the brownie mix and then cover with the remaining brownie mix.  Bake as recipe calls for.

Caramel Topping

Make or buy some caramel and drizzle it over the brownie after it is baked.  Here is a simple way (via Curtis Stone and GMC Trade Secrets) to make your own caramel sauce.  Some people will add a tablespoon of butter for an even creamier sauce.

Candy Filled Brownies

Spread half the brownie mix into the pan then lay down a layer of your favorite candy bar – York Peppermint Patties, Heath, M&M’s, Reeses Peanut Butter Cups or Snickers.  Spread the rest of the brownie mix on top and bake as called for by recipe.  Or use flavored chocolate chips like butterscotch, mint, or white chocolate.

Mixed Into the Brownie

Mix in different kinds of nuts, like walnuts, pecans or macadamia nuts.  Add extra chocolate chips or white chocolate chips.  Mash up a banana and add it to the batter.  Or how about some dried raisins or cherries?

And here is something totally different:  Brush on some Kahlua right after the brownies come out of the over.  To me brownies are the best dessert to experiment with because how can you mess up with something as good as a brownie.  Use a brownie mix as the canvas for a good painting.