Better Box Brownies
There’s no question that boxed brownie mixes can be a real life-saver! They are pretty cheap and super easy to throw together in under an hour. Making brownies from a box can be a quick way to satisfy a craving or please a hungry crowd.
Since it only calls for 2 or 3 additional ingredients, it’s basically the easiest brownie recipe ever. Whoever came up with the idea is literally a genius and deserves all the praise in the world!
That being said, it’s time to address the elephant in the room. The fact is that most of the time boxed brownies taste like, well, boxed brownies.
There is nothing more disappointing than reaching for a warm gooey brownie only to be instantly disappointed when you taste that undeniable “boxed” flavor. The reality is, nothing beats fudgey, chocolatey homemade brownies!
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Make Box Brownies Taste Homemade
Our strawberry shortcut cake is inspired by the flavors of a classic strawberry So here’s the good news. It’s actually extremely easy to make your boxed brownie mix taste like homemade brownies!
All it takes to make boxed brownies better is a few additions and some ingredient swaps that will give your brownies a better taste and texture. If you want to kick your boxed brownies up another notch, there are about a million different mix-ins you can add, but we’ll get to that.
Most traditional boxed brownie recipes call for eggs, vegetable oil, and water. Here are 5 recipe changes that will make your brownies taste like they were made from scratch:
- Use milk or buttermilk instead of water. Milk contains more fat than water which makes for a better flavor and texture in the brownies.
- Use melted butter instead of oil. Butter has a much richer flavor than vegetable oil.
- Add cocoa powder. Adding an extra ¼ cup of cocoa powder will make your brownies even more chocolatey.
- Add vanilla extract. A teaspoon of vanilla will add another flavor element to your brownies and make them taste more homemade.
- Add salt. Adding a ¼ teaspoon of salt will help to balance out the sweetness and bring out the chocolate flavor of the brownies.
- Add an extra egg yolk. This step is optional, but if you like your brownies extra fudgey, I would recommend it!
Brownie Mix-In Ideas
Now that you’ve made your boxed brownie mix taste like delicious homemade brownies, it’s time for the fun part! Like I mentioned before, there are a ton of add-in options that will totally transform your brownies. Here are a few of my favorite boxed brownie recipe ideas:
1. Nutter Butter Brownies
Obviously peanut butter and chocolate is an amazing combination. For delicious peanut buttery brownies, just swirl some peanut butter into your brownie batter once you have poured it into the pan. Then, cover the top in pieces of nutter butter cookies and you’re ready to bake!
2. Andes Mint Brownies
Chocolate and mint are another awesome duo. For this recipe, mix some chopped-up Andes Mint candies into your brownie batter. (Pro Tip: Most grocery stores sell Andes Mint chips for baking – these work great too.) Once your batter is in the pan, add even more Andes Mints on top before baking.
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3. Frosted Walnut Brownies
Adding frosting to pretty much anything makes it better, am I right? After your brownies are baked and cooled, add a thick layer of chocolate frosting on top and then sprinkle on some chopped walnuts.
You can use homemade or your favorite store-bought frosting, anything goes! This is our favorite chocolate frosting recipe for brownies!
4. Magic Brownie Bars
These are pretty much just as amazing as they sound. If you like magic cookie bars, then this is the brownie recipe for you. If you’ve never had magic cookie bars, then prepare to have your mind blown!
After you’ve poured your brownie batter into a pan, sprinkle crushed graham cracker over the batter. Then, drizzle a few tablespoons of sweetened condensed milk on top.
Add chocolate chips, butterscotch chips, and sweetened shredded coconut evenly covering the top. Bake & Enjoy!