Boxed brownies are one of the greatest gifts bestowed upon mankind. So that’s a little dramatic, but seriously, boxed brownie mix is amazing. You can make regular old brownies with it using the least amount of ingredients possible, but you can also use the chocolately mix as a backdrop for a million other delicious flavors. If you’re looking to jazz up your plain brownie mix, try these 15 tricks of the trade. Guaranteed to take your brownies from boring to brilliant.

  1. Cookie Chunk Brownies

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    Cookie, meet brownie. Choose your favorite cookie (Oreo chunks would be AMAZING), break it up and throw the chunks into the brownie batter for the best of both worlds.

  2. Chocolate Stout Brownies


    Beer in brownies? Yes, please. Adding stout to the batter won’t even be the best part once you top the brownies off with this unreal chocolate glaze.

  3. Chocolate Bar Brownies

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    Chop up your favorite candy bar to upgrade your brownies. Instantly turn your regular brownies into Milky Way brownies, Twix brownies or whatever candy tickles your fancy.

  4. Turtle Poke Brownies


    Never heard of poke brownies? You’ll be thanking me soon. Poke brownies are doused in chocolate sauce, salted caramel sauce, pecans, frosting and chocolate chips. Yep. You’re welcome.

  5. Brownie Cookies

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    Who says brownies have to look like brownies? Mix it up a bit and use that brownie batter to make brownie cookies instead.

  6. S’mores Brownies


    Is there anything better than s’mores? Why yes there is! S’mores brownies. Rich, chocolate brownies with sheets of graham crackers and mini marshmallows mix throughout. The ultimate combination…in brownie form.

  7. Frosted Brownies

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    It’s almost too simple! When you get down to it, brownies are just like a cake. So slap on a layer of rich frosting and you just took things to the next level. Other toppings (fruit, candy, sprinkles) are encouraged but not required.

  8. Rice Krispy Treats

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    Give your brownies a crunchy twist with a layer of Rice Krispy Treats. And see that underneath it? That’s a layer of marshmallow creme, my friends.

  9. Caramel Sauce

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    This trick is simple as pie. Or…as brownies, as it were. Throw in some caramel sauce to add that amazing caramel flavor and extra creaminess to your brownies. Go for salted caramel for extra awesomeness.

  10. Cadbury Egg Brownies

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    Easter is officially over, and you know what that means: discounted Cadbury eggs. Stock up and throw them into your brownies for egg-cellent brownies…Sorry, couldn’t help it.

  11. Peanut Butter Cup Brownies

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    Muffin tins can often be your best friends. Like in this case. Use muffin tins to make cup-shaped brownies which you can then fill with whatever you’d like. Our favorite? Fill the cups with peanut butter for homemade, brownie PB cups.

  12. Cookies and Cream Brownies

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    Can’t get enough of that one special cookie? That’s right. Oreos. If that’s the case, make these cookies and cream brownies. This recipe makes the brownies from scratch. Good news for us lazy brownie lovers, though, that can be replaced with a brownie mix. Hallelujah.

  13. Grasshopper Brownies


    Love mint? These grasshopper brownies are just the thing for you then! A layer of creamy, mint filling upgrades your brownies to the extreme.

  14. Truffle Brownies

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    Think outside of the brownie! These gooey brownie truffles are decadently rich and dipped in chocolate.

  15. Cheesecake Cherry Pie Brownies

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    Swirls of cheesecake and cherry pie filing make these brownies more than just brownies. They make them every cherry-lovers dream come true.


Do you have any tricks to transform your plain brownie mix into some extra-delicious? Share them in the comments section below!