I really don’t know what I was thinking, but I needed to buy enough brownie mix to make three big (9 x 13) pans of brownies. I went to Costco and bought four of these big boxes you see here. I should have paid attention.
It turns out each box had enough brownie mix to make three big pans. So now I have enough brownie mix to feed a small platoon. I’m trying to give some away and I haven’t given up on that idea. But in the meantime, I’m looking for creative ways to prepare brownie mix without making it look like the same thing every time.
In today’s world, finding new ideas means using my friendly search engine. Turns out I’m not the only one with this problem. I found a nice selection of ideas around the web. Today I thought I would share with you a summary of what I found. So here is one idea I thought up myself plus what I’m calling my Top Ten Ways to Use Brownie Mix.
- #10: Brownie mix baked with raisins and walnuts. (My idea.)
- #9: Stir sliced almonds , chopped dried cherries and a dash of almond extract into the brownies before baking.
- #8: Fold a cup of mashed banana into the brownie mix before baking.
- #7: Make triple chocolate brownies by mixing white , milk and semi sweet chocolate chips into the batter before baking.
- #6: Make the brownie mix batter and put in the pan. Then swirl in softened (or whipped) cream cheese into the batter. I could also try one of the fruity cream cheeses.
- #5: Make brownies into cookies. One idea is to add chopped macadamia nuts and white chocolate chips to the batter and drop it by the spoonfuls onto a cookie sheet.
- #4: Pour the brownie mix into paper-lined muffin cups and make them into cupcakes. Some people suggested putting a peanut butter cup (like Reese’s) or other candy in the center.
- #3: Brownies (baked) and then topped with carmel topping , sweetened flaked coconut and chopped sweetened pecans.
- #2: Bake the brownies as usual but take it out about ten minutes before it is done. Cover the brownie mix with miniature marsmallows, pieces of graham crackers, and broken up hershey’s milk chocolate candy bars. What you have is Brownie S’Mores.
- My #1 way to use my excess brownie mix is Brownie Pizza. This came from Betty Crocker. The Betty Crocker web site has lots of ideas for using brownie mix. Because of that I apologize to Betty Crocker for buying the excess amount of Ghirardelli Brownie Mix.
Here’s an abbreviated version of Betty’s recipe. (You can find the full recipe HERE.)
- Brownie Mix plus the water, vegetable oil and eggs called for on brownie mix box
- 1 package (8 oz) cream cheese, softened
- 1/3 cup sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
- 4 cups of fresh blueberries, raspberries, or strawberries
- 1/2 cup apple jelly
Prepare the brownie mix as directed on the package. Spread the mix into a greased 12 inch pizza pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 25 to 30 minutes. Let it cool for about an hour. Beat together the cream cheese, sugar, and vanilla. Carefully spread it over the cooled brownies. Arrange the berries over the cream cheese mixture. Stir the jelly until smooth; brush over the berries. Refrigerate about an hour or until chilled. Cut into wedges.
That’s my best suggestions, so far. Anyone have a good idea for using the brownie mixes?
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