A good brownie needs nothing extra to be amazing. Hacking the batter, however, with brownie mix in additions as seemingly extraneous but as totally delicious as olive oil, graham cracker bits, or chocolate mint candies makes a good brownie incredible. So here are 12 of our favorite brownie recipes.
And while all of these brownies more than stand alone, if you feel the urge to be even more extra, almost any of them would be great in our Brownie Parfaits recipe:
You can also literally gild the lily—er, brownie—by applying some edible gold leaf to the surface while they’re still a little warm:
But these brownie mix in recipes prove that it’s (mostly) what’s inside that really counts:
1. Chocolate Mint Brownies
Regular brownie batter gets an irresistible hack of Peppermint Patties candies baked right in. It’s like a soft and gooey version of Thin Mints. Get our Chocolate Mint Brownie recipe.
2. S’mores Brownies
Graham cracker pieces and mini marshmallows are stirred into classic chocolate brownie batter for the ultimate summer hack (also perfect for when it’s too cold to go camping for your s’mores fix). Get our S’mores Brownie recipe.
3. Salted Caramel Brownies
Some say salted caramel and chocolate are a played out pairing, but we say they’re too delicious to keep apart. Get the Salted Caramel Brownie recipe.
4. Chocolate Stout Brownies
Regular brownies turn kind of magical (not to mention extra moist) when hacked with chocolaty stout beer. Try a coconut stout, Mexican chocolate stout, or a similarly unusual option for yet another layer of flavor. Get our Chocolate Stout Brownie recipe.
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5. Chocolate Stout S’mores Brownies
We’re pretty sure that after you reach legal drinking age, s’mores around the campfire are likely to include a beer or two. Here, we’ve included beer in the s’mores themselves, adding some to the brownie batter along with crushed graham crackers and a marshmallow topping. Get our Chocolate Stout S’mores Brownie recipe.
6. Cream Cheese Swirl Brownies
A rich cream cheese batter is swirled into a standard brownie batter before baking—probably the most luscious brownie hack possible. Be sure to let the cream cheese soften up to room temp so it blends easily. Get our Cream Cheese Swirl Brownie recipe.
7. Peanut Butter Cup Brownies
The distinct chocolate and peanut butter layers in these brownies mean you get to taste both flavors at their fullest, but it wouldn’t be the worst idea to add chopped-up peanut butter cups in between them either. Get the Peanut Butter Cup Brownie recipe.
8. Nutella Brownies
Not only are these chock-full of chocolate hazelnut flavor (they should be, since there’s an entire jar of Nutella in the batter), they’re super easy to make. Get our Nutella Brownie recipe.
9. Chowhound Intense Brownies
These may look unassuming, but their flavor is deeply chocolatey thanks to melted bittersweet chocolate, cocoa powder, and a bit of brewed espresso (which just amplifies the chocolate, rather than making it taste like a mocha), and their texture is rich and fudgy in the middle. Get our Intense Brownie recipe.
10. Pecan Turtle Brownies
Crunchy nuts and gooey caramel top off these brownies, which demand a napkin (and a glass of ice cold milk…or oat milk). Get our Pecan Turtle Brownie recipe.
11. Kir Jensen’s Ultimate Brownies
At her former Portland, Oregon, food cart the Sugar Cube, Kir Jensen served creative hacks on classic sweets, like these over-the-top delicious brownies, topped with coffee syrup, chocolate ganache, olive oil, and sea salt. Plus, they’re baked in muffin pans so each one has the perfect texture (and no one gets a piece that’s smaller than someone else’s, for those who tend to notice that sort of thing). Get Kir Jensen’s Ultimate Brownie recipe.
12. Sourdough Brownies
If you bake sourdough bread, you’ll have to feed your starter and deal with discard—but rather than simply composting it, turn to the world of amazingly delicious sourdough discard recipes. Bet you didn’t expect brownies to be on the list! And yet, here’s this Sourdough Brownie recipe to show you what you’re missing.
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