Improve your boxed brownie mix with these 9 tasty tips

After many attempts to make my own brownies from scratch, I found that my homemade version never up to the perfectly fudgy, crumpled brownies that come from a boxed brownie mix. No recipe ever seems to measure up! So now, when I volunteer to bring a tray of brownies to an event, I tend to opt for the boxed brownie mix, because why mess with perfection? And yet, I find myself wanting to give this boxed brownie mix a little something special, to at least make some friends. think that I tried to make this dessert from scratch.

From mixing different flavors to adding decadent ingredients, here are the boxed brownie mix upgrades I like to turn to when I want to turn my brownies into something seriously sweet.

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This particular tip comes from Sarah Fennel, owner of Broma Bakery and Foodtography School, known for posting honest baking videos on Instagram. One of her videos shows her making a fluffernutter brownie by simply swirling the two ingredients that make a fluffernutter sandwich: smooth peanut butter and marshmallow color. To make them, prepare the boxed brownie mix and pour it into a lined pan. Add dollops of peanut butter and fluff and swirl, then cook according to package directions. So brilliant!


For a lazy upgrade to your boxed brownie mix, sprinkle some candy to give this brownie a little something extra! Chocolate chips obviously work well here, but you can also be crafty with other types of baking chips like peanut butter, butterscotch, white chocolate, caramel, or even mint and peppermint. For candy, M&M’s and Reese’s Pieces work well in a boxed brownie mix.

salt brownie

If you love a sweet and savory dessert, this easy boxed brownie upgrade will satisfy your craving instantly. Pour your brownie mixture into the lined pan, then sprinkle the top with a very light dusting of coarse sea salt. Bake according to package directions, and you’re done! A chocolate and sea salt brownie.


Can’t decide between a brownie and a cookie? Make some brookies! This upgraded dessert uses both a boxed brownie mix and packaged cookie dough, all baked together in a delicious bar. To make a brookie, press the wrapped cookie dough into the bottom of a lined brownie pan. Then line the pan with the brownie mixture and bake at 350 for 30-35 minutes. Some brookie lovers will also switch up the order, baking brownies on the bottom and dollops of cookie dough on top. Choose what works for you!

Cookie brownies

Fennel is back with another great boxed brownie trick by turning them into cookies! Mix a boxed brownie mix with eggs, oil, cocoa powder, water and chocolate chips. Then, place the cookies on a lined baking sheet and bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes. And they look delectable. You can find the full recipe specs on Broma Bakery’s Instagram.

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raspberry brownie

If you’re a chocolate covered strawberry dessert lover or can’t resist ordering anything with chocolate and raspberries in it, this boxed brownie mix upgrade is for you. Add a few spoonfuls of your favorite berry jam and mix it with a spatula. If you really want to give the brownies a tart fruit flavor, you can pair the jam with fresh fruit on top, like raspberries!

espresso brownies

Coffee always seems to enhance any chocolate baked goods (even boxed cake mix!), so why not add coffee to your brownie mix? You can either add instant coffee to the mix or even replace the water in your canned brownie with leftover coffee. The coffee gives the baked product a richer, more decadent taste.

Pumpkin Brownie

And by pumpkin, we mean adding the vegetable itself. It may sound crazy, but trust us! Simply toss a box of 100% pumpkin puree into a prepared boxed brownie mix for a flavor boost. and nutrition for your dessert (pumpkin is full of fiber and vitamins A and C!) Mix and bake according to package directions, or until a toothpick comes out clean. For an even stronger flavor, sprinkle with a small pinch of pumpkin spice.

mashed banana

If you’re looking to incorporate more plants into your diet, you can replace them with different types of fruit to give it the texture you desire in a brownie. You can mash half a banana or use 1/4 cup applesauce instead. You can also make a “flax egg” by mixing a tablespoon of ground flax seeds with 3 tablespoons of water.

Kiersten Hickman

Kiersten Hickman is a freelance journalist specializing in health and nutrition. Read more

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