Think Outside the Brownie Box
From that first right-outta-the-oven bite to the last sticky crumbs, fudgy brownies are almost perfect as is. But we dare you to think outside the box! Believe it or not, with a few easy enhancements, you can actually up the ooey-gooey goodness. Whether you’re entertaining or you just want to surprise the kids with a yummy after-school treat, we’ve got just the thing to help you wow ’em!
CRISP BROWNIE SUNDAE CUPS
All due respect to the waffle cup, but we think we’ve upped the ante. By shaping and baking brownies to serve as sundae cups, you’ll get a bite of brownie with every bite of ice cream. We can’t find one thing wrong with that logic!
Yield: 18 servings
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
SUNDAE CUPS 1 box (18.3 oz) fudge brownie mix 1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
FILLINGS AND TOPPINGS 2 gallons ice cream (choose your favorite flavor) Assorted ice cream toppings (chopped candy, fruit, nuts, granola or coconut) Caramel or fudge sauce
- Heat oven to 375°F. In a medium bowl, stir brownie mix and oil thoroughly until smooth (dough will be very thick). Let stand for 5 minutes.
- Turn three BAKER’S SECRET® TEXAS MUFFIN PANS upside down on a flat surface. Shape a heaping tablespoon of the dough into a round and gently press on each of the upside-down muffin cups to form a crust about 1/4 inch thick (do not press more than three-fourths of the way down the cup). Freeze 10-15 minutes.
- Bake 8-10 minutes or until set. Cool completely; gently twist and lift baked cups off muffin pan. If you do not have three muffin pans, repeat this process on clean cooled pans with remaining dough, refrigerating the dough until ready to shape, freeze and bake.
- Fill brownie cups with ice cream and serve with your favorite sundae toppings.
This one is our current favorite, but there are lots of other delicious ways to think outside the brownie box. We discovered that bloggers love brownies, too, so try one of these tempting twists next time (or get creative and make up your own).
SAY CHEESE (CAKE)!
Brilliantly bite-sized with just the right ratio of cheesecake to chocolate. Practice self-control and freeze the batch, then eat one at a time...or just go for it and indulge. Bake these Mini Cheesecake Swirled Brownie Bites from Jennifer at Cook Laugh Love in a Baker’s Secret Signature™ 24 Cup Mini Muffin Pan.
So simple, it’s genius. A layer of brownie batter, a layer of peanut butter cup candies, a layer of brownie batter. Bake and devour. See how Danielle at Hugs and Kisses XOXO does it, and make yours in a Baker’s Secret 9” Square Cake Pan. Then next time, try swapping in another kind of candy. Caramel, peanut, nougat, mint—you might want to bake a few different batches and hold your own taste test, just for fun.
WHO WANTS S’MORE?
Missing the tastes of summer already? This recipe for Cookie Brownie S’mores Cups will make you feel like you’re back out by the bonfire. Grab your Baker’s Secret Signature™ 12-Cup Muffin Pan, because when you see how Jocelyn at Inside BruCrew Life jazzed up her brownies, we predict you’ll be ready to do the same to yours. We’ll say it again: Sweet and simple is always a winner, but brownie mixes make the perfect base for unforgettable flavor fusions. Tempt from the top with sprinkles, nuts or a thick slick of frosting. Add a texture twist to the bottom with pretzels, graham crackers or shortbread. And the middle? Fair game for just about anything (cookie dough, anyone?). Wonderful while they’re warm and still remarkable at room temp, the only question we have is: Are there any left for us? YOUR TURN: What’s your ultimate brownie supplement?