Brownie Mix Makeover

Brownie Mix Makeover

Skip the traditional pan of brownies for one of these easy brownie makeovers.

Use basic brownie mix with some fun add-ins to enjoy a scrumptious twist on a classic dessert. Simply follow the directions for creating basic brownie mix and go nuts with our makeover suggestions.

Basic Brownie Mix Recipe
Makes: 16 brownies
You’ll need: 20 1/2-centimetre (8-inch) square metal baking pan or 10 small baking jars 

1 1/4 sticks butter, cubed
300 mL (1 1/4 cups) sugar
125 mL (1/2 cup) unsweetened cocoa powder
1 mL (1/4 tsp) salt
2 mL (1/2 tsp) vanilla extract
2 large eggs
125 mL (1/2 cup) all-purpose flour


  1. Preheat oven to 160 C (325 F). Line baking pan with parchment paper or grease jars
  2. Combine butter, sugar, cocoa, and salt in a heatproof bowl and set on top of a pot of boiling water. Stir occasionally until butter is melted and mixture is smooth and hot throughout. Remove bowl, and cool until warm (if it’s too hot, the eggs will curdle when you add them)
  3. Using a wooden spoon, stir in vanilla. Add one egg, stir vigorously, and repeat for second egg, stirring until batter is thick and smooth
  4. Add flour and stir until well blended, and then beat vigorously for 40 more strokes
  5. Pour batter into baking dish or scoop about 50 mL (1/4 cup) into each half-pint jar
  6. Baking time depends on the baking dish. Generally, an 20 1/2-centimetre (8-inch) square baking dish will bake in 20 to 25 minutes, and half-pint jars in 10 to 15 minutes

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Tip: You’ll know they’re done when a toothpick inserted in the centre comes out clean.

Brownie Mix Makeovers
To take your standard brownie from good to amazing, try one of these tasty ideas. They’ll work with homemade batter or a boxed mix from the store! To earn extra brownie points for presentation, bake them in jars.

  • S’mores in a Jar: Combine 300 mL (1 1/4 cups) graham cracker crumbs and 60 mL (4 tbsp) melted butter and press into bottom of baking pan or jars. Bake for 7 minutes at 160 mL (325 F), and then top with batter and bake as directed above. Top with chocolate chips and mini marshmallows, and then place under the broiler for just under a minute to toast the marshmallows. Keep a close eye on them to avoid burning.

Tip: Nothing goes better with s’mores than crushed-up peanut butter cups.

  • Turtle Brownies: Bake a layer of brownies according to instructions. Top with melted caramel candies and crushed pecans.
  • Mint Ice Cream & Brownie Cups: Bake a layer of brownies in each jar. Let cool, and then add a scoop of mint chocolate chip ice cream and a dollop of whipped cream. Garnish with crushed chocolate sandwich cookies.
  • Brownie Lava Cakes: Pour half of batter into jars, add a square of high-quality chocolate to each and cover with remaining batter. Bake as directed above.

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