I confess that I have a real weakness for homemade baked goods. The flavors of the real cocoa and vanilla are something you can't get these days, even at grocery store bakeries. However, my main problem is that I am really not a great baker. I try, but it doesn't always turn out. If you feel my pain, the problem is now solved. You can very easily upgrade your brownie mix to something contest-worthy!
First, start with a DARK chocolate brownie mix. It DOESN'T have to be Ghirardelli Dark Chocolate Brownie Mix, but that's what I use. I just happened to find a great deal and that's what was in my pantry. Generally speaking, I am a milk chocolate fan when it comes to candy. However in the baking world, “dark chocolate” means really rich cocoa flavor, so I recommend going with that.
how to Make Regular Brownies Taste Like Bakery Brownies:
Follow the regular recipe on the back of the box, using these variations:
The Art of Selecting a Brownie Mix
An exceptional brownie begins with the mix you choose. Brands like Ghirardelli and Betty Crocker offer a rich, decadent base. Favor those with minimal artificial flavors and preservatives to get closer to the homemade taste.
Enhancing the Chocolate Factor
Upping the ante on the chocolate quotient can turn an ordinary brownie mix into something extraordinary. Incorporating semi-sweet chocolate chips, chunks of luxurious dark chocolate, or even white chocolate into your brownie mix can intensify the chocolatey goodness.
The Magic of Liquids
The typical brownie mix may call for water, but there's room for improvisation. Experiment with flavorful liquids like coffee, milk, or stout beer. Each of these not only adds moisture but enhances the overall flavor profile of your brownies.
Unleashing the Power of Egg Yolks
Introducing an extra egg yolk into your brownie mix can revolutionize the texture. The additional yolk offers a richer, creamier, and more fudge-like consistency, akin to homemade brownies.
Exploring Baking Chips and Candy Bars
Adding a variety of baking chips, such as chocolate chips, peanut butter chips, butterscotch chips, Andes mint chips, or white chocolate chips, opens up a world of flavors. For an added indulgence, toss in chunks of your favorite candy bars like PB cups, snickers, or Peppermint Patties.
Experimenting with Crushed Cookies and S'mores
Adding crushed cookie pieces, such as Oreos, chocolate chip cookies, or Nutter Butters, introduces a delightful textural contrast. Make your brownie a tribute to the classic campfire treat by mixing in crushed graham crackers and a swirl of marshmallow cream.
Integrating Peanut Butter or Jam Swirls
Swirling in peanut butter or raspberry jam is a simple yet powerful way to elevate your brownie mix. Just a few spoonfuls can create a wonderful marbling effect and add a delightful twist to the flavor.
The Sweet Impact of Ice Cream Toppings and Nuts
Drizzle caramel ice cream topping and sprinkle crushed pecans to create a rich, gooey Turtle brownie. This combination results in an added layer of indulgence and complexity.
The Final Touch: Sea Salt and Bake
A light sprinkle of flaked sea salt on top of your brownie mix adds a delicate balance to the sweet profile. Then bake as per the instructions on the box, and let the delicious aroma fill your kitchen.
Transforming a store-bought brownie mix into a dessert that tastes homemade is an art, one that involves creativity and a dash of culinary flair. Let's explore the multitude of ways to elevate your boxed brownie mix into a delightful treat that rivals any scratch-made brownie.
If you opt to make homemade brownies, check out this recipe for Grandma's Yummy Chocolate Brownies.