Packaged brownie mixes contain all the necessary dry ingredients to make brownies, including flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. To make the brownie mix, just add eggs, water and oil. What many people don’t realize is that brownie mix doesn’t have to be used strictly to make brownies. You can use it to make other treats, such as dessert pizzas, pie and cheesecake crusts, and cookies.
Brownie mix can, of course, be used to make brownies. The ingredients are pre-measured and the instructions are on the packaging to remove guess work. As long as you follow the instructions, the brownies will turn out nearly perfect every time. If you grow tired of plain old brownies, add a personal touch with extra ingredients. Nuts, marshmallows, chocolate chips and crumbled candy bars make flavorful additions. Swirl in caramel sauce, melted peanut butter or softened cream cheese to add extra flavor and a fancy design.
Dessert pizzas are often made with a brownie crust and topped with sweets and candies. The pizza begins with a brownie crust that is poured and baked in a spring-form pan, which has removable sides that allow for easy access to the cooked brownie crust. Once the brownie crust cools, the “sauce” is spread on top. The sauce can be anything from softened cream cheese to marshmallow fluff to a combination of milk, powdered sugar and food coloring. The pizza can be topped with candies, nuts, chocolate and caramel sauce.
Pie and Cheesecake Crusts
Many cheesecake recipes call for graham-cracker crust, but a brownie crust works just as well. Not only does it add a fancy look to cheesecake, it also adds a rich chocolate flavor that balances nicely with the tartness of the cheesecake batter. Brownies also make for a great alternative to pie crust. Brownie crust must be par-baked, which is the process of pre-cooking before the filling or toppings are added.
To make cookies using packaged brownie mix, prepare the ingredients as if making brownies, but substitute the egg with butter, which will turn brownie mix into cookie batter. Drop the batter onto ungreased cookie sheets and bake just like any other cookie to get chewy, gooey brownie cookies.