15 Outrageous Treats That Start With Brownie Mix

side view of Brownie Batter + Cupcake = The SECOND BEST Cupcake. Ever recipe topped with peanut butter frosting and chopped peanut butter cups
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I'm not here to judge you for using boxed brownie mix instead of making your own brownies from scratch. I'm here to inspire you to lift it to a whole new level. Because let's face it: Sometimes shortcuts can take you to the best destinations. So let's get baking out of the box.

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Best-Ever Buckeye Brownies!

best ever buckeye brownies

This brownie version of the famous Buckeye treat has a layer of peanut butter sandwiched between brownies and chocolate frosting.

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Pecan Pie Brownies

pecan pie brownies

Imagine rich and gooey pecan pie with a chewy brownie crust. Now make that fantasy come true.

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Death By Chocolate III

Death by Chocolate III
Allrecipes Magazine

You're only four ingredients away from digging into this deep-dish dessert. The recipe calls for frozen whipped topping, but you could easily whisk up some real whipped cream while the brownies are cooling.

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Caramel Pretzel Brownies

Caramel Pretzel Brownies
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Sweet, salty, chewy, crunchy...did I miss anything? You get it all in every bite. Karen Joy Allison loved them, saying, "The combination of salty and sweet is divine. Even my husband loved them and he is typically not a dessert kind of guy."

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Caramel Popcorn Brownies

caramel popcorn brownies

You'll never have to choose between popcorn and brownies when you need a snack for your next binge-watch.

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Brownie-Mallow Bars

brownie mallow bars

Top tips for making this multi-layered treat: Underbake the brownie layer slightly before completely topping with marshmallows. Put it back in the oven for just a few minutes until the marshmallows start to puff up. Let the whole thing cool before topping with the final layer of chocolate/peanut butter/crispy rice cereal.

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Brownie Cones

Brownie Cones

The only thing that would make these better is to top them with cream cheese frosting. And sprinkles. Always say yes to sprinkles.

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S'more Brownies

s'more brownies
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An easy way to get your s'mores indoors. Brownies are baked with graham crackers, then topped with chocolate and marshmallows and baked again until the 'mallows go all puffy and golden brown.

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Brownie Caramel Cheesecake

Brownie Caramel Cheesecake
Brownie Caramel Cheesecake | Photo by luvmykids.

Be sure to bake this in a springform pan and underbake the brownie crust slightly before adding the cheesecake filling. It will continue to bake when you return it to the oven, and you don't want it to get overbaked and hard.

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Brookie Pancakes

Brookie Pancakes
Leslie Kelly

Recipe creator Julie Hubert describes these as "a chocolate chip pancake and a brownie in one." Note that you'll have extra brownie batter that you can go ahead and bake up into regular brownies.

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Peanut Butter Cup Brownies

Peanut Butter Cup Brownies
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Brownies with a peanut butter cup pressed into the middle. So simple! Home cook naples34102 recommends that you follow the recipe directions on whichever boxed brownie mix you choose to use because they're all a little different.

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Brownie Truffles (Brownie Pops)

Brownie Truffles

These cute and easy brownie pops are fun to make and fun to eat, and use ingredients you have in your pantry.

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Neapolitan Cupcakes

Neapolitan Cupcakes on a grey background

Brownies on the bottom, strawberry cake in the middle, and vanilla buttercream frosting on top. Best triple play ever.

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Brownie Cheesecake Cupcakes

Brownie Cheesecake Cupcakes

The recipe title pretty much tells you what you need to know. Katiegurl2011 went one step more and topped hers with chocolate ganache.

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Brownie Batter + Cupcake = The SECOND BEST Cupcake. Ever

Brownie Batter + Cupcake The Second Best Cupcake Ever

From lovestohost, the mash-up maven who gave us Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough + Cupcake = The BEST Cupcake. Ever, comes this brownie-stuffed cupcake topped with fluffy peanut butter frosting. You know you'd eat that.

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