Out Of The Box Brownies: Magical brownie recipes that start with a box

Celebrate Elvis Presley’s Birthday on January 8…with the Elvis Brownie

January 08, 2013 By: Denise Leo, Global Brownie Ambassador Category: Candy Bar, Decadent, Fruit, Holiday, Off the Beaten Path, Peanut Butter


There’s only one Elvis. But there are TWO Elvis Brownies: The Graceland Elvis Brownie (left, with super-chunky peanut butter and Mallow Cups) and The Vegas Elvis Brownie (right, the same, but dipped in banana batter and pan-fried in butter).

Celebrate The King’s birthday today, you know you wanna, baby! See Elvis Brownie recipe and video


Double Dog Dare Brownie

August 01, 2012 By: Denise Leo, Global Brownie Ambassador Category: Creative, Fun For Kids, Off the Beaten Path, Peanut Butter, Salty-Sweet, Super-Simple


Kids love a good food dare, and I’m no exception, so I created the Double Dog Dare Brownie recipe–complete with peanut butter, caramel, and (here’s where the dare comes in) crushed potato chips. By adding raisins, you can “up the stakes” to a triple dog dare. Try it; if you’re like most people in my beta test group, you’ll laugh a little when you realize how good it is! Have fun with this one.


  • 1 box “family size” brownie mix (I used Betty Crocker’s “13 x 9 Family Size”)
  • Eggs, oil, and water as called for on the box
  • 1/3 cup creamy peanut butter (I used reduced-fat Jif)
  • 2/3 cup fresh, soft raisins (optional)
  • 2/3 cup caramel dip (I used Marzetti brand)
  • Potato chips (I used Kettle Cooked Lay’s, which are super-crunchy)


Mix and bake brownies as directed on the box. When the brownies are completely cooled, spread peanut butter in a thin layer on top of the brownie crust. As you can see, my layer was just thick enough to cover the crust.

Choose your raisins carefully. (Don’t use hard raisins. Ick.) At the store, do what you can to get super fresh and soft raisins; squeeze the box or bag to make sure. Sprinkle the raisins evenly on top of the peanut butter. Adding raisins is optional, but if you leave them out, then you only have a DOUBLE dog dare, not a TRIPLE. S’up to you.

Pour caramel over the raisins. Mine “poured” out in blobs and globs.

Spread caramel as evenly as you can. This is the surface to which your potato chips will adhere.

You’re done for now. Cover and store your brownies until you’re ready to serve. There’s no need to refrigerate. When it’s time to eat, cut a serving and then garnish it with a crushed fist full of potato chips. Yum!

The crushing is half the fun; you might want to let your guests/kids do it themselves. Serving suggestion:

Whatever you do, don’t add the potato chips until right before serving. You want a big, crunchy snap to balance your chewy raisins and that rich, fudgy brownie! If you want to turn this brownie into a QUADRUPLE dog dare, consider a flavored potato chip–like maybe barbecue or cheddar cheese. But, seriously, that’s starting to get a little weird; so you’re on your own if you want to go that far.

This recipe is a worth trying, if only to say you did it. I double dog dare you to make it. I think it’s both fun and tasty. And I know that kids are going to love it! The Double Dog Dare Brownie–with peanut butter, raisins, caramel, and potato chips–is a fun recipe to show your kids (or yourself) just how daring you are.

If you liked this recipe, you may also like:

Tagalong Brownie Pie

Turtle Pretzel Brownie


Peanut Butter Brownie Pizza

May 19, 2012 By: Denise Leo, Global Brownie Ambassador Category: Candy Bar, Creative, Fun For Kids, Off the Beaten Path, Peanut Butter, Salty-Sweet


It’s a pizza; it’s a brownie; it’s a delicious conundrum. This recipe is fun for kids, great for a party, and surprisingly quick to make.



  • 1 box brownie mix (I used Betty Crocker Dark Chocolate)
  • 1 egg
  • 5 Tablespoons butter or margarine, melted
  • 2-7 Tablespoons water (to achieve desired thickness)
  • 1 bag miniature Reese’s White Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups
  • 1 bag (11 ounces) Peanut Butter M&Ms



If you have a pizza pan, by all means, use it. I don’t have one. But I do have a pizza stone. I decided to line my pizza stone with aluminum foil for easy clean up. I also made a cute little lip around the edge in case the batter decided to spill over…(but it didn’t).


Start by mixing together the brownie mix, egg, melted butter, and some of the water. Don’t add all the water at once. Just add a little at a time until you get a batter that is spreadable but still stiff enough to stay where you put it on the pan, rather than spreading out on its own.


Spread the deliciousness into your pan or foil. Make it thin and even in depth.


Pre-baking photograph is below. Mmmm, mmmm. It’s gonna be so good. You’ll add the candy AFTER baking, but you can start by removing the wrappers while the brownie crust is baking.


Your brownie’s baking time will be shorter than on the box instructions. Mine took about 20-22 minutes at 350 degrees F. When done, remove the pan from the oven and begin pushing the miniature peanut butter cups into the hot crust. They will melt a little and look like candy pepperoni slices. So cute!


After you put in the peanut butter cups, it’s time to add the peanut butter M&Ms. Sprinkle them evenly over the crust and then push them into the crust slightly (to keep them from falling out when you cut and serve). A-dor-a-ble!


This peanut butter brownie pizza is a cute and fun dessert for kids — however, I’m an adult with a pretty sweet “sweet tooth” and a small slice of this really hit the spot!




Bite-Sized Peanut Butter Crunch Brownie

April 20, 2012 By: Denise Leo, Global Brownie Ambassador Category: Decadent, Fun For Kids, Nutty, Peanut Butter, Super-Simple


Adorable. Take it to work; chat with it until you need a snack. Then become one with your Bite-Sized Peanut Butter Crunch Brownie.

For the recipe, follow the directions for Girl Scout Tagalong Brownie Pie, except use a mini-muffin pan to bake your brownies.


Mini-muffin pans can do double-duty as mini-brownie pans!