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

Tin Roof Brownie

February 26, 2013 By: Denise Leo, Global Brownie Ambassador Category: Candy Bar, Caramel, Creative, Decadent, Fun For Kids, Nutty, Salty-Sweet, Super-Simple


You may not be old enough to remember when “Tin Roof Sundae” was the name used for a hot fudge sundae topped with salted peanuts, but you’ll for-sure remember this Tin Roof Brownie after just one bite. Bonus: There’s no need for a spoon or a serving dish — just your greedy little mitts will do! This recipe uses a tin-roof shortcut in the form of PayDay candy bars, which feature salted peanuts and a caramel center.



  • 1 box brownie mix
  • Eggs, oil, and water as called for on the box instructions
  • 1/2 cup fudge topping (for swirling in)
  • 5 PayDay candy bars, thinly sliced
  • Sprinkle of margarita salt, optional



Mix your brownie batter as instructed on the box directions. Pour batter into a greased pan. Microwave your fudge topping for about 20 seconds — just long enough to make it pliable and swirlable. Evenly drizzle blobby bits of fudge onto the surface of the unbaked brownie batter. I decided to make two small (8×8-inch) pans, as you can see below, so I had to plan ahead as I poured out my half-cup of fudge.


Using a knife, spin the fudge into loopy, swoopy swirls. Try a few “flip-from-under” swirls, where you dig down into the batter a little and flip the batter up to the surface and then give it a clockwise (or counterclockwise) turn with the fudge on the surface. Do whatever makes it pretty, but don’t mix them together too much; you want to keep the contrast of the two colors. If there doesn’t seem to be too much color contrast before baking, don’t be concerned; my batter became lighter upon baking and made the fudge swirls stand out more.


Bake as directed on the box. While brownies are baking, slice the peanut-laden PayDay bars into thin slices (shoot for about 10-15 slices per candy bar). When the brownies come out of the oven, you will need these pieces to be ready and waiting.


When a toothpick test says the brownies are done, remove the pan from oven. While the crust is still warm and soft, insert the salty-sweet pieces of PayDay candy bar down into the top crust. Don’t burn yourself on the hot pan!


Sprinkle with a pinch or two of flaked margarita salt. Cut into slices and serve. If you’re feeling extravagant, put it in a dish and add a small scoop of ice cream.

So there you go. Using hot fudge, brownie mix, and a few peanut-loaded PayDay bars, you have just created brownie greatness in the form of a giant, sliceable, nommable tin-roof-sundae dessert!


4 ways to celebrate National Peanut Butter Day

January 24, 2012 By: Denise Leo, Global Brownie Ambassador Category: Holiday, Peanut Butter


According to This Site, today is National Peanut Butter Day.

I can think of 4 mouthwatering ways to celebrate:

1) Order some of those peanut-buttery Girl Scout Tagalong Cookies, which I will feature in a recipe next month, when the cookies arrive. Gotta plan ahead!

The glory of the Tagalong Cookie -- soon to be featured in an OutOfTheBoxBrownies recipe on this very site! Stay tuned.

2) Make my LunchBox Brownies, but use Peanut Butter slice-n-bake cookie dough instead of the Tollhouse Cookie dough that the recipe calls for. Any kid (or happy adult) will be tickled by these.

The LunchBox Brownie, originally made with Tollhouse dough and brownie batter, can also be made with Peanut Butter Cookie dough instead.

Behold, the key to all childhood dreams and to all adult wishes for world peace: The Lunchbox Brownie

3) Make my Elvis Brownie, which honors The King with a pan-fried peanut-butter brownie that is fit for Rock-n-Roll Royalty.

The last step in the Elvis brownie is to PAN-FRY IT in banana batter and melted butter. Uh-huh-huh!

4) Make my Peanut Butter Cheesecake Brownie, which is a delicately balanced treat of perfection that you can stuff in your face with grace and style.

Part cheesecake, part peanut butter, part “get-yo-hands-off-it-cuz-it’s-mine”.

Having shared these 4 fabulous ideas for what to do on National Peanut Butter Day, I have just 4 more words for you:  HOORAY FOR PEANUT BUTTER!