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

Father’s Day Brownie: Salty Caramel and Snickers

June 07, 2012 By: Denise Leo, Global Brownie Ambassador Category: Candy Bar, Creative, Decadent, Fun For Kids, Holiday, Products, Salty-Sweet, Super-Simple


I believe there might be something BETTER than a Snickers candy bar, and that’s ALMOND SNICKERS inside of a salty-caramel brownie. Hold onto your fedoras, gentlemen; this Father’s Day brownie packs a sweet, addictive wallop.



  • 1 box Pillsbury Caramel Swirl brownie mix
  • Eggs, oil, and water, as directed on the box
  • 5-7 “pinches” of flaked margarita salt
  • 4-6 Almond Snickers Bars (the “regular” Snickers has peanuts, not almonds)



This recipe is so easy, you’re going to flip! Before you know it, you’ll have a rich, sweet, power-dessert treat for Father’s Day. From the Pillsbury brownie box, set aside the caramel pouch. Make the brownie batter as directed on the box, and pour the batter into a greased brownie pan. Then snip off the corner from the pouch and squeeze the caramel out onto the surface of the batter.


Using a knife, swirl the caramel a bit so that each brownie will have a tasty vein of buttery caramel running through it. Isn’t this easy?


I just love flaked margarita salt. Don’t you? Take several nice, healthy-sized pinches of flaked salt and sprinkle it evenly over the surface of your unbaked caramel brownies. I used 5 pinches to cover the surface and it was just about right. You could use a pinch or two more if you really like salt. I was also sure to cover the edges and corners, not wanting to cheat those brownies out of their salty reward.


Bake your salty caramel brownies as directed on the Pillsbury box. While they’re baking, use a sharp knife to cut the Almond Snickers into bite-sized pieces. Set aside until baking is done.


As soon as your brownies are done baking, pull the pan out of the oven and begin pushing the Almond Snickers down into the hot crust. Space out the Snickers bites as evenly as you can.


Dads everywhere are on their best behavior, hoping to receive this salty caramel and Snickers brownie treat made especially for them on Father’s Day.

Super Bowl Brownie: Guinness Vs Snickers (Spoiler: You Win!)

February 03, 2012 By: Denise Leo, Global Brownie Ambassador Category: Alcohol, Candy Bar, Holiday, Nutty


When I considered what kind of brownie I’d want to serve at a Super Bowl party, I immediately started thinking about making a beer brownie with a salty-sweet kick. Mmm, mmm. This competitive, showoff of a recipe — with just 5 ingredients — is the result.

Enjoy the Big Game on Sunday. I hope you stuff your face and have a blast. Here’s my play-by-play commentary on how to make this brownie:

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  • 1 box brownie mix (for this recipe, I used Betty Crocker Triple Chunk — yum)
  • 1 can (14.9 ounces) of Guinness Stout
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup (half of a stick) of butter or margarine
  • 5-6 Snickers bars, or 1 bag of miniatures

These 5 little ingredients will give you a big crowd reaction at your Super Bowl party!


Pour Guinness into a small saucepan and boil over medium heat until it thickens.

Over medium heat, bring Guinness to a boil and stir until it thickens. Chefs typically call this a "sauce reduction." I call it "saucy seduction."

It may take about 10 minutes for your Guinness to thicken up. (If you’re a coach who needs the game to go faster, mix 2 T cornstarch into 2 T of water, then add this to your boiling Guinness.) As delicious as this syrupy concoction LOOKS, it’s not very sweet; in other words, don’t lick the pan. But this syrup will add a dark, smoky undertone to your brownies. Honestly, you can hardly taste the Guinness unless you’re really looking for it!

Melt butter or margarine in the microwave, about 20-25 seconds. In a large bowl, mix together the butter, eggs, Guinness, and brownie mix. Pour batter into greased pan and bake for 25-40 minutes, depending on the pan size. While brownies are baking, cut the Snickers into bite-sized pieces.

Slice up the Snickers bars so you can see all that salty, nougatty, caramelly, peanutty goodness that's inside.

When brownies are done and the crust is still warm, use your fingers to push the Snickers pieces deep down into the crust.  Make sure each brownie will have several bites of Snickers. That’s it. Wasn’t that easy?

If you're not careful, you will get a five-yard penalty for staring.

Cool, cut, and serve. Then hope that you don’t need to call unsportsmanlike conduct on your guests as they fight to get the biggest one.

Oh, the manly delights of the Super Bowl Brownie. (Manly, yes, but the ladies will love it, too.)