Where do your brownie loyalties lie? Are you Team Fudgy, Team Cakey, or Team In-Between-y?
I'm a fudgy-as-a-truffle gal myself (Alice Medrich's Best Cocoa Brownies are my old faithful, preferably straight from the freezer)—but today, we're not here to discuss that age-old question.
Instead, we're here to take you brownie purists and turn you into brownie
hedonists!!!! eccentrics. Your ordinary brownies might be extraordinarily good, but consider these tweaks—in the form of swirls, sprinkles, drops, and swooshes (smears, if you prefer)—for when you want to give your brownie a night on the town, complete with facial glitter (that's still a thing, right?) and a thick coat of mascara.
But also, when you want to clean-out your pantry. Dump out that bag of pretzels, smash them up, and mix them into brownie batter. Or put those Marcona almonds you bought for some thing at some time to rest by mixing them into a caramel sauce and drizzling it over the hot-from-the-oven pan.
Start with your favorite brownie batter (or your favorite boxed mix—no one is watching!), but consider the following:
Now go brownie bonkers, brownie bananas, brownie bat$h¡t crazy! We certainly did.
Need help marbling? Look no further:
For these applications, you're working with the pan of brownies after it's come out of the oven.
And just a few more ideas from the Brownie Queen herself...
What's your favorite way to dress up a brownie? Or are you all about keeping it plain and simple? Tell us in the comments below.