5 Easy Ways to Turn Brownies Into Decadent Desserts

Take a pan of brownies, either made from scratch or a mix, or brownies purchased from a bakery, and turn them into rich and decadent desserts that go beyond the basic baked chocolate bar. Depending on the time, and ingredients you have available, start with any simple brownie recipe, or make one from a mix. If you are purchasing brownies, buy unfrosted plain brownies for best results. 

Brownies are always great for entertaining, easily feed a crowd, and will fly off the table at a bake sale, but these simply spectacular desserts will take unfrosted brownies to the next level.

Use your imagination with any brownie-altering recipe. For instance, use different nuts in a walnut brownie recipe, or add some creme de menthe in mint chocolate brownies for an adult twist. Be sure that the brownies are completely cool before you start frosting or building, because warm brownies will be harder to cut and may melt the other ingredients you have added.

Enjoy every sweet, creamy, crispy, chewy, and crunchy bite!

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    Frost It!

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    Frosting brownies with unusual, double, or even triple frostings is one of the easiest ways to turn your treats into a special dessert. Mix and match frostings to create your own masterpiece. Cream cheese frosted brownies are a perfect way to elevate simple brownies with an unexpected finish. These showcase the delicious contrast of slightly tart frosting with the sweet taste of brownies.

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    Freeze It!

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    Brownies make a fabulous base for frozen desserts. Whether you layer ice cream, puddings, mousse, or custard on brownies for a frozen dessert, they will all be delicious and decadent. You can even update a classic ice cream sandwich by replacing the cookies with brownies.

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    Top It!

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    Toppings for brownies can vary from a rich thick coating of fudge to a mousse, pudding, crunchy nut mixture, candy mixture, or meringue. Use your imaginationif there's a topping out there that you enjoy, it probably tastes good on a brownie! Candy bar brownies are a great way to use any leftover Halloween candy and can be fun to make with kids.

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    Layer It!

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    A pan of brownies is a great beginning for a layered dessert, whether it's a trifle, a cake-like treat, or parfaits. Or add a layer of caramel or melted candy between the brownie and frosting for an unexpected sweet treat. Layered brownies look best with very smooth edges, so be sure to wait until these are completely cooled before cutting them into squares.

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    Skewer It!

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    Cut brownies into squares and skewer them, adding everything from marshmallows to fruit to pound cake or angel food cake in between for a delicious dessert that's as fun to make as it is to eat. Brownie skewers are a perfect way to enhance pre-made brownie bites. They are very portable and are a fun and different way to enjoy dessert. For ultimate decadence, serve brownie skewers with chocolate or caramel sauce for dipping, or drizzle with melted chocolate to finish.