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Build a Better Brownie

Use unexpected frostings to turn basic brownies into an even tastier treat.

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To add life to your favorite brownies, try this. I'm gonna show you 2 quick ideas to boost the flavor of your favorite brownies, and then you can get creative and come up with some ideas of your own. So first, we're just starting with a pan of basic brownies, which is already baked and cooled. To make it really easy to get your brownies out of the pan, I like to line my pan with foil. This 1st idea starts with caramel ice cream topping. I'm just gonna spoon that over my brownies and spread it like it's the frosting. Try to drizzle it over the whole surface, then you won't have to spread it as much. You could use butterscotch flavored topping or even chocolate flavored topping. Now that I've got that spread over the entire top, I'm gonna add some macadamia nuts and chocolate chips. I think toasted coconut would be really good on this one, too. And there you go. You're ready to cut your brownies with a really fun topper. The next idea is using a candy that I really love, chocolate peanut butter cups. First, we're gonna take some peanut butter and use that as our frosting. Dollop some over the whole top and then use a spatula to spread it smooth. You want a fairly thin layer of this because peanut butter is really flavorful. Okay. I've got a thin layer of peanut butter, and I'm gonna top it with some chopped up chocolate peanut butter cups. The peanut butter helps so that the toppers really stick well. Add as many as you want. Top it with some chopped peanuts for a little crunch. This is a great way to get your kids involved in making the dessert. They'll love picking out the toppings.