Nothing makes me happier than homemade, warm, gooey brownies with a tall glass of vanilla almond milk. But since I'm always away at school, boxed brownies have grown to become my go-to. With finals week rapidly approaching, stress-eating becomes second nature and indulging in a decadent brownie, or three, always feels like the answer to my problems.

After a few strolls through the baking aisle, my foodie brain had a spark of inspiration. A ridiculous sweet tooth and a sad bank account calls for innovation here.

"What could I do to make these box brownies bomb right now?" you might be thinking. I don't know, maybe adding all of your favorite sweets to them?! Something creamy, crunchy, sweet, or salty? How about all of it? Below are some of my personal favorite ways to make simple box brownies bomb.

Watching a perfectly roasted marshmallow ooze onto your chocolate filled honey graham fingers is probably something to reminisce about. Try this s'more brownie add-on to give yourself a feeling of nostalgia. 

S'Mores Brownie

  • Prep Time:10 mins
  • Cook Time:50 mins
  • Total Time:1 hr
  • Servings:12
  • Easy

    Ingredients

  • 10-12 honey graham crackers
  • 1 cup mini marshmallows
  • Chocolate syrup optional
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Micaela Petrucci

Step 1

Line your graham crackers in the bottom of your greased baking pan.

Step 2

Pour brownie batter into baking pan.

Step 3

Add marshmallows to the top of the batter, covering it completely.
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Micaela Petrucci

Step 4

Place baking pan into oven.

Step 5

Remove from oven with brownies are cooked to desired gooeyness.
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Micaela Petrucci

Step 6

Allow the brownies to cool for at least 10 minutes before cutting into them.

Step 7

Add chocolate syrup (if you want) and enjoy!

Imagine at this very moment that you're biting into a chocolate pretzel brownie. Is your mouth watering yet? Well, you better pull yourself together because you're about to make these brownies and taste one for yourself.  

Chocolate Pretzel Brownies

  • Prep Time:10 mins
  • Cook Time:50 mins
  • Total Time:1 hr
  • Servings:12
  • Easy

    Ingredients

  • 1/2-1 cup mini pretzels
  • 1/2-1 cup semi-sweet M&M's
  • Caramel syrup optional
Micaela Petrucci
Micaela Petrucci

Step 1

Line your greased baking pan with as many pretzels as you would like.

Step 2

Pour brownie batter into baking pan.

Step 3

Sprinkle M&M candies on top of brownie batter.
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Micaela Petrucci

Step 4

Place in oven and cook until desired gooeyness is achieved.

Step 5

Remove from oven and allow to cool for ten minutes.

Step 6

After the brownies are cooled, cut them, and enjoy with caramel syrup!
Micaela Petrucci
Micaela Petrucci

The ladder to heaven would probably look a lot like a cheesecake-brownie marriage. Try this super sinful cheesecake add-on to your brownies to experience life in a new light. 

Cheesecake Brownies

  • Prep Time:15 mins
  • Cook Time:50 mins
  • Total Time:1 hr 5 mins
  • Servings:12
  • Medium

    Ingredients

  • 2 pieces foil
  • 8 oz cream cheese
  • 1/4 cups sugar
  • 1/2-1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 egg yolk
  • Chocolate syrup optional
  • Caramel syrup optional
  • Whipped cream optional
Micaela Petrucci
Micaela Petrucci

Step 1

Line your baking pan with one piece of foil going horizontally and the second piece lying vertically.

Step 2

In a small bowl, whisk together the egg yolk, cream cheese, sugar, and vanilla extract until smooth.

Step 3

Pour brownie batter into baking pan.

Step 4

Using a spoon, dollop cheesecake mixture on top of the brownie mix.

Step 5

Take a fork (or a toothpick) and marble the cheesecake mixture through the brownies batter but do not mix the two.

Step 6

Place baking pan in oven and cook until brownies reach their desired gooeyness.

Step 7

Allow brownies at least 30-40 minutes to cool (Toss them in the fridge uncovered to speed up the process).

Step 8

Once brownies are cool, cut them and serve with whipped cream, caramel and chocolate syrup. YUM.
Micaela Petrucci
Micaela Petrucci

Okay, okay. Relax, I know. This is way too exciting. Brownies give a pretty solid foundation for you to unleash your creativity. You can add in: Oreos, Nutella, cookie dough, or salted caramel toppings, the possibilities are endless. Who knew it would be so easy to make box brownies bomb again?