Personal Touches: Yummy Add-Ins to Any Brownie

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Ginger chocolate brownies, anyone? What about spiking the batter with chili powder for some sweet heat? If you think about it, our favorite brownie recipes are really just a base for whatever else we feel like adding in – and once you start experimenting, it’s very hard to stop!

Make a batch of your favorite brownies (or try our personal favorite recipe!), then play around with mixing in some of these ingredients to the batter. You can add more than one ingredient from each category, but don’t go too far over the recommended total amount.

1. Add 1-3 Teaspoons of Any of These:

Chili Powder
Instant Espresso (or Coffee) Powder
Ginger (powdered or freshly grated)
Lemon Zest

2. Add 1 Cup of Any of These:

Chocolate Chips
Butterscotch Chips
Mint Chips
Toffee Chips
Chopped Nuts
Dried Fruit
Candied Ginger

3. Top Baked Brownies with Any of These:

Chocolate Ganache
Buttercream Frosting
Simple Glaze
Powdered Sugar (only once the brownies have completely cooled or the sugar will melt)
Dulce de Leche
Crushed peppermints

What other ingredients do you like adding to brownies?

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