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Spruced Up Boxed Brownies

You know I’m not a fan of boxed baking ingredients, especially when it comes to brownies. But, I’m also a sucker for any sort of competition. Annie’s was hosting a Bunny Bake Off on Instagram and obviously I wanted to win. However, we can’t follow rules and missed the deadline and the fine print that you shouldn’t use booze. Whoops. If we can’t win a contest, at least we can share these yummy brownies with you. 

browniesThe great thing about this brownie mix is that it has wonderful quality standards. So if you are afraid of the typical scary ingredients in those 99 cent boxes, have no fear! You won’t find any artificial flavors, synthetic colors, preservatives and some other great standards that ou can learn about here
After we realized that we had broken literally all of the rules of this contest, we decided we still wanted to share our yummy brownie recipe with you. Since their brownie mix is pretty straightforward, I added a few ingredients that would take it up a notch. This would be an awesome family project to do with your little ones at home! I added some vanilla, chocolate chips, and cinnamon to my brownies but the opportunities are endless. Crushed up peppermint, white chocolate, or melted peanut butter would all be fabulous additions. Just be careful to not add anything too liquidy because it will change the consistency of your brownies. 

Once your brownies are cooking away in the oven, you have to make the icing! This is where we decided to add the booze. Because, heck, why not? We went to Gatlinburg about a year ago and stocked up on Moonshine. About a month later, I was preggo with Baby O. Therefore, we have a lot of leftover Moonshine just waited to be consumed. This butterscotch one from Sugarlands Shine was the perfect addition to a basic vanilla icing. It adds just a little extra boost of that caramelly flavoring without adding too much sweetness. If you don’t have this handy, you can swap it out for a bourbon, rum or any other dark liquor. They will pair wonderfully with the dark chocolate in these brownies. To make these an extra decadent dessert, we decided to make brownie sandwiches. Yep, you just layer that icing in between two pieces of your brownies and then add some flaky sea salt on top. Maybe these should be called “Mom & Dad Brownies” instead of “Spruced Up Box Brownies” between the boozy icing and the Maldon Sea Salt Flakes. Either way, they are absolutely addicting and super simple to make. Let us know what additions you make to your batch! 

Spruced Up Boxed Brownies
Yields 6
A spruced up mix of homemade brownies using Annie's Homegrown Organic Double Chocolate Brownie Mix. Sandwich two in between some homemade icing for a devilish dessert.
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Prep Time
25 min
Cook Time
40 min
Total Time
1 hr 5 min
Prep Time
25 min
Cook Time
40 min
Total Time
1 hr 5 min
Brownies
  1. 1 box Annie's Homegrown Organic Double Chocolate Brownie Mix
  2. 1 stick butter, melted
  3. 2 Tablespoons water
  4. 2 eggs
  5. 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  6. 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  7. 1/2 cup chocolate chips
  8. Maldon sea salt flakes
Icing
  1. 1/2 cup butter, softened
  2. 1 cup cream cheese
  3. 4 1/2 cups powdered sugar, sifted
  4. 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  5. 4 Tablespoons Butterscotch Moonshine
Brownies
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Grease an 8x8 glass pan with butter.
  3. Using paddle attachment, combine brownie mix, melted butter, water, vanilla, cinnamon and chocolate chips until combined.
  4. Evenly spread in glass pan. Put in oven and bake for 35-40 minutes.
  5. Let brownies cool completely in pan. Remove from pan, cut into pieces. Spread icing on one brownie and top with another. Then, sprinkle sea salt on top.
  6. Enjoy!
Icing
  1. Using paddle attachment, beat butter and cream cheese until combined.
  2. Add powdered sugar and vanilla and beat until combined.
  3. One Tablespoon at a time, add Moonshine until completely blended.
Adapted from Annie's Homegrown Organic Double Chocolate Brownie Mix
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