(Boxed) Brownies Three Ways

Let doctored-up brownies be the fireworks that wrap your God-Bless-America festivities. Start with a simple mix for a 13”x9” pan of brownies and just play... Deliver CRACKLE! with candy inspiration, POP! with fresh berry brilliance, and a full-fledged BOOM! with a caramel-coffee spike. Then, send everybody home with stars in their eyes and chocolate on their paws.

**Know that fresh fruits will release moisture as the brownies bake making for gooier brownies; don't be alarmed by the extra moisture. Keep in mind, too, that adding things to the batter may increase cooking time. Towards the end of their bake time, check your brownies every 5 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean.

Blackberry Brownies
The jam and berries make these supermoist – downright messy, in fact. Do not expect cleanly cut brownie squares from this recipe. Offer single-bite servings on the end of spoons, or turn scoops of these into sundaes with lemon sorbet on top and some more melted jam. 

1 boxed Brownie Mix (plus the eggs, oil, water required to make it)
1 carton Fresh Blackberries
1/3 cup Blackberry Jam, melted  
Zest of 1 Orange

**Prepare the brownies according to the directions on the box. Pour into a greased baking dish and spoon the jam on top of the brownie batter. Sprinkle with the fresh berries and the orange zest. Using a toothpick, swirl everything together and pop in the oven to bake. 


Dulce de Leche Espresso Brownies
Dunk in cold milk or hot coffee for optimal results.

1 boxed Brownie Mix (plus the eggs, oil, water required to make it)
3 individual Instant Espresso Packets
1/2 cup Dulce de Leche, warmed in the microwave for 30 seconds

**Prepare the brownies according to the directions on the box, stirring 1 of the espresso packets into the batter. Pour into a greased baking dish and just before transferring the brownies into the oven, dust the top with the rest of the espresso powder and pour on the dulce de leche; use a toothpick to swirl everything together.


Chocolate Malt Brownies
These are inspired by classic Whoppers candy, of course. 

1 boxed Brownie Mix (plus the eggs, oil, water required to make it)
1/2 cup Hot Fudge Sundae Topping, warmed in the microwave for 30 seconds
3 Tbsp. Malt Powder

**Prepare the brownies according to the directions on the box, stirring 1 Tbsp. of malt powder into the batter. Pour into a greased baking dish and just before transferring the brownies into the oven, dust the top with the rest of the malt powder and spoon over the hot fudge sauce; use a toothpick to swirl everything together. 

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