This recipe for easy brownies needs just 20 minutes of prep time - and we have a few suggestions for delicious variations so you can customize your brownies to be just the way you like them!
These easy brownies are great to make with kids and are packed with wonderful chocolate-y flavor!
Brownies are a big hit with everyone, young and old, and it's good to know you can have a batch on hand with just 20 minutes preparation time - ideal for dessert if you have some unexpected guests popping over for dinner!
Variations on the basic brownie recipe
This is a simple and traditional brownie recipe and our personal favorite. But the great thing about brownies is that it's so easy to change up the recipe a little and customize them to suit your family!
Here are some ideas.
Pecans are the typical choice - but walnuts or even peanuts work well too. Another idea is to use finely chopped hazelnuts - they're surprisingly good!
Top with frosting
Everything tastes better with frosting and brownies are no exception! You can use either a simple vanilla or chocolate frosting, or for a slightly different flavor opt for a cream cheese frosting instead.
Make mocha brownies
Just use the recipe for easy brownies (below) and add a mocha frosting.
To make mocha frosting, mix 1 teaspoon instant espresso with 1 tablespoon water. Beat the mixture together with 1 1/4 cups of confectioner's sugar and one stick of butter.
There are lots of different things you can use to top brownies, including shredded coconut, M&Ms, sprinkles or just confectioner's sugar. Spread a thin layer of frosting first to help your toppings stick.
Another idea is to sprinkle the surface of the brownies with mini marshmallows as soon as you take them out of the oven. You can pop them under the broiler to toast them lightly and give them a lovely caramelized color.
Turn them into cake pops
Just cut the brownies into small cubes, insert sticks and dip into melted chocolate. Push the cake pops into a styrofoam block to hold them up as the melted chocolate dries.