Five Easy Ways to Turn Brownies into Dessert

Take a pan of brownies, either made from scratch or a mix or ones you bought from a bakery, and turn them into rich and decadent desserts with these ideas and recipes. You can use any of my brownie recipes, or make one from a mix.

Sometimes you can buy a pan of unfrosted brownies from a bakery for the fastest desserts. However you get the brownie base ready to go, these five ways to turn brownies into dessert are simply spectacular. They are great for entertaining, and will fly off the table at a...MORE bake sale.

Use your imagination with these recipes. You could, for instance, use different nuts in the Nut Lover's Brownies, or add some creme de menthe in the Mint Brownies for an adult twist. 

Be sure that the brownies are completely cool before you start any of these recipes. And then enjoy every sweet, creamy, crispy, chewy, and crunchy bite!

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    Frost It!

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    Special Kay Brownies. Linda Larsen

    Frosting brownies with unusual, double, or even triple frostings is one of the easiest ways to turn them into a special dessert. Mix and match frostings to create your own masterpiece.

     

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    Freeze It!

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    Peanut Chocolate Parfait Bars. Linda Larsen

    Brownies make a fabulous base for frozen desserts. Whether you layer ice cream, puddings, mousse, or custard on brownies for a frozen dessert, they will all be delicious and decadent.

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    Top It!

    Candy Bar Brownies
    Candy Bar Brownies. Candy Bar Brownies

    Toppings for brownies can vary from a rich thick coating of fudge to a mousse, pudding, crunchy nut mixture, candy mixture, or meringue. Use your imagination and think about dessert toppings that you could use to turn brownies into a dessert.

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    Layer It!

    Caramel Peanut Butter Fudge Brownies
    Caramel Peanut Butter Fudge Brownies. Caramel Peanut Butter Fudge Brownies

    A pan of brownies is a great beginning for a layered dessert, whether it's a trifle, a cake-like treat, or parfaits. Or add a layer of caramel or melted candy between the brownie and frosting.

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    Skewer It!

    Cut brownies into squares and skewer with everything from marshmallows to fruit to pound cake or angel food cake for a delicious dessert that's as fun to make as it is to eat. Serve with chocolate or caramel sauce for dipping, or drizzle with melted chocolate to finish.