My Go To Trick For Store Bought Brownies

Espresso Chocolate Brownies

I’m going to be honest, I’m not a huge baker. And I personally kind of suck at having patience which isn’t ideal for baking. But I do love sprucing up a good boxed mix to make it special. Since the holidays are here, having an easy to make last-minute recipe in your back pocket is key. It can help save you when you realize you have a party to go to and have no time to make something super special. Or, no time to go to the store.

My Secret To Boxed Brownie Mix

All you have to do is to keep a few boxes of your favorite brownie mix in your pantry (can’t hate that idea, right?) and my secret ingredient. Chocolate covered espresso beans. That’s it! You obviously need a few mix-ins to create the brownies which usually include an egg, oil, and water. But other than that, these come together deliciously within minutes.

If you want to make brownies from scratch, you can try this recipe of mine here. Just add in your espresso beans and they’ll be delicious!

I personally like to chop up the chocolate espresso beans so that you have a good mix of sizes and chunks in your mixture. You can even leave a few whole beans and put them on top right before baking. The espresso beans just add so much flavor, a little bit of crunch, and extra chocolatey goodness.

This little trick came about after I went to Boston and bought the most incredibly gooey and delicious espresso bean brownie at a farmers market. It had me inspired to recreate it at home. But then I remembered, I’m not a big baker. So why not just dress up a store-bought mix and call it a day!

Photo by Hannah Lozano

Jessica is an Atlanta life and style blogger. Aiming to bring practical tips to your every day life. Tips that you can easily tackle and make your life feel just a tad more 'put-together'.

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  1. 12.11.19
    Karly said:

    This is such a great idea and looks delicious! Might have to put it to the test for my husband’s family’s Christmas get-together this coming weekend.

    Just sayin’,

    • 12.11.19
      Jessica said:

      For sure! Let me know how they turned out

  2. 12.11.19
    Rachel said:

    I am alllll about the boxed brownie life and this tip is freakin’ genius!! Can’t wait to give it a try this weekend!


    • 12.11.19
      Jessica said:

      Same here, boxed brownies are seriously the best!

  3. 12.11.19
    Mariah said:

    This is brilliant!! I need to start adding things to my brownies!


    • 12.11.19
      Jessica said:

      It’s so easy and simple! And makes them feel super gourmet

  4. 12.11.19
    Lisa Autumn said:

    OMG yummmm!

    Lisa |

  5. 12.12.19
    Lisa said:

    I love this idea I can’t wait to try them.