June Bolhafner adds 1/2 cup of dried cherries to boxed brownie mixes. “I reserve a little of the mix and coat the cherries with it, then fold them into the batter right before baking,” she writes from Ballwin, Missouri.
A brownie mix base makes this a simple treat that will appeal to adults and children alike. Creamy peanut butter, crunchy nuts and crisp cereal make the bars fun to bite into. —Radelle Knappenberger, Oviedo, Florida
“I just love the combination of fruit, almonds and chocolate that makes this brownie so unique,” relates Sue Kauffman of Columbia City, Indiana. “The fruit lightens the chocolate a bit and makes it feel like you are eating something sinfully healthy.”
Our kids beg for a one of these big brownies every year. I just bake brownie batter in a pizza pan, spread with orange-tinted frosting and let the kids design a pumpkin stem and jack-o’-lantern face using candy.