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5 Ways to Celebrate Brownie Day

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By: Andrea Lynn
5 Ways to Celebrate Brownie Day

If there's a holiday that's just begging for an excuse to be celebrated, it's Brownie Day on December 8. Whether you add a dash of heat with ancho chili powder or make towering ice cream brownie sandwiches, there are countless ways to do a little twist on the classic. Try out some of our favorites below, and see friends, family and coworkers keep coming back for more.

Add Icing

Want to add a heavenly touch to your batch of brownies? Do it in the form of coffee-enhanced icing that's airy-light from the addition of whipped cream. Use a spatula to spread the icing or pipe it over brownies in a design. Top with chocolate covered coffee beans for a buzz-worthy brownie.

Make an Ooey, Gooey Middle

Whip up a batch of this Sea Salt Caramel Sauce and let it come to room temperature. Using any brownie recipe, pour half the batter into a greased pan. Top with a thick layer of the caramel sauce and cover with remaining batter. Bake as the recipe instructs and let the brownies cool. Cut into squares for an oozy caramel middle layer surprise.

Turn Into an Ice Cream Sandwich

What's better than a brownie ice cream sandwich? Start with this Double Fudge Brownie Cookie recipe. Once the cookies are cooked and cooled, connect the bottoms of two cookies with a generous portion of mint or chocolate ice cream. For extra oomph, dip all sides of the ice cream into mini chocolate morsels. Wrap each ice cream sandwich in wax paper and let harden in the freezer until ready to eat.

Add a Little Heat

Although these Aztec Brownies are heightened with a touch of nutmeg and cinnamon, that's not the only spice combo route to travel. Take a page from Mexican recipes, which love to pair chocolate with heat. Substitute the cinnamon and nutmeg for an equal amount of Spice Islands® ground ancho chili, ground chipotle chile, cayenne pepper, or ground pasilla chile to create brownies with a zing.

Make a Brownie Cake

The brownie batter is poured into a 12-inch round pizza pan in this Brownie Cake recipe. While this particular recipe is geared toward Halloween, it can be tailored to any occasion. Just swap the orange food coloring for another and decorate with any type of mini candy. For the holiday season, try red or green frosting topped with crushed candy cane bits or chopped peppermint patties.

If any of these ideas inspired by Spice Islands® make it into your regular baking repertoire, expect almost every day to turn into Brownie Day.

Andrea Lynn is a recipe developer and cookbook author, most recently of the culinary guidebook/cookbook, Queens: A Culinary Passport. She has yet to find a brownie she doesn't like.

Spice Islands® spices deliver high quality, authentic flavors from all over the world so you can put the most delicious meals on your table.

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