We all have our own favourite brownie flavours. Whether that’s a classic chocolate brownie, an of-the-moment sea salted caramel brownie or something totally out there, such as the bacon maple brownie from our recent blog on unusual brownie flavours, the point is there are so many ways to experiment with brownie flavours. And you don’t have to be a star baker to have a go.
What brownie flavour works best?
The best way to experiment with brownie flavour ideas is to play around for yourself. Make sure you’ve got a great basic brownie recipe, following our brownie baking tips advice, that you’re happy with, then start to add in ingredients that you know you like. If you’re looking to make a brownie tray bake, check out our beginner’s guide for tips.
As well as flavours, it’s also all about the brownie texture. Brownies with gooey fillings such as salted caramel or peanut butter will naturally create a more fudgy brownie while brownies that have dry ingredients will have a more cake-like texture.
Our top 8 brownie flavour ideas
1. Salted Caramel Brownies
This rich and decadent brownie flavour, with its sweet and salty hit, might just be the perfect brownie combination. For the ultimate salted caramel brownie, combine salted caramel chunks into your chocolate brownie batter and as it bakes you’ll be rewarded with a river of oozing salted caramel running through the middle. Finish with a delicate sprinkling of Cornish sea salt and enjoy the sensation. Homemade brownies are a huge treat but if you don’t have time to make your own, choose our Sea-Salted Caramel Brownies, delivered in a beautiful gift box straight through your door.
2. Biscoff brownies
These caramelised little biscuits are popping up in everything, including brownies! And with little wonder – those caramel flavours with added crunch makes for a seductive taste sensation, especially when swirled into a chocolate brownie mix. To make your own, simply crumble Biscoff biscuits into your brownie batter. Or you could try our The Biscoff Big One Brownies, which has a hidden layer of Biscoff spread running through the middle of the brownies, all topped off with crumbled Biscoff biscuits.
3. Mint chocolate chip brownies
We know there’s not much that can beat a rich and gooey chocolate brownie but sometimes you want to lighten the load a bit. The answer? A refreshing hint of mint! Start with your classic brownie recipe then add some mint extract or even some finely chopped fresh mint leaves. Scatter in a couple of handfuls of chocolate chips for extra chocolate bite.
4. Chocolate orange brownies
If you’re a fan of Terry’s Chocolate Orange, then this one’s for you! The easiest way to inject some citrus zing into your brownie mix is to add the juice of half a fresh orange and finely grate some orange zest into the batter. You could finish the brownies with candied orange peel or slices for decoration. Or you could take it all a step further like us at Indulge Brownies, and add a layer of chocolate orange ganache to the top of your brownies with a hidden layer of tangy orange marmalade in the centre! You can find it all in our Zest ‘n’ Zing Orange Brownies, available to order via our brownies by post delivery service.
5. Peanut butter brownies
This is one of the easiest brownie flavour ideas to recreate at home. Simply add a swirl of peanut butter to your brownie mix using a toothpick or a knife before baking. You’ll be rewarded with a lovely peanut flavoured brownie and a gorgeous marbled effect to boot. If you’re totally nuts about peanut butter (like we are at Indulge Brownies) you’ll go crazy for our What a Nutter Brownies. As well as a layer of smooth peanut butter in the centre of our brownies, we’ve added a layer of crunchy peanut butter as a topping and then loaded that with whole peanuts!
6. Cheesecake brownies
We don’t know what’s best about these brownies – the delicious cheesecake flavour or the beautiful marbled effect they create when baked. They may look amazing but don’t worry – they are just as easy to create at home as the other brownie flavour ideas we’ve discussed here. Start off with your tried and tested chocolate brownie recipe. Make a cheesecake mix by whipping up cream cheese with icing sugar, vanilla essence and an egg. Then pour ¾ of the brownie mix into your prepared tin lined with baking paper followed by the cheesecake mix. If you do not have baking paper check out our article on whether you can use foil instead of baking paper. Finish by adding the remaining brownie mix and use a cake skewer to lightly stir the ingredients – this is what creates the marbled effect.
7. Hazelnut brownies
The combination of chocolate and hazelnuts creates a praline-like brownie flavour. These delicious brownies are ideal to use as a dessert, especially when smothered in ice cream or cream. To make them, add chopped hazelnuts to your usual brownie mix. Combine the ingredients and pour the mix into your prepared tin. Before baking, you could choose to add a layer of chocolate Nutella spread for added brownie gooeyness! Or you could let us do the hard work for you by ordering our Hazelnut Bomb Brownies by post. These brownies have not just one, but two layers of chocolate hazelnut spread and are topped off with roasted hazelnut nibs.
8. Gluten free brownies
The great thing about brownie recipes is that they can be adapted to suit anyone with food allergies or intolerances. For the best gluten free brownies, choose a recipe that is naturally gooey like our Keep it Classic Brownies. Substitute the flour for gluten free flour or chopped almonds and load the batter with good quality chocolate. Don’t be shy with the chocolate chips or any other brownie flavours that you want to experiment with. Try to include gooey ingredients such as salted caramel, peanut butter and Nutella to keep your gluten free brownies super moist and fudgy. If you like, you could top them with chopped walnuts, chocolate sprinkles or any of your other favourite ingredients.
Get creative with brownie flavours
We’d love to hear about your favourite brownie flavours. Whether you’ve created your own homemade brownies or had them made for you, do share your brownie flavour ideas with us at Indulge Brownies. If you are looking for further inspiration, why not check our seasonal ideas like in our Christmas brownie ideas blog.
And if you’re looking for more inspiration, take a look at our own brownie creations at Indulge Brownies. As you’ll see, we like to push the boat out a little with our brownie flavours, especially with our seasonal brownies. If you’re unsure about what brownie flavours work well, you can order our brownies online for home delivery, straight through your letterbox – sometimes it’s best to taste before you bake!
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