3 Ways to spruce up a box of Brownies

This weekend I let my girl skip quiet time (what others know as nap time but we are over that apparently) so we could make brownies. Our sweet neighbor gave the girls the cutest little baking set for Christmas. It included a pink mixing bowl, two pink aprons, cooking utensils and a box of the best brownies ever. I knew immediately how I would be using it all!

I can touch more on this at a later date but I am really trying to focus in on how each of our children feel loved. What fills their little cup? For Adalyn, it’s individual time. She loves to help me bake. She loves chocolate. I loved the time in the kitchen with her. Teaching her things and how I add my touch to a box of brownies. So…let’s get to it and we will teach you as well!

A friend of mine introduced me to the Ghirardelli Triple Chocolate Brownies that  you can only find at Costco. Why yes, that does mean that it is pretty much a years worth of brownies (not quite but you know how Costco does)! Bless that Costco. To my knowledge you can’t get them at the store…at least here in the 806 you can’t. BUT you can get their Double Chocolate Brownies at most stores. Go ahead. Run to the store…I’ll wait. You’ll also need to grab some heavy cream and or sour cream if you don’t have any on hand, as well as, some semi sweet chocolate chips.

So what are the three ways I spruce up the brownies? Well, I’ll tell ya.

  1. Follow the box directions for “cake like” brownies which usually calls for less water and 1 extra egg. This is usually in small print under the regular baking instructions.
  2. Add a splash of heavy cream (3-4 tablespoons) OR sour cream (2-3 tablespoons)
  3. Top those beauties off with some quick homemade icing.

That’s it. Nothing fancy. Nothing ground breaking. It’s what I do every time and it makes me feel like I’m treating my children or guests to something more homemade. If I don’t make the icing I will still make them cake like and add the cream/sour cream.

Quick Homemade Chocolate Icing

1 minPrep Time

2 minCook Time

3 minTotal Time

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  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1/3 cup butter
  • 1¼ cups sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips


  1. Combine the milk, butter and sugar in a saucepan.
  2. Heat over medium high until it comes to a boil.
  3. Boil for 45 seconds stirring constantly.
  4. Take off the heat and add the vanilla and chocolate chips.
  5. Stir until combined and smooth.
  6. Immediately pour it over your cooled brownies and allow the icing to cool completely so it can set.


This is enough icing for a 9x13 pan of brownies or cake. I happily poured it over an 8x8 dish. Do you!


I found this recipe from Spend With Pennies last year and it has yet to let me down! Go check out her stuff.

I put all the ingredients in individual bowls for my girl to mix all by herself. She quite literally did all of this by herself while I took pictures (and some video in efforts to create a fun little video to go along with this but my filming skills need some work.) 

This. He was determined to learn how to braid when we had her. Now he loves to braid her hair…so naturally she needed a braid before baking.

Real life. I had just showered so it was wet/messy hair for the win. I don’t want to feel like I have to always be put together for pictures with my children or for the sake of looking good for the blog. More than likely you’ll see a lot of me not put together.

For this batch we did 2 tablespoons of sour cream because I didn’t have heavy cream on hand. Why sour cream? Because Shawn’s grandmother’s sour cream coffee cake is the best ever and it has sour cream. So every other baked good is bound to be better with sour cream.

When Sing is on in the background there will be lots of paused stirring….

Happiness and frame worthy.

Look how fluffy and cake like those are! That’s what you want 🙂

I let my girl poke holes all in the brownies so the icing we made could get down in there because who doesn’t love that? 

I got video of us making the icing but not pictures. Sorry. It’s simple though! Literally takes like 2 minutes.

See how the icing already looks “crusty” as she’s pouring it? You want that. This kind of icing gets a yummy crunchy top layer immediately and that’s a good thing. 

Again, a “ripply” icing is always a good sign.

My “momming” was on point…I let her lick the raw batter and eat the left over icing. It’s fine.

The icing gets a little thick and adds the perfect touch to these already perfect boxed brownies.

So I’ll leave you with this: do you know what fills the cups of your sweet kiddos? How do they feel loved? I think we both felt loved after this little baking sesh. It helped me to relax and let her take the lead in something. I had to let go of the messes. The constant finger licking. The “are they ready yet?” or “is it icing time yet??” x 500. It’s spring break here and I want to be as tuned into my kiddos as possible. This was a great start.

How will you fill the cup of your child’s little heart?

But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners. Romans 5:16

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