Have you ever made too many brownies and ended up with leftovers? You don’t want those delicious brownies to go into the trash!
Luckily, there are quite a few things you can do with your leftover brownies that will give them new life.
Try any of these tricks and you are sure to be very happy with the new form your brownie takes.
1 – Brownie Crumbs
If your brownies are starting to get dry, break them into smaller pieces and let them air dry even more until they are hard.
Place the dried brownies into a food processor or blender and pulse until you have small brownie crumbs. You can use the crumbs to top yogurt, ice cream or sprinkle it over tiramisu.
You can also use brownie crumbs to make a cheesecake crust, substituting them for graham cracker crumbs.
So much to do with brownie crumbs!
2 – Ice Cream Topping
Speaking of ice cream toppings, you can chop up your left over brownies and place them in an airtight bag. Next time you are ready to have a nice bowl of ice cream, take the brownie bites out and use them to top your ice cream.
It’s okay if they have gotten a little hard as the liquid from the ice cream will help them soften right up!
You can also use the brownie pieces to mix into homemade ice cream. This will take a regular old vanilla ice cream to a whole new level- brownie ice cream!
Just mix the pieces in after the ice cream comes out of your ice cream machine and then freeze.
3 – Milkshakes and Smoothies
To continue with the ice cream trend, you can also use your brownie pieces to liven up your milkshake or smoothie.
Blending in brownie pieces will add a whole lot of rich chocolate flavor to your morning smoothie or your night time milkshake.
More chocolate is always better!
Don’t forget that you can always use your leftover cake batter in a milkshake too!
4 – Brownie Bread Pudding
If you love bread pudding, then brownie bread pudding is going to be your new favorite dessert. You can use your favorite bread pudding recipe to make this dish, just substitute the bread for brownie pieces.
If you don’t have enough brownies to make a whole bread pudding, just use half brownies and half bread. Follow the recipe as directed and your result will be a very decadent treat!
5 – Brownie Truffles
Making a truffle out of brownie pieces is a great way to get your already chocolatey dessert even more chocolatey.
Mash the brownie pieces up, adding a touch of cream cheese if the brownies are too hard to mash. Once a cohesive batter has formed, roll the dough into balls.
You can then roll the truffles in cocoa powder, chopped nuts or dip them in melted chocolate.
Make your brownie truffles even more interesting by mixing chili powder, toasted coconut, nuts or even pretzels into the brownie batter center.
6 – Brownie Cake Pops
Make the brownie truffles as described above but place a lollipop stick into each brownie ball. Chill the balls until nice and firm and then dip the truffles into melted chocolate.
Allow the chocolate to harden and you will have some beautiful brownie cake pops!
You can decorate these however you’d like- they will taste amazing no matter what!
7 – Yogurt Parfait
Make a chocolatey breakfast or lunch by layering brownie pieces with yogurt. This is a fantastic idea especially if your brownies are a little dry as the moist yogurt will soften them right away.
Place a piece of brownie in the bottom of a tall glass then add a scoop of yogurt. Add another brownie and then some more yogurt. Continue the layering until the glass is full.
You can also layer in some fresh berries, a few chopped nuts or even extra chocolate chips.
8 – Brownie Cookies
Take those leftover brownies and make them into brownie cookies with this very easy trick.
Mash the brownies together using a stand mixer. Let them really come together in a solid dough. If your brownies are a little dry, add a splash of milk or a tiny bit of frosting (if you have it on hand).
Once the brownies have formed a nice dough that is malleable, roll in into a log, wrap it and chill in the fridge for about 2 hours. Take the log out and slice in into rounds.
Tada! Brownie cookies! Set them on a plate and serve!
9 – Brownie Chips
When your brownies are getting dry, just make them drier! Slice them as thin as possible, making the brownies into chips.
Place on a sheet tray and be careful not to let the brownies overlap. Bake in a 250 degree oven for one hour, flipping the brownie chips over half way through the baking process.
Remove from the oven and allow to cool. Sprinkle with powdered sugar and then enjoy your crunchy snack!
These may be the best chips ever….
10 – Deep Fried Brownie Bites
This may be one of the more complicated options you can choose to make with your leftover brownies but it is also one of the tastiest.
Deep frying brownies makes for a gooey, warm treat that you will find irresistible. You may even want to make extra brownies just so that you can turn around and make these!
Start by breaking up your left over brownies into small pieces then mashing them together with cream cheese and some extra chocolate chips.
You want to form a thick mix that you can then roll into small balls using your hands. Freeze the balls for 30 minutes.
Make a quick frying batter (any flour, sugar, baking powder mix recipe you have will do!). Dip each brownie bite into the batter and place it right into hot frying oil.
Fry until golden brown and then serve. The middle of these dessert fritters will be a gooey sensation!
As you can see, you should never discard of any leftover brownies. In fact, there should be no such thing as a ‘left over’ brownie!
There is always something you can do with those extra brownies that will make them even better than the first time they were eaten.
Sarah is the founder of Baking Kneads, LLC, a blog sharing guides, tips, and recipes for those learning how to bake. Growing up as the daughter of a baker, she spent much of her childhood learning the basics in a local bakery.