There’s nothing like personalizing your choice of bakes with a wide variety of mix-ins or add-ons. Nuts are probably the most popular choice, and they add a really nice crunch to balance out the softness. Whether its pecans, walnuts, almonds, brazil nuts, hazelnuts or pistachios, each kind of nut also adds its unique scent and flavors to the batter. Stir in nuts gently at the last moment for them to retain their crunchy exterior (otherwise, they soak up the moisture from the batter).
Sour and tart berries like raspberries, strawberries, blackberries and physalis also brighten up your brownies and blondies, while offsetting the sometimes over-cloying sweetness of these cookie-bars. Top it off with additional berries or even a berry ice cream to elevate your brownie’s or blondie’s final look and taste.
If you’re fond of savory sweet creations, then perhaps adding a dash of sea salt to your brownie or blondie might turn it into the perfect dessert for you. Elevate the overall flavors of your salty, sweet brownies or blondies by adding a squeeze of lime or lemon to make a Lime and Sea Salt Brownie.
For those on the opposite end of the spectrum, whose sweet tooth is hard to satisfy, there’s no reason why you can’t add candy to your favorite brownie or blondie treat! From rainbow M&Ms to chocolate chips to even candy corn (ideal for Halloween), there’s really no hard and fast rule to adding candy to your brownies and blondies. Adding these instant sparkles to your decadent bars will make them super irresistible to the young (and the young at heart) after.