FD/BROWNIES   Washington Post Studio  DATE:  1/18/07  PHOTO:  Julia Ewan/TWP  CAPTION:  Staff Fave - Brownies.
Food - Drink
The Easy Oil Swap To Spruce Up Box Brownie Mix
It's fun to customize brownies from a boxed mix with a drizzle of salted caramel or sprinkles, but the final batch likely won't taste like it was made from scratch. However, with one simple ingredient swap, your boxed brownies can get a major flavor and texture upgrade that makes other tasty mix-ins or toppings even better.
Brownies made from scratch usually call for butter, while most boxed mixes call for oil, so to achieve a homemade flavor, simply swap an equal amount of butter for the oil in the mix's recipe. The difference between the two ingredients is that oil provides a neutral flavor, while butter will add richness to the texture and flavor.
Make sure to melt the butter on the stovetop in a pan or in a bowl in the microwave and let it cool before adding it to the brownie batter. Also be sure to use unsalted butter, which allows the flavors of the other ingredients to stand out for deliciously rich and chocolatey results, without making your brownies too salty by accident.