Maybe even better than the real thing - edible brownie batter is the safe-to-eat guilty pleasure late night dessert you've been searching for.
You know those desserts where you can't help but lick the spatula while you are baking? I love making edible versions of those. Just check out my edible cake batter and my edible chocolate chip cookie dough. There is something so satisfying knowing you have a whole portion of that one dessert you can grab and eat and not have to worry about any consequences beyond maybe your jeans getting a little more tight.
That's why I just had to share this particular recipe with you.
What is it?
This is a recipe that is made specifically for you to be able to eat without worrying about any potential risks. It has all the flavors of brownie in a delicious spoonful that you will want to keep around all the time.
The best part is that there are two versions of this for you to try. You can go simple with the brownie mix version (my favorite for quick fixes), or you can make a homemade version with ingredients you have in the kitchen. Either way, you are going to love it.
We make it egg-free, but we also heat-treat the flour to ensure that it is safe to eat without baking.
Can you eat brownie batter?
Usually, you can't eat brownie batter, but you can eat this edible brownie batter! We heat the flour to get rid of any potentially dangerous bacteria. We also do not use any eggs in this batter.
That makes this the best brownie batter to snack on when you want the taste of brownies without having to actually bake anything. Aka, the perfect late night snack while you binge on some Netflix.
There are two versions of the edible brownie batter recipe. The first uses boxed brownie mix and does not have eggs. It is very much edible and one of my favorite things ever!
This recipe is made so that it won't make you sick from eating a few tablespoons. Saying this, eating too much brownie batter will give you a tummy ache just like anything else. Moderation is key. No one likes getting a stomachache after eating too much.
Step by step instructions
It takes only a few minutes to make. In many cases, I do not heat my flour or boxed brownie mix, but there are health risks if you do not heat it. I always recommend erring on the side of caution.
From the box:
- Heat your boxed mix in the microwave and allow to cool completely.
- Beat butter until creamy and smooth.
- Add in the brownie mix and beat until the mixture looks like large crumbs.
- Beat in the heavy cream one tablespoon at a time until the mixture becomes smooth and easy to scoop.
- Heat your flour in the microwave and allow to cool.
- Beat the butter until creamy and add your flour, cocoa powder, sugar, salt, and vanilla.
- Beat until the mixture resembles large crumbs.
- Add in the heavy cream and mix until smooth.
Why heat treat flour
It may come as a surprise, but the risks in eating raw batter is not in the eggs. The risk of getting a bad egg is actually not very high. The main risk rests in eating raw flour.
Flour goes through very little processing. It goes from field to mill to store, so whatever was on the wheat in the field is still there in the flour. Luckily, heat-treating the flour makes it safe for you to eat.
The quickest way to do it is use the microwave. but you can also use the oven. The important thing to do is let the flour cool completely before you use it and then give it a good fluff. This is so that the flour gets the best texture after being heated.
Storing your leftover batter
This makes a whole thing of edible brownie batter, so unless you are gifting some to friends or family, I am going to assume you won't be eating the whole thing at once.
You need to store your leftovers in an airtight container, and it does need to be left in the refrigerator. It should last up to a week in there, but I've had friends eat theirs up to two weeks from the fridge.
You can store it in the freezer. There, it should last well over a month. To thaw, leave it in the fridge for a couple of hours, then take it out and leave it at room temperature for a few minutes.
Pro tip: Freeze the brownie batter in ice cube trays, Once frozen, put them in an airtight container, that way you can take out just what you want at the time and keep the rest frozen. It also means the batter thaws faster!
I love trying new things to change up my brownie batter.
- Chocolate chips are an obvious choice, especially if you are all about that chocolate. You can also experiment with other types of chips like peanut butter, butterscotch, and mint. Don't forget the sprinkles!
- Fudge Sauce and marshmallow sauce are amazing here. It's almost like having a brownie ice cream, only even more decadent. You can even use other sauces like strawberry or caramel.
- Peanut butter is a classic with chocolate, so it works so well with the edible brownie batter. I also like Nutella and cookie butter.
- Strawberries are my favorite with chocolate and I'll sometimes stuff them with this brownie batter. I will also sometimes spread it on bananas or other fruits.
- Ice cream is a great canvas for putting the batter into. Swirls of it in your ice cream is just soooooo good during movie night.
If you're looking for similar recipes, you've got to try my red velvet cookie dough. My edible sugar cookie dough and peanut butter cookie dough truffles are to die for. If you're a brownie fiend like I am, these brownie stuffed chocolate chip cookies are the best thing to ever happen to cookies.
Edible Brownie Batter
From the Box
- 1 box brownie mix*
- ½ cup unsalted butter room temperature
- 5 tablespoons heavy cream
- ⅔ cup chocolate chips optional
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 ½ cups granulated sugar
- ½ cup unsalted butter
- ¾ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- ½ teaspoon sea salt
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 5 - 8 tablespoons heavy cream or as needed
- ⅔ cup chocolate chips optional
From the Box
- Heat the brownie mix in the microwave for 2 minutes and allow to cool.
- Melt the butter and mix in the heavy cream
- Add in the brownie mix and stir in until just combined.
- Add more heavy cream slowly, if needed until it reaches your desired consistency.
- Stir in the chocolate chips if using.
- Heat the flour in the microwave for 2 minutes, then set aside to cool.
- Fluff the cooled flour
- Melt the butter and stir in the sugar.
- Mix in the cocoa, salt, and flour until incorporated.
- Beat in the vanilla and half the cream. Add in the remaining cream until it is your desired consistency.
- Mix in chocolate chips if using.