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I recently made the move from NYC to CA. And let me tell you something...it is not that easy to move all of your belongings across the country. Some things got cut - and by some things, I mean all the furniture. When I finally got to CA, I was excited to start from scratch and create this awesome shabby chic beach cottage. I had so many ideas and so many things I wanted to buy. And then I realized I couldn't afford any of them. Literally - any of them. So Ikea became my new best friend. I spent a lot of time there, the ice cream man actually began to call me by my name. (It's a $1 cone - don't judge me) But, the most important thing I learned during this whole process was the beauty of the "Ikea Hack". There is a whole community out there who are dedicated to taking basic Ikea furniture and taking it to the next level. It is amazing. And all this hack talk got me thinking...you could probably take some pretty basic recipes and hack them too. I went straight to the kitchen and the result turned out way better than expected. In this recipe, we are taking a basic box brownie recipe and adding a little something to take it to the next level.
for the brownies:
These brownies are awesome just like this. But if you want to make them even better add some cookie and cream frosting.
for the buttercream:
*Makes about 12 brownies
You as well!
Can I add slivered almonds in here?
Of course! You can really add anything you want...but I think almonds would be a great addition.