A brownie needs nothing extra to be amazing, it just has to be a brownie. Hacking the batter, however, with additions as seemingly extraneous but as totally delicious as olive oil, graham cracker bits, or chocolate mint candies makes a brownie incredible. Here, in the spirit of hacking a good thing to make it extra-good, are 7 of our favorites.

1. Chocolate Mint Brownies

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Regular brownie batter gets an irresistible hack of Peppermint Patties candies baked right in. Get our Chocolate Mint Brownies recipe.

2. S’mores Brownies

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Graham cracker pieces and mini marshmallows are stirred into classic chocolate brownie batter for the ultimate summer hack. Get our S’mores Brownies recipe.

3. Brownie Parfaits

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Crumbled brownie pieces are layered with ice cream (vanilla, chocolate, or caramel), fresh raspberries, and whipped cream. Get our Brownie Parfaits recipe.

4. Chocolate Stout Brownies

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Regular brownies turn kind of magical (not to mention extra moist) when hacked with chocolaty stout beer. Get our Chocolate Stout Brownies recipe.

5. Chocolate Stout S’mores Brownies

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We’re pretty sure that after you reach legal drinking age, s’mores around the campfire are likely to include a beer or two. Here, we’ve included beer in the s’mores themselves, adding some to the brownie batter along with crushed graham crackers and a marshmallow topping. Get our Chocolate Stout S’mores Brownies recipe.

6. Cream Cheese Swirl Brownies

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A rich cream cheese batter is swirled into a standard brownie batter before baking—probably the most luscious brownie hack possible. Get our Cream Cheese Swirl Brownies recipe.

7. Kir Jensen’s Ultimate Brownie

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At her Portland, Oregon, food cart the Sugar Cube, Kir Jensen serves creative hacks on classic sweets. She gives the bake-sale bar her signature twist by baking the brownies in muffin pans, then tops them with coffee syrup, chocolate ganache, olive oil, and sea salt. Get Kir Jensen’s Ultimate Brownie recipe.

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