Brownie Batter Dip (ready in 5 minutes)
Looking for a quick and easy dessert dip? Try this chocolate brownie batter dip that is ready in 5 minutes! It’s perfect for Valentine’s Day, Super Bowl parties or whenever you need to bring a last-minute treat.
Nothing beats a recipe that is ready in mere minutes. This no-bake dessert dip is my favorite to make for last-minute get togethers with friends. Pair it with a variety of dippers and I promise everyone will love it!
Why this recipe works
- Quick to make. It only takes 5 minutes!
- Easy to find ingredients. Boxed brownie mix, cream cheese and Cool Whip are at all major grocery stores.
- Luscious texture and flavor. It’s perfectly creamy and smooth with a rich chocolate taste.
- Great party food. People will enjoy this sweet snack paired with their favorite dippers.
- Brownie mix: Use an 18 oz box of your favorite boxed brownie mix. Mine is Ghirardelli! You can either leave the chocolate chips in the mix or sift them out.
- Whipped topping: This dessert topping makes an airy and light texture (I used Cool Whip). Defrost it before using in the recipe.
- Cream cheese: Full-fat cream cheese that is room temperature will provide a rich and creamy taste.
For extra chocolate-y brownie batter dip, add 1/4 cup dutch-processed cocoa powder when mixing in the dry ingredients. To make peanut butter brownie dip, add 2 Tablespoons creamy peanut butter when mixing the cream cheese.
Try a minty twist by adding 1/4 teaspoon mint extract when stirring in the milk. Chopped Andes mints would be a nice garnish for this variation! Around Christmas, try peppermint extract and peppermint chips instead.
Switch up the garnish by using peanut butter chips, white chocolate chips, nuts or mini marshmallows to the dip. Reese’s pieces or mini M&M’s would also taste delicious!
What to serve with brownie dip
- Graham crackers are a classic dessert dipper (I use them for my s’mores dip!)
- Pretzels add a salty sweet approach. Pretzel thins are good too!
- Fresh fruit gives a healthy twist. Strawberries (or any type of berry), apple slices or banana would be delicious.
- Cookies such as Nilla wafers, Oreos or shortbread make the perfect dessert dipper!
- Marshmallows, broken waffle cones and cinnamon sugar pita chips are also a fun choices!
How to make brownie batter dip
- Heat treat the brownie mix. Heat in the microwave for 90 seconds, stopping to whisk every 15 seconds.
- Beat cream cheese until smooth, then mix in the whipped topping.
- Add the brownie mix and mix until combined.
- Add milk and mix until creamy. Garnish with mini chocolate chips and serve.
Why you should heat treat brownie mix
Brownie mix contains raw flour, which may contain foodborne pathogens such as salmonella and E. coli. Luckily it is super easy to heat treat brownie mix to kill off any harmful bacteria!
Place the brownie mix in a bowl and microwave on high for 90 seconds. Stop to whisk the mixture every 15 seconds. Alternatively, you can sprinkle the mixture on a baking sheet and bake for 5 minutes at 350° F.
Be sure to heat treat your boxed brownie mix. This is a quick step to take as a precaution and kills any bacteria in the flour. Then let the mix cool before using in the recipe.
If there are any lumps in the dry ingredients, sift the mix with a fine mesh strainer. Discard any larger clumps. This will guarantee a silky smooth texture! Using room temperature ingredients will also help with a creamy texture.
Make ahead and storage tips
- This dip can be made ahead of time and stored in the refrigerator for up to 48 hours. Cover with plastic wrap and give the dip an extra stir before serving with dippers. Dip is okay at room temperature for up to 2 hours.
- Unfortunately brownie batter dip cannot be frozen. As the mixture defrosts, the cream cheese and whip topping will break down. The texture will no longer be creamy, but instead grainy.
Frequently Asked Questions
No, it contains raw flour, which can have harmful bacteria. Be sure to heat treat your flour before using in a no-bake recipe.
Yes, but keep in mind it might affect the texture and taste of the recipe.
Absolutely! You still need to heat treat gluten-free flour.
Either the cream cheese wasn’t mixed until smooth or the dry ingredients needed to be sifted to remove any large clumps.
If you’re looking for more dessert dips or brownie recipes, here are some to try!
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Brownie Batter Dip
- 8 oz (1 cup) cream cheese, room temperature
- 8 oz whipped topping, such as Cool Whip, thawed
- 1 18 oz box Ghiradelli brownie mix, see notes
- 2-3 Tablespoons milk
- ½ cup mini chocolate chips for garnish
- Graham crackers, pretzels and fresh strawberries for serving
- Heat treat the brownie mix. Place it in a bowl and microwave for 90 seconds, stopping to whisk every 15 seconds. This makes the flour safe to consume “raw”. Set aside to cool.
- In the bowl of a stand mixer (or using a hand mixer), beat cream cheese until smooth. Add cool whip topping and mix until combined.
- Add brownie mix to the bowl and mix until incorporated.
- With the mixer on low, add milk 1 Tablespoon at a time until the mixture is creamy.
- Transfer to a bowl, sprinkle chocolate chips on top and serve.