Homemade Brownie Mix

Homemade Brownie Mix

 Keep Homemade Brownie Mix on hand to mix up whenever a chocolate craving strikes. It has all the convenience of a boxed mix made with a made from scratch taste.

Homemade Brownie Mix in a jar Last week my laptop died. It was a miserable old thing that held on much longer than it should have. The past month has been torture, too many frozen screens and random crashes.  One Facebook status update took an hour before I finally gave up. It was beyond frustrating. Chocolate doesn’t fix broken laptops, but as far as I am concerned it certainly doesn’t hurt the situation. I can also say when it comes time to shop for a new computer coming home and mixing up a quick pan of brownies helps offset the pain of sticker shock. It’s times like these simplicity rules. Where the most direct route, from craving to eating brownies, is the best. This is when Homemade brownie mix shines. For those everyday chocolate cravings, when you just want to stir it up in a bowl, slide them in the oven, and then eat brownies. Life is complicated enough, brownies should never ever be complicated.  What I love most about these brownies is their simplicity. This brownie mix recipe makes brownies with a classic made-from-scratch brownie taste, but with all the convenience of its dump in a bowl and stir in some wet ingredients boxed counterpart. Unlike the boxed mixes, when making your own mix you control the quality of the cocoa powder, use your favorite cocoa powder. I sometimes add a little Black Cocoa  when I really want a bold and rich brownie.  Just remember to keep an eye on your expiration date on your cocoa, as it loses its chocolate flavor as it ages. To save time, I like to mix up a few batches of the dry ingredients to keep in the pantry, then when to mood strikes for brownies either myself or my oldest can make some without too much mess or time.

Homemade Brownie Mix

Homemade Brownie Mix

Ingredients

  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 cup butter melted, then cooled
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

Instructions

Make the mix

  1. Sift together all dry ingredients. Place into a jar or airtight container and attach directions
  2. On a label, write the wet ingredients and quantities with the directions see notes:

Using the brownie mix

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour an 8-inch square pan.
  2. Melt the butter and set aside to cool slightly.
  3. In a medium bowl, beat two eggs with the vanilla. Stir in the dry ingredients. Pour the melted butter into brownie mixture and mix until just incorporated. Spread the batter in a prepared 8-inch square pan and bake for 20-22 minutes.

Notes

To make the Brownies:

  • 1/2 cup butter melted, then cooled
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour an 8-inch square pan. Melt the butter and set aside to cool slightly. In a medium bowl beat two eggs with the vanilla. Stir in the dry ingredients. Pour the melted butter into brownie mixture and mix until just incorporated. Spread the batter in a prepared 8-inch square pan and bake for 20-22 minutes.

Recipe barely adapted from: Allrecipes Dress these brownies up with frosting, chopped nuts or chocolate chips if you wish.  Just be sure to watch them as they bake, this brownie recipe will not take well to overbaking. Your brownies will most likely be thicker than mine in the picture, my 8 inch square pan has gone missing so I used a 7 x 11 inch pan which made for pretty skinny brownies, but no one complained. Brownie   So, if you are wondering, when I finally got over my sticker shock I replaced my laptop with a desktop. I really had reservations about going this route, but now could not be happier.  I do a lot of photo editing and would like to play around with video editing in the future, so I got this Asus Desktop icon and went with the biggest processor I could, and am totally loving it.

This Post Has 18 Comments

  1. Can you make a big batch of the dry mix and measure out what you need for a batch? If so how much mix would I use?

  2. Can you make a big batch of the dry mix and measure out what you need for a batch? If so how much mix would I use?

  3. Can this recipe be easily doubled and if so would the pan I use be a 9×13 or 13×9 Thanks in advance for a reply

    1. Yes.

  4. What size is the jar that you used?

    1. One batch fits perfectly in a Ball Pint jar, I used a regular mouth jar, but wide would also work.

  5. How long can they be left in an air tight jar? I pull like to make them a few weeks before I give them out, would they be ok?

    1. Making these a few weeks in advanced would definitely be ok.

      As long as the jar is air-tight, the brownie mix will last as long as any of the individual ingredients (just look on the packaging). .

      The only time I have ever run into any sort of “problems” is when I used cocoa powder that has been opened and has been in my pantry for a while. I think cocoa tends to lose it’s flavor after about 6 months.

  6. This looks awesome, thank you! I agree with the others. It would definitely make a great gift. I have a 14 year old daughter, and this would be perfect to keep on hand for when she has friends over. Thanks for sharing!

  7. Ooof, tough luck on the laptop but happy to hear you’ve found a setup that works for you! This brownie mix looks perfect for keeping on hand for a rainy day or giving to friends.

    1. Thank you! Yes, I think this would be a great gift!

  8. Wow, I’ve been meaning to make a brownie mix at home. This looks great!

    1. It is so easy! I love that I don’t have to chop or melt chocolate for this recipe 🙂

  9. Ooh, I bet this would make such a great gift! I just found your blog, and it is making me a bit homesick…we just moved back to the Midwest from Ithaca last month, and we’re missing the Finger Lakes!

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