If there is a more universally-loved treat than brownies, I don’t know it! Not only are brownies decadent and delicious, but they are simple to prepare, making them the quintessential dessert to tote to barbeques, play dates and birthday parties. For a very long time, I searched for a made-from-scratch recipe that rivaled the good ole boxed mix. The results of most of my efforts were either too cakey, too dry or too un-brownie like. Finally, after combining a few different ideas, I came up with this mix, which I make in bulk and store in my pantry. Now, whenever the need calls, I could prep brownies as easily as if I was using a store-bought mix, with the added benefit of knowing exactly what’s in them! And did I mention the taste? These are chewy, gooey brownies with a more pronounced chocolate taste than any boxed mix. Loved by adults and children alike, these are a win-win!
- Ingredients for Brownie Mix:
- 4 1/4 cups sugar
- 2 1/4 cups flour
- 1 1/2 cups unsweetened cocoa
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- Ingredients for Baking Brownies:
- 2 cups Brownie Mix
- 2 eggs
- 4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) butter, melted
- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 1 tablespoon water
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- Confectioner’s sugar, optional
- To make brownie mix, stir all ‘Ingredients for Brownie Mix’ in a large bowl until thoroughly combined. Dump this dry mix in a large storage container and store in pantry. This will keep for at least 6 months and will make 4 batches of brownies. Tip: Tape the printed recipe to the top of the storage container so baking instructions are always handy and after using all the mix, instructions for replenishing it will be at your fingertips.
- To make brownies, combine all ‘Ingredients for Baking Brownies’ in a medium sized bowl and stir by hand until well mixed.
- Pour batter into a greased small brownie pan (7” x 11”, 8” x 8” or 9” x 9.”)
- Bake at 350 F for 20 minutes. You will see the outsides begin to harden, but the inside will still be soft. They will continue to cook after removing them from the oven. Allow to cool in pan completely before cutting, at least one hour. Tip: To make clean brownie cuts (and avoid the crumbly fringe around each one), use a plastic knife, even a cheap disposable one. It will produce far cleaner brownie slices than a metal knife.
- Sprinkle cut brownies with confectioner’s sugar, if desired.