My mother, the hostess extraordinaire, had given me many useful hospitality tips over the years. One helpful thing she has passed on to me is to always have a ready-to-make dessert on hand. You never know when you’ll need something sweet at the last minute.
Well, I have taken her advice for a long time now and have almost always had a box of brownie mix in the pantry. I can’t tell you how many times I have been glad I did. Both my husband and I have have small groups through our church that come over frequently. When I don’t have time to run to the store, that box of brownie mix comes in handy!
Well, after I stumbled on a homemade brownie mix recipe, I figured I’d give it a try. Not only that, I realized that this recipe’s dry ingredients could be put together ahead of time and saved in the pantry like my precious boxed brownies. If I hadn’t been short on sugar, I would have made a few more batches of these for future use. Next time!
Brownie Mix (to store in an airtight bag for future use)
- 1 1/4 c. all purpose flour
- 2/3 c. cocoa powder
- 1 tsp. baking powder
- 3/4 tsp salt
- 2 c. sugar
To prepare the brownies, add:
- 3 eggs
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
- 1 c. melted butter
Make sure you have a cute kiddo by your side to help you clean up.
They turned out DELICIOUS. Way better than the boxed brownie mix I normally use. I’m not the only one who thought they were good. I took them to a small gathering and two people asked for the recipe. They were thick, moist, flavorful, gooey (but not too raw), deliciousness. This picture doesn’t do them justice but I thought I probably needed a finished product picture.
Anyway- give them a try. Mix up a few batches extra for future use and save some money at the grocery store by not buying the boxed brownies.
Lastly, if you’re a brownie guru, you probably should know about the Better Browning Brownie Pan.
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These pans are very affordable and totally worth it if you are a regular brownie baker!
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Whip up these dry brownie ingredients to keep on hand! You’ll be so impressed with the taste and simplicity of putting it all together. Plus you’re giving your family the gift of none of the added yucky stuff.
Make Ahead Dry Mix Ingredients:
- 1 1/4 cups all purpose flour
- 2/3 cup cocoa powder
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 3/4 teaspoon salt
- 2 cups sugar
Ingredients to Finish Making the Brownies:
- 3 eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 cup melted butter
- Mix dry ingredients together and store in airtight container until ready to use.
- Add eggs, vanilla and butter to dry ingredients and mix well.
- Pour into greased 9×13 pan.
- Bake at 350 degrees for 22-25 minutes. (Mine had to cook about 35 minutes for some reason. Just do a toothpick check before you pull them out!)