Brownies are a fast, easy way to pull off a last-minute dessert or snack. I mean, who doesn’t love them? Most of us just rip open a box of brownie mix and pop them in the oven in minutes.
How about making your OWN brownie mix and having the equivalent of FIVE boxes of brownies in the pantry? Yep. I have a recipe for everyone’s favorite treat that can be made in 5 minutes and tastes even better than the box.
This recipe makes 5 pans of brownies if you use an 8X8 pan, or double the recipe and make a 9X13 cake pan for a larger crowd. They are the thin, chewy type brownie-perfect for the lunchbox. I really like frosting them so I can cut them even smaller and it still seems like a decadent treat.
My recipe uses butter, so if you aren’t going to be using them up in a week or two, store in the fridge or freezer. For my crew, I always double the recipe and make a pan on the weekends for snacks and lunch, so it sits on the pantry shelf.
You can use lard or Crisco for a shelf-stable mix, it’s up to you.
If you enjoy make-your-own mixes, I also have a cream soup mix you may like. It’s a perfect replacement for a can of cream soup like you always see in crockpot recipes. It’s also great for chowder and creamy gravy dishes.
Let me know if you like make-your-own style recipes; I have a bunch of them I would love to share!
Thanks to @honeyyanibel for this beautiful photo!
Make Your Own Brownie Mix
- Large mixing bowl
- Pastry cutter or fork
- Airtight container for storage
- 5 cups White sugar
- 3 cups All-purpose flour
- 2 cups Cocoa powder I like using Dark cocoa powder
- 1 Tbsp Baking powder
- 1 Tbsp Salt
- 3 1/2 Cups Butter Crisco or Lard may be substituted
- In a large mixing bowl, combine dry ingredients
- Cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs
- Store in airtight container until needed.
How to Use Mix
- In medium mixing bowl, add 1 1/2 cups Brownie mix
- Add 2 eggs and 1 tsp vanilla
- Stir well, until brownie batter is glossy and smooth
- Spread into greased 8X8 inch baking pan
- Bake in preheated 350 oven for 30 minutes
- Cool before cutting