As you may know from reading the blog, I’m obviously a big fan of making things from scratch. Cookies, pizza dough, tortillas, even brown sugar – all can be made at home with a few ingredients and a little elbow grease. Not only do they taste better and are usually cheaper than buying them at the store, you can skip all the additives, preservatives and artificial flavors found in the processed variety.
Until now, brownies were the one thing that always seemed better from a boxed mix. All the homemade recipes that I’ve tried either came out too dry, too cake-like, or called for a lot of really expensive chocolate. Plus, nothing can beat the convience of using a boxed mix when you just need something chocolate-y, and you need it fast! The only way to get the benefits of a homemade treat with the simplicity of a boxed mix is to make your own brownie mix!
The mix itself takes just seconds to whisk together, and the ingredients are common pantry staples. When you’re ready to bake your brownies, simply add a few eggs, butter and vanilla to the mix and pop them in the oven. The brownies come out soft and fudgey in the middle, with perfectly chewy edges. (I’m a corner brownie girl, my husband is a middle guy…it’s the perfect marriage.)
Each batch of brownie mix fits perfectly into a quart-size mason jar. You can layer the ingredients in the jar to give as a gift, or keep a few jars in your pantry for those times when you need a quick dessert without much fuss. Each jar will make a 9×13 pan of brownies, or if you prefer thicker brownies, bake them in a 9×9 square pan.
DIY Brownie Mix
Yields: 1 9×13 pan
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
2/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
2 cups white sugar
To make the brownies:
1 cup melted butter
1 teaspoon vanilla
To make the brownie mix: Use a whisk to stir together the flour, baking powder, salt, cocoa powder and sugar. Store the mix in a quart-sized mason jar, or in a ziplock bag.
To make the brownies: Combine the entire mix with the melted butter, eggs and vanilla. Stir until the ingredients are well incorporated, then pour into a greased 9×13 pan. Spread the batter evenly, then bake at 350 degrees F for 22-25 minutes.