Homemade Brownie Mix Recipe

The main thing I am doing right now to eat and cook healthier is trying to avoid packaged and processed items. One of my favorite convenient, packaged desserts is brownie mixes. I would get them on sale or use a coupon. I would always keep them on hand to use for a fast dessert.

I have several recipes for homemade brownies, but they are homemade. Besides being convenient, brownie mixes have a distinct texture. I like that texture and flavor that you just can’t seem to get with most recipes. When I started trying to cut back on packaged items, I realized this would effect my brownie and cake mixes. I really wanted to find something that would work.

My sister told me about a recipe that she tried from allrecipes. She tweaked the recipe after reading through the reviews. She said it was very close to a box mix. I gave it a try, and I agree it is very close and really good. I used this brownie mix to make my brownie trifle last week.

You can make this as you use it, or you can make quite a few batches and place in jars or Ziploc bags. You can also layer this nicely in a jar to give as a gift. I like to make up several batches of mixes and place them in jars. Then, I have them ready to use anytime I need or want a brownie mix. It is healthier and cheaper than a store bought brownie mix.

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Comments

  1. Extraordinary Ordinary Life says:

    Sounds yummy! I am trying to do the same thing. And, don’t you love your label maker?

  2. Yes, I love my label maker. My husband bought it for his office but I think I use it more then he does. I love it for items like this. I just label the jar and I always have the directions right there. I just keep refilling the same few jars.

  3. sounds delish!! i’m craving brownies now!

  4. I love brownies!! I think I will go mix up a batch. Thanks for the yummy looking recipe!

  5. That is such a great idea! Thanks so much for sharing it – I’ll have to give it a try.

  6. I can’t wait to try this out! It sounds delicious, and easy to have on hand!

  7. Penless Thoughts says:

    What a wonderful idea. Thanks for sharing this. I, too, am trying to make more things from scratch and will certainly give this a try.
    Susan

  8. Should I assume that you bake these at 350 degrees?

    I will have to try your recipe soon! Have you ever added mini chocolate chips? Yum!

  9. Yes, sorry Lizzie you should bake them at 350 it is written on the jar in the picture but not in the recipe. I need to fix that. :)

  10. I tried these they were such a hit. Thanks soooooo much. From now on this is going to be my adopted brownies recipe :)

  11. I printed out your brownie mix recipe more than a year ago, Lynn, and just now got around to making them. Boy, were they delicious! I think I’ve found my go-to brownie mix recipe. Thanks so much for sharing (and thank your sister for me, too :))

  12. Hi Lynn!
    I have adapted your recipe a while ago, even people asked me for the recipe & ha to share. & all I can say is that it’s the best brownies ever. Not too sweet not too chocolaty. Now I’m planning to bake them & post it to my blog. Would you mind if I linked to your blog? a little something to say thank you :)

  13. Hi Lynn,
    I hope you don’t mind, I linked to your brownie mix recipe today. It is so yummy! Thanks for sharing. Here’s the link: http://queenofthecastlerecipes.blogspot.com/2010/03/homemade-brownie-mix.html

  14. Fantastic idea – I use the box brownie occasionally when I am in a hurry to make something for the kids but I hate reading the list of all the additives in there. This is a brilliant compromise though and I’ll be trying this!
    .-= Nicola´s last blog ..Rustic Fish Soup =-.

  15. I will totally be doing this!! Thanks:)

  16. Hi Lynn. Could you tell me what size jar you use to put the dry mix in? I’d love to include these in my Christmas presents this year as I am thinking of doing a family cookbook.
    .-= Hope Mueller´s last blog ..Progress! =-.

  17. I just tried this recipe, and while the brownies taste wonderful(!), they are too gooey, as in they are pretty much too gooey to cut into bars. I did use real butter, but I think that’s what I was supposed to do. I am at high altitude, so I did add a little additional flour and reduced the baking powder a little, which is typical for baking here, because otherwise things rise too quickly and then fall. It’s as though I need to add a bit more flour, but I don’t want to turn it into a cake-like recipe. Any thoughts as to an adjustment? I loved the taste of these, so I would really like to figure out how to adjust it for baking here. I realize you are busy and may not have time, but just wanted to ask if you had any thoughts. Thank you!

  18. Do you think this would work using canola oil to cut down the cost and maybe half applesauce to cut down on the fat?

  19. This is a great idea. Thanks for sharing. We love brownies but sometimes I don’t have a mix.
    I am having a link party this week featuring mixes you can make your self. I would love it if you would link up.

    http://cookingwithmyfoodstorage.blogspot.com/2011/03/make-your-own-mix-magic-mix-and-link.html

  20. I keep a jar of this mix on hand. We’ve made it multiple times & it is always a hit with the ones we share it with! It is very handy to have the dry ingredients already mixed.

  21. I am so glad I found this! I linked from the Eat Well, Spend Less series on homemade staples. I too love the TEXTURE of boxed brownie mix, but really want to stay away from the weird ingredients. I’ve tried several homemade recipes and just can’t find one with the right texture. It’s such a let down to take the time to prepare, smell them baking, then not get the anticipated texture. Monday is kitchen day and we will be trying these for sure, thanks!

  22. I love choc. and I have not tried your brownies yet….but with every brownie I add choc. chips to the mix…Can’t wait to try this recipe. Thanks and God Bless you and your family:)

  23. Hi Lynn,

    Thanks for this recipie. My only problem is that I’m not sure how much of the premade mix i am to use with the wet ingredients. Do I use 1 cup? 1 1/2 cups? Could you please help me out. :-) Thanks.

    • The above recipe makes one 9×13. So, all the dry ingredients and all the wet ingredients. I usually just make the right amount for a 9×13 pan in one jar or container and make up several containers. I have never made a huge batch in one large container and measured out how much each batch needs. You could easily do that though by just measuring out the dry ingredients for one batch. I hope that helps and makes sense.

      • Guyla Lindinger says:

        I doubled this recipe and baked on a large cookie sheet. They turned out great. I used a heart shaped cookie cutter and cut them out for my preschoolers at church. They were a hit. I am going to try dropping them like cookies and put powdered sugar on them. Thanks for this great recipe.

  24. Have you experimented with Applesauce instead of eggs as the binder? I love the idea and recipe, but it seems like a lot of eggs for one pan of brownies, the applesauce might cut down on how many eggs will have to be used and be healthier. I am planning on making some big batches of this (probably giving it as christmas gifts) and would like to know in your’ test’ kitchen if the applesauce works! I have heard you are going to be doing a lot more mixes, I am eager to follow those….thanks!

    • I have not used applesauce in place of the eggs. I have had readers tell me they use applesauce in place of some of the fat, but that makes it more cake like, not a fudgy brownie. I really think the butter and egg in this is what makes it a fudgy box like brownie. And yes I have a post planned for next month on how I do homemade mixes.

  25. blazin blunts says:

    can i use cannabutter ? :)

  26. kelley harrington says:

    Hi- I halfed your recipe and baked in a large mini muffin pan at 350 for 10 minutes. The kids & I thought they were great- not too gooey at all in the mini pan & a good taste too.

  27. How many servings do you think you can get out of your recipe?

  28. Wow! I tried this recipe tonight and am impressed. This is the best recipe I’ve tried yet for a brownie mix. I substituted powdered eggs for the fresh eggs and it still turned out great. Thank you for sharing!

  29. by white sugar, do you mean confectioners or just normal white sugar?

  30. Have you tried this recipe with whole wheat flour instead of white flour?

  31. I tried this tonight and they were AMAZING! So much better than store bought. Also, instead of butter, I used Blue Bonnet Light Margerine in a tub and it tasted wonderful :) Thanks for the recipe. I already have another batch of mix made up to give to my mom when I go visit.

  32. These were great! I gave one mix away as a hostess gift in a mason jar with some decoritive ribbon hot glued on the lip and the she loved it! Such a great idea :) thank you!

  33. Lynn…..I made these brownies tonight. I added some chocolate chips to the batter. I will never make from box brownies again. My husband and I fell in love with these brownies!! Thanks for the easy recipe. :)

    http://bonzblogz.blogspot.com/2013/03/homemade-brownies-with-chocolate-chips.html#

  34. Have you used whole wheat flour, almond milk and melted coconut oil instead of butter?

    • I have used whole wheat flour and it works, but I have not tried almond milk or coconut oil. I think they would probably work though. I would love to hear how it works if you try it.

  35. Do you know if you can use self rising flour and leave off the baking soda and salt?

  36. Do you have the Gluten Free version of this homemade brownie mix? I love all your GF recipes. Keep them coming, PLEASE!!!!!

    • Yes, I do. It was a recipe I converted to gf early on when I was still figuring things out, but it is really good. The measurements are a little odd though, so I need to update them a little because the 1 1/2 teaspoons don’t really do that much. :-) I hope you enjoy it!

  37. Is this recipe supposed to include water? The batter was more like a greasy dough. I triple checked that I measured everything properly. Could it be that I bake by weight? They absolutely did not bake well at all and have a horrible texture. I can’t figure out what happened. Here’s a picture of my brownie failure. https://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-frc1/430252_10151419385558507_267952016_n.jpg

    • I am not sure what happened. I have made this recipe many times and so have a lot of readers. Did you convert my amounts to weights? Is that what you mean?

      • Yes, I did convert it to weights. I wonder if I ended up with more dry ingredients that way. I’ve noticed it tends to be that way with many of the things that I bake now that I use weights instead of measures. What I use by weight always looks like more than what I’d expect the measured amount to be.

  38. Thanks, much for this. I made it in bulk times 6 how much should I use per batch? Just 1 1/4 cups then add the wet ingredients? Silly question I know, hopefully I’m not wasting your time :)

    • If you add up the dry ingredients I believe it is just under 4 cups and it fills a 4 cup jar, so the amount per batch is right about 4 cups. I hope that helps.

  39. OMGosh!!! This is so good and really does taste like those yummy boxed brownie mixes. My son couldn’t believe I made it, so I made him watch me make the second batch…lol. I posted about and linked your site on my new Pinterest adventures blog….hope it’s okay. Thank you so much for this recipe.

  40. Made these tonight using the Dark Cocoa powder and added some nuts, wow, they are GREAT! Family says I am not to buy box mixes again. I wonder if I could cook the mix in an 8 x 8 or 9 x 9 for a thicker brownie. BTW, you say cook till done, maybe you can clarify how you test the brownies to see if they are done, remember there are a lot of new cooks out there that don’t understand the lingo or the standard tests for doneness of foods.

  41. Great recipe! I’m thinking about making these tonight! But about how many brownies will this make?

  42. These are the best brownies yet. They are really easy to make, and they are delish! :)
    I would really recommend this to others.

  43. This sounds like what I have been looking for! Going to make them today!
    Thank you. Do you put icing on yours? Do oypo have a good icing recipe?

    • I don’t put icing on them, but you can easily put some chocolate chips on it for the same basic idea. During the last couple minutes of cooking sprinkle some chocolate chips on top. When it comes out of the oven take a knife and spread the melted chips around. I love to do that with brownies to change them up a little!

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