Tuesday, July 17, 2012

DIY Brownie Mix

Have you ever had an “Ah-ha!” moment?  A couple of years ago I had purchased a bunch of cake and brownie mixes when they were on sale, when I went to use them I found that they were really old and would not work properly.  I did what every new mother does with faced with a problem,  I called my mom.   As she walked me through how to add more leavening to the mix, I thought

I should just make my own mix.  How hard could it be?

I’ve been making brownie mixes ever since.  I’ve gone through a couple of different recipes but this one is our favorite.  This mix makes gooey brownies, because that is the kind we like.  I don’t really like brownies plain so I usually jazz them up a bit and make cheese cake brownies or peanut butter swirl brownies.  

To print a PDF with all of the variations, click the link below the photo at the top of the post. 
I'll be sharing all the variations this week. 

DIY Brownie Mix  9x13 pan

Printable  Recipe
Make the Mix
2 Cup Sugar
1 Cup Flour
2/3 Cup Cocoa
1/2 teaspoon Salt
1/2 teaspoon Baking Powder
1 cup shortening powder
4 tablespoons powdered whole eggs

Mix all these ingredients together with a whisk and dump them into a Ziploc bag.  Remove any excess air from the bag and seal.  Be sure to add the cooking instructions to the bag.
Brownie Mix should stay fresh in your pantry for up to 6 months, or in the freezer for up to 1 year.

To Make the Brownies
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
 ¼ cup vegetable oil
1 cup water
1 teaspoon Vanilla.

Spray a 9 by 13 inch cake pan with nonstick cooking spray.  Combine brownie mix and other ingredients in a mixing bowl.  Mix well.  Spread the brownie batter evenly in the pan.
For gooier brownies bake brownies 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes.
For chewier brownies bake brownies at 350 degrees for 30-35 minutes.   


  1. Great idea! Thanks for the recipe! I am putting several of these together tomorrow :) I already have all of the ingredients!

  2. SO GOOD! My daughter whipped up a batch of these tonight and they are so yummy! We'll have to try some of your variations next. Thanks!!

  3. awesome! my family loves brownies but I find the box mixes always have a slight chemical taste (go figure)