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Once in awhile I get this chocolate craving. And on those days the only thing that curbs my craving is a brownie. A rich, fudgy, chocolate brownie.

Usually those are the days I reach for a box brownie mix, because it’s so quick to just whip up, bake, and dig in. However, lately I’ve found that I like my homemade brownies better than a box mix. Enter: homemade brownie mix. Keep it in your pantry and make a batch of brownies whenever you want – no box needed!

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What I love about Homemade Brownie Mix

  1. You can use melted butter, vegetable oil, or liquid coconut oil to make them. They turn out the same every time – perfectly fudgy and rich as you can see in the photos. I tested with all three, and I’m sure canola oil or olive oil, or your favorite oil in general, would work too. {Please. Don’t sub margarine. Or low-fat butter spread. Well, you can, but I can guarantee your results won’t be the same.}
  2. You can make a small batch, a medium batch, a large batch or a THICK large batch all with just a few adjustments. I left recipes for all FOUR in the box below.

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Best DIY Brownie Mix Recipe

You guys all know how much I love me some brownies. I have over 25 recipes for them! It all started when I created a recipe that was better than from a box. I gave that recipe frosting, mixed it with nuts and caramel, and topped it with peanut butter.

Then, I created a one bowl brownie recipe. I loved it because it only used cocoa, which made it one less step. I’ve been making that recipe for awhile now and every time I pull out the cocoa powder I groan.

Raise you hand if you hate scooping cocoa powder as much as I do? I mean, I like mixing it into my brownies but 9 times out of 10 I end up snorting it up my nose.

So I decided it was time to come up with a recipe for a brownie mix, one that I could keep in the cabinet and just scoop out when I needed it. It took me a few tries to get it perfect, but here it is: The Best Homemade Brownie Mix!

How to Store Brownie Mix

All you have to do is whisk all the ingredients and store the mixture in a canister or ziploc bag until you’re ready to use it. Then you add egg, water, butter or oil, and vanilla. The brownies themselves come together in just a few minutes. It’s like pulling a box from the cabinet…without all the preservatives and box things so many people like to avoid.

homemade brownies from brownie mix in a stack of 4

Brownie Mix Pan Sizes

A small batch is made with 1 cup of mix and baked in a bread pan. Perfect for when you know you’re going to eat a whole pan of brownies. Think of it as portion control.

The medium batch is baked in a 9×9 pan, using 2 cups of mix. I usually prefer 9×9 pan recipes because there are only 3 people in my family.

The large batch is baked in a 9×13 pan, using 3 cups of mix.

The THICK large batch is baked in a 9×13-inch pan but uses the whole mix so you get thick fudgy brownies.

Make your own brownie mix at home and have brownies whenever you want! This would also be the perfect gift for that someone who needs a little help with homemade. 🙂

Homemade Brownie Mix is better than a box mix! It’s easy to make and a great gift in a jar too!

The Best Homemade Brownie Mix - it makes the best brownies!

Did all that make sense? I hope so. 🙂

Enjoy!

The Best Homemade Brownie Mix in a jar

The Best Brownie Mix

4.58 from 14 votes
This is the best brownie mix! Tastes better than a box mix and you can keep it in your cabinet for whenever a brownie craving hits! Make the brownies in a 9×9 pan or a loaf pan for a smaller serving, or gift a jar of mix to a friend!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Yield 24 servings
Serving Size 1 serving

Ingredients
 

For the Mix:

  • 2 cups (400g) granulated sugar
  • 1 cup (80g) unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 cup (124g) all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon salt

For the prepared Brownies:

  • See directions for amounts depending on pan size:
  • Melted unsalted butter, vegetable oil, or liquid coconut oil
  • Large Eggs
  • Water
  • Vanilla Extract

Instructions

To Make the Mix:

  • Whisk together all mix ingredients in a large bowl. Place in an airtight container or gallon size ziploc bag. Store until ready to make brownies.
  • Note: you can also gift this brownie mix in a large jar. Just attach directions as written below!

To Make a Loaf Pan of Brownies:

  • Mix 1 cup of Brownie Mix with 1/4 cup melted butter (or you can use vegetable oil, or liquid coconut oil), 1 egg, 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract, and 1 1/2 teaspoons water. Spread in a loaf pan (4×8 or 9×5) that’s been lined with foil and sprayed with cooking spray. Bake at 350°F for about 12-15 minutes, until a toothpick comes out 1” from the edge of the pan with only a few crumbs. Cool before slicing into squares.

To Make a 9×9” Pan of Brownies:

  • Mix 2 cups of Brownie Mix with 1/2 cup melted butter (or you can use vegetable oil, or liquid coconut oil), 2 eggs, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, and 1 tablespoon water. Spread in a 9×9” pan that’s been lined with foil and sprayed with cooking spray. Bake at 350°F for about 20-24 minutes, until a toothpick comes out 1” from the edge of the pan with only a few crumbs. Cool before slicing into squares.

Thin 9×13-inch pan Brownies:

  • Mix 3 cups mix, ¾ cup vegetable oil liquid coconut oil, or melted butter, 3 large eggs, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, 1½ tablespoons water. Spread in a 9×13-in pan that’s been lined with foil and sprayed with cooking spray. Bake at 350°F for about 18-22 minutes, until a toothpick comes out 1” from the edge of the pan with only a few crumbs. Cool before slicing into squares.

Thick 9×13-inch pan Brownies:

  • Mix entire mix, 1 cup vegetable oil liquid coconut oil, or melted butter, 4 large eggs, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, 2 tablespoons water. Spread in a 9×13-in pan that’s been lined with foil and sprayed with cooking spray. Bake at 350°F for about 18-22 minutes, until a toothpick comes out 1” from the edge of the pan with only a few crumbs. Cool before slicing into squares.

Recipe Notes

Add your favorite mix-ins (nuts, candy, chocolate chips):
  • 1/4 cup for loaf pan
  • 1/2 cup for 9×9 pan
  • 1 cup for 9×13 pan

Recipe Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 92kcal | Carbohydrates: 23g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 49mg | Potassium: 61mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 17g | Calcium: 6mg | Iron: 1mg
Nutritional information not guaranteed to be accurate
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Author Dorothy Kern
Keyword brownie

I really hope I make sense while I write this. I’m kind of drugged up at the moment.

Have you ever taken Dramamine? The kind that’s not non-drowsy? The kind that makes your head feel like it’s on tracers? Well, it turns out that I have vertigo. It’s not horrible vertigo, which is why I’ve had it on and off for a year without knowing what it was. Now I know, and I have a fancy OTC drug that’s supposed to help it, a drug that’s like that regular dramamine. I just took my first dose about an hour ago and I feel a little…spacey.

Is there irony in the fact that the treatment for vertigo pretty much feels like vertigo itself?

Anyway, the story I was going to tell left my brain along with sense and reason, so now I’m going to talk about brownie mix. Should I related it to unicorn glitter or would that be too much?

You can use this brownie mix to make so many brownie mix recipes! Like…

Reese’s Brownies with Oreo Crust

Oreo Peanut Butter Cup Brownies (5 of 9)w

PB&J Brownies

PB&J Brownies (3 of 5)w

Cookies ‘n Cream Brownie Bites

Cookies 'n Cream Brownie Bites (1 of 7)w

Almond Joy Brownies 

One Bowl Candy Bar Brownies (3 of 4)w

Nutter Butter Truffle Brownies

nutter butter truffle brownies

Sweets from friends:
Homemade Yellow Cake Mix by i am baker
Chocolate Mousse Brownies by Love and Olive Oil
Browned Butter Brownies by Something Swanky

Last Updated on April 7, 2022

Dorothy Kern

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  1. We just made these and they are so good!!! Thank you for sharing the recipe!! We doubled the recipe foe the 9×9 pan and put in a 9×13 pan and they’re thick and super moist! Best brownies I’ve ever had and that says alot!

  2. This is a HORRIBLY structured recipe to follow and read properly.
    Firstly, the base Dry mix does not indicate how many cups it yields.
    Secondly, the wet ingredients go by pan size and how much dry mix to use per pan. What?!

    Yeah, this may be a good recipe for bulk dry storage, prepackaged, etc… but not to make for one batch.

    I am hoping the Dry Mix equals 3 cups otherwise, what a waste of my eggs, flour, sugar, etc.

    But this recipe is not reader friendly, nor for novice made from scratch bakers.

  3. Going to give this a try tonight! My Handsome lives for sweets!
    Sorry about the vertigo, lived with it for over 25 years. Hope you find relief, I finally did and thanks for this recipe!

  4. How is it possible to say there was too much chocolate in this recipe? But, it was! Way too much cocoa powder. Ruined the brownies… very bitter. I used Hershey’s Unsweetened Cocoa Powder.