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The Best Homemade Brownie Mix

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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!


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

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?

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

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!

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.

There are a couple things I really love about this 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, or a large batch all with just a few adjustments. I left recipes for all thee in the box below.

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. I didn’t test this one, but it follows that it will work.

Genius, isn’t it?

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. πŸ™‚

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. πŸ™‚



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The Best Brownie Mix

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 9x9 pan or a loaf pan for a smaller serving, or gift a jar of mix to a friend!


For the Mix:

  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 cup cocoa
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

For the prepared Brownies:

  • See directions for amounts — depending on pan size:
  • Unsalted butter — melted, vegetable oil, OR liquid coconut oil
  • Eggs
  • Water
  • Vanilla Extract


To Make the Mix:

  1. 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.
  2. Note: you can also gift this brownie mix in a large jar. Just attach directions as written below!

To Make a 9x9” Pan of Brownies:

  1. 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. (If desired, add 1/2 cup of chopped nuts or mini chocolate chips!)
  2. Spread in a 9x9” pan that’s been lined with foil and sprayed with cooking spray. Bake at 350Β°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.

To Make a Loaf Pan of Brownies:

  1. 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. (If desired, add 1/4 cup of chopped nuts or mini chocolate chips!)
  2. Spread in a loaf pan (4x8 or 9x5) that’s been lined with foil and sprayed with cooking spray. Bake at 350Β°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 9x13-in pan:

  1. Mix 3 cups mix, 3/4 cup vegetable oil liquid coconut oil, or melted butter, 3 large eggs, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, 2 tablespoons water. Spread in a 9x13-in pan that’s been lined with foil and sprayed with cooking spray. Bake at 350Β°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.

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

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  1. This would make suuuch a perfect gift!! I love all of your brownie recipes, power to the chocolate lovers!

  2. Dorothy! Such a wonderful idea! I try not to use box cake/brownie mix! So nice to have homemade mix! This would make such a great give too! Thanks for sharing! Pinned πŸ™‚

  3. Hopefully you don’t have to take those med all the time. Vertigo is scary.
    I vote that you should have related this brownie mix to unicorn glitter. Definitely appropriate! It’s like you live in my head because I needed a way to get brownies on my hips faster! lol Can’t wait to try this mix out!!

  4. I have had 2 vertigo “spin outs” and it was horrible and every since then I have felt “off” or “floaty” I started to see a specialist and it seems to be that this is coming from my neck from bending it down a lot (blogging) and headaches/migraines. There is hope. I have had this going on with me for about 10 months now. We will get better….I am so glad you shared that you are having this issue. Some days I feel crazy and that no one knows what I am feeling or talking about. I will pray for you!

    I think it would be a fantastic idea to have a large ziplock bag full of this brownie mix on hand when the time is requiring brownies!

    • Aw thanks Tahny! I’m sorry you’re going through it. That “off” and “floaty” describes it perfectly. It’s not 100% of the time, but now that I realize it’s been going on awhile I think it’s been there more than it’s not, you know? I just thought I was getting more motion sick as I got older! The looking down, OMG yes. Sigh.

      Thank you!!

  5. I have chocolate cravings all of the time. I would love to have this just sitting in my pantry!!

  6. I despise mecclizine/dramamine!! I have had meniere’s for 15 years, and it sucks. I would like some unicorn glitter though. πŸ˜‰ I love this mix Dorothy, in fact why didn’t I think of it? I hope you feel better soon!

    • Thank you Lisa! My dad has Meniere’s and I’ve had ear problems (tubes, infections, fluid, etc) all my life, so I’m just hoping that’s not the path I’m heading down!!!

  7. Oh my goodness Dorothy! Vertigo does not sound like fun at all. Carrie (from the blog Poet in the Pantry) was describing her vertigo experiences at BlogHer Food in Miami, and I just wanted to give her a huge hug. I’d do the same to you, if we weren’t so darn far away! πŸ™‚ But in the meantime, a big plate of fudgy brownies should at least make you feel a little better, right? Especially when they’re from a homemade mix!!

  8. I hope your vertigo gets better soon, Dorothy! My mom had it off and on, and I had it once – yuck! Thanks for the recipe for the mix! Most of the store box mixes have hydrogenated oil; the others are really expensive. We have neighbor kids coming over tomorrow – this will be a great treat after lunch!

  9. I wish I only got chocolate cravings once in awhile. I crave it everyday! Love that this uses cocoa powder. I hate messing with chopping/melting chocolate for brownies.

  10. Sorry to hear about that Dorothy and hope you feel better soon. This brownie mix sounds perfect! Love that I can whip up a batch of brownies in no time whenever I need it. Can’t wait to try this – pinning πŸ™‚

  11. best idea ever. I can’t go back to the boxed mix but I also miss the ease of whipping up a quick batch of brownies. btw, my cousin had vertigo and she found that the only thing that truly fixed it was bikram yoga. not sure if it will work for you, but it might be worth a shot!

  12. I like the idea of having the ready brownies mix! And then just adding some different things you make delicious brownies anytime! πŸ™‚

  13. This sounds so great! Can’t wait to try, I love brownies! πŸ™‚

  14. I love boxed brownie mix, but I’m am definitely going to try your homemade brownies. I like them fudgy too. I love this idea of making your own brownie mix. This would be perfect for me to give out at Christmas time. Totally pinning!!

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