If I don’t make dessert, my family will find a way to get sweets. My husband taught my daughters about the very annoying snack of peanut butter and chocolate chips. Guess who ends up cleaning the thick peanut butter off the plate when it shows up in the kitchen? Yes, I do demand they clean their own plates, but then the blame game starts regarding whose plate has been left in the kitchen. Making a dessert each week means they won’t be scrounging through my baking supplies, or leaving peanut butter mess.
When I need something easy, the go-to is brownies. I make most things from scratch, but sometimes in the interest of time, you just gotta go for the box. Since I buy my baking supplies in bulk, I decided to make a brownie mix recipe to save money, and also there’s nothing fake in the homemade stuff. This brownie mix is rich, fudgey, and can stand up against the Ghirardelli mix any day.
Making homemade mixes will save you time, money, and will make you feel clever as heck when time isn’t on your side. While this brownie mix will now be a kitchen staple, there are other mixes to try, such as my pancake mix. After all, homemade mixes don’t have to be “just desserts.”
Homemade Brownie Mix
Makes 4 9×13 pans
5 cups white, all-purpose flour
4 tsp baking powder
4 tsp salt
2 2/3 cups unsweetened cocoa powder
8 cups sugar
Mix all ingredients together. To make a 9×13 pan of brownies, scoop out 4 cups of brownie mix, and combine with:
1 cup melted butter
1 tsp vanilla
2/3 cups of chocolate chips
Mix until all ingredients are incorporated. Pour brownies into a prepared 9×13 pan, and bake at 350 for 25 minutes, or until done in the middle.