I am a sucker for a good brownie recipe. I like consistently good brownies.  I like it to have a flaky crust.  I like it chewy inside.  I like to taste chocolate. I wanted the best homemade BROWNIE RECIPE and this is it! I use this recipe in my Brownie Cookies and Cookie Dough Brownie Cake!


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Brownies Made with Homemade Brownie Mix

When it comes to baking I also love convenience. And being able to dump stuff in a bowl and make magic.  So this is my attempt to capture the ease of a box brownie mix without the other icky stuff.

Homemade Brownie Mix

Homemade Brownie Mix Uses

This recipe tastes amazing and easily lends itself to adaptations. For instance, you can add any sort of chocolate chip, white chocolate chip, M&M’s, Nutella, etc. You can also double the recipe or pair the brownie mix with frosting. It is also the recipe I used for my Salted Caramel Marshmallow Brownie Hi-Hats! One thing to note, this brownie mix recipe is not huge. It yields 9 brownies and is made all in one bowl!

World's Easiest Brownie Mix

Optional Add-Ins for Brownies

  • Morsels – milk chocolate, white chocolate, peanut butter, butterscotch, you name it! I use about 1/2 – 3/4 cup total.
  • Nuts – again, any you prefer. About 3/4 cup works perfectly.
  • Nutella – drizzle it on the brownie batter in the pan and swirl if you want it fancy!
  • Oreos or other cookies – rough chop on top or add about 1 cup to batter.
  • To make the brownie in the first image from this post, I added chocolate chips to the recipe as well as a couple on top after I took them out of the oven.

Can These Brownies Be Gluten-Free?

I haven’t tested it personally, but a number of readers have said that they use a good quality 1:1 Gluten Free Flour blend in place of all-purpose in this recipe with success.

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Coffee in Brownies?

Adding coffee to brownies is one of those most amazing ways to enhance and uplift the chocolate flavor. There is no coffee in this recipe, but I do have another Brownie Recipe that does. If you want to add coffee, I suggest adding instant espresso powder. The instant coffee powder will work in a pinch!

Homemade Brownie Mix- Ditch the Box!

Perfect Brownie Frosting

Here is the perfect chocolate frosting made just for these brownies! My secret ingredient is the perfect complement to the perfect homemade brownie recipe. In fact, I loved the frosting so much, I also added it to my Double Fudge Brownies, too!

Brownie Frosting

How to Store & Freeze Brownies

The Mix: You can store the mix in an airtight container in your pantry for 6 months or the life of the ingredients.

Baked Brownies: Once baked, brownies are best in an airtight container at room temperature and will last 2 days.

To freeze: To freeze baked brownies, wrap them with plastic wrap and then place them into an airtight container, in a freezer-safe plastic storage bag, or wrap them again with aluminum foil. Be sure to label them with the date. When you are ready to enjoy the brownies again, remove them from the freezer and place them in the refrigerator overnight or on the counter until they come to room temperature.

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How to Get Ooey Gooey Brownies

An unconventional tip for achieving a particularly moist and decadent brownie is to remove them from the oven five to seven minutes prior to its intended baking time. It should be noted, however, that this technique is not recommended for those who oppose eating undercooked batter. If one desires a gooey, chocolatey brownie experience, this approach may be worth exploring.

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Homemade Brownie Mix

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 22 minutes
Total Time 27 minutes
The best of the best! These brownies are always delicious!


Dry Ingredients

  • 1 cup (200 g) granulated sugar
  • cup (40 g) unsweetened cocoa powder, sifted
  • ½ cup (64 g) all-purpose flour
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¼ teaspoon baking powder

Wet Ingredients

  • ½ cup (1 stick / 113 g) unsalted butter, melted, then cooled
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  • Preheat the oven to 350°F and spray an 8×8-inch pan with non-stick spray.
  • Sift (or whisk) together granulated sugar, cocoa powder, flour, salt, and baking powder in a large bowl.
  • Melt butter and set aside to cool.
  • In a medium bowl, beat two eggs and vanilla extract with a hand-held mixer.
  • Add the egg mixture and melted butter to the dry ingredients. Stir until just incorporated.
  • Pour batter into the prepared pan and bake for 20-22 minutes.


Sift together all dry ingredients. Place into a jar or airtight container.
On a gift tag or label write the wet ingredients and quantities and then directions. “Melt butter and set aside to cool slightly. In a medium bowl, beat two eggs with the vanilla. Add in and gently stir dry ingredients. Pour the melted butter into brownie mixture and mix until just incorporated. Spread batter in a prepared 8-inch square pan and bake for 20-22 minutes at 350 degrees.”

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Reader Comments

  1. Such a straightforward recipe and so yummy! My “add ins” are caramel bits! Love them!!!! Will be making the mix to store in the pantry for “emergencies!” Thank you for sharing all that you do!!!

    ps….reading comments on your recipes, how do you not cry yourself to sleep at night or drink????

    1. I just made this with my 4 and 5 year old grandchildren. We had great fun. I use cooking as a math teaching moment. Thank for these great brownies 😋

  2. Two things: they are a bit overly sweet. I was thinking about cutting the sugar to 3/4 cup. Also, I want to double and make in a 9×13 because I’m switching from store-bought to homemade snacks/desserts as much as I can manage. 3 kids… temp and time adjustments? Otherwise, made this recipe many times with the same problem: always bit too sweet.

    1. I didn’t read this before and I double it. It looks like a cake. I may cover it with icing. Thanks for the tip!!

  3. Love this easy brownie recipe. Never going back to a box mix. Just made it for the third time. Thank you.

  4. Made a double batch of this mix to have on hand as it transition away from prepackaged processed foods. Added 1/3 cup dark chocolate chunks. I did have to bake about 7-8 minutes longer than the recommended 20 minutes. Very good, will likely be keeping this recipe on hand. Thanks

  5. Yum! Best homemade brownie recipe I’ve made! I love the texture! I doubled it and baked in a 9×13 pan for 27 mins. Also added chocolate chips. Will make again!

  6. Baked these brownies today and was not disappointed. They are amazingly delicious. I added 1/2 c of chocolate chips to the batter and scattered more on top when brownies were done baking. This is my new favorite recipe. I can’t wait to share these with friends!

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