Basic Brownie Mix Recipe
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Basic Brownie Mix Recipe

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For variety, add extra goodies to this simple brownie mix. It's a quick answer to dessert for a busy family or when unexpected company stops by. —Kathryn Roach, Edgemont, Arkansas
Featured In: Homemade Baking Mixes
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 5 min.
MAKES:45 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 5 min.
MAKES: 45 servings


  • 5 cups sugar
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 can (8 ounces) baking cocoa
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ADDITIONAL INGREDIENTS (for each batch of brownies):
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup caramel ice cream topping
  • 3/4 cup chopped pecans, toasted, divided
  • 1/2 cup dried cherries or cranberries
  • 1/2 cup water
  • Frosting of your choice, optional

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 238 calories, 12g fat (7g saturated fat), 74mg cholesterol, 170mg sodium, 32g carbohydrate (22g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein.


  1. In a large bowl, combine the sugar, flour, cocoa and salt. Store in an airtight container in a cool dry place for up to 6 months. Yield: 5 batches (about 10 cups total).
  2. To prepare basic brownies: Preheat oven to 350°. In a large bowl, combine 2 cups brownie mix, butter, eggs, water and vanilla. Pour into a greased 8-in.-square baking dish. Bake 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack. Yield: 9 servings.
  3. To prepare caramel-nut brownies: Prepare basic brownie batter. Pour half into a greased 8-in.-square baking dish. Drizzle with caramel topping and sprinkle with 1/2 cup pecans. Top with remaining batter and pecans. Bake and cool as directed. Yield: 9 servings.
  4. To prepare cherry brownies: In a small saucepan, bring the cherries and water to a boil. Remove from heat; let stand 5 minutes. Drain and pat dry. Prepare basic brownie batter; stir in cherries. Pour mixture into a greased 8-in.-square baking dish. Bake and cool as directed. Frost if desired. Yield: 9 servings.
Originally published as Basic Brownie Mix in Quick Cooking March/April 2004, p22

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carolhm25 User ID: 2116228 145504
Reviewed Sep. 9, 2014

"This recipe makes the greasiest brownies I have ever tasted. Just disgusting. There must be a misprint in the recipe. Perhaps it should read a half cup of melted butter instead of 1/2 cup of butter, melted. Those are two different quantities! What a waste of time to make the mix!"

LandKA User ID: 6458158 145426
Reviewed Aug. 1, 2012

"Simple, easy, delicious! Basic recipe that can easily be adapted to suit your mood! A keeper! A++! :)"

cook4my5kidsandhub User ID: 6650348 135465
Reviewed Apr. 18, 2012

"LOVE this recipe. So quick and easy to have on hand and the brownies are delicious!"

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