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Basic Brownie Mix

 Basic Brownie Mix
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
45 ServingsPrep/Total Time: 5 min.


  • 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


  • 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).
  • To prepare basic brownies: In a large bowl, combine 2 cups brownie
  • mix, butter, eggs, water and vanilla. Pour into a greased 8-in.
  • square baking dish. Bake at 350° for 25-30 minutes or until a

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Basic Brownie Mix (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool on a wire
  • rack. Yield: 9 servings.
  • 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.
  • To prepare cherry brownies: In a small saucepan, bring the cherries
  • and water to a boil. Remove from the heat; let stand for 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.
Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (1 each) equals 238 calories, 12 g fat (7 g saturated fat), 74 mg cholesterol, 170 mg sodium, 32 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 3 g protein.