This is a simple homemade brownie mix with cocoa powder. In this post, I share a recipe and tips on how to make an easy homemade brownie mix that is perfect for keeping in a jar and stirring up a batch of fudgy brownies when the craving hits.
Here is the second post of brownie week. Yesterday’s post was the most delicious brownies from scratch in the world. Today, I’m teaching you how to make your own brownie mix with cocoa powder. You can keep this in a jar on the counter and when you feel the need for homemade brownies right now, you can quick stir up a batch.
I also find it makes a great gift for neighbors, teacher or friends.
How to make homemade brownie mix with cocoa powder?
To make homemade brownie mix, you’ll need a large bowl and whisk and the following ingredients. I like to double or triple the batch so I have brownie mix on hand.
- All-purpose flour
- White sugar
- Cocoa powder (I like to use dutch process, but I’ve also used regular and they turn out great too)
- Baking powder
Dump all the ingredients into a bowl, whisk together well and store in a jar or tightly covered container. Ta da! Homemade brownie mix couldn’t be easier.
How to make brownie mix into brownies?
Now, when you want a batch of brownies, measure out 3 and 3/4 cups of brownie mix and dump in a large bowl. Add 2 room temperature eggs and 1 cup melted butter or oil. Mix well. Pour into a greased 9 x 13 inch pan and bake at 350 F.
If you only want and 8 x 8 inch pan of brownies, you can just use 1 3/4 cups plus 2 tablespoons of mix and 1 egg and 1/2 cup melted butter or oil.
Can I substitute butter for oil in brownie mix?
Oil and butter can be used interchangeably in brownies. I like using melted butter best because it give a great flavor. Vegetable oil is easier to use since you don’t have to mess with melting it. Oil will also give your brownies a slighter moister feel than butter, since oil coats the proteins of the flour and butter soaks in. Sometimes I use half butter and half oil to get both the flavor and moister texture.
What else can I use homemade brownie mix for?
Besides making a traditional pan of brownies when the craving hits, you can also use the box mix to make fancy brownies. Simply add some mint extract and use a pan of brownies as a base to my Mint Brownies with Chocolate Ganache.
You can also add chocolate chips, nuts, peanut butter cups, crushed oreos or whatever add ins your heart desires to take these brownies up a notch. Check this post by Like Mother Like Daughter for 15 ways to make box mix brownies fancier.
Homemade brownie mix is a great DIY pantry staple. Let me know if you make this recipe and what you think. Tag me #chocolatewithgrace on Instagram and be sure to follow me there.
To make the mix
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 cup cocoa* (I like dutch process the best)
- 2 cups sugar
- 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
To make brownies with the mix
- 2 eggs, room temperature
- 1 cup butter, melted
- 1 teaspoon vanilla (optional)
- To make the mix, whisk together the flour, cocoa, sugar, baking powder and salt until well combined. Store in a jar or another tightly covered container. I like to double or triple the batch so I have mix for several batches of brownies at a time.
- To make the brownies, add 3 3/4 cups (1 batch) of brownie mix to a large bowl. Add 2 room temperature eggs and 1 cup of melted butter and vanilla. Beat together. Pour into a greased 9 x 13 inch pan**. Bake at 350° F for 28-32 minutes or until center is set.
- Remove and cool before cutting into bars.
*Either regular or dutch process cocoa powder is fine. Dutch process cocoa powder makes them darker and richer.
**You can make brownies for an 8x8 or 9x9 pan too. Simply use 1 3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons of brownie mix, 1 egg and 1/2 cup melted butter.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 24 brownies Serving Size: 1 brownie
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 172 Total Fat: 8g Saturated Fat: 5g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 3g Cholesterol: 36mg Sodium: 142mg Carbohydrates: 23g Fiber: 1g Sugar: 17g Protein: 2g
Here are some of my other favorite brownie recipes: