How to Make Brownies From a Cake Mix
So, there I was, staring into the pantry. I knew what I wanted and also knew I didn't have it. I wanted brownies. The warm, chocolatey, gooey brownies with a nice glass of milk. All we had in the pantry was cake mix. Blah . . . that's just not the same.
Then I remembered that on Pinterest lately there has been a huge deal of cake mix brownie bars going around, so I turned to the internet. I found a few recipes and decided to combine a few things here and a little there to make my own brownie bars. I must say, what turned out was really, really good!!!
- 9 by 13 inch baking pan
- Cooking Spray
- 1 Stick Butter
- 1 Box Moist-Recipe White Cake Mix, Any cake mix can be used but if you use chocolate you might not want to add the cocoa
- 1/2 Cup Brown Sugar
- 1 Egg
- 2 Tablespoons Water
- 2 1/2 Tablespoons Cocoa, Added just to make it more chocolatey
- 3 Square Cubes Grated Bakers Chocolate, You can use chocolate chips (I didn't have any)
- Large Spoon
- Electric Mixer With Beaters
- Large Mixing Bowl
- Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F.
- Spray the bottom and sides of a baking pan thoroughly with cooking spray. (I didn't have cooking spray so I just used the crisco like my mom did when I was little.)
- Place the stick of butter in a microwave-safe container and heat for 30 seconds on medium-high heat or until melted.
- Combine cake mix, melted butter, brown sugar, egg and water in a large mixing bowl. Mix it with an electric mixer for one to two minutes, or until thick and creamy. The mixture should resemble a thick cake or brownie batter (almost like cookie dough).
- Mix in cocoa and chocolate into the batter with a large spoon.
- Put the batter into the greased baking pan and press the batter into the pan firmly with the back of the spoon.
- Bake 30 to 35 minutes, or until a dry crust forms over the top of the brownies. (I took mine out at 30 minutes because my family like the soft centers.)
- Remove the pan from the oven with pot holders or oven mitts and allow the brownies to cool completely. Place it on a cooling rack to speed cooling, if desired.
- Cut brownies into 2 or 3 inch bars and serve.
THE FINISHED CAKE MIX BROWNIES. . .
Tips and Warnings
- Refrigerate any unused batter portion immediately. Cake-mix brownies will keep in the refrigerator for three to five days.
- Add frosting, sprinkles, carmel, etc for more decadent brownies.
- You can use white chocolate, carmel, mint, peanut butter or butterscotch chips instead of the chocolate ones if you want.
- This recipe will make brownies out of any cake mix! I suggest using any moist recipe but any flavor will work. Red Velvet, fruit-flavored, devils food, white, yellow, chocolate, anything.