We have a secret at our house-it is our brownie recipe. OK, now the secret is out! These brownies are easy to make and taste better than any box mix!
They are healthier too, because you can use organic cocoa, whole grain or unbleached organic flour, natural sugar or your favorite alternative sweetener and avoid all the artificial ingredients you find in that box.
A couple of ingredients you will avoid by not buying the “box” are BHT (a preservative) and “propylene glycol” which, although it is generally recognized as safe, and is a good alternative in your anti-freeze because it is less likely to injure your dog if they drink it, is not really something I personally like seeing as an ingredient in my food.
Try our “secret” family recipe below and let us know what you think:
“Better Than a Box Mix” Brownies
1 cup sugar
½ cup butter softened (you can substitute an equal amount of oil)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2/3 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
½ cup cocoa
½ teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
Heat oven to 350 degrees. Mix sugar, butter, vanilla and eggs. Stir in remaining ingredients. Spread in greased square pan 8×8 inches.
Bake until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean, 25-30 minutes; cool. Frost if desired (we never frost ours- less sugar and still really chewy and good!) Makes around 16 brownies (2-inch squares).
You can double the recipe and use a 9X13 inch rectangular pan- it doesn’t change the baking time. Add ½-1 cup chopped walnuts if you like your brownies with nuts.
Vegan friends- If you change out the butter for oil and leave out the eggs (substitute arrowroot or other vegan egg substitute) they will still taste good, but of course, your texture will be different.