You’ll never buy another box of brownie mix again! This Brownie BETTER THAN BOX Mix is filled with wholesome ingredients you recognize.
Brownie BETTER THAN BOX Mix & free printable label
My husband LOVES brownies. He will buy several boxes of brownie mix and place them in the pantry as a hint for me to make them. I’m sure he could make them himself, but he does the laundry, so I’ve decided I can be chief brownie maker.
How to Make Brownie Mix
I don’t have anything against store-bought boxed brownie mix, I mean I make most my cakes using a cake mix. And I make a lot of cookies from cake mix.
I love the convenience of a mix, so after running out a few times, I decided it was time to make up a large batch of my own brownie mix, without all the wet stuff and store it for when the craving hits.
Why didn’t I think of this a long time ago? Making up your own brownie mix is SO simple and you can control what goes in.
It really is true…. you get smarter as you age!
I like that it’s only got ingredients that I can pronounce and recognize and most importantly, it makes some pretty good brownies. It’s a great base recipe that can be doctored up anyway you’d like.
Because I’m so smart, I thought I’d print the recipe and make my own jar label. This way, I don’t have to find the recipe every time I’m going to whip up a batch.
I know what you’re thinking….. you’re probably thinking that if I was really smart, like I think I am, I’d memorize the recipe.
Shhh, let’s not blow my cover.
I should have typed “press” into the pan because this isn’t one of those recipes that’s thin. It’s thick, rich and delicious!
What is the Shelf Life for Homemade Brownie Mix?
I follow the same guidelines as a regular boxed cake mix. Usually 6-8 months. Any longer, some of the ingredients may lose flavor or effectiveness.
Free Printable Brownie Label
I picked up my jar from Target a few years ago and created the label to fit.
- Find the printable Brownie label under Gift Tags and Labels in the Printable Vault. Subscribe for VIP access and your password will be sent to you. Check your spam folder.
- After you download, open the file and print onto 8.5 x 11 white cardstock
- Trim (I love my Martha Stewart Paper Trimmer)
I used my Xyron Creative Station that was sent to me a couple of years ago from Xyron. The xyron makes anything into a sticker, but this model can also laminate or create magnets. I used my older xyron all the time for scrapbooking and thought this larger model would be perfect to use for this label.
- Set Trimmed label face side up
- Turn handle to pull the label into the machine
- The label will come out the backside with a clear film over the top. The orange tab is an internal paper cutter
- There’s your label. You can set it aside until you’re ready to adhere to your container
- When you’re ready to use the label, peel off the top plastic film
- Peel the label off the back piece of paper. The back of your label will be sticky and ready to use
This makes a perfect homemade gift idea! Everyone would be happy to have a batch of Brownie BETTER THAN BOX Mix.
I have also used this handy craft tool (it laminated, and makes magnets too) for the following projects:
- Printable Laminated Laundry Tips for College Students
- Pumpkin Pie Spice Jar Labels
- Homemade No.2 Poo Spray Label
- Craft Room Organizing Labels
Brownie BETTER THAN BOX Mix
Better than box mix Brownie Mix. This brownie mix is a make-ahead bulk recipe. One batch of brownies uses only 2 1/4 cups.
- 6 cups all-purpose flour
- 4 teaspoons salt
- 4 teaspoons baking powder
- 8 cups sugar
- 1 can of unsweetened cocoa powder (I used the Trader Joe's can which is 9oz.)
- You're going to need a large bowl.
- Combine all ingredients into your bowl and stir until well blended.
- Store into an airtight container and use 2 1/4 cups for traditional brownies.
Brownie Recipe using this Brownie Mix
Mix 2 1/4 cups brownie mix
1/4 cup melted butter
2 eggs, beaten
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup nuts - I like using walnuts or macadamia nuts
Grease a square 8-inch pan. Preheat oven to 350° Combine melted butter, beaten eggs, and vanilla with the brownie mix. Stir until well blended. Stir in nuts and pour into your pan. It may need to be pressed into the pan.
Bake for 30-35 min or until the edges pull away from the pan. Add vanilla chips to the top before or after baking.
Use this brownie mix as you would any store-bought brownie box mix. This is a base brownie mix. Add or omit extras like chocolate chips, nuts, cream cheese etc..
Nutrition InformationYield 9 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 995Total Fat 1gSaturated Fat 0gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 0gCholesterol 0mgSodium 1160mgCarbohydrates 242gFiber 2gSugar 178gProtein 9g
We do our best to calculate, however, nutrition information may not be accurate.
More Easy Recipes
Cake Mix Chocolate Chip Cookies
Nancy E All says
This is my second time making these. First time I also thought they were to thick. But they were delicious when they finished cooking. This time I doubled the recipe. Was still thick but was easier to pour in the pan. I can smell them cooking.
Love this recipe!!! Thank you for not over complicating it. Perfect brownies every time.
Thank you! I’m glad you like them!
I needed 3 dozen brownies and thought this was a great recipe. However I cooked the brownies 24 minutes and they were dry☹️. What can I add to make the rest of the remaining mix better? The flavor is good!
Ah shoot! That’s so frustrating! Mine are not dry, but maybe use a smaller pan so they are thicker?
This mix is missing water or something when you mix the dry. That’s egg butter and vanilla what else do you put in it?
This is how I make it and you do have to mix it well to blend the melted butter, egg and vanilla. Did you try it and it was dry, or just thinking it may be from looking at the directions?
How long is the shelf life of the mix once it’s mixed?
I would say the same as a cake mix. I’ve updated the post with this information. Thank you.
What size is the jar you are storing your brownie mix in?
It’s probably 2 quarts.
Ashley L says
I am a little confused. It says traditional Brownies use 2 1/4 c. Then 2 1/2 cups then 2 1/4 c. Is it 2 1/4 cups of mix to make Brownies?
Hi Ashley, I am so sorry for the confusion. It is 2 1/4 cup.
Alice @ Mums Make Lists says
These look fantastic – and beyond impressed you have got hubby doing the laundry 🙂