I love brownies, don’t you?  Buying a brownie mix is pretty expensive so why not make your own homemade brownie mix. It’s so easy and oh so inexpensive to do.  It will cost you a 1/3 or less of the cost of a store bought box mix.  Heck you could make three or four of your own mixes for the price of one. How, do you ask?  Let me show you.

Homemade Brownie Mix

Homemade Brownie Mix, findingourwaynow.com


Ingredients: Dry ingredients: Makes one mix – Mix and store until ready to use

  • Homemade Brownie Mix, findingourwaynow.com1 ¾ Cup Sugar
  • 1 Cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 Tsp. Salt
  • 1 Tsp. Baking powder
  • 1 Cup sifted unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 Cup mini semi sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 Quart Ziploc bag
  • Avery Label with instructions


Mix the dry ingredients together and blend thoroughly.  Place in a Ziploc bag or glass jar.  Label, date with the remaining instructions.  Store until ready to use.

Homemade Brownie Mix, findingourwaynow.comPackage Label & Directions:


  • 3 Large eggs
  • 1 Cup melted butter
  • 1 Tbsp. Vanilla

Preheat Oven to 350 degrees. Line the bottom of a 8×8 inch baking pan with parchment paper and lightly grease bottom and sides. Pour dry ingredients in a mixing bowl. Add eggs, butter and vanilla until just combined.  Don’t over mix.  Bake for 35-40 minutes in the prepared baking pan. (Check for doneness with a tooth.  It should come out sticky but not wet with dough.)  Let cool in the pan for 10 minutes and turn out on a cutting board or platter. Cut and serve.

Homemade Brownie Mix, findingourwaynow.comNotes: Always error on the side of under-baking.  I will start checking for doneness 5 minutes prior to the earliest time. Dry mix can be stored in any sealed container.  I used the Avery #8164 labels for my packages. If you’re not going to use it for an extended period of time I would recommend that you keep the prepared dry ingredients in the freezer (or fridge) to maintain its freshness. The quality of the cocoa makes a big different in the taste, so use the best you can buy.  You can use a 9 inch baking pan if you like.  The brownies will be a bit thinner. You can add 1/2 cup chopped walnuts or pecans to the mixture at the time you’re ready to make the brownies.  I don’t recommend you add the nuts to dry mix because the nuts may spoil.

This recipe is just the simplest and easiest thing ever.  The best part is the dry ingredient can be combined and stored for later use.  And the taste is to die for.  Trust me, these brownies will not last long once they’re ready to serve.  This recipe is ready made for any size kid.

Homemade Brownie Mix, findingourwaynow.comBecause it’s a chocolate brownie, I would like to dedicate this recipe and post to my chocolate loving friend and author Doreen Pendgracs/Chocolate Travels Diversions.

Time to eat…

If you liked this recipe, don’t forget to check some of my other recipes such as these Scottish ShortbreadMaking Powdered Milk Taste As Good As Fresh Milk, and Skinny S’mores.

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  • Laura Caluian

    I also like chocolate / cocoa cakes, which I find more flavored.. What about some tart cherries added in the brownies dough, or some cream on top of each piece? Oh, God…I think I’ll go to the kitchen now :)…
    P.S. Soon, I’ll send you a chocolate cake recipe that my fiance asks me to bake very often ..it’s gorgeous and very easy to make.

    • http://findingourwaynow.flywheelsites.com/ Susan P. Cooper

      Hi Laura, You absolutely could add some dried tart cherries to this. I would use about 1/2 cup. Cream on top would be good too. The opportunities to add and have fun with are endless. Enjoy.

      It would be a great addition to this. I can’t wait to see your recipe. It would really fun to make. :-)

  • doreenpendgracs

    Thx for the mention, Susan, and for the terrific recipe. I’ll be sure to pin it!

    • http://findingourwaynow.flywheelsites.com/ Susan P. Cooper

      Hi Doreen, You are so welcome and you’re welcome. I had you in mind when I was working on this creation. :-)

  • Jon Jefferson

    Brownies are one of the rare times I like chocolate. My favorites have cream cheese swirled into the top.

    • http://findingourwaynow.flywheelsites.com/ Susan P. Cooper

      Hi Jon, Brownies get to just about everyone… LOL. You certainly could add that to this when you make it. If you do, let me know how it turned out. :-)

  • Catarina Alexon

    Wonderful recipe, Susan. Will try it.

    Why can’t the United States join the rest of the world and use litres and decilitres? Would facilitate. After all just 3,5% of the world’s population live in the US & Canada:-)

    • http://findingourwaynow.flywheelsites.com/ Susan P. Cooper

      Hi Catarina, Thanks. I think your enjoy it.

      That is a good question. I know our pages have both but it somehow never really caught on. I think in time because the measurements are much more accurate. :-)

  • Janelle

    Definitely trying this one, Susan. It looks delicious and super easy.

    • http://findingourwaynow.flywheelsites.com/ Susan P. Cooper

      Cool! It is both Janelle. This is my kind of recipe. :-)

  • DC

    I love brownies. I’m going to make this dry mix and keep it handy so I can whip up some brownies whenever the kids want some. Great recipe idea – thanks for sharing Susan!

    • http://findingourwaynow.flywheelsites.com/ Susan P. Cooper

      Hi DC and your so welcome, I have few packages made already that purpose. I don’t think they will stay around very long… LOL. :-)

  • Wendy Merron

    I’m feeling that old chocolate craving growing! What a lovely idea.
    Susan, what do you recommend for making this as a gift?
    How would you package it?

    • http://findingourwaynow.flywheelsites.com/ Susan P. Cooper

      Hi Wendy, This would make a great gift. I woudl put it in a pretty jar with a ribbon and a tag with the instructions. I know it would be a big hit with whoever would receive it. :-)

  • Cheryl Therrien

    Boy oh boy did I eve spread the word about this recipe! Yeah, being chocolate had something to do with it. :)

    • http://findingourwaynow.flywheelsites.com/ Susan P. Cooper

      Hi Cheryl, LOL, yeah, chocolate does get everyone attention. Thanks for sharing it. :-)

  • Rebecca Rider

    Mmmm… great recipe!! Thanks for sharing!

    • http://findingourwaynow.flywheelsites.com/ Susan P. Cooper

      Hi Rebecca, Yep that it is. I know you would love this recipe if you tried it. :-)

  • Pat Ruppel

    Looks good Susan and easy. I have a similar recipe. I’ll have to check yours out. :-)

    • http://findingourwaynow.flywheelsites.com/ Susan P. Cooper

      Hi Pat, Thanks so much. I would love to compare notes. :-)

      • Pat Ruppel

        Sure – be glad to. I’m happy to share. Here’s mine:


        3/4 C unsweetened cocoa ~~ 1/4 C oil
        2/3 C shortening ~~ 2 C sugar
        4 eggs ~~ 1 tsp vanilla
        1-1/4 C flour ~~ 1 tsp baking powder
        1 tsp salt ~~ 1 C chopped nuts (optional)
        (adjustments for 8500’+ high altitude is 1-3/4 C sugar, add +2 Tblsp flour and shortening 1/3 cup butter/1/3 Crisco)

        In saucepan, heat oil, cocoa and shortening together and stir. Don’t overheat – just long enough to melt. Take off stove and mix and stir in remaining ingredients (sugar, eggs, vanilla, flour, baking powder, salt). Spread in greased pan (13x9x2 or 8×8), bake for 30 mins at 350 degrees.
        It’s interesting to compare and I’m always having to make adjustments to mine for altitude. I’m looking forward to trying yours.

        • http://findingourwaynow.flywheelsites.com/ Susan P. Cooper

          Thanks for this. That is an interesting recipe. I am going to give this yours a try too. :-)

          • Pat Ruppel

            Always welcome Susan. Let me know. I’d be interested in what differences you see.

          • http://findingourwaynow.flywheelsites.com/ Susan P. Cooper

            Will do Pat. :-)

  • Jeri Walker-Bickett

    Warm brownies with a tall glass of ice-cold milk always hit the spot ;)

    • http://findingourwaynow.flywheelsites.com/ Susan P. Cooper

      Hi Jeri, Yep that is an awesome combination. :-)

  • Adrienne

    Brownies are my favorite dessert Susan so you had me at the title. Now I have to admit, the brownie mix I buy is less then $2.00 and it’s name brand and darn good so I doubt we can make it cheaper then that but having that recipe is certainly not going to go to waste! Thanks a bunch.

    • http://findingourwaynow.flywheelsites.com/ Susan P. Cooper

      That is a great price Adrienne. This costs out at around $1.50 if you use the most expensive cocoa you can buy. To insure it tasted good I used a more affordable cocoa and it then costed out around 1.10. I also buy stuff in bulk which brings the price per unit down quite a bit. :-) Enjoy. :-)

  • Debra Yearwood

    I love brownies, so tasty. What a great hostess gift this would make too.

    • http://findingourwaynow.flywheelsites.com/ Susan P. Cooper

      That is would Debra, especially if you put in in a decorative bad or jar. Brownies are hard to resist, aren’t they?

  • http://www.dianamarinova.com/ Diana

    oh my, i LOVE brownies and this really sounds very easy to make… you know by now i’m not much of a cook – salt in brownies, really? LOL

    can i skip the vanilla part? and if not – should i use powdered or i think i’ve seen also liquid (in tiny mini bottles, like a few drops content :-)

    gotta try making this – hope it won’t be a disaster ;-)

    • http://findingourwaynow.flywheelsites.com/ Susan P. Cooper

      Hi Diana, Me too, a little to much… LOL. Yep, salt helps to intensify the flavors. You can skip the vanilla. it just adds a background note to the over all taste.

      • http://www.dianamarinova.com/ Diana

        cool, will let you know when i try it (or find someone to make it for me following your recipe ;-) )

        • http://findingourwaynow.flywheelsites.com/ Susan P. Cooper

          Aw, this brownie recipe is super easy so go for it. :-)))

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  • HomeJobsbyMOM

    My hubby and kids would love these!

    • http://findingourwaynow.flywheelsites.com/ Susan P. Cooper

      Hi Krystle, I know they would. Let me what you think when you try these. :-)

  • Mary Slagel@Shape Daily

    Ugh! I wish I had seen this post this weekend. I went to Target last night to pick up a few things and inevitably ended up in the baking aisle and picking up a new box of brownie mix. I love to keep it on hand in case I have last minute guests or want to brighten somebodies day. As I tossed the box in the cart, I said to my friend, “I don’t know why I bother buying mix when I am positive I could make my own from scratch.” And then I pushed the cart away. Some times I question made from scratch baking mixes because I remember making some in high school home ec and they were bland. But I always trusts your recipes so looks like I’m never buying another box of brownie mix again.

    • http://findingourwaynow.flywheelsites.com/ Susan P. Cooper

      Aw, You are so sweet, thank you. I so understand that. Brownies always put a smile on everyone’s face. I do believe you will love this and how easy it is put together. Please let me know how you liked this when you do :-)

  • http://writespeaksell.com jeannettepaladino

    Susan — I love brownies and a couple of years ago I tried a recipe from The New York Times. They were outrageously good and also outrageously expensive to make. I think I ended up spending about $25 for 8 large brownies. I think I’ll try yours.

    • http://findingourwaynow.flywheelsites.com/ Susan P. Cooper

      Hi Jeannette, WOW, they must have been some kind of brownies. I know you will love these. Let me know what you think when you do. :-)

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  • Mary

    Is there a way to Sub.the eggs out of this recipe?

    • http://findingourwaynow.flywheelsites.com/ Susan P. Cooper

      Hi Mary, I know there is but i’ll need to check to see what may work the best. :-)

  • http://frugalforeveryone.blogspot.com Lenie

    Susan, I love homemade mixes and this is one that’s for sure going to end up in my cupboard. Wouldn’t this be a nice addition to a gift basket? Thanks.

    • http://findingourwaynow.flywheelsites.com/ Susan P. Cooper

      Hi Lenie, That is very cool. They do make great gifts for any occasion. I have been known to bring a bag of two along with me with I visit a friend. Enjoy. :)