Bars, Blondies & Brownies

Better Than Box Mix Brownies

These brownies are easy to make and way better than a box mix!  As long as you keep cocoa powder on hand in the pantry, you can whip up a batch of these brownies whenever you get a hankering for chocolate!  Which for me is like every day….so maybe it isn’t such a great idea that these brownies are so easy and quick to make, huh?  If you have never made brownies from scratch, then you must read on and try this recipe.  I mentioned these were super easy to make, right???

So the other day I came home from work and had a list of things I needed to do around the house.  You know…laundry, ironing, paying bills, cleaning the house and just general chores around the house and out in the yards.  So I sat down on the couch for a sec (always a mistake).  And then brownies popped into my head and I thought, “I should go make brownies!”  Hahaha.  I had leftover buttercream frosting in the refrigerator I wanted to use up, so I figured some brownies frosted with buttercream would be amazing.  So off I went to the kitchen, to make you some fabulous brownies.  Any excuse to put off doing chores, amirite??  🙂

I grew up making brownies from the box.  And oh wow, are they good.  Growing up I thought you could only make cakes and brownies from a box mix.  And frosting?  Yeah…you buy it in a tub next to the cake mixes.  Oh how much I have learned over the years!  Is scratch made better?  Yes!  A million percent better.  Does it take a little more work than a box mix?  Ehhh…sometimes.  I will equate it to this: what is better?  The book or the movie?  Hands down it’s always the book that is better than the movie.  Not to say the movie was bad.  It’s just that the book has more detail in a way the movie can never replicate.  So there ya go.  Scratch made brownies are better than the box mix, and this recipe just happens to be about as easy as it gets.  One bowl and no waiting to bring the ingredients to room temperature either!  Ok friends!  Lets do this!!

Better Than Box Mix Brownies

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Serves: 20 Cooking Time: 20-25 minutes


  • 10 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1-1/3 cup white granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup + 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 teaspoon Vain Mexican Vanilla extracted in Cane Rum
  • 2 eggs, cold
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour



Preheat oven to 325-degrees. Line an 8x8-inch baking pan with parchment paper and spray with baking spray. Set aside.


In a microwave safe bowl, add the butter, sugar, cocoa powder and salt. Microwave in 30-second intervals, stopping to stir the mixture every 30-seconds. Microwave the mixture until the mixture is fairly smooth and hot to the touch (approximately 1-1/2 to 2-1/2 minutes in the microwave).


Remove the bowl from the microwave and set the bowl aside for several minutes, to allow the mixture to cool so it is only warm to the touch. The mixture will look gritty. After mixture has cooled for several minutes, use a wooden spoon to stir in the vanilla extract. Add the eggs one at a time to the mixture, vigorously stirring each egg into the mixture. Stir the flour into the mixture until the flour is fully incorporated into the batter. Beat the batter vigorously for 40 strokes. Spread brownie batter into prepared pan.


Bake brownies on bottom rack in 325-degree oven for 20-25 minutes. Brownies are done when a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out without raw batter on it. My brownies took 23-minutes to bake.


Remove brownies from the oven and let set in the pan to cool completely before slicing into desired sized squares.


Option to add frosting and crushed up Robin Eggs to the top of your brownies. Store bought frosting or half of my buttercream frosting in the above link will work!


Store brownies at room temperature in an air tight container.

Perfect, fudgy, chocolatey goodness!

They might look under baked…but they aren’t!  The fudgy-ness is why these brownies are soooooo good!

Mmmm hmmmm….

These brownies are perfect plain, but I added some leftover vanilla buttercream frosting on top of half of the brownies.  Remember??  I had leftover buttercream frosting I wanted to use up! 🙂

Grab some milk yo!!!

I might have added some crushed up Robin Eggs on top of the brownies I frosted…over the top!  But would you expect anything else from me?! 😉

I took these brownies to work…but I made the guys work for their “free” brownies.  Want a free brownie?  Leave me an honest comment/critique hehehe.  Which brownies do you think disappeared first?  The plain ones or the ones I frosted and topped with Robin Eggs??

For every comment on there, I got someone that actually came into my office to talk to me about the brownies and how good they were.  Proof right there y’all!

So after making these brownies, I did get all my chores done and even made it to the gym!  That’s how quick and easy these are to make!  I hope you throw away that brownie box mix and give these from scratch brownies a shot!  If you do, let me know what YOU think!



Oh yeah….the frosted brownies with crushed up Robin Eggs were the first to be eaten.  Mmm hmm!



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  • Reply
    Kelsie | the itsy-bitsy kitchen
    April 10, 2017 at 6:51 AM

    I’m so impressed that you were able to keep buttercream on hand; usually if I have leftover frosting I eat it immediately sandwiched between some graham crackers :). These brownies look so yummy! Way better than a box–although box mix brownies do hold a special place in my heart! Have a great week Kelly!

    • Reply
      April 10, 2017 at 1:39 PM

      Hahaha OMG Kelsie! I actually used the remaining buttercream on graham crackers and made it into a blog post about using up leftover buttercream. My husband had never had frosted graham crackers with sprinkles before…I made them for him and he loved them! Post coming soon…so you can laugh about it when I post it 🙂 XOXOX And box mix brownies are amazing…but I am seriously loving these ones I just made!!

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    Laura @ Laura's Culinary Adventures
    April 10, 2017 at 6:57 AM

    Looks delicious! Brownies are my all time favorite dessert!

    • Reply
      April 10, 2017 at 1:41 PM

      I know right?!?! I would heat a huge brownie slice up in the microwave for a few seconds and then top with hot chocolate sauce hahaha. So goooooood!! You can never go wrong with brownies right! XOXO 🙂

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    Lindsay | With Salt and Pepper
    April 10, 2017 at 6:59 AM

    Book over movie EVERY SINGLE TIME!!! Though…I wish I had more time for reading in my life. That area is majorly lacking these days. I’m a sucker for Ghiradelli brownie mix in a pinch, but totally agree that from scratch is well worth the extra few minutes it takes 🙂 XO

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      April 10, 2017 at 1:46 PM

      I know….I wish I had more time to read too! Sometimes I will bring my book to the gym and go walk on the treadmill and read. It’s the only time I can focus on just reading lol. Usually when I watch a movie, I am sitting here blogging with my laptop lol. Love Ghirardelli brownie mix for sure too!! XOXO 🙂

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    April 10, 2017 at 11:23 AM

    These are by far the best brownies I’ve ever had. There is nothing better then these with a large glass of milk!!!

    • Reply
      April 11, 2017 at 6:14 AM

      Thanks honey! I am so glad you thought these brownies were the best brownies you have ever had…lol 😉 XOXO

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    Kim @ The Baking ChocolaTess
    April 10, 2017 at 8:31 PM

    Brownies are my fav! It’s 11:30 and I am craving these now Kelly! <3 YUM!

    • Reply
      April 11, 2017 at 6:17 AM

      I think 11:30 at night is the perfect time for a brownie, if ya ask me hehehehehe. Brownies are the best!! And so many different things you can do to them to jazz em up too 😉 XOXO

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    April 11, 2017 at 4:53 PM

    Dang it! I always miss when you bring goodies to work. Nothing you bring in lasts long enough for me to try!… Those brownies look amazing and I think I’ll try making them soon! ❤❤❤

    • Reply
      April 11, 2017 at 10:05 PM

      Sorry girl!! Next time I’ll save ya some!! But you should definitely try these brownies! They are so yummy 🙂 XOXO

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    heather (delicious not gorgeous)
    April 13, 2017 at 1:11 PM

    um. that was me last night, and i ended up making brownies at 12am. oops. love that these are cocoa powder-based; brownies that use cocoa always taste so much more chocolate-y to me! also, have you tried the tj’s brownie mix? probably my favorite brownie mix ever (esp bc there’s chocolate chips mixed in!).

    • Reply
      April 13, 2017 at 6:32 PM

      Brownies at midnight sound PERFECT to me! Hahahahahahah 🙂 I have never tried TJ’s brownie mix, but I will grab some next time I am there! Sounds yummy! Happy Easter weekend darling! XOXO 🙂

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    April 17, 2017 at 11:39 AM

    I kinda love the idea of asking for anonymous comments about your brownies! So awesome. yeah I grew up making box mix too and using margarine for cookies (gag!) I love making everything from scratch.

    • Reply
      April 17, 2017 at 1:02 PM

      My husband is totally honest with me, but everyone else I feel like they don’t want to hurt my feelings if something isn’t good, or if something needs tweaking. So the anonymous comments worked out great! I am totally with ya about making everything from scratch Laura! XOXO 🙂

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