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How To Make Homemade Box Mix Style Brownies


How To Make Homemade Box Mix Style Brownies by Picky Palate

I don’t know about you guys, but it’s hard for me to LOVE homemade brownies when box mix brownies are so good and….so easy. I’ve been playing around in the kitchen and have developed a recipe that is pretty darn close to that beloved box mix brownie. I tested them at room temperature and chilled. Both….amazing. They are dense but not too much and thick but not too thick. Just how I like them!

Hope you enjoy!


Here’s what you’ll need to whip up a batch of your own. I used mini chocolate chips, but use your favorite chocolate chip. Up front in the glass bowls is flour, salt and sugar.


Start by adding partially melted butter and sugar to a large mixing bowl.


Mix until well combined.

Oil and vanilla

Add just a touch of vegetable oil and a splash of vanilla.


Add 2 large eggs and mix until combined.


Time for the dry ingredients….flour, salt and baking powder.


Cocoa powder, unsweetened.


Chocolate chips! My favorite part ๐Ÿ™‚




I had to refrain myself from licking this bowl clean. Best brownie batter ever!

Brownies in pan

Pour your batter into a parchment lined 8×11 inch baking dish. You can use a 9×13 inch but they’ll be much more thin and you’ll have to adjust your baking time. Same with a 8×8 inch. Thicker brownies and longer baking time. I find that this size pan was just right.

How To Make Homemade Box Mix Style Brownies by Picky Palate

Once they cool, cut into squares and sink your teeth right in ๐Ÿ™‚ Enjoy!

How To Make Homemade Box Mix Style Brownies by Picky Palate


How To Make Homemade Box Mix Style Brownies


  • 1 stick unsalted butter, partially melted
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup all purpose Gold Medal Flour
  • 1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 cup mini chocolate chips


  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. and line a 8×11 inch baking dish with parchment paper sprayed with cooking spray.
  2. Place butter into a large mixing bowl and microwave until partially melted. Add sugar and oil, mix until well combined. Stir in eggs and vanilla stirring until combined then add flour, cocoa powder, salt, baking powder and chocolate chips. Stir until combined and thick.
  3. Transfer batter to prepared baking dish, spreading evenly. Bake for 35-40 minutes, until baked through. Remove and let cool completely, about an hour. Lift parchment and brownies out of pan and cut into squares to serve.

Makes 12 brownies

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  1. 51

    I had the craziest craving for brownies the other day and was like “But we don’t have brownie mix…” Thank you for reading my mind! ๐Ÿ˜›

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    Orion says:

    I have been trying to make brownies for years. All the recipes I tried, although not many, left me with raw cake dough. This is the first time I succeeded and this means the recipe is foolproof. Excellent! Perfect texture, soft, chocolatey goodness!

    I did replace the chocolate chips with grated chocolate, butter with margarine and the vanilla with vanilla sugar. Still worked wonderfully. This is brilliant!

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  5. 55
    Autumn says:

    Try melted margarine or butter instead of oil for an even better brownie too. ^_-

  6. 56
    LisaB says:

    AWESOME!!! Just made these…true to the recipe and pulled out at about 33 minutes. Just divine. Thank you — we’ll be making this our family brownie recipe from now on.

  7. 57

    These look INCREDIBLE!!! I’m with ya on the boxed brownies… but I’ll have to give these a go!!! Great to see you this weekend! ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Justin says:

    I am completely with you on this! I LOVE brownies, but have yet to find a from scratch recipe that measures up to the brownies from a mix. The from scratch ones may taste good, but I never manage that crackly top or fudgy texture that I love so much.

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    Molly says:

    I was wondering when you say one stick of butter do you mean one cup or one half cup?

  11. 61
    Nicole M. says:

    these brownies have a dark chocolate flavor, and they don’t taste like any “box brownies” I’ve ever had.
    I followed instructions.
    oh and they’re dry.

  12. 62
    Nicole says:

    These were amazing! I was feeling a little skeptical when I licked the spoon, it didn’t taste quite like box mix brownies, but they came out perfectly! Thanks for this recipe, I have a newfound hope in non-box brownies, and I’ll definitely be using this for special occasions!

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    These look perfect! I’m getting ready to make them and I’m a little curious about the Kosher salt. I’m don’t do a ton of baking, so maybe there’s such thing as regular Kosher salt and course Kosher salt, but I always thought Kosher was course. It seems weird to me to use course salt in it, does it melt into it enough that you don’t have chunks of salt in your brownies?

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    Just pulled these out of the oven. I swirled a little peanaut butter on the top and am not sure I’ll make it waiting for them to cool! Cannot wait to bite into one!

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    Annaliese says:

    When i made these, i used half brown sugar and half white sugar, i also added about 1 more tsp of mexican vanilla and a splash of imitation vanilla and left out the baking powder and the brownies turned out great! they were nice and moist and fudgy with a rich flavor, i also topped them with homemade nutella for double decadence! I think next time i will use less cocoa and more imitation flavor for that classic “fake brownie” flavor ๐Ÿ™‚

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    angieB says:

    Thanks for the recipe!
    I loved them but added half a jar of hot fudge sauce on top before baking in 2 rows. Then drug a butter knife back and forth to create a marbled effect and baked as usual.
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  33. 83
    Kadie says:

    Wow! Jenny I just made these and they are awesome, way better than the box mix in my opinion! We are making them again tonight for an activity and I’ve made little recipe cards for them to take home. These are too good not to share! Your recipes have never failed me!

  34. 84
    lynette says:

    I made these last night and they tasted just like boxed brownies. I have book marked the recipe and will use it from now on. Amazing and this recipe is just what I have been looking for. Thank you!

  35. 85
    Rachael says:

    I’m short on sugar….but have everything else. Anyone tried it with brown sugar instead or honey?

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    Thanks for sharing! These looks so yummy, I will be trying the recipe soon. I always mix my cocoa powder with the rest of my dry ingredients with a whisk before adding to wet ingredients just to make sure everything is well distributed in the batter.

  38. 88
    vicky katz says:

    Would love to make these….what would u suggest as your egg substitute?
    My son is finally interested in trying chocolate cake but saod it was not sweet enouhh.
    He has a serious egg allergy.
    I think brownies would be a cure for his sweet tooth.
    Thanks in advance
    : )

  39. 89
    Cha says:

    Great recipe! But I have a question. I first tried this recipe in our house using cocoa powder and it turned out great. I tried this recipe in my cousin’s house and used Dutch processed cocoa powder and my aunt told me that the chocolate flavor is too strong, my friend also told me that it slightly tastes like wine but it turned out great anyway and they loved it! (I even finished 1/4 of it) is it because of the cocoa powder I used or maybe because I spilled vanilla in my bowl not knowing if it’s too much or less?

  40. 90
    Rida says:

    The bestest brownies i have ever tasted! They were Awsome !!! I added kitkat bars to it & they tasted awsome! Thanks a lot for the lovely foolproof recipe.

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    Erica says:

    I’ve had these brownies pinned for some time, but didn’t make them until recently. They were AMAZING. My husband loves brownies, but hates when I do it from scracth, after he ate these he told me to keep buying that brand thinking they were his beloved box brownies. Recipe sold! I will never make another version again!!

  42. 92
    Erin says:

    This recipe looks amazing! I plan on using this for Brownie in a Jar gifts. Would the recipe work just as great if all of the dry ingredients were mixed together first then the eggs, oil, and melted butter mixed in last? Also do you think the vanilla is able to be taken out without much flavor change?

  43. 93
    Bee says:

    Just made these last night and they are AMAZING!!!!!!! The perfect texture – very moist, simply amazing and my new favorite brownie recipe! I will never use a box mix again! Thank you so much! ( My fianceยด thanks you as well =) )

    the only thing that I did edit was I used a 8×8 recipe pan, I used canola oil, I used 2/3 cup of cocoa powder, and I didn’t put any chocolate chips in it. I only made these adjustments because of what I had in the house, and what I normally know how much chocolate taste we like. The base of this recipe is amazing and any way you edit it, it will still be amazing!

  44. 94
    JJ Caraway says:

    Thank you so much for this recipe, I can’t wait to try it out. My husband loves brownies but I have not been able find a recipe that matches the box texture or taste.

  45. 95
    Kathleen says:

    How much is a “stick” of butter? 1/2 cup? 1 cup? Our butter doesn’t come in sticks here.

  46. 96
    Briana says:

    I made these brownies, and they were amazing!
    I am in Europe, so boxed brownies aren’t even an option, so this was great to get that good ol’ american brownie while away from America. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Instead of chocolate chips (since you can’t get them in Poland), I cut up a mint chocolate bar…….and that was TO DIE FOR.

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    […] Instruction *Before baking Leave your butter and eggs out on the counter for about 1-2 hours in order to soften the butter and bring the eggs to the room temperature. 1. Grease a brownie pan (I halfed the recipe so I used the pound cake pan but you can use an 8×11 inch pan for this recipe) with baking spray or cooking spray. Preheat your oven to 325F, I normally use an oven thermometer to make sure that my oven is usually at the proper temperature before starting) 2. Cream the butter in the mixing bowl till soft and creamy, mix oil and sugar until smooth. Slowly mix in vanilla extract then eggs. Don’t over-beat your mixture after adding eggs. Sift flour, cocoa powder, salt, and baking powder into the mixture and beat till well-incorporated. Finish the step with adding all the chocolate chips (I added 2/3 cup more chocolate chips than the original recipe called but you can feel free to change the amount depending on your preference) 3. Pour the mixture into your prepared brownie pan, bake for about 35-40 minutes. (I baked my halfed recipe for 33 minutes) In order to check for doneness you can either do a toothpick test to see if any crumbs come out or press the brownie with your finger to see if the batter springs back. *I did not change this recipe at all except adding 2/3 cup more chocolate chips. This recipe is awesome as it is written! Recipe Adapted from Picky Palate […]

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