Tuesday, August 21, 2012


We L-O-V-E brownies at my house!  To make life easy, I keep this delicious brownie mix on hand.  Makes it easy to have the yummy chocolaty confections any time we need a quick bite or a quick gift to give.

Do you like my brownie pan?  My hubby and kids picked this up for me because they know I love all sorts of kitchen gadgety kind of things.  In addition, all four of us always have a RACE for the corners of the brownie pan, and this special cooking pan solved that problem for sure!  Now everyone gets a corner or side!!!! 

I hope you have a chance to whip up some of this brownie mix before school starts!  When I don't bake these brownies in the wonderful brownie pan, I use a mini-muffin pan.  My kids and I have always loved eating Brownie Bites!  Just be careful not to overcook them if you use the muffin pan.  If overcooked, you end up with little brownie ROCKS!!!

When you bake the brownies, get creative!  You can add nuts, chocolate chips, or M & M's.  You can ice the brownies, dust with powdered sugar, or leave plain. 

Lastly, this brownie mix makes GREAT gifts!  Try putting one full recipe (2-1/2 cups of the mix) in a jar or a sealable plastic bag, along with the instructions, to make a thoughtful gift.  You could even give your entire mix and instructions along with a brownie pan as a gift!  The ideas are endless!!



6 cups flour
4 teaspoons baking powder
4 teaspoons salt
8 cups sugar
One 8-oz. can of cocoa powder
2 cups vegetable shortening

Mix the flour, baking powder, salt, sugar, and cocoa.  Mix in the vegetable shortening, using forks or  a pastry cutter until you can no longer see the vegetable shortening.  You can do all of this in a food processessor too.  If your processessor is small, break the recipe into two batches.   Store the mix in an airtight container.  I don't know what the shelf life of this mix is because it gets used up quickly in my house!


Baking Instructions:

2-1/2 cups Incredible Brownie Mix
2 eggs, beaten
1 teaspoon vanilla
OPTIONAL:  2 Tablespoons milk
OPTIONAL:  1/2 cup of nuts or candies such as chocolate chips or M & M's

In a medium bowl, beat the mix, eggs, and vanilla with a spoon until completely mixed, smooth and creamy.  If the mixture is too thick, add the optional 2 tablespoons of milk.  Fold in the optional ingredients, if desired.  Spread in a greased 8 x 8 pan and bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes.  Take it out before the sides look too dry!

**P.S.  You can double this recipe and put into a 13" x 9" pan***


Happy baking and Peace to you all!!!
The Menu Maker Mom
Feeding the family ~ One menu at a time!