Put that boxed brownie mix away…you won’t need it anymore after trying this Skip the Mix Brownie Recipe!
I’ve told you all before that when I first got married 15 years ago, I didn’t really know how to cook. Frozen cookie dough, Hamburger Helper, etc. was pretty much the extent of things I’d attempt in the kitchen. Man, was I so proud of myself when my husband would compliment me on my exquisite skills with box mixes! In fairness, I was working 60+ hours a week in a highly demanding job and really didn’t care to devote the time to cooking. I was perfectly happy with my slice and bake cookies and not so fancy convenience meals.
Then I had kids, and the continuous demand of my job went away as I decided to work from home part-time. Having kids opened up a desire in me to try a little harder to be domestic and to work on improving my skills in the kitchen. Slowly and surely, I tried different recipes and discovered that not only did I really like to cook, I was pretty good at it! And, as they say, the rest is history!
One of my favorite things to eat is brownies. But I am super picky about how I like my brownies! The tops need to have the perfect, light crust and the center needs to be just a little gooey…not really cakey, but not overly fudgey either. The perfect blend of the two is what I’m looking for in my ideal brownie recipe. Oh, I also like them to be sweet, not bitter… I can’t stand bitter chocolate brownies. Those are the most disappointing things to bite into! And my final requirement? They MUST be easy… if it is any harder than opening up a box mix and preparing it, I want nothing to do with it. Brownies are meant to be quick so that your chocolate cravings can be fulfilled ASAP.
I made this brownie recipe for the first time right after Jacob was born. It was my first time attempting a brownie recipe instead of a mix. The awesome thing is, this is the first brownie recipe my daughter has made all by herself too! It certainly fits all of my requirements for a perfect, no fuss, delicious and easy brownie.
Next time that chocolate craving hits, skip the mix and give this brownie recipe a try! I promise, you’ll love how quick and easy your chocolate craving gets fulfilled. Enjoy!
Skip the Mix Brownie Recipe
- 1 cup vegetable oil
- 2 cups sugar
- 2 teaspoons vanilla
- 4 large eggs
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 2/3 cup cocoa powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup all purpose flour
- Preheat oven to 350°F
- Prepare a 9x13 pan by spraying with non-stick cooking spray (I use PAM Baking Spray with flour).
- In a large bowl, stir together the vegetable oil, sugar, vanilla and eggs with a wooden spoon until well incorporated.
- Add the baking powder, cocoa powder, salt and all purpose flour to the bowl, stirring continuously until the batter is well blended.
- Pour into the prepared pan and bake for 30 minutes, or until the sides of the brownies start to pull away from the pan.
- Cool, then cut into squares and enjoy!
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