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Quick & Easy Brownie Mix (For Fudgy & Gooey Brownies)

by | May 14, 2022 | Cook, Desserts, Recipes

Mix up this quick and easy brownie mix to have homemade brownies on the table with just a few minutes of hands-on time. This is a great mix to have on the pantry shelf for those last-minute desserts or for unexpected company.

DIY Brownie mixes in glass mason jars.

With just five minutes of hands-on time, you can mix up multiple batches of easy homemade brownie mix that can sit on your pantry shelf until you’re ready to bake.

No more store-bought boxes of brownie mix. Once you know just how simple it is to make your own, you’ll always want these jars ready to mix up for those unexpected guests or last-minute desserts.

Served with a dollop of homemade ice cream, or homemade whipped cream, these homemade brownies top any boxed mix around!

Why I Love This Recipe

As mentioned before, because this mix literally whips together in a matter of minutes, with just a few more minutes of hands-on prep to get them ready for baking, this is one of the fastest and easiest homemade desserts I know of.

Not to mention, you can whip up multiple batches all at once with very little effort. In fact, I no longer make these, but my kids do!

I love that these brownies are a perfect treat all on their own, but when paired with some homemade ice cream it takes them over the top!

You can even adjust the recipe by adding chocolate chips, walnuts, peppermint extract, or even crushed peppermint candies to the top of the batter before baking (only add shelf-stable items to the dry mix in the jars!).

Dessert is ready to bake in about as long as it takes my oven to preheat, and the finished product is coming out ooey and gooey just 30 minutes later!

DIY brownie mix in a jar ingredients.

Ingredients Needed

For the Brownie Mix

  • Wide-mouth quart jar – These are the perfect size to hold the brownie mix, and we even write the instructions directly onto the jar with a sharpie.
  • Sugar – What I love about this recipe is we’ve drastically reduced the amount of sugar in regular brownie mixes. Now two cups is still a large amount of sugar, but for the occasional treat, we’re OK with that.
  • All-purpose (plain) flour – You may be wondering if you can use something healthier like fresh-ground flour or whole-wheat flour. I don’t recommend that because this is going to sit on your pantry shelf and you don’t want the flour to go rancid. You could use an Einkorn all-purpose flour if you’d prefer.
  • Cocoa powder – Use whatever cocoa powder you have on hand. Sometimes using dark cocoa powder gives these an even richer taste. We like buying our cocoa powder in bulk from Azure Standard.
  • Baking powder – Another pantry staple we never run out of. We also purchase this in bulk from Azure.
  • Salt – Any good quality salt will do. We’re partial to Redmond Real Salt because it contains many of the essential minerals our bodies need.
Eggs, oil, and brownie mix.

For the Brownie Recipe

  • Brownie Mix – You’ll need one jar of your brownie mix.
  • Eggs – Farm fresh eggs are always our favorite! See how we preserve eggs for long-term storage to have fresh eggs year-round, perfect for baking up these brownies.
  • Vanilla Bean Paste – We love using vanilla bean paste, but you can alternatively use vanilla extract.
  • Oil – We like to use melted coconut oil, but you can use butter, avocado, or the oil of your choice.

Easy Brownie Mix

This recipe makes one quart jar which will make a perfect 8×8 pan of brownies. To make this recipe, line up as many jars as you want to make and measure out the following ingredients, layering them into the jar.

  1. Add sugar, flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt.
  2. You may need to tap the jar on the counter a few times to get all the ingredients to fit.
  3. Seal the jar with a two-part mason jar lid.
  4. Mark each jar “Brownie Mix” and the optional instructions for making brownies.

Easy Homemade Brownies

  1. When you’re ready to bake your brownies, grab a jar of brownie mix and preheat the oven to 350° F.
  2. Dump the brownie mix into a large glass bowl.
  3. Crack eggs into a small bowl beat the eggs and add them to the bowl of brownie mix.
  4. Add melted coconut oil and vanilla bean paste or vanilla extract and mix well.
  5. Pour batter into a greased 8×8 baking dish and bake at 350° F for 20-25 minutes.
  6. Top brownies with optional toppings like chocolate chips or crushed peppermint before baking
  7. Insert a toothpick into the center and if it comes out clean, they’re ready to remove from the oven.
A brownie on a plate with multiple hands taking a bite.

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A mom and her daughters sharing a brownie.
DIY Brownie mixes in glass mason jars.

DIY Brownie Mix

Mix together this DIY brownie mix and set it on the pantry shelf until you need a quick and easy dessert. With just five minutes of hands-on time, dessert will be ready.
4.11 from 95 votes
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 9 large brownies
Calories: 472kcal
Author: Carolyn Thomas

Equipment

  • Wide-mouth quart mason jars with lids

Ingredients

For the Brownie Mix

  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup flour all-purpose
  • 2/3 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt

For Brownies

  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup coconut oil melted
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla bean paste or vanilla extract

Instructions

For Brownie Mix

  • Add dry ingredients, layer by layer, into a wide-mouth mason jar.
  • Tap down if ingredients aren't fitting into the jar, then seal with a lid.

For Brownies

  • Add brownie mix to a large bowl.
  • Crack eggs into a separate bowl, whisk well, then add to the brownie mix.
  • Add oil and vanilla bean paste and mix until combined.
  • Add batter to a greased 8×8 inch pan.
  • Bake at 350° F for 20-25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.

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Notes

  • Make up as many jars of brownie mix at a time as you’d like. They’ll store on the pantry shelf up to a year!
  • Mix up your brownies by adding in chocolate chips, walnuts, or even crushed peppermint candies. 
  • For gooey brownies, don’t overbake! Remove from the oven as soon as the toothpick comes out clean.
  • For firmer brownies, add a few minutes of bake time and allow to cool completely before slicing.

Nutrition

Calories: 472kcal | Carbohydrates: 60g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 27g | Saturated Fat: 21g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 73mg | Sodium: 183mg | Potassium: 152mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 45g | Vitamin A: 106IU | Calcium: 36mg | Iron: 2mg
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