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Tuesday, April 7, 2015

How to Make Homemade Brownie Mix for Your Pantry

At just around .40 to make, this homemade brownie mix is 
perfect to have on hand when that sweet tooth arrives.

I often dream of having an immaculate, filled-to-the-brim pantry.  One where I can walk in, do a 360 and not hit any of the shelves, because it is just THAT BIG.

One that has everything I use on a daily basis and then some.  Five boxes of spaghetti?  Got it.  Row and rows of canned tomatoes?  Got it.  Bulk bins full of flour, sugar and the like?  It's there.

What a dream that would be!

I think like anyone, someday I hope I'll be able to have a pantry like this.  Until then, I'll stick with my two cupboards that hold my stash.

Last week we had a nice little "celebration" day when we got some really good, much needed news. Nothing major, nothing totally life changing, but something we've been wanting for, for a long time. So, like with any celebration I got the urge to bake.  The kids and I wanted chocolate.  Brownies to be exact.

But of course I did not have a brownie mix on hand in my two cupboard pantry.

Like any normal person I got on the computer and Googled different variations on making my own mixes.  I've made homemade brownies before {super easy}, I just never pre-measured the dry ingredients to keep on hand for a future pan.  

These brownies are perfect for birthdays.  And these I served at a dinner party once. And how could I forget these made with a VERY unusual ingredient?   All are mouthwatering!

After looking at a few recipes and making up my own, I got to work.  I made three mixes, using one of them for this pan.  I then threw in shredded coconut, chocolate chips, white chocolate chips and pecans for good measure.  They were loaded!

You know what else this mix is great for?  Freezer Swap parties or when you are delivering goods for a new mom or neighbor.  Who doesn't love a homemade mix that only requires eggs, vanilla and butter to make it complete right before baking?


How to Make Homemade Brownie Mix for Your Pantry

What you'll need:
Gallon Freezer Storage Bags
Black Sharpie Marker

*this recipe makes one batch, feel free to double or triple to have more on hand

1 1/4 c. flour
1 t. baking powder
1 t. salt
2/3 c. cocoa powder
1 1/2 c. white sugar

Prior to baking {Wet Ingredients}
3 eggs
1 t. vanilla
1 c. melted butter

1.  Before assembling, label the storage bag as "Homemade Brownie Mix" and then "To Bake: Mix in 3 beaten eggs, vanilla and melted butter to the dry ingredients.  Spread in a greased 9x13 pan.  Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes or until done.  Fold in other ingredients if desired: chocolate chips, nuts, etc."
2.  Place the storage bag in a bowl {to prevent spilling} and add in the flour, baking powder, salt, cocoa powder and sugar.  Stir to combine.  Gently seal the bag, squeezing out all excess air.
3.  Keep this in your pantry for up to 3 months.  Or in your freezer for up to 6 months.

Would you like to comment?

  1. I'm a true brownie fanatic, what a great little secret weapon to keep on hand!

  2. Excellent idea to always have a brownie mix on standby and so cheap too :)

  3. What a fantastic idea! It would be great to have this mix on hand and it's so much better / healthier than a store bought mix!

  4. I love this idea - I'll never need to buy brownie mix again!

  5. I never thought to make some homemade brownie mix to have ready to go! What a fabulous idea!

  6. Nothing better than homemade brownies! I love this! Thanks!

  7. I am 47 with grown kids and I am still dreaming of a pantry like that Ally! :D Looks delish!

  8. Love planning ahead stocking the pantry! So decadent with the shredded coconut, chocolate chips, white chocolate chips and pecans! This one's a keeper, thanks Ally!

  9. I love the idea of planning ahead and having this mix in my pantry!! Great idea :)

  10. There's nothing better than homemade brownies! Love this homemade brownie mix!

  11. FYI - I made these yesterday! They were just what the kids and I wanted for an afternoon snack.

  12. They were good and simple!