Better Than Box Mix Chocolate Brownies

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“Better Than Box Mix” Chocolate Brownies really are better than the box! Why make a box mix brownies when I’ll bet you have everything on hand to make these?

Chocolate Brownies are the iconic dessert you crave! Learn how to make "Better Than Box" Chocolate Brownies with our amazingly simple brownie recipe!

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 The other night, after we finished our bourbon chicken, I wanted dessert. I checked the cupboard for a brownie mix but I didn’t have any. 

Chocolate Brownies are the iconic dessert you crave! Learn how to make "Better Than Box" Chocolate Brownies with our amazingly simple brownie recipe!

I glanced over this recipe I had pinned last month, realized how simple it was, and decided to give it a shot. I’m really glad I did. I had never made chocolate brownies from scratch but I doubt I’ll go back to the box mix.

Chocolate Brownies are the iconic dessert you crave! Learn how to make "Better Than Box" Chocolate Brownies with our amazingly simple recipe!

Why Choose This Chocolate Brownies Recipe?  

This recipe is so simple & really good. They’re very dense and chocolaty and I’ll bet they’re even better with vanilla ice cream.

You probably have all the ingredients on hand so you should give it a shot, you’ll be happy you did.  It is just as simple as that.  What other reason do you need to make our chocolate brownies? 

Chocolate Brownies are the iconic dessert you crave! Learn how to make "Better Than Box" Chocolate Brownies with our amazingly simple recipe!

How To Serve These Chocolate Brownies 

This recipe for chocolate brownies makes what would be a “family size” of the box mix – a 9×13 pan, which is about 15-18 good sized brownies.  That means you don’t have to fight anyone for your serving.  It also means if you are careful, you can sneak a few out of the pan to save for later before anyone sees them!

I recommend serving by themselves, or as a brownie sundae with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and a drizzle of chocolate syrup on top! Don’t forget a few extra chocolate sprinkles or chocolate chips!



Watch how easy these “Better Than Box Mix” Brownies are to make:

Chocolate Brownies are one of the most iconic desserts of all time.  Using this simple but delicious recipe is ideal.  Especially if you are like me and don’t always plan for dessert.  Keep ingredients on hand for this recipe and you’ll never be stuck without a chocolate fix when you need it!


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Why make a box mix brownies when I'll bet you have everything on hand to make these? They really are "Better Than Box Mix" brownies! | Persnickety Plates

Better Than Box Mix Brownies

Why make a box mix brownies when I'll bet you have everything on hand to make these? They really are "Better Than Box Mix" brownies!
4.7 from 212 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 45 mins
Servings 15
Calories 366 kcal


  • 1 cup butter (2 sticks)
  • 2 1/4 cups sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 1/4 cups cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 Tablespoon. vanilla
  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 cup chocolate chips I used Ghiradelli baking chips, per usual


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Line a 9×13 baking dish with foil, allowing it to hang over the edges. Spray foil with non-stick spray and set aside.
  • In a small pot, melt butter over medium low heat. Once completely melted, add in the sugar and stir together. Continue cooking for 1-2 minutes, stirring continually. Don’t let it boil.
  • Pour the butter/sugar mixture into a large bowl (or your stand mixer bowl). Add in cocoa powder and mix to combine.
  • Add in eggs, salt, baking powder and vanilla. Beat until fully incorporated.
  • With the mixer on low, slowly add in flour until just combined.
  • Stir in chocolate chips and make sure they are evenly distributed.
  • Pour the batter into your prepared pan and bake for approximately 30 minutes, until a toothpick comes out with moist crumbs attached.
  • Cool in the pan on a wire rack.
  • Once cool, lift the brownies out of the pan using the foil overhang. Peel back the foil and cut into squares.
  • Store in an airtight container.


Adapted from King Arthur Flour


Serving: 1gCalories: 366kcalCarbohydrates: 52gProtein: 4gFat: 17gSaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 77mgSodium: 290mgPotassium: 169mgFiber: 3gSugar: 37gVitamin A: 470IUVitamin C: 0.1mgCalcium: 47mgIron: 2mg

Nutritional information is an estimate and provided to you as a courtesy. You should calculate the nutritional information with the actual ingredients used in your recipe using your preferred nutrition calculator.

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  1. Emolly Palmer says

    This is my favorite brownie recipe! Do you think it would be possible to bake this recipe in mini muffin liners for “brownie bites”? I’m not sure if I would need to adjust the temperature or anything to make them so small instead of one sheet pan. Thoughts?

    • Melissa Williams says

      I’m happy to hear that 😉 it should work just fine in a mini muffin pan. I wouldn’t use liners (though you could), I would just spray the pan with non stick spray. Check them at 10 mins, they’ll prob need 13-15 mins to bake. Like these Peanut Butter Brownie Bites

  2. Donna says

    5 stars
    Does it matter whether you use salted or un-salted butter??

    • Melissa Williams says

      Not much. Most people use unsalted in baking but I interchange.

  3. Jennifer says

    5 stars
    This is my go to website for brownie recipes everyone I have tried is amazing! We love this one and the coconut oil ones!

    • Melissa Williams says

      You just made my brownie-loving heart so happy. Thank you!

  4. Diana says

    5 stars
    We made these.
    They are sooo good, moist & everyone ate them up. Added nuts cause we love those in brownies!
    Thanks for always creating amazing recipes & just being YOU. I can always count on your stories for a daily smile🤍

  5. Debra Hill says

    5 stars
    Thank you for this wonderful recipe. I adding chocolate and caramel chips; as well as toffee. They were amazing. Next time, I’ll probably use less sugar because they were pretty sweet, but very good and flavorful.

  6. Kyle says

    5 stars
    made last and they are better than the box version

    • Melissa Williams says

      No false advertising! Thanks for reporting back =)

  7. Sherrill says


    These were delish. The thing I would like to know as getting ready for Christmas. My chocolate chips did not melt. Was still good bud Cho. Chips little hard to chew. We’re they supposed to melt?

    • Melissa Williams says

      I’m glad you liked them. Which brand chocolate chips did you use? I recommend Ghirardelli, some of the store brands are waxy and don’t melt well at all.

  8. Christen says

    I only have Tollhouse chocolate chips and I saw another review that said they were hard to melt. Could you leave them out?

    • Melissa Williams says

      Yes, you can skip them, or swap out another mix-in (nuts, peanut butter chips, mint chips, toffee, etc).

  9. Eli says

    That’s a lot of sugar and cocoa power!! 2 cups plus of sugar?! And 2 1/4 cups of cocoa powder?

    • Melissa Williams says

      Yep, this is a “family size”/9 x 13.

  10. Naomi H says

    5 stars
    These are absolutely the best brownies I’ve ever made! The recipe is very easy to follow. I like using the special dark chocolate cocoa, just because I love really dark chocolate. And of course Ghirardelli chips. I stick them in the freezer once they’ve cooled, and they stay chewy and delicious even frozen. I think I’ve made the recipe twice this month, because my kids (and I) cannot get enough.

    • Melissa Williams says

      Thank you, Naomi! I love hearing that =)

  11. Anne says

    5 stars
    So good! I’m about 2000 feet above sea level so made two adjustments for mid-elevation: 1 extra egg and 1 extra tablespoon flour. I also reduced the cocoa by 1/4 cup because I only had special dark on hand and worried the full amount of that would be too powerful. Definitely a keeper!

  12. Michelle says

    I made these for a birthday treat and they were a big hit! I usually fail at brownies but these were simple and delish! I substituted gluten-free flour and nobody could tell. Delish!

    • Melissa Williams says

      Yay 🙂 I love knowing when gf flour works!

  13. Debbie says

    5 stars
    Best brownie recipe I have tried. Made 2 pans.

  14. Jennie K says

    5 stars
    Yum yum yum!! Wanted something simple and this fit the bill. We looove chocolate in our house. The kids went on and on about how chocolatey these are!

  15. Kayla says

    Am I missing where it says to add flour?

  16. Keri says

    Amazing! Better than box brownies anyday!

  17. Heather says

    5 stars
    It’s so good you have to make it , super simple and the perfect desert for your sweet tooth. Definitely will make again and I strongly recommend.

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