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!

Better than Box Brownies

 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’ll never go back now.

Now all my brownies are homemade – coconut oil brownies, simple chocolate brownies, zucchini brownies, cream cheese brownies.

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 even better when served warm topped 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? 

Equipment you’ll need

Better than Box Brownies Ingredients

Below is a list of the ingredients you’ll need to gather to make this recipe. Scroll all the way down for the full recipe card.

  • BUTTER – I use salted butter but unsalted will work just as well.
  • SUGAR – Granulated white sugar. This recipe calls for a lot of it, but they’re a treat.
  • EGGS – Large eggs, at room temperature.
  • COCOA POWDER – Unsweetened cocoa powder. Some people question the amount but it’s not a typo, they really need all that cocoa powder.
  • SALT – For balance and to amplify the chocolate flavor.
  • BAKING POWDER – For rise.
  • VANILLA – Pure vanilla extract (not imitation) for the best flavor).
  • FLOUR – All purpose white flour is all I’ve tested with.
  • CHOCOLATE CHIPS – An optional mix-in, but I find them required. I use Ghirardelli baking chips because they’re my favorite.
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 hot fudge on top!

Don’t forget a few extra chocolate sprinkles or chocolate chips!

Can I freeze them?

Yes, they will freeze well. Individually wrap the brownies in plastic wrap or foil and place in a freezer bag. Press out any air and store in the freezer for up to 3 months.

When ready to enjoy, move the brownie to the counter and let thaw at room temperature.

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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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Better Than Box Mix Brownies

Melissa Williams
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!
4.72 from 312 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 45 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 15 servings
Calories 366 kcal



  • Preheat oven to 350° F.
  • Line a 9×13 baking dish with foil or parchment paper, allowing it to hang over the edges. Spray 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.



Store leftovers covered at room temperature for up to a week. 
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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Photos updated October 12, 2016

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  1. Tracye says

    5 stars
    I found this recipe on Pinterest. Very easy to make. Made them for my nephew’s bday. He was happy. Added semi-sweet choc chips and white choc chips to batter. This recipe is a keeper.

  2. Rebecca says

    5 stars
    I was craving chocolate…I needed something…found this recipe and it didn’t require me to go to the store!!! I used Herseys special dark cocoa powder and Holy Moly!!!! I put walnuts on half and plain on the other half….so so so so good!! Thank You for such a great recipe!

    • Melissa Williams says

      Yay 🙂 so happy to hear that – thank you for reporting back!

  3. Jessica says

    hi! i only have a 9×9 pan. how much time would i put that in for, and/or what temperature?

  4. Becky Stevens says

    5 stars
    I rate this recipe a 10-star. I bake all the time and have never found a recipe that was so true to its ratings. You’ll never bake any brownies out of a box that will ever taste this good. I did add a half cup of chopped pecans. I do wonder if they can be frozen. Thanks for sharing.

    • Melissa Williams says

      Becky! That made my night 🙂 thank you for the review. I have never froze these (they don’t last that long!) but I would cut them, wrap them individually in plastic wrap, then put them in a freezer bag for whenever you’re ready.

  5. Shelly says

    5 stars
    Best brownies I’ve ever made!! So moist and chewy! My son even likes them and hates other brownies. 😁

    • Melissa Williams says

      Yesss love hearing that! I just made myself a batch today =)

  6. Kahlia says

    Can this recipe be adapted to make Blondies?

  7. Heather says

    I have a non stick metal pan can I use that or do I have to have to foil and non stick sorry as well

    • Melissa Williams says

      You can use a non-stick pan, I just find it easier to lift them out & serve with the foil.

  8. Susan says

    5 stars
    I made these last night and they are my new favorite brownie! ( I have made several different recipes.) They taste so good and my coworkers loved them, also! Excellent recipe!

    • Melissa Williams says

      Thanks, Susan! Happy to hear that 🙂

  9. Home Baking AZ says

    5 stars
    These were the best brownies I’ve ever had! I won’t be going back to any other recipe. I followed the instructions exactly, and they came out perfect on my first try. Thick, fudgy but not too fudgy, cakey but not too cakey, and rich but not too rich. This was the perfect recipe 🙂

  10. Linda says

    Such a yummy brownie recipe! They were super easy to make and turned out perfect the first time I made them! Highly recommend trying out this recipe!

  11. Shelly says

    5 stars
    So easy and truly the best brownies we’ve ever had!! My son hates brownies and these changed his mind ☺️. They are the only ones he’ll eat though.

    • Melissa Williams says

      I’m so glad we converted him! 😉 Thanks so much for reporting back.

  12. karisha cheg says

    5 stars
    Best brownies I’ve ever made!It turned out pretty good.

  13. Sherrie says

    5 stars
    This recipe is AMAZING!!!! Easy to make and so much better than 📦 brownies. Thank you for sharing. I will make these again.

    • Melissa Williams says

      So happy to hear that – thank you for reporting back!

  14. Ruth says

    5 stars
    I have made these twice now. Great results! I add espresso chips and everyone loves the added kick!

    • Melissa Williams says

      Happy to hear they’re on repeat! 😉

  15. Diana says

    5 stars
    Very easy and delicious recipe! I usually make brownies from the box but after using this recipe I will never go back. I made a double batch which was more than enough to fill a half sheet pan to get a nice thick brownie.

    • Melissa Williams says

      I’m happy to have converted you! Thanks for reporting back =)

  16. Patricia says

    5 stars
    I’ve tried others but they were just ok. Couldn’t figure out why they would rise just fine and then fall like a souffle very disappointing. THESE ON THE OTHER HAND ARE TRULY PERFECT. THANK YOU VERY MUCH

    • Melissa Williams says

      Made my night – thanks for reporting back!

  17. Karla says

    5 stars
    I didn’t have any chocolate chips in the cupboard so made them without. Family doesn’t care for nuts either, so none of those! So far everyone loves them. Will be making these again! I found this on Pinterest, because my mom’s recipe card is so old & used I can’t read it anymore. So thank you!

  18. Mary says

    5 stars
    Made these brownies today, they are delicious. This is the first time I made brownies from scratch. So easy.

  19. Karen says

    5 stars
    This is the best brownie recipe! Very easy to make. So moist and chewy. Definitely get your chocolate fix with these!

  20. Danielle says

    5 stars
    I think I ate half the batter before I even got it into the pan!! I knew these would be uniquely good when I was mixing it all and the consistency was so thick and smooth and amazing!!

    • Melissa Williams says

      Thanks, Danielle! I made a batch last night =)

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