“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.

These are best brownies I have ever tasted!

– Karen

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? 

✨ The dark chocolate version shown below was made with black cocoa powder. It gives a really dark, delicious chocolate flavor that I highly recommend (if you’re a dark chocolate lover!).

Both photos shown are the same recipe, just different cocoa powder.

stack of 3 dark chocolate brownies with melty chocolate chips inside.

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. If you want dark chocolate, use black 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. Adding chocolate chips to the batter also helps create the shiny, crinkly brownie crust.
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!

stack of dark chocolate brownies with a bite missing from one.

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.

Want to try more brownie recipes? Try these:

Click here to view my entire collection of bars and brownies.

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!

dark chocolate brownie with a bite missing.
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Better Than Box Mix Brownies

Servings: 15 servings
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
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!

Ingredients
 

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350° F.
  • Line a 9×13 baking dish 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, until the sugar has dissolved. Don’t let the mixture boil.
    1 cup salted butter, 2 cups granulated white sugar
  • Pour the butter/sugar mixture into a large mixing bowl (or the bowl of a stand mixer bowl).
  • In another mixing bowl, while the butter mixture is cooling, add the eggs, cocoa powder, salt, baking powder, and vanilla. Beat with a hand mixer on medium speed until fully incorporated, approximately 1 minute.
    4 large eggs, 1 ¼ cups unsweetened cocoa powder, 1 teaspoon salt, 1 teaspoon baking powder, 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • Pour the egg mixture into the butter mixture and stir to combine.
  • Stir in the flour and chocolate chips until evenly distributed.
    1 ½ cups all purpose flour, 1 cup chocolate chips
  • Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake for approximately 30 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the center 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 parchment overhang and cut into squares.
  • Store in an airtight container.

Video

Notes

Store leftovers covered at room temperature for up to a week. 
Use a plastic knife for clean cuts.
 
Adapted from King Arthur Flour

Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 366kcal | Carbohydrates: 52g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 77mg | Sodium: 290mg | Potassium: 169mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 37g | Vitamin A: 470IU | Vitamin C: 0.1mg | Calcium: 47mg | Iron: 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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344 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    I dearly LOVE brownies and these are the best I’ve ever had. I’ve never made brownies from scratch before and I didn’t know what I was missing!!! HAPPY BIRTHDAY !!!

  2. 5 stars
    I adore these brownies! I do make a slight change and do half brown sugar and half granulated white sugar. I love their flavor and I make them ALL the time. Happy Birthday, Melissa!

  3. 5 stars
    Brownies just like what I remember from my childhood. A neighbor always made them for the neighborhood kids. I had been looking for the recipe for many years now. She always added pecans (and lots of them) to her recipe. I made a pan of these and sent them with my husband to work! The crew asked to have them again! I do like that the recipe makes a 9″ x 13″ pan. Anything smaller is not enough chocolate for his hungry crew! Happy Birthday, and thank you for sharing your gift of cooking and recipes with all of us!

  4. These look delicious! I’ve never seen brownies made with black cocoa powder. I have some left over from another recipe, and I think I may have to try that variation the next time I make brownies! Happy Birthday!

  5. I haven’t tried these yet but I will really soon. My daughter loves one brand of boxed brownies so I want to see what she thinks.

    Have a wonderful and happy birthday!

  6. Hello Melissa,

    You better than box mix chocolate brownies look so chewy, moist and irresistible that I will definitely be making them, this brownie recipe looks like a winner. Happy birthday on your special day.

    Thank you for the recipe!

  7. 4 stars
    Hi there & Happy Birthday 🎁
    These are delicious, they remind me of the ones my mother made. Always dense, chewy & dark chocolate taste with the use of the cocoa powder!
    Thanks for the memories 😉

  8. Happy Birthday ,wishing you a day of love , laughter ,& happiness with friends & family..I have made these brownies and they where delicious

  9. 5 stars
    Brownies are about the only sweet thing besides ice cream that he eats. Its nice to finally have that ‘go to’ recipe!

  10. I love adding coffee to my brownies. I usually make a cup of coffee and add about 1/3 cup to the batter. Could I do that with this recipe or should it be expresso powder? If so, how much?

  11. These sound great! Good they can be stored for up to a week… But I’m pretty sure they won’t be around in my house for a week!

  12. 4 stars
    Only thing I dislike about this recipe is how many dirty dishes are left afterwards. However, it was delicious!!! Thank you for the recipe!

  13. 5 stars
    After all these years of following Melissa, I FINALLY made these brownies! They were absolutely delicious and I will definitely be making them again. The only thing is that mine had a drier top, not a crinkly-crackly one. Not a big deal, they were still wonderful!