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Recipe: Homemade Brownie Mix

|March 14, 2011|read comments (0)
Author: Mama's Kitchen

It's comfort foods weather! My favorite time of the year!


In preparation for baking when I need to whip up something quick, I've started on my baking mixes.  Just like boxed cake mixes or commercially made bakery cakes – I can't eat brownies from any type of a mix unless I make the mix myself.

 


Here's my Brownie Mix:


6 cups all-purpose flour
4 teaspoons baking powder**
4 teaspoons salt
8 cups sugar
1 can (8 ounces) baking cocoa
2 cups vegetable shortening


In a large bowl, combine first five ingredients. With a pastry blender, cut in shortening until evenly distributed. Store in a large airtight container in cupboard. Keeps 10-12 weeks.

Yield: about 17 cups of mix.


TO MAKE BROWNIES:


2 1/2 cups brownie mix
2 eggs, beaten
1 teaspoon vanilla extract**
1/2 cup chopped nuts optional
Confectioners' sugar, optional**


In a mixing bowl, combine first four ingredients. Beat with spoon until smooth. Spread into a greased 8-in. square baking pan. Bake at 350*F for 20-25 minutes or until top tests done. Cut into squares while still
warm. Dust with confectioners' sugar if desired. Yield: 9 brownies.


**Make it yourself, make it better, make it cheaper.

 

NOTE:  These can also be frosted and decorated with candies or nuts.


NOTE: You can use this recipe for making gift jars for friends during the holiday season. Place 2 1/2 cups brownie mix in jar and attach a recipe tag with instructions.


You can also place the mix in a resealable plastic bag with instructions and place in an 8-inch square baking pan with a wooden spoon or a set of measuring cups, or a pretty set of pot holders; place in a cello gift bag and add a pretty bow for a nice gift.