One thing I missed when I began cooking from scratch was the convenience of boxed brownie mixes. My husband loves brownies. It really doesn't even matter what kind, whether or not it has nuts, or if it's chewy or cake-y, he just loves brownies.
In fact, he'll even make brownies himself! As long as it comes from a box, that is. (I think I didn't miss the brownie mix, what I missed was hubby making brownies!!)
Even though he loves my from-scratch brownies, he won't make them.
HOWEVER, if I put together a brownie mix, and put it in a brownie mix box, with a label over the box directions with the correct instructions, he'll make it!
So that's exactly what I did. Here's the recipe I use, although you can use your own favorite instead.
The Easiest Brownies You'll Ever Bake
from King Arthur Flour
1 cup whole wheat flour
2 cups sugar
3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/4 tsp salt
1 stick butter or margarine, melted
1/4 cup vegetable oil
3 large eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
"This recipe makes chewy, fudgy, dense brownies that are sure to please any chocolate-lover," says the original recipe, which was on the back of a bag of flour I bought many years ago. It doesn't appear on the King Arthur Flour website, but you might want to explore the website anyway, they have some yummy-sounding recipes like blond brownies and chocolate mint brownies that might work well as make-ahead mixes too.
In a large bowl, mix the flour, sugar, cocoa, and salt. Stir together, and put into a ziploc bag.
Label the bag so you won't forget what it is! Then add another label to the bag that says:
Pour contents of bag into large bowl. Stir in the melted butter or margarine and oil, then beat in the eggs and vanilla. Spoon mixture into a lightly greased 9x9" pan.
Bake brownies in a preheated 350-degree oven for 30 minute, or until they appear just about done; they may have pulled away from the edges of the pan slightly.
Doesn't that sound easy and doable? The only hard part is melting the butter or margarine, but hubby will do that in order to have brownies!
NOTE: I put the label with directions on an empty brownie mix box, covering the instructions that are on the box. Then the zipper bag with the brownie mix goes inside the box, and the box goes on my shelf. This makes it easy to spot. Hubby is used to seeing *boxes*; he doesn't want to dive into a pile of bagged mixes to see if there is a brownie mix or not. For some reason, boxes are *easier* for him.