Thursday, April 19, 2012

Basic Brownie Mix Cookies

A popular cookbook in the 80's was Make a Mix, it was my bible for a time. I had large, young family and needed to get the most of my time and resources. A Master Mix was the beginning of many tasty dishes. Mexican Meat Mix was and is a family favorite. Basic Brownie Mix was always in my pantry. I used it for brownies, chewy chocolate cookies and a quick gift. Who doesn't love a bag of homemade brownie mix?
Where is all this going??? A young friend wanted my brownie recipe, I told her she needed to be more specific, I have 14 brownie recipes on my blog! She proceed to tell me I taught a class and gave a handout that included a recipe for a 'basic brownie mix'. This recipe is too good not to share.

Basic Brownie Mix
6 cups flour
4 teaspoons baking powder
4 teaspoons salt
8 cups sugar
1 (8 ounce) can unsweetened cocoa powder
Stir ingredients together with a wire whisk. Store in a cool dry place for 10-12 weeks.

2 1/4 cups basic brownie mix
1/3 cup melted butter
2 large eggs, beaten
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup chopped pecans
Mix together melted butter, beaten eggs and vanilla. Add brownie mix and chopped pecans. Mix together. Spread in a 8x8 inch pan that has been lined with foil and sprayed with Pam with Flour. Bake at 350 for 30 to 35 minutes. Cool and frost as desired.

Chewy Chocolate Cookies
2 1/4 cup basic brownie mix
3/4 cup flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 cup melted butter
2 large eggs, beaten
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 cup water
Mix together brownie mix, flour and baking soda. Melt butter add eggs, water and vanilla. Add flour mixture. If desired add chopped nuts, mini M&M's or chocolate chips. Using a small scoop put on parchment lined baking sheets. Bake at 375 for 10-12 minutes.


Unknown said...

These do look really well!! I will have to try and I love the idea of making the mix into a gift!!

Lois Evensen said...

Great recipe AND remember, Chocolate is a Food Group!

momto8 said...

everybody would love this gift.

Eliotseats said...

I love recipes like this. I am keeping track of all projects and recipes that will make good gifts for the holidays. Mixes definitely work well for gifts. These cookies look awesome!

Cakelaw said...

This si a great idea!

Lisa @ Flour Me With Love said...

What a great gift! Thanks so much for sharing at Mix it up Monday :)

kristi@ishouldbemoppingthefloor said...


kristi@ishouldbemoppingthefloor said...

I featured this at this week's Mop It Up Mondays: Hope you can pop on over!