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Improving Boxed Brownie Mixes

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Boxed brownie mixes are convenient to use and often inexpensive to buy. You can doctor up these basic mixes with additions to improve their taste. This is a page about improving boxed brownie mixes.


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March 17, 2010

I wanted to make some brownies yesterday for a couple of my neighbors, and of course for myself, LOL, but didn't have the energy to make from scratch so just made them from a packaged mix. I decided to add a teaspoon of vanilla extract to the mix and it was just enough to to give the brownies a nice, extra flavor.

No matter whether from scratch or a mix, I am sticking to that teaspoon of vanilla in the future and might even try two teaspoons ;-)

By Deeli from Richland, WA

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May 20, 2014

Just right for that little grandchild's hands to handle!

Total Time: 35 minutes

Yield: 36


  • 1 fudge brownie mix
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 Tbsp water
  • 1 egg
  • 36 miniature paper baking cups
  • 1 tub chocolate frosting
  • 1 tube (0.68 oz) white decorating gel


  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Line 8-inch square pan with foil so foil goes over the sides of the pan, about 2 inches. Spray bottom of foil with cooking spray.
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  4. In medium bowl, stir brownie mix, oil, water and egg with spoon about 50 times. Spread in pan.
  5. Bake 26 to 29 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out almost clean. Cool 15 minutes.
  6. Remove from pan by lifting foil; peel off foil.
  7. Using plastic knife, cut brownies into 6 rows by 6 rows; Put brownie squares into miniature paper baking cups.
  8. Microwave frosting uncovered on High 20 seconds. Stir thoroughly until smooth.
  9. Spoon about 1 teaspoon frosting over top of each brownie. Decorate with gel, if you want to.
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