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Jill Levenhagen

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Small Batch Brownies From My Homemade Mix – Makes Just Two!

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Rich, serious chocolatey brownies with portion control. Make the dry mix and then make a small batch of two brownies at a time, any time quick! Ghirardelli chocolate cannot go wrong in making the flavor of these brownies worth every bite!

I’m just too fluffy to have a whole batch of brownies sitting around.  But I just need my fix sometimes.  And I can get it by eating ONE.  But it just doesn’t stop there.  Because I spend 50% of my time in the kitchen, and so the leftover brownies that I didn’t allow the kids to eat are taunting me.  And these are truly the best brownies I have ever made, using a mix or homemade.

I’m just going to tell you, I am pretty sold on using mixes with brownies.  One, it’s easy.  Two, it is really hard to do it better homemade.

The best brownie I have ever had was at Ghirardelli. Oh my.  And it got me to thinking…I happen to have a container of Ghirardelli Sweet Ground Chocolate in my pantry.  Why?  Well, a few years back my husband was loving chocolate in his coffee at home, and so we bought that as a stir in.  Then, sometime later, when he went “black” with his coffee, I started using the ground chocoloate for Double Chocolate Chip Cookies.

So let’s review my problems:

  1. Too many brownies around the house when I make a batch.
  2. Kids want brownies.
  3. I don’t have a Ghirardelli bakery close by me.
  4. I’ve got Ghirardelli Sweet Ground Chocolate on hand that needs consuming.
  5. I have no willpower around brownies.
  6. Kids are asking for brownies.

So, I set out to solve my problems.  First, I decided that I would try turning my Sweet Ground Chocolate into a mix, so that making brownies would be super simple.  Yes, you can actually buy a box mix of Ghirardelli brand brownies…but then you have the extras around!

After I made my mix, I figured out the perfect ingredient amounts to make just two perfect brownies.  And, you should know that I made around 6 batches before it was mom AND KID approved!  Lol!

I use a whole 48oz. container of Ghirardelli Sweet Ground Chocolate for this mix.  Here is what it looks like and where to buy it (since I used to buy it at my local grocery and they stopped stocking it…I now buy it on Amazon).

This is an image of the Ghirardelli Sweet Ground Chocolate with a link to buy it on Amazon.

This mix will make 60 brownies.  So, 30 batches of 2 brownies.  The entire mix is about 15 cups total, so you need a large container to store your mix.

This post would not be complete without an adorable pic of my two kiddos who are so happy they get more brownies!

My two kids eating the Brownies.

Yes, they actually get brownies more often now that I don’t worry about my waistline every time I make them.  And, I don’t have to fight them to not eat too many!  WIN-WIN

I think they are the perfect after school treat that I can bake up fresh and make some happy kiddos when they come home!

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Small Batch Brownies From My Homemade Mix – Makes Just Two!

  • Author: Jill Levenhagen
  • Prep Time: 12
  • Cook Time: 18
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 5 dozen 1x

Description

Rich, serious chocolatey brownies with portion control. Make the dry mix and then make a small batch of two brownies at a time, any time quick! Ghirardelli chocolate cannot go wrong in making the flavor of these brownies worth every bite!


Ingredients

Units Scale

Brownie Mix

48oz. can of Ghirardelli Sweet Ground Chocolate

5 cups flour

2 cups sugar

2 t. baking powder

2 t. salt

Brownies

2 T. butter, melted

1/2 cup Brownie Mix

1/8 cup Egg (yolk plus some egg white)

Couple drops of vanilla


Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°. You will need a small glass bowl. Melt 2 tablespoons of butter in the microwave. Add 1/2 cup of Brownie Mix to the bowl. Add just a dash of vanilla. Stir that up good.
  2. Now, the egg is the one part that you must get right. This calls for only 1/8 cup of egg. First, crack your egg and separate the whites into a bowl. Put the yolk in a 1/8 measuring cup. Then beat your egg white a little, just so it doesn’t stick together as much. Then add egg white to fill up the 1/8 measuring cup. Add the 1/8 cup of egg, and then stir.
  3. Spread batter in a mini loaf pan. I use a smaller mini loaf (yes, there is a difference) to get my brownies slightly thicker. Bake for 18 minutes at 350°. Check and cook longer until the top has a full crust. No need to check the middle with a toothpick.

Notes

This mix will make 60 brownies. So, 30 batches of 2 brownies. The entire mix is about 15 cups total, so find a large container to store your mix. Ghirardelli Sweet Ground Chocolate is available on Amazon.com.

Every recipe here is my creation. The only ones I publish are those that you can’t find anywhere else!

I love cooking, and believe that technique is the key to making all food better! I was a basic “meat and potatoes” cook until I actually started being brave enough to taste foods I thought I didn’t like. That has inspired my desire to bring more flavor to all the food I love, and use more ingredients I never ate before!