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 (haven’t posted that recipe yet).
So let’s review my problems:
- Too many brownies around the house when I make a batch.
- Kids want brownies.
- I don’t have a Ghirardelli bakery close by me.
- I’ve got Ghirardelli Sweet Ground Chocolate on hand that needs consuming.
- I have no willpower around brownies.
- 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).
Recipe for my Small Batch Brownie MIX
48oz can of Ghirardelli Sweet Ground Chocolate
5 cups flour
2 cups sugar
2 t. baking powder
2 t. salt
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, like below, to store your mix.
Now for the BROWNIES!
You need a small glass bowl. Get 2 tablespoons of butter and microwave it until melted. Then add 1/2 cup of my Brownie Mix to the bowl. Add just a dash of vanilla. Stir that up good.
Now, this is one part that you must get right. When you are dealing with small batches of baked goods, you have to be precise with measurements, and especially your eggs. This calls for one egg, but only 1/8 cup of egg. So, you need to 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. It even helps to make a well in the middle and beat the egg a bit before mixing with the rest of the batter.
Okay, now…I found that pan size does make a difference. For me. I felt like these needed to be a certain thickness to be “just right”. I suggest you use whatever mini-loaf pan you have around for your first batch, and then, if you want to make them a bit thicker, try this one that I bought on Amazon (it was in a pack of 4). They are slightly smaller, and so the brownies get a little thicker!
Spread the batter in the pan and bake at 350 degrees for 18 minutes. Check it, and cook it longer if it is not done on top. Once it forms a crust over the whole surface, they are done. No need to check with a toothpick!
This post would not be complete without an adorable pic of my two kiddos who are so happy they get more brownies! (You are going to want to PIN this picture to Pinterest because the pin that I made for “After-School Brownies” will pop up and it is too cute!)
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!