How To Doctor A Box Mix Brownie

Doctored Box Brownie Mix:

With a few simple changes, you can take your box brownie to the next level. Featuring an improved, deliciously fudgy texture and enhanced chocolate flavor, people probably won’t know they’re from a box!

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Hello! I hope you’ve been having a good week. I was originally planning on bombarding you with summer trip photos, but decided we need brownies instead. 

Box mixes rarely enter into my dessert repertoire unless they are going to bigger, better uses – like this super addicting cake, for example. And when it comes to brownies, I would just assume make a batch of these easy one-bowl beauties. However, I know that there are those days when hey, life is busy and you just want something super simple, super quick. I hear you! Enter: the box mix.

Or, perhaps you have an unexpected visitor, and being the good host or hostess you are can’t bear the thought of not offering them a sweet something on their visit. But since they will be over in 30 minutes, and there other things requiring your attention (if you’re me, that means cleaning the house, which also means dumping all junk into a room and closing the door), who has time to make something from scratch? Enter the box mix.

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Maybe you like box mixes. Maybe you love them, even? No problems there, but have you ever wondered how you can take your box game to another level, while still keeping with the ease of the mix?

If so, I am here to help you. Enter: Lexi’s Doctored Box Brownie Mix.

With a few ingredient changes and additions, you can take the boxed brownie from here….to there.

What difference can I expect?

Before: Boxed brownies generally tend to be rather flat, chewy and dense in texture, and lack that rich chocolate flavor usually found in homemade brownies.

After: The brownie will boast a better rise, more refined crumb, and overall better texture; as well as a stronger chocolate flavor. I have done many taste tests with several different brands and while the difference was more pronounced in some more than others, you could definitely taste an improved difference with each one.

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So what do I need to do?

Choose a good mix, to begin with. I highly recommend this Nestle mix if you can find it, as it is the closest a mix has come to tasting homemade, in my opinion.

As far as alterations go, here is what I did. Boxed mixes generally consist of 3 ingredients: cooking oil, water, and an egg (or in some cases, eggs).

So first of all, it’s all in the butter. I swapped most of the oil for butter; the butter will provide excellent flavor as well as a better rise, but the little bit of oil will also help provide the right amount of fudginess (is that even a word??) that is soo delicious in brownies. To reiterate, the butter is the key ingredient, so if you only make one change, make this one – it’s really what does the magic. (I actually made a batch last night with all the changes except the butter – I was out! – and even with every other substitution, it still tasted very much like a box, and was overly chewy. However, I made another batch today with butter and the difference is unbelievably amazing. Last night’s batch: not worth the calories, got tossed. Today’s batch miiight just stick around a little bit longer… ;) 

I always love to use a form of coffee in my chocolate desserts to bring the flavor to its fullest potential, so swapping the water for coffee was a complete no-brainer. And to provide even more flavor, I also added some vanilla extract.

Then we come to the chocolate chips. Everyone in my family knows that to me there is no such thing as too much chocolate, so yes, this addition was a must. The chocolate chips will help contribute to a fudgy brownie, while enhancing the chocolate flavor all the more. And of course, I can never resist bites of melty chocolate!

So there you have it! These are all simple, but game-changing alterations which will help take your boxed brownie to the next level. And you know what? There is a really good chance no one is even going to know that they came from a mix – one of my brothers didn’t know when I made him do a blind taste-test!

Below I have included alterations for the 3 boxed mixes I figured to be the most popular (except for the Nestle – that one is included because it lends the best results).

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Have you ever upped your box mix game? What did you do? I would love to know! I would also love to know how these changes work for you, so do tell me if you try them!

Cottura Felice!  

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Doctored Box Brownie Mixes
Ingredients
Nestle Brownies & More Chocolate Baking Mix
  • 1 box Nestle Brownies & More Chocolate Baking Mix
  • 1 large egg
  • 6 tbsp. butter, melted
  • 2 tbsp. cooking oil (vegetable or canola)
  • 3 tbsp. coffee (the stronger, the better!)
  • 1 ¼ C. chocolate chips, divided *See note below!*
Betty Crocker Fudge Brownie Mix
  • 1 Betty Crocker Fudge Brownie Mix
  • 6 tbsp. butter, melted
  • 2 tbsp. cooking oil (vegetable or canola)
  • 3 tbsp. coffee (the stronger, the better!)
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 ¼ C. chocolate chips, divided
Ghiradelli Chocolate Supreme Brownie Mix
  • 1 Ghiradelli Chocolate Supreme Brownie Mix
  • ¼ C. coffee (the stronger, the better!)
  • 4 tbsp. butter, melted
  • 1 tbsp. + 1 tsp. cooking oil (vegetable or canola)
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tsp. instant coffee or espresso powder, optional
  • 1 ¼ C. chocolate chips, divided
Instructions
Nestle:
  1. Preheat oven to 325° F. and spray an 8 x 8 in. baking pan with cooking or baking spray.
  2. Add all ingredients except chocolate chips to a large bowl and whisk to combine.
  3. Use a rubber spatula to stir in 1 C. chocolate chips.
  4. Pour batter into prepared pan, and spread to evenly distribute.
  5. Sprinkle remaining ¼ C. chocolate chips over top of batter and bake according to bake times given on box (see note below!!).
Betty Crocker:
  1. Preheat oven according to box directions (oven temperature varies depending on what type of pan you use).
  2. Spray an 8 x 8 in. baking pan with baking or cooking spray.
  3. Add all ingredients except chocolate chips to a large bowl and whisk to combine.
  4. Use a rubber spatula to stir in 1 C. chocolate chips.
  5. Pour batter into prepared pan, and spread to evenly distribute.
  6. Sprinkle remaining ¼ C. chocolate chips over top of batter and bake according to bake times given on box (see note below!!).
Ghiradelli:
  1. Preheat oven to 325° F. and spray an 8 x 8 in. baking pan with cooking or baking spray.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together coffee, melted butter, cooking oil, vanilla, and egg.
  3. Add brownie mix, along with included packed of fudge sauce, and instant coffee, if using; whisk to combine.
  4. Use a rubber spatula to stir in 1 C. chocolate chips.
  5. Pour batter into prepared pan, and spread to evenly distribute.
  6. Sprinkle remaining ¼ C. chocolate chips over top of batter and bake according to bake times given on box (see note below!!).
Recipe Notes
  1. If using the Nestle mix, it will come with the most adorable mini package of chocolate chips which is equal to 1 C. Therefore, you will only need an additional ¼ C. for sprinkling over the top. Also, ignore their directions for adding the chocolate chips partway through baking.
  2.  Remember that when baking brownies, it is important not to overbake! A toothpick should come out not completely wet, but still have some batter attached when inserted. You definitely don’t want a clean toothpick! 
  3. As you can see in the Ghiradelli mix, I also added some instant coffee - feel free to do that with the other mixes as well (it’s delicious and will help with that chocolate flavor)!

Lexi

2 Comments

  1. Reply

    Karly

    September 22, 2017
    I feel like I just found the holy grail. I've been looking for a go-to "glammed up" boxed brownie recipe forever, and this one is PERFECT! Pinned!
    • Reply

      Lexi

      September 22, 2017
      Thanks so much, Karly! I hope you enjoy it! :)

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