How to Make Box Brownies Better 9 Ideas!

But that’s another story for another time. It’s really all about personal preference, but dark chocolate definitely gives brownies a much richer, more intensely chocolate taste. There are several ways to customize your brownie recipe to fit most dietary restrictions like gluten-free, vegan, vegetarian and dairy-free diets. You can still enjoy your favorite chocolate confection by making a few simple swaps. For cheesecakes and other custards, bake to 165 degrees. Always get the internal temperature over 140 degrees in any baked good with eggs.

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Which, let’s be honest, are the better kind. When the brownies are ready, remove the tin from the oven and place in the cold water bath. Leave to cool for an hour before cutting into squares.

Step 6: Let It Cool

Follow our step-by-step guide to create drool-worthy brownies that will have your friends and family begging for seconds. They are rich, indulgent, and fit in the palm of your hand. You can make a big 9×13 batch to feed a crowd and they super portable for when you need to take a dessert somewhere. When I need a dessert fast that will win over everyone, I reach for brownies.

I haven’t been able to afford chocolate for my brownies for some time. To accommodate the chocolate requirement I’ve followed the instructions on the Hershey’s cocoa box for chocolate substitution. I’ve used most fats, including bacon grease and olive oil. None made the brownies awful but the flavor profile and texture I like the most is using a neutral oil with coconut oil. As I’ve gotten older the coconut has gotten too rich and the richness is mellowed by halving the oil.


Read more here. I like to use dutch process because I think it has a richer, less sharp flavor that is more similar to what you get in a box mix. In extra-warm areas that fall above typical room temperature, or moist tropical environments, the brownies may last for less time and the risk of mold increases. Also, if your brownie is super fudge or contains any add-ins that normally need to be refrigerated (eg. cream cheese), consider refrigerating them instead. Either way, be sure the brownies stay wrapped or in a tightly sealed container for the best results.

But, salted butter keeps longer than unsalted butter. I don’t like my baking plans thwarted by not having enough butter, and in a time when the grocery store doesn’t always have items in stock, I like knowing I have plenty.

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