There is nothing I love more than brownies. In fact, I can eat an entire batch myself in an evening, just ask my kids! Seriously though, I do love brownies, and I love Betty Crocker the best. Imagine my delight when I found a recipe that tastes just like them. Now I can still have brownies the way I like them AND be frugal at the same time. SCORE!
And these brownies?
They are melt in your mouth brownies!
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In continuing with our weekend prep, we are also making brownies today. I am not taking credit for this recipe, I originally got it from Money Saving Mom, but I have adjusted it to make enough to fill a 9×13 pan.
These really do taste like Betty Crocker brownies, and they certainly melt in your mouth. I am a brownie fanatic and often browse Pinterest looking for brownie recipes, but once I found this one, it is the only one I use.
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This is how I have adjusted the recipe for our family:
For this recipe you will need:
1 1/2 cups sugar
1/2 cup cocoa
3/4 cup flour
1/3 teaspoon baking powder
1/3 teaspoon salt
Now, I want to pause here to say that these are all the dry ingredients. I combine these, and put them in a ziplock bag on which I have written all the ingredients and recipe directions. This idea came from here, too.
We then store them in our pantry like you would a box of package brownies. Then when we want to make them, we only need to read the bag to add the wet ingredients, mix, and bake.
As you can see, I keep three bags on hand, and when we use them all up I fill them all again in assembly line style. You already have all the ingredients out anyway, why not get more bang for your buck, right? That way, you are only getting ingredients out one time instead of three times to fill each bag individually.
I also make a batch to bake at the same time, so I am getting four batches out of just getting everything out one time. Make sense? It’s all about being efficient in the kitchen for me.
By the way, having an official “smeller” who makes sure everything smells ok as in the above picture is essential 😉 Never mind that he is in a “refusing to wear pants” phase, but I guess that would be another blog post entirely 🙂
3/4 cup vegetable oil (although I use canola most times)
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
Mix everything together and bake in a 9×13 greased pan at 350 degrees for 22 minutes.
There is nothing I love more than brownies, and if these pass the test for me, you will love them. Making your own brownies is frugal, and using this method you can have them on hand, too, with a bit of prep ahead of time.