How to Make Box Brownies Taste Homemade

How to Make Box Brownies Taste Homemade

Brownies from a boxed mix are a quick and tasty treat, but they are never quite as good as homemade – UNTIL NOW! By simply making a few changes to the instructions on the box and adding a few extra ingredients, our tips for how to make box brownies taste homemade will make them go from good to GREAT!! The simple changes like replacing oil with butter, replacing water with milk and adding increasing the amounts of the ingredients really go a long way.


Your finished brownies will taste awesome and they will be ready for a school bake sale, an everyday after dinner treat, or even as the basis for a decadent ice cream and hot fudge topped sundae to impress your guests the next time you entertain. I think I have to head to the kitchen right NOW to whip up a batch.

How to Make Box Brownies Taste Homemade

Follow these simple tips to learn how to make box brownies taste homemade:

1 Box brownie mix
All ingredients listed on box, BUT make these changes:

  • add 1 extra egg
  • use melted butter in place of oil
  • add extra 2 TBS butter
  • use milk in place of water
  • add extra 4 TBS milk

Homemade Tasting Box Brownies

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl add brownie mix, eggs, melted butter and milk. Mix. Do not over mix. There should be some small clumps in the batter. Bake for length of time indicated on the box. (Make sure you follow the correct timing for the size/type of pan you use!)

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  1. Those look amazing! I’m not surprised, though. Ghirardelli is the best chocolate in the world.

  2. Brownies are my love language. So it’s extra butter, extra milk, and an extra egg? That’s pretty easy. I’ll give it a try. And yes, I love buying this brand at my local Costco!

  3. My husband loves brownies. They’re one of his favorite snacks! I need to try these tips next time.

  4. I love using box brownies, they’re so convenient. I like to add chocolate chips when I make them.

  5. I love to find ways to spruce up box brownies, they are so convenient! I love the changes that you made, I have added in chocolate chunks and even peanut butter to mixes before.

  6.' Adrian Windsor says:

    How about adding toasted pecan halves to this?

  7.' Mary Beth Elderton says:

    This sounds delicious!!!

  8. Should these take longer to bake?. I baked them at 350 degrees for 25 minutes as instructed on the box and the center was very jiggly. I had to bake them for 40 minutes.

    • For us it works as the same time as indicated on the box. There are often different times listed whether you’re using a metal vs. a glass pan. You can usually tell that they are done because the edges start to pull away from the sides of the pan. Hope that helps!!

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