How to Bake Better Brownies, Breads, and Cookies


If you prefer a more cake-like brownie, look for a mix that calls for more eggs and less oil. For a chewier brownie, look for a mix that calls for more oil or fat and fewer eggs. The last time I looked, Ghirardelli also used different ratios of fat/liquid/eggs than most other brands. While box brownies certainly make baking faster and easier, I do find they tend to taste a little bland.

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We top these with a Baileys-laced chocolate fudge frosting that elevates these boxed-mix brownies and then some. We love how quick and easy this recipe is by using boxed mix, but if you want to start from scratch, our homemade brownies will never let you down.

Step 3: Remove Brownies from Pan

Read more here. Depending on which ingredient you choose, the amount required might stay the same, or you might need to measure out slightly less (or more) of your favorite sugar substitute. As with any baked good, making brownies sometimes requires experimenting—especially when you’re swapping in different main ingredients like sugar. For a healthier brownie recipe, try these black bean brownies or sweet potato brownies. A while back, I shared a homemade brownie mix that is great to keep on hand, and the best made-from-scratch brownies are a popular reader favorite. They’re perfect for when you need something, extra decadent, for a special occasion.

Give your brownies some more substance by adding walnuts, peanuts, macadamia nuts, hazelnuts, or any other nut you have in the pantry. Mix the chopped, toasted nuts into the batter for added crunch, then sprinkle some on top for a nice presentation. Along with the nuts, you can add dried fruit to the mix. Cranberries, raisins, or cherries would be great. Adding fruits to box brownie mix can give them a fresher flavor. Stir in chopped cherries, raspberries, or raisins for a fruity twist; you can even use the dried, pureed, or frozen versions, if they’re out-of-season. For a simple textural addition, mix in a variety of nuts or even cacao nibs to your brownie batter.

Add Some Salt

We use a simple kitchen thermometer, the best, most dependable thermometer we can buy but still, a simple kitchen thermometer. And as the brownies approach their internal target temperature, we use our kitchen thermometer to check the temperature of the brownies. We open the oven, pull the rack out and push the probe into the brownies on an angle, keeping the probe from hitting the bottom of the pan which is hotter. What really matters is the temperature of the baked good, the internal temperature.

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This method is beneficial if you plan on transporting your brownies. It also works well when refrigerating and freezing brownies and protects them from freezer burn. As we mentioned, air is the enemy of soft brownies, and to ensure that they remain fresh, you’ll need to keep them away from it.

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