How to Make Boxed Brownies Even Better

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After tons of experimenting, I’ve finally mastered the best-boxed brownie recipe. Fit for any level baker, all it takes is a few adjustments to the original box recipe and voila. Rich, chocolaty, and delicious = amazing brownies. If you want to learn how to make boring boxed brownies into a homemade tasting hit, this is the recipe for you!

For some reason, boxed brownies were never that interesting to me. It’s probably the fact that my sister always overcooked them, and they left my fingers feeling oddly greasy. Recently, I found my way back to boxed brownies needing desserts for a reception of 150 people. My mind went instantly into work smarter, not harder mode (aka Duncan Hines).

My recipe changes came from experimenting with lots of ingredients. I tried adjustments like adding fewer eggs, brown sugar, and mixing in peanut butter but none compared to the end result. The coffee brings out the chocolate’s richness, vanilla enhances flavor and the butter moistens without the greasy fingers. My brownies are something you need to try for yourself, so let get started.

Boxed Brownies


  • 1 Box of Pillsbury or Duncan Hines Brownie Mix
  • 2 Eggs (for fudgy texture) 3 Eggs (for Cakey Texture)
  • 1/4 Cup Brewed Coffee (Cooled)
  • 1/2 Cup Melted Butter (Cooled)
  • 1 Tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 1/2-3/4 Cup Chocolate Chips


  1. Preheat oven to 350 F. Grease baking pan with cooking spray, butter, or shortening.
  2. In a mixing bowl, add brownie mix, eggs, butter, coffee, and vanilla extract. Stir the mixture until all is incorporated (use a spatula to wipe off the sides if necessary).
  3. When the batter is done, add chocolate chips and fold them into the mixture.
  4. Pour the batter into a greased pan and place in the oven.
  5. Baking time depends on the size of your pan. See the instructions below for the right baking time for you.

Baking Time:

  1. The following are the baking time based on pan size, 13×9 takes 21-23 minutes, 9×9 takes 28-31 minutes, and 8×8 takes 30-33 minutes.
  2. To check doneness, stick a toothpick in the center of the brownies. The toothpick should come out clean when they’re done.


I’m telling you guys these have become a big hit with my friends, family, and party-goers. Literally, with any invite, I get a request to bring my brownies. I guess you can say I’m what you call the brownie lady, and I’m spilling the deets for you to wow your crowd.

Do you like to bake? What are some of your favorites things to make? Or If you enjoy this recipe, let me know in the comments below!

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