Monday, March 25, 2013

DIY Duncan Hines

Brownies are a HUGE Lewis  family favorite!  Nathan (my youngest son) is actually a professional brownie chef.  He has allowed us to share his secret ingredient as well; he always adds a couple hand fulls of chocolate chips (his hands are small as he is only 3). What is so great about this DIY Duncan Hines brownie mix is that is is almost as easy to make up as walking down the aisle and buying the actual box of brownie mix. And when you are ready to make them, well it is just as easy as the directions on the real Duncan Hines box. But most importantly, here is what our DIY mix DOES NOT contain...

Corn syrup
Soy bean oil
Carob powder
Artificial flavor

Here are the ingredients for the mix:
  • 1/4 cup mini chocolate chips
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup plus 1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. baking powder
You can just put in a ziploc bag, but it also makes a great decorative item or gift when stores in a mason jar. We even created a free printable gift tag for you to tie around the jar.

To print the gift tag, right click the image above and save as a picture. Depending on your printer, chose the paper or print option to print it as a 3.5 x 5 print and make sure the "fit to frame" box is NOT checked.

Then, when you're ready to bake, just mix the dry mix with the following:
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 tablespoon of milk
Place in a greased baking pan and cook at 350° for 20-25 minutes (directions are also on the tag).