Semi-Homemade Brownies

I made some doctored up Brownies tonight. You know, “gourmet” from the box. I started with a box of Duncan Hines Chewy Fudge Brownies.

Semi Homemade Brownies

It’s pretty simple to get that homemade taste. Follow the directions on the box with the exception of the following:

  • Substitute the oil for an equal amount of melted better.
  • Substitute the water for brewed coffee.
  • Use three eggs instead of 2.
  • Add 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract.
  • Add about 2/3 cup of semi sweet chocolate chips or chunks OR walnuts.
  • Line the pan with parchment paper so it’s easier to remove the brownies from the pan in one big piece

These will make cake-like brownies. If you prefer a chewier brownie, use 2 eggs and leave out the chocolate chips/walnuts.

Semi Homemade Brownies

Your baking time will probably be a little bit longer than stated on the box. Set your timer to the time as stated on the box, and then test every 3 to 5 minutes using the “clean toothpick method.” After they come out of the oven, let them cool in the pan for about ten minutes and then carefully lift them out with the parchment paper and transfer to a cooling rack for another hour or so.

I think they are better iced. My hubby likes them without the icing as he says they are too rich for him. So, I always leave a few plain for him.

Semi Homemade Brownies

Semi Homemade Brownies

Yummy! I like having baked goods on hand during the holidays. It makes the home feel even more cozy. It’s not good for the waist line… But that’s another blog post for another day.

Merry Christmas!


  1. Nicole
    January 28, 2016 / 12:48 AM

    What should I use if I do not drink coffee?

    • Karen
      January 28, 2016 / 3:01 AM

      Hi Nicole! I haven’t tried it, but some folks have said they used tea? You can just skip that step and use water, or whatever the recipe calls for. BUT… I think the coffee makes it taste much richer. Enjoy!

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