Easiest Double Chocolate Brownies (and oh-so-good!)

Every summer friends of ours have a barbeque down in South Jersey.  Usually, they don't ask me to bring anything, but this time I wanted to contribute something and they said ok.  Dessert was requested, which is one of my favorite things to share when invited somewhere.

Since I didn't have time the night before to make something and didn't actually decide what I was making until that morning, I had to come up with something based on things I already had on hand.  So, where to go searching for a recipe?  Camilla Saulsury's The Ultimate Shortcut Cookie Book

I'm not ashamed to say that I keep a few boxes of cake mix on hand, just so I can throw together a quick and easy cookie or brownie dessert in a pinch.  One really nice thing about this cookbook is that there is an index based on the type of ingredient you want to use: chocolate cake mix, brownie mix, cookie dough and so forth.  Makes the searching all that much easier.

This is one of those brownies that won't disappoint - if you like a fudgey brownie (and I really do).  I used Ghiradelli milk chocolate chips and these brownies disappeared within minutes of being served!  Which is why you only see a photo of them in the pan with the foil still around them.  There were none left!

For something so simple, it was really a perfect brownie to share - kids and adults enjoyed them.  If you are only making them for your family, they would go beautifully with some vanilla ice cream, too!  As I write this, I'm wishing I had made more so I could have another taste... yep, these will make another appearance sometime soon... but, I'm getting my piece first!

Double Chocolate Browies
Source:  The Ultimate Shortcut Cookie Book: 745 Scrumptious Recipes That Start with Refrigerated Cookie Dough, Cake Mix, Brownie Mix or Ready-to-Eat Cereal

  • 1 package chocolate cake mix (18.5 ounce box)
  • 1/3 cup butter, melted
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract (I may have used closer to 3, but then I love vanilla extract)
  • 1 cup milk chocolate chips
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees (325 if you have a dark coated pan) and position the rack in the middle position in the oven.
  2. Cover a 13x9 baking pan with aluminum foil and coat with cooking spray.
  3. Combine half of the cake mix with butter, eggs and vanilla in a large bowl.  Using a hand mixer on medium speed for 1-2 minutes, until well blended and smooth.
  4. Add in the remaining cake mix and chocolate chips and continue to use the hand mixer to combine (Camilla suggests a wooden spoon, but I found that too difficult since this is a relatively thick mixture).
  5. Press the dough into the prepared pan and bake for 22-25 minutes or until just set around the edges.
  6. Cool on a wire rack and cut into squares to serve.
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Anonymous said…
These sound so easy and tasty! Definitely perfect when you're in a time crunch!
Joanne said…
Brownies just aren't worth it if they're not fudgy, in my opinion...and these do not fail to please!
Aggie said…
I am not ashamed of box cake mix either :) These look yummmmy!!

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