Google “Back of the Box” recipes and you’ll get lists such as 10 Best Back-of-the-box recipes from Epicurious, or Buzz Feed or The Daily Meal. Never 20 best back-of-the-box recipes or 100 best back-of-the-box recipes. Nope. Just 10. Because there are only about 10 really good back-of-the-box recipes 🙂
In my (albeit, limited) experience, it seems most back-of-the-box recipes sound good but in reality are quite plain and quite bland. There are 10 good ones though! Toll House Chocolate Chip Cookies, Philadelphia Cheesecake, Alber’s Cornbread, Rice Krispie Treats, Lipton Onion Dip jump to mind. Pssst…! And now I have found another one! It’s on the back of the bag of Dutch Process cocoa powder that I purchased at Costco (brand name: Rodelle Organics).
These brownies are delicious, and just my type of brownie. Everyone seems to have their own preferred brownie type, right? This is mine. Slightly crunchy top, oh-so-chocolately flavor, dense-but not fudge, light-but not cakey. These are just right! AND, they’re easy-to-make, and one batch fills a 9×13 pan! The brownies slice well, too. What more could one want?
*Back of Bag (Rodelle Organic Dutch Process Baking Cocoa, sold at Costco)
- 1 cup plus 2 T. butter
- 2 ¼ cups sugar
- 5 eggs (yes, 5. I was shocked, too)
- 1 ½ tsp. vanilla
- ¾ cup plus 1 T. flour
- ¾ cup plus 1 T. Dutch Process cocoa powder (no substitutions)
- 1 tsp. salt
- ½ cup semisweet chocolate chips
- ¾ cup chopped nuts (optional)
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Line 9×13 inch baking pan with parchment paper and spray lightly with cooking spray.
- Melt butter and sugar in a heavy saucepan on very low heat.
- Let the mixture slightly cool and transfer to a large bowl. Beat well.
- Add eggs, gradually, mixing well.
- Add vanilla extract.
- Sift dry ingredients together.
- Add dry ingredients to egg mixture, stirring gently and minimally.
- Stir in chips and nuts.
- Pour mixture into prepared pan and bake approximately 35 minutes. Do not overbake.
- Cool before cutting.
- Cut into squares and enjoy.