Cake Mix Brownies (super-easy!)

Lots of people are searching the web these days, wondering how to make brownies from a cake mix. It’s easy — although there is a lot of debate about whether they are an adequate substitute for brownies. Please read the comments below before trying this recipe — there are votes both “for” and “against” the original, unmodified recipe, and I would not want you to be disappointed!

This was originally published as a Hint from Heloise in the late 1970’s.

18-oz devil’s food cake mix
1 egg
3/4 C water, plus a little more as needed*
1/2 C nuts, optional

Preheat oven to 350. Grease a 9×13 pan. Mix ingredients to make a thick batter (do not overmix). Spread in pan, smoothing the top. Bake for 20-30 minutes, depending on whether you like your brownies chewy (shorter time) or dry (longer).

*In a recent comment, Vicki said that she used a stick of butter (melted, I assume) instead of the water. I haven’t tried it myself, but when I read her comment, I had an “Aha!” moment. I bet this is the secret to turning a chocolate cake mix into real brownies.

While you’re in the cake mix aisle, if you like lemon cookies, pick up a package of lemon cake mix and try these: Lemon Crisps. They are just about the easiest cookies on the planet.

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