Sunday, July 26, 2009

A Brownie By Any Other Name...

I needed to bring some treats to work this week, but didn't want to put a whole lot of effort into it. The only quick and easy thing in the pantry was a box of brownie mix.

I LOVE brownies. They're easy to make, but not the easiest thing to serve. If I cut them at home, I have to deal with a mess. My brownie-cutting skills aren't very good; they always stick to the knife and I end up with crumbly pieces instead of nice squares. I also have the problem of finding a container that's big enough to hold them. If I take the uncut pan of brownies with me, I need to remember to bring a knife--one extra thing to carry with me on a busy morning.

Today I took the easy way out and I made cookies from brownie mix.
The recipe:
1 box brownie mix
1 egg
3 T water (I substituted coffee for a richer flavor)
1/4 cup oil

Mix all ingredients together, and drop by tablespoon onto a greased pan. Bake at 375 degrees for 5-6 minutes.
Unfortunately, I got an important phone call just as I was putting the pans in the oven, so I didn't watch them as closely as I should. They cooked a bit longer than they should have, and ended up being a bit crunchy, but I sampled one and they still tasted wonderful.

I put the cookies on plates and slid the plates into bags. They'll be easy to take with me on my way out the door.


  1. I would be way too scared to try this myself - I follow baking instructions very accurately as I've had some absolute disasters. I wish I could be a bit more adventurous!

    Was the coffee to give the kids a little extra energy?

  2. Sydney, I actually used a recipe I found on the Internet, so it was ok. I ALWAYS use coffee instead of water when I make brownies, although I like the visual of all the little bodies ping-ponging around the room after having a bit of caffeine!