If you like chewy fudgy brownies, these are for you!
I went to make these brownies and searched and searched for my 8″ x 8″ pan. I couldn’t find it any where, until I remembered – it’s in the freezer! Hummm, what to do. Ohh, I’ll make brownie bites using my 24 mini-muffin tin. They should taste the same, right?
I followed the directions on the back of the box and added walnuts to the mix, which took about 10-12 minutes to prepare. I baked them at 350 degrees F for about 18 minutes. (I probably could have pulled them out at 16 minutes. Note to self for next time.) As they were baking, the smelled that filled the apartment was heavenly. I couldn’t wait for them to be done. I was practically drooling.
My little brownie bites had a nice crunchy top layer with a soft, chewy, fudgy inside and a little crunch with my added walnuts. Now, if chocolate isn’t your thing, these brownies won’t be your first choice. These brownies are very chocolaty. Similar to fudge with a thick texture inside. They definitely live up to their name “Fudgy Brownie Mix.”
I only have two minor complaints with this mix. The first one is using a third cup of butter. On the stick of butter, it’s five and one-third tablespoon. You have to eye ball that third, so accuracy of this measurement kinda of goes out the window. Most recipes call for a whole number of tablespoons of butter. Five tablespoons would have been easier to measure and I wouldn’t have two two-third’s of a stick leftover. The second is not being able to use the mixer to mix all the ingredients. The mixer is used for the butter, sugar, vanilla and eggs. You then use a rubber spatula to fold in the cocoa bag. The batter becomes very thick, almost like frosting and I had a difficult time getting all the little balls of cocoa mixed in. In the end, I don’t think I doing much folding, but mixing and stirring to break up those little balls.
Overall, I think this a great gluten-free product. No gritty texture, no weird tastes and holds together. They were simple to make and only needed items that most everyone has on hand.
Lillabee is a allergy friendly baking company based out of Boulder, Colorado. All of their mixes are free of gluten, wheat, dairy, soy, oats and nuts. They even take special care and batch test each ingredient with the ELISA Gluten Assay test to ensure their gluten-free integrity. You can learn more about Lillabee and their products at LillabeeBaking.com.
By visiting their website, LillabeeBaking.com and selecting “Recipe Box” in their main menu, you can also find recipe variations as well as recipes ideas. For example, you can find how to make these brownies vegan or make them Double Chocolate Mint Brownies. I don’t know if I could handle double chocolate.