December 2014: Betty Crocker GF Chocolate Brownie Mix

“Anything is good if it’s made of chocolate” -Jo Brand

The holiday season is here! Bright lights, gingerbread houses, festive snowman sweaters, peppermint hot chocolate, ABC Family’s 25 Days of Christmas- the whole ordeal. It’s that time of year to spread warmth and joy, to give a friendly smile to a stranger, and to donate presents to those less fortunate in true holiday spirit. It truly is the most wonderful time of the year.

In keeping with holiday traditions, I have commenced the journey through a baker’s heaven- starting with a scrumptious batch of gluten-free “double chocolate” brownies. I have made numerous batches of GF brownies over the years, but Betty Crockers GF Chocolate Brownie mix is unparalelled in the field of brownie mixes. Instead of the typical sticky, dense gluten-free brownie, I strived to make a brownie that was immensely chocolatey, fudge-y, and chewy in the middle with a crackly top- the perfect brownie. And that is exactly what I made with this mix.

I had been using Bob’s Red Mill GF Brownie Mix for years. At first, I was satisfied with the mere idea of being able to eat a brownie again. But I soon realized that the brownie itself wasn’t satisfying at all! These brownies were sticky. With each bite, the morsels of brownie would stick to my front teeth and gum line. Definitely not the most pleasant experience! The corner pieces weren’t even worth fighting over- and that’s saying something.

Betty Crockers was my savior. This mix allowed me to make brownies to the point of bakery perfection. I followed the simple recipe on the back of the box: heat up the oven to 350 degrees, grease the baking pan, stir the brownie mix, 1/2 stick of butter, and 2 eggs, spread the batter, and bake. It only takes five-ten minutes to prep before popping the brownies in the oven to bake. I only made one alteration: I added about 1/3 cup of semisweet medium-sized chocolate chips to the batter. I’ll admit, I’m a bit of a chocoholic, and if you are too, I would definitely recommend adding a little more chocolate to enhance the flavor. You can even get creative by adding white and dark chocolate chips to the batter, frosting the brownies with peanut butter, or even sprinkling crushed peppermint for a fun holiday twist!

Hopefully you whip up a batch of brownies or two this holiday season and send in any pictures of your baking creations!!

Cheers,

Anika

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