Some people prefer a fudgy, nutty bar while others love them full of chocolate chips; either way, a Ghirardelli brownie mix is the go-to for thick, fudgy brownies with an intense chocolate taste.
From classic fudgy chocolate brownies to innovative creations featuring caramel, raspberry and coconut, Ghirardelli (the oldest continuously operating chocolate maker in America) has been offering delicious, easy-to-prepare brownie desserts for years now.
They offer 8 different brownie mix varieties, including walnut, caramel turtle, double chocolate, dark chocolate, triple chocolate mix, chocolate supreme, triple fudge, and ultimate fudge, perfect for those intense chocolate cravings.
That said, they are not the healthiest but make a lovely treat once in a while. It’s also ideal for anyone who doesn’t feel like baking from scratch. Or for those who want delicious brownies fast.
Additionally, Ghiradelli brownie mixes are adaptable to suit your own tastes. Mix in nuts, chocolate chips, sprinkles, extracts, or other flavorings to create your signature brownie.
Ghirardelli Brownie Ingredients
Ghirardelli Brownie Mix
A package of Ghirardelli mix is obviously the most important part of this recipe.
Ghirardelli measures all the dry ingredients for you and mixes them together in the box. So, a Ghirardelli brownie mix includes ingredients like enriched bleached flour (wheat flour), cocoa powder, sugar, whole milk powder, and baking soda.
Depending on the flavor, your mix may have added ingredients such as unsweetened chocolate or artificial flavor, as well.
When making Ghirardelli brownies, use a neutral-tasting oil. There are many options for vegetable oils, including canola, peanut, corn, coconut, palm or palm kernel, safflower, and soybean.
For brownies, pure canola oil is a great choice because it doesn’t have a strong flavor and will let the brownie flavor shine through.
For this recipe, you only need one egg. Regardless of the number of eggs you add to a brownie mix, they perform an important function.
Egg whites are mostly made of water and protein, while the yolks are fat and protein. Together, the two parts of the egg help the wet and dry ingredients emulsify, making the brownie light and moist.
In addition, when the protein in the egg heats up, it helps the brownie firm up and hold together. If you didn’t add the egg, your brownies would crumble and taste really dry.
Tips and Tricks for Making Ghirardelli Brownie Mix
Add an Extra Egg
To make cakey and less chewy brownies, add an extra egg to the brownie batter. The extra egg will make your brownie fluffier and lighter in texture, more like cake.
Do the Toothpick Test
When you think the Ghirardelli brownies are done, check them with a skewer or toothpick. Simply insert the toothpick into the center of the brownies and see if it comes out dirty.
If the entire stick is covered in liquid batter, the brownies aren’t cooked. But if there’s nothing on the toothpick, it means your brownies are overdone.
For fudgy brownies, you want the toothpick to mostly be clean but have a light smear of batter or a few crumbs attached to it. That way, the chocolate brownies will be moist and decadent.
Cool the Brownies
If you try to cut them immediately after taking them out of the oven, they’ll be really messy. For sharp edges, wait until they have cooled to room temperature.
(If you want to hurry the process, put them in the refrigerator until they cool down.)
Also, use a serrated knife to cut them, and make sure it’s sharp. For really clean cuts, rinse off the knife with warm water between every cut.
Ghirardelli Brownie Mix Recipe
- Prep Time5-7 minutes
- Cook Time39-48 minutes
- Total Time1 hour
- Servings16 2-inch brownies
Cooling Time: 10-20 minutes.
- Preheat & Prepare Pan
First, set your oven to 325 degrees F and allow it to preheat.
While you’re waiting, prep your baking dish by lightly greasing it with cooking spray or butter – just make sure it’s an even coating so the brownies don’t stick.
- Mix Ingredients
In your mixing bowl, add the oil, water, and egg. Whisk them together until combined.
Add brownie mix and stir everything gently. Make sure there aren’t any lumps or pockets of the dry mix.
If you’re using any mix-ins, add them now. Just gently stir them into the batter so they’re evenly dispersed.
Finally, pour the batter into your prepared pan.
Pop your brownies in the oven, and set a timer. The size of your dish determines the bake time because thicker brownies will take longer than thinner ones.
In general, brownies take about 39-48 minutes. But use this handy chart to help you with your particular pan:
- 8×8” metal pan: 39-43 minutes
- 8×8” glass pan: 43-48 minutes
- 9×9” metal pan: 39-43 minutes
When you think the brownies are ready, do the toothpick test to make sure they’re cooked through.
- Cool and Enjoy
Take your Ghirardelli brownies out of the oven and let them cool on the counter or in the fridge. Then, cut them up and eat your delicious brownies.
Delicious Ways to Adapt This Ghirardelli Brownie Mix Recipe
Toss in a teaspoon of extra flavor to enhance your brownies. Try classic vanilla extract or mint, almond, or rum for a more unusual experience.
Get Creative with Mix-Ins
Add some classic mix-ins such as chopped tree nuts or semi-sweet chocolate chips. Try experimenting with crushed pretzels or Oreo cookies for some extra crunch.
You can also throw in candy, like M&Ms or do a variation on standard chocolate chips and add in white chocolate or butterscotch chips.
Marshmallows are another popular option, particularly for rocky road brownies. But if you want to add these, don’t mix them into the batter, or they’ll melt away. Instead, place them on top of the brownies right before you take them out of the oven.
Add a Topping
Think a coat of frosting, peanut butter, caramel or chocolate syrup, or chocolate ice cream topping. For an extra special effect, add sprinkles, chopped nuts, or toasted coconut at the end.
Swap Coffee for Water
Coffee and chocolate are a match made in heaven. In fact, coffee in the batter actually enhances the chocolate’s flavor.
For mocha brownies, simply substitute the same amount of coffee for water in the brownie mix. The coffee flavor won’t be very strong, since you’ll only add about ¼ cup. However, it’ll make the chocolate flavor richer.
To have an extra kick, add espresso powder instead of brewed coffee. For this, you’ll need a separate mixing bowl so you can stir the espresso powder into the dry ingredients before adding them to the liquids. But everything else is the same.
Swap Butter for Oil
To get a richer, buttery flavor, add butter. Simply use the same amount of butter as you would oil. The Ghirardelli brownie mix recipe below calls for ⅓ cup oil, so add the equivalent in butter: 5 ⅓ tablespoons.
Swap Dairy for Water
Another way to increase the richness of your brownies is to add heavy cream or milk instead of water. Dairy products have a lot more flavor than plain water, so this will improve standard brownies. Plus, the extra fat from the cream will make your brownies even fudgier.
More Easy Brownie Recipes