As you may have figured out, I go through baking supplies pretty quick. One thing I like to have on hand for the kids to mix together on their own is brownie mixes. My two oldest have learned how to read the instructions on the back of the box. Let me tell you, they can mix up a mean batch of brownies.
I've also found brownie mixes to be handy for those days when I need to throw something a little more ambitious together and don't want to make the brownies from scratch. Sometimes a mix works just fine.
I was feeling a little over the top the other day. I wanted to put together a brownie as rich as Uncle Scrooge. But I was out of mixes. I could have made from scratch, but instead I decided to mix up my own mix. I have several books with recipes in them. I perused the two best and ended up combining them to make the recipe below. I store the mix in an old hot cocoa can, but you could use a #10 can or tupper ware or just a zip lock bag.
As you can kind of see, I write the instructions for baking on the can. That way I don't have to pull out my book every time I want to make brownies and the kids can easily find the directions.
2 3/4 cups flour
2 1/2 tsp baking powder
2 tsp salt
4 cups sugar
4 oz unsweetened cocoa powder (I uses a dark chocolate powder)
To make brownies:
1/4 cup melted butter
1 1/2 tsp vanilla
2 1/4 cups brownie mix
1/4 cup water
Mix everything together in a medium sized bowl. Pour into an 8 inch greased and floured pan. Bake 30 minutes (or until toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean) at 350 degrees.