The 10 Best Brownie Mixes of 2020

Use these quality mixes to whip up the classic dessert in a flash

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Our Top Picks
"The mix has a simple list of ingredients that will please purists, yet has a triple threat of chocolate."
"Though highly rated, this two-pack boasts a very desirable price tag."
"The almond flour-based mix yields moist, fudgy brownies that will fool even your gluten-devouring friends."
"Each product is vegan, non-GMO, Kosher, and USDA-certified organic, so you can snack smarter."
"It’s no surprise this mix has a decadent dark chocolate taste in every bite."
"The mix yields a delicate, smooth chocolate brownie that reviewers call amazing."
"Creates just what you’re envisioning—a nice, moist cookie with a rich and complex flavor profile."
"This brownie mix delivers on two things: real, better-for-you ingredients and a delicious treat."
"This boxed mix makes it easy to make the chocolate treat a little more festive."
"In less than a minute, you’ll have a rich chocolate brownie studded with decadent swirls of sweet caramel."

The best brownie mixes are tasty and easy to make. If you have a hankering for rich, fudgy brownies, you don’t have to break out all of your baking supplies. Keep the flour and the cocoa powder right where they are, because these boxed mixes make quick work of assembling a delicious treat your whole family will love. Whether you have special dietary restrictions or are partial to a certain type of chocolate, you'll find the perfect mix on our list.

Best Overall: Ghirardelli Chocolate Triple Fudge Premium Brownie Mix

When you think of the best brownies you’ve ever eaten, you probably think of a rich, chewy chocolate square that practically melts in your mouth. That’s exactly what you’ll get when you bake with this brownie mix by the famed Ghirardelli chocolate company. 

The mix has a simple list of ingredients that will please purists, yet has a triple threat of chocolate—bittersweet, semi-sweet, and milk chocolate—to ensure each bite is bursting with flavor.

You’ll love that the process is just as easy. Simply combine the powdered mix with a handful of pantry staples—water, oil, and eggs—then pop in the oven. In less than 50 minutes (even for big 13 x 9 inch family-size trays), you’ll have the perfect chocolate treat at your fingertips.

Best Value: Betty Crocker Delights Triple Chunk Supreme Brownie Mix (Two-Pack)

Though highly rated, this two-pack boasts a very desirable price tag—a cost that’s even more impressive once you consider what you’re getting. The mix yields rich brownies studded with chocolate chunks and chocolate chips for maximum goodness in each and every bite.

Like our top pick, this brownie mix is easy to put together, too. Simply combine the mix with water, vegetable oil, and an egg. Then, choose from one of three tray sizes, and bake. Less than 40 minutes later (even quicker than our top pick!), you’ll have that decadent chocolate square you were craving.

Best Gluten-Free: Simple Mills Almond Flour Brownie Mix

This great boxed brownie mix has something to prove: You don’t need to sacrifice delicious treats just because you have special dietary requirements or restrictions.

The almond flour-based mix yields moist, fudgy brownies that will fool even your most discerning gluten-devouring friends. Still, they’re suitable for an impressive array of sensitivities—the resulting dessert is gluten-free, dairy-free, grain-free, cholesterol-free, soy-free, and paleo. As an important added bonus, the mix is also non-GMO project verified.

Best Organic: Foodstirs Organic Chocolate Lovers Brownie Mix

If there’s one thing Buffy the Vampire Slayer knows, it’s organic better-for-you desserts. Each product in this line, founded by Sarah Michelle Gellar, is filled with just six to 10 natural ingredients that are vegan, non-GMO, Kosher, and USDA-certified organic, so you can snack smarter.

There’s no sacrificing on taste, though. The 16 servings of brownies that this mix yields are all top-quality treats that would give any from-scratch recipe a run for its money. What’s more? They bake to perfection in just 30 minutes (great for anxious little ones!).

Best Dark Chocolate: Ghirardelli Dark Chocolate Brownie Mix

Here's another winning pick from Ghirardelli, but this time for those who covet that bittersweet goodness you get from quality dark chocolate.

It’s no surprise this mix has a decadent dark chocolate taste in every bite, as it’s made with real Ghirardelli chocolate and studded with even more dark chocolate chips. When you combine that with water, vegetable, oil, and an egg, the result is a deep, yet smooth chocolate treat that’s the perfect marriage between moist and chewy.

As a bonus, this mix is great for novices in the kitchen. The box includes plenty of tips for nailing the recipe, including alterations for thicker brownies and high-altitude baking.

Best Milk Chocolate: Betty Crocker Milk Chocolate Brownie Mix

If you prefer your dessert to be a little sweeter, you’ll love this milk chocolate brownie mix by go-to baking brand Betty Crocker. The chocolate flavor is slightly less intense, but that doesn’t mean you’re sacrificing on taste. The mix yields a delicate, smooth chocolate brownie that reviewers call amazing.

It’s a great base recipe, too. Since the chocolate flavor doesn’t overwhelm, it creates the perfect blank canvas for fun add-ins, like peanut butter, caramel, or even potato chips or pretzels. Not entirely sure where to start? Flip the box over for three great suggestions straight from the professional bakers themselves.

Best for Cookies: Betty Crocker Fudge Brownie Mix

Did you know you can make rich chocolate cookies from brownie mix? That’s right—using the same box, you can skip right on over the bars and make cookies instead. There’s just one caveat: You’ll want to use brownies specifically labeled as “fudgy” if you’re going this route. This particular mix will help you create just what you’re envisioning—a nice, moist cookie with a rich and complex flavor profile. Of course, this box also makes great regular brownies, should you ultimately decide to go in that direction instead.

Best With Whole Grains: Madhava Organic Ooey-Gooey Chocolate Brownie Mix

This brownie mix by Madhava delivers on two very important things: real, better-for-you ingredients and a delicious treat. Yes, it really is possible to have both. This brownie mix is comprised of just eight ingredients. And each one, including sustainable organic coconut sugar and ancient whole grains, is all organic and non-GMO to yield a dessert that you can feel good about indulging in.

You’d really never know it, though. They’re rich and chocolatey, but not overly sweet. If you’re looking for a vegan treat, follow the advice of one customer's review: Replace the eggs with flaxseed and water.

Best for Celebrations: Pillsbury Funfetti Chocolate Fudge Premium Brownie Mix

Who ever said you have to have a birthday cake for your celebration? Go ahead: Surprise your favorite chocolate lover with a delicious tray of brownies instead. This boxed mix makes it easy to make the chocolate treat a little more festive (and, thus, suitable for the special occasion), thanks to the addition of colorful sprinkles. 

It’s not just a gimmick, either: These brownies are just what you’d expect from Pillsbury. They’re rich, moist, and full of that chocolate flavor you’re looking for.

Best Individual Serving: Duncan Hines Mug Cakes Caramel Flavored Brownie Mix

What if we told you that you don’t have to make an entire tray every time you want to have a brownie? That would make it a lot easier to justify the time and the effort, right? 

That’s exactly the case with this individual-sized brownie mix. Each box comes with four 2.6-ounce pouches of brownie mix to yield a single mug-sized brownie. There’s no fiddling with extra ingredients—simply add two tablespoons of water and stir—and you never even have to turn on your oven—just microwave on high for 55 seconds. In less than a minute, you’ll have a rich chocolate brownie studded with decadent swirls of sweet caramel. Now, that’s a special treat.

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This roundup was written by Brigitt Earley, who has written and edited hundreds of articles in the food space for various publications over the course of the last 10 years. Brigitt also attended the French Culinary Institute in NYC. 

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