Cake mixes – as you might guess from the fact that I run a baking blog – are not something that I use very often. If I’m going to use a mix, I’d much rather it be a brownie mix. Most brownie mixes produce good, consistent results (I particularly like Ghirardelli brownie mixes) and are really easy to whip up when you need something. Plus, it’s easy to modify a brownie mix into a batch of cheesecake brownies, with or without a raspberry swirl, for a no-fuss treat.
Trader Joe’s Brownie Truffle Baking Mix is their version of a box brownie mix and I thought I’d give it a try afer trying TJ’s Gluten Free Brownie Mix. All you need to do with this mix is to stir in melted butter and some eggs, and you’re ready to go. It features dutch process cocoa powder and chocolate chips, in addition to other all natural ingredients, and sounded pretty promising. The finished brownies had a deep chocolate flavor and a fudgy, not chewy, texture that meant that the brownies kind of melted in your mouth. They were good – and a hit with my volunteer taste testers – although I think I would stir in some additional chips next time, as the ones included weren’t all that noticeable in the finished brownie.
As you might guess from the fact that it’s called a baking mix and not just a brownie mix, suggestions are given for some alternative preparations on the box. These are certainly worth a try if you’re looking for an easy mix fo fudgy brownies to keep on hand in the kitchen.