You know that we usually pan box mixes; from scratch is healthier and sometimes even quicker. And yet... while some days we feel in the mood for complicated desserts with lots of steps and ingredients, there are other days where nothing has gone right, company drops by, the house is a mess and all we have in the house is a box cake mix, a package of sugar free jello and 3 eggs.
Well, these three ingredients mean that 60 seconds later you can have a tasty snack.
Ok, Ok, so it only takes 60 seconds to make these brownies, but it does take a full 20 minutes in the oven. Even still, there's something to be said for a brownie that takes literal seconds to make and only gets 1 bowl dirty!
When we don't feel like a complicated snack and our supply of frozen cookie dough is depleted, this pantry staple snack hits the spot. It can be adapted to create almost any combination of flavors under the sun, as it's taste depends on the type of cake mix and jello used. Pair up classics like chocolate and orange or go daring and make something off the wall! Here's how...
The One Minute Brownie
1 box cake mix (pick a flavor, any flavor)
1 box sugar-free Jello
3 large eggs
1/2 cup vegetable oil
Preheat oven to 325°F. Apply non stick spray to a 8"x8" pan (or whatever you have on hand). Mix all ingredients together well, spoon into pan and bake for 20 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean (some cake mixes may take a few extra minutes).
That's it! For our Dr. Seuss looking creation above, we used a white cake mix and added orange jello to it. Once mixed completely (it will be thick) we spooned out a large "glob" (we'd guess about 1 cup) and mixed it with a few tablespoons of dark cocoa. We made small ball shapes from the new chocolate dough and placed them on top. Upon removing from the oven we were greeted with this leopard spotted chocolate and orange brownie!
It's great for a last minute dessert or late night snack! Plus, most items are usually on hand, especially if you watch for sales on jello and box cake mixes, even if you don't usually keep them on hand. It's a fantastic recipe to get the kids in the kitchen with, especially with all the wild colors and flavors you can make!
It's not gourmet, but it sure is tasty!
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(Image: Sarah Rae Trover)