Quick fix brownie mix

Brownies are a classic American dessert.  There are plenty of different boxed brownie mixes to buy at the grocery store, but sometimes, I just want something a little bit different. A few months ago, I found that something different – easy-to-make chocolate chip brownies.  They’re extremely simple and relatively cheap.  There are only four ingredients, so it’s perfect for any college student’s budget!

(Caitlin Cheevers | Grand Central Magazine)


1 6-oz. package semisweet chocolate chips

1 graham cracker squares, crushed

1 14-oz. can sweetened condensed milk (note: not evaporated milk)

Confectioner’s sugar


Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Grease 8 x 8 inch pan and line with waxed paper. Grease again.

In a large mixing bowl, combine chocolate chips, crushed graham cracker squares and sweetened condensed milk. Press the mixture into the greased pan. Bake for 30 minutes.

Turn the brownies out of the pan and peel off the wax paper while the brownies are still warm. Cut them into small squares and roll in confectioner’s sugar.

I’ve found that making a double batch in a 9 x 13 inch pan is also beneficial. If you have lots of roommates or guests, they go quickly, so it’s always nice to have plenty on hand.

If you’re feeling feisty, you can swap some of the semi-sweet chocolate chips for white chocolate chips, butterscotch chips or peanut butter chips. I don’t recommend using milk or dark chocolate, however; they’re too sweet.

Also, it helps if you coat the knife with confectioner’s sugar as you are cutting the brownies apart. Because they are fresh out of the oven, they tend to be sticky so they might tear apart if you don’t coat the knife first.