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Homemade Brownies: 3 ingredients

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Brownies – whether you make them from a box or from scratch – they could be, next to cupcakes, the most popular dessert around! But how about if I told you that these Brownies only have 3 ingredients – that’s it! Would you give them a try?

Although these Brownies are super simple with just 3 ingredients, you can easily add toppings and frosting to make them even more special! For Valentine’s Day, I added luscious Marshmallow Frosting and a few heart sprinkles. 

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So let me tell you about my love-hate relationship with brownies. I love eating them…hate baking them! Yup..sorry I do! I have tried and tried to find a recipe that was fudgy but not too fudgy…cake like but not too cakey, etc. etc. I had finally given up and just decided to use a box mix, which also didn’t always come out right.

And then I found this recipe in Gooseberry Patch Cookbook, Rush-Hour Recipes. It quickly became not only a favorite with me because it’s so easy but also a favorite with the family!

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You are going to love how easy this recipe is to make! Just 3 ingredients!! Well unless you add the chocolate chips and nuts to the top, which of course you must do! Oh and the frosting…yes! You MUST slather it on!! You heard that right…I told you to slather the frosting on!!

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So what’s the secret to these delicious Brownies? Chocolate pudding…just one small box. Oh and the frosting helps quite a bit too. Now, of course, they are delicious without the frosting, and actually the recipe in the book doesn’t call for frosting, but with Valentine’s Day coming up, I just had to add the little pink to them.

You can certainly change them for any occasion, they make a great birthday treat, baby or bridal shower dessert, or even add the colors of your favorite team and serve them on Game Day!

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Better Than Brownies Recipe

Better Than Brownies Recipe

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes

3 Ingredient Brownies - add toppings and frosting and make them even more special. Recipe from HoosierHomemade.com



  • 1 small box Cook & Serve Chocolate Pudding - NOT instant
  • 1 box Chocolate Cake Mix {I used Devil's Food}
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 cup chocolate chips, optional
  • 1 cup nuts, chopped, optional


  • 1 8 oz. tub Cool Whip frozen whipped topping, thawed
  • 1/4 cup Marshmallow Fluff
  • 2-3 drops coloring - optional
  • Valentine Heart Sprinkles - optional



  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Line a 13x9 pan with foil and spray with non-stick cooking spray lightly
  3. On a stove top, combine the milk and pudding mix, cook until slightly thickened
  4. In a large bowl, add the cake mix
  5. Add the pudding directly from the stovetop and combine well {the mixture looks really strange, but trust me, it is delicious}
  6. Spread brownies into pan and press down with your fingers {be careful it might be hot}
  7. Sprinkles with chocolate chips and nuts
  8. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean


  1. In a large bowl, combine Cool Whip, Marshmallow Fluff and coloring
  2. With a large whisk, whip frosting until fluffy
  3. After the brownies are cool, cut into squares, frost and add sprinkles
Nutrition Information:

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 0Total Fat: 0g


Recipe adapted from Gooseberry Patch Rush-Hour Recipes

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  1. I found you on Pinterest and thought, “What could be better than brownies?” I had to laugh when I saw the recipe, though. It’s the one I use, and it’s been my mom’s go-to desert for years. (The only difference is that we do use the instance pudding mix, and we just mix in with a mixer, rather than on the stove top.) But we’ve always used regular chocolate frosting; I’m super excited to try them with your frosting. It looks heavenly.

    1. Thanks so much Trish! They are cake like, but I really like them and they are super easy too!

  2. apple blossom says:

    those look absolutely yummy thanks for sharing

  3. this brownies look delish!!! I’m on my way to get the ingredients and bake them tonight. Thank you for sharing this recipe.

  4. sylena googins says:

    I was wondering if you need to refrigerate them because of the frosting being cool whip and all

  5. Gigi Cuccaro says:

    These are so yummy looking! What a great time saver!

  6. These look awesome! My hubby LOVES brownies (more than cake!) and his birthday IS Valentine’s Day so this might be a win win for me! Thanks for sharing!

    1. Thanks Coley! I bet he will LOVE these! And they are super easy too!
      Happy Birthday to him!

  7. Thanks so much for sharing this on Friday Food. My mouth is watering. What a pretty way to celebrate the sweetest holiday!

  8. These look yummy! I love how you have the save/print recipe card. I need to figure out how to do that. Thanks for sharing this delectable Valentine’s Day Dessert!
    Saw you on TT&J

  9. Victoria R says:

    Thank you for posting this recipe!! It was the perfect pre-bath activity for my 4 year old nephew tonight. By the time he was all pruney, the whole house smelled like chocolate.

    1. Thanks so much Ashley! They are pretty yummy…and super easy too 🙂

  10. Charlotte says:

    I love the colors of your pictures. And the brownies don’t look bad either. 😀

  11. Denikka Miller says:

    WOW, those brownies look amazing, I may have to make them this weekend, thanks for all the wonderful baking ideas and recipes.

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