People literally RAVE over these moist, decadent strawberry brownies that folks RAVE over; they are easy to make, beautiful on a plate, and delicious to eat!
Update: I’ve had tons of emails asking “where did you get the cake pedestal the brownies are on?” So…..I decided to make a list of ALL the tools that I use to make, bake, and serve (or gift) these fab brownies~all in one place. It’s my Strawberry Brownies Tool Kit on my amazon page. Happy Baking!!!!
This Strawberry Brownies Recipe Has Been Pinned Millions of Times
This strawberry brownies recipe is the most repinned item from my brownies and bars pinterest board and one of the most popular recipes on Family Savvy, and for good reason. These strawberry brownies are not only a lovely enough to feature on a party table, they are absolutely delicious.
What is so great about this strawberry brownies recipe?
This strawberry brownies recipe hits it out of the park in 3 areas. They are EASY to make. They are delicious. They are pretty. What more could any cook (or non-cook) want in a recipe? Easy. Yummy. Pretty.
Where do you serve strawberry brownies?
These strawberry brownies are a special occasions dessert, in the league with cake, petit fours, decorated cookies, etc…The color pink lends itself more to “girl occasions.” These have made appearances for showers, teas, Sweet 16 and bachelorette parties and more. In the photo below, I am serving strawberry brownies at a coffee with friends:-)
Will guys enjoy strawberry brownies?
The guys that I know have never turned down one of these delicious (and pink) treats LOL! Any guy who loves strawberry treats will go crazy over these brownies. My husband loves them; he thinks they taste like a version of our favorite strawberry cake from a local bakery.
How do you make brownies from cake mix?
The simple recipe for making brownies from cake mix is as follows:
- 1 box of cake mix (without pudding in the mix)
- 2 large eggs
- 1/3 cup oil
- 1/2-1 tsp extract (optional)
The above formula can be tweaked. You can use different flavors of cake mix for an entirely different result. If you are a lemon lover, try these lemon brownies made with cake mix (the first cousin to this recipe).
How do you make glaze for cake mix brownies?
You can glaze these brownies for added flavor and a lovely exterior. My go to glaze is as follows:
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- 1-2 TB water (or fresh lemon juice or lime juice)
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract (optional)
Can you freeze strawberry brownies?
Strawberry brownies freeze beautifully. If making and taking these to an event, I usually bake them, cut them into squares, and freeze them for up to four weeks. The day of serving, I let them thaw in the freezer bag (opened) for a few hours before arranging on a small platter. Some condensation might appear during thawing, but it should “dry up” within a few hours.
What kind of mixer do I need for strawberry brownies?
Since I cook and bake often, I also have (and love) this Kitchen Aid stand mixer. The color goes beautifully with my kitchen backsplash, so I leave it out at all times. This way, I use it more than I would if it were stuck in a cabinet. The stand mixer is perfect for these brownies, as the batter is very thick. But I have this hand mixer also, and it does a good job (but requires more elbow grease to mix the thick batter).
Removal from pan: To make these strawberry brownies pretty, they need to be cut AFTER removing from the pan. It is necessary to release the entire pan of brownies nicely so that cutting will be easy.
Options for easy release of brownies before cutting.
- Lining the baking pan with parchment paper is one option, but parchment can “bunch up” in corners and make getting a smooth end result difficult. My fave parchment paper was aluminum foil on one side and parchment on the other. It is no longer sold in stores but can be found here on amazon. The price is way higher than when it was sold in local stores; however, if cooking is your hobby, this might be worth the splurge.
- If you use an 8 x 8 pan for the brownies, you might love this 8 x 8 silicone baking mat (like a Silpat). This mat could line the bottom of the pan, and Baker’s Joy (or similar flour spray) could be used on the mat and on the sides for easy release.
- This 8″ square baking pan is fabulous for brownies; the low sides make for easier removal.
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NOTE: No matter which of the easy release options you use, it is important to let brownies cool at least 20 minutes before releasing.
Cook Time: Oven temps and pan size both affect cook time. I put 15 minutes in the actual recipe so that cooks will start checking at 15 minutes and be ready to remove brownies the minute they look ready. I pull mine out when tiny cracks begin appearing on the surface and when edges begin pulling from the side of the pan. Remember, they will cook a bit more and firm up as they cool.
Batter will be very thick; don’t be alarmed! In fact, it is so thick that I tend to use my hands to press it into my baking pan. I spray my (clean) hands with cooking spray and press the dough into the pan as evenly as possible. If you don’t like using your hands, a spatula sprayed with cooking spray should work fine.
In the short video below, you can see how easy it is to glaze the brownies once they are pulled from the oven.
Update: I just published the “cousin” recipe to these brownies~Sensational Strawberry Bundt Cake with Lemon Glaze. I’ve made this cake twice in the last week; folks go crazy over it! If you have any need to take a dessert to a gathering, this is a foolproof, easy, beautiful and delicious option.
If you want even more fabulous strawberry recipes, I’ve listed some of my most popular ones below.
- Croissant French Toast with Fresh Strawberry Syrup
- Fresh Strawberry Yogurt Bundt Cake
- Strawberry Butter (Served at Neiman Marcus)
- Strawberry Nut Bread
If you try these, please let me hear back. Feel free to share any helpful tips or suggestions as well. As always, thanks so much for stopping by. Be blessed, and stay savvy!
- 1 box strawberry cake mix (see notes)
- 2 eggs
- 1/3 cup oil
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- 1 -2 TB water or lemon juice
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract (optional)
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Line 8" or 9" square baking pan with parchment; spray with flour spray.
- Mix strawberry cake mix, eggs, and oil with hand mixer until well combined.
- Spread batter evenly into pan.
- Bake for 15 minutes or until just set; be careful not to overcook.
- Allow brownies to cool for 10 minutes; lift carefully from pan using ends of parchment to lift.
- Mix powdered sugar with the water or lemon juice (and extract if using) until smooth. It should be pourable but not watery.
- Pour glaze over brownies, spreading to edges so that glaze will drip down sides.
- Allow brownies to cool and glaze to set before cutting into squares.
Duncan Hines is my fave cake mix.
8" pans yield thicker brownies; 9" pans yield thinner ones.
Batter will be very thick; use a good mixer to mix and spatula to spread.
Refrigerate baked and glazed brownies for an hour or so before cutting, and they will cut easier.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 16 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 128Total Fat: 7gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 31mgSodium: 47mgCarbohydrates: 14gFiber: 0gSugar: 12gProtein: 2g