I gave this 4 stars for convenience- I used 2 tbsp of Kaluha in the mix, but the flavor just wasn't there - they were also not as moist as I like my brownies to be, so I think that next batch I will make with buttermilk. ***Ok - so now it needs a 5 star rating - I used 3 tablespoons of buttermilk this time instead of the kaluha and they were extremely moist - I'll be making these again!!
This mix is not only easy, it produced the best brownies I have ever made in 40 years of cooking! Never again will I buy the box mixes. Not only do I have a wonderful batch of brownies and a great smelling house, I have 4 pint jars to give as gifts - well, maybe I'll keep just one ;). To bake, I added the eggs, water, Watkin's Vanilla, 7 tablespoons of melted butter, 1/2 cup chocolate chips and 1/2 cup chopped walnuts. Used a buttered glass 8"x8" baking dish (no foil) and baked at 350 degrees for 35 minutes (I am at sea level). To quote Rachael Ray: "Yummo!". Thanks, Zee, hubby and son scarfed them down - you made me a hero! 12/25/2006 - Made these again and substituted Kaluha for the water, absolutely delicious! Baily's Cream is the next version since everyone is already asking for more :)