Lazy Girl Holiday Brownies

Now that it’s the peak of the holiday season, do you find yourself getting so busy? You’re finishing your holiday shopping, preparing for parties, doing your eye make-up (what? it takes a while…), squeezing in your workouts, mailing out cards and presents, getting your beauty sleep, and baking baking baking that sometimes you want a short-cut for churning out (more) holiday goodies. If you can relate to that, but still can’t resist making something sweet and chocolaty for your friends, then read on for some Lazy Girl Holiday Brownies.

I love trying out new brownie recipes (one of my favorite is Ina Garten’s Outrageous Brownies) but when I’m crunched for time, or if I don’t have all the ingredients in my pantry, or when I’m simply just too lazy to measure out every thing, then I turn to the experts for some help. And by experts I mean Ghirardelli brownie mix.

I used the Double Chocolate brownie mix (with chocolate chips in the mix!) and some mix-ins:

you only need: 1 box brownie mix, 1 can pumpkin, 1 egg, 1/2 cup white chocolate chips, and 1/2 cup chopped walnuts

Lazy Girl Holiday Brownies

The first thing you need to do is ignore the instructions in the brownie mix. Don’t use any oil, butter or water – the pumpkin puree replaces all of that (so technically, this is a healthy brownie…).

Preheat the oven to 325F. Dump all the ingredients in a big mixing bowl, stir well, pour in an 8×8 pan, and bake for around 45 minutes.

Let it cool, cut into squares, share, and enjoy the rest of your holiday festivities!

now you have your  Lazy Girl Holiday Brownies

To make this into a vegan recipe, just ditch the egg and white chocolate chips. But I like using eggs when baking, especially because the combination of pumpkin and egg makes these brownies incredibly moist and cake-like. It’s not too sweet, and you can of course use different mix-ins: you can add cranberries or dried cherries, use milk or dark chocolate chips, use pecans or macadamia nuts, or even swirl in peanut butter. The best thing about using a brownie mix is you have a good, pre-measured base which lets you customize your brownie easily.

best served warm, with a cold glass of milk

This post was inspired by the fabulous Melissa Nibbles. Melissa writes a lazy girl’s guide to health and fitness, and she is one of my very favorite bloggers because girlfriend keeps it real! She acknowledges that not everyone has the time and ability to do every single thing we want, but that doesn’t mean we have to stop trying. She is very funny and inspiring; check out her blog and you’ll see for yourself :)

I hope you’re all having a wonderful holiday season! Do you have a favorite lazy girl (or lazy boy) dessert recipe for the holidays?


22 Responses to “Lazy Girl Holiday Brownies”

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    Becky posted December 20, 2010 at 8:24 am

    I need to bring a dessert to a potluck at work tomorrow. I am definitely making these! I have all the ingredients and not much time, so this is the perfect solution.

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    Victoria (District Chocoholic) posted December 20, 2010 at 9:42 am

    I absolutely love the texture of pumpkin brownies. It’s smack in the middle of cakey and fudgy. Delish.

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    Michelle posted December 20, 2010 at 9:52 am

    OMG, too funny. I will be posting a blog post today bout my version of lazy girl’s brownies using boxed mix! I’m glad I’m not the only one!

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    MelissaNibbles posted December 20, 2010 at 10:00 am

    Thank you so much for the shout out! I’m glad I inspired you to whip up such a delicious treat! Feel free to mail me some.

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    Elizabeth posted December 20, 2010 at 10:43 am

    How fun! I love experimenting with using various fruit or vegetable purees to moisten baked goods. My boyfriend always keeps a box of that Ghiradelli mix on hand juuust in case we need something in a pinch.

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    Lauren at KeepItSweet posted December 20, 2010 at 12:12 pm

    i love that brownie mix and have never tried that one with pumpkin, i may be trying it soon, though!

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    Elina (Healthy and Sane) posted December 20, 2010 at 12:31 pm

    It’s hard to beat brownies made from scratch but I also keep a brownie mix for “emergencies.” Haha. I like replacing oil/butter in the mix instructions with nonfat yogurt. Works every time! :)

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      Bianca Garcia posted December 21, 2010 at 12:23 pm

      Oooh thanks for the idea Elina! Haven’t tried baking with nonfat yogurt yet. Hmmm that means I’ll need to make another batch of brownies soon… ;)

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    Megan posted December 20, 2010 at 2:43 pm

    I really need some practice in making lazy desserts… for some reason I always have to pick the most extravagant things to make. I will admit that I used to buy 5-packs of Ghirardelli brownie mix at Costco all the time! Happy holidays!

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    Meghan@travelwinedine posted December 20, 2010 at 4:07 pm

    Hmmm I have a box of brownie mix, chocolate chips, and peanut butter. I might be doing a little baking later on!

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    Susan posted December 20, 2010 at 5:15 pm

    Ain’t no shame in Ghirardelli girl!!!! :) And I like the addition of pumpkin!

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    Emily posted December 20, 2010 at 5:31 pm

    This is great – I love the lazy girl theme, especially this time of year when time is hard to come by!

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    Alicia posted December 20, 2010 at 10:19 pm

    I love ‘PMS’ cookies – they’re super easy. a small pretzel, a rollo, and a peanut m&m. Just put the rollo on top of the pretzel, and broil for about a minute until the rollo just starts to melt. Smush the peanut M&M into the softened caramel – let cool – then eat about a million of them. They become ‘holiday’ treats when you use the red and green m&m’s.

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      Bianca Garcia posted December 21, 2010 at 12:24 pm

      Alicia, PMS cookies sounds absolutely fantastic! They’ll be awesome party nibbles too ;)

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    Averie (LoveVeggiesandYoga) posted December 20, 2010 at 10:28 pm

    i saw the gift you gave sweet!

    i love this take on brownies..have seen white or spiced cake mix + pumpkin (that’s it!) turn into muffins before on someone’s blog. your brownies look great!

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    Susan posted December 20, 2010 at 10:57 pm

    I used to make brownies with pumpkin puree all the time! I forget where I read that as being a healthy substitute. It’s definitely one of the few recipes I can master. And you made yours look gourmet :)

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    thehealthyapron posted December 21, 2010 at 1:53 pm

    Oh what a great idea adding pumpkin to the brownie mix! Does it make it taste pumkin-y?

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      Bianca Garcia posted December 21, 2010 at 3:02 pm

      Hi Erin, actually you can hardly taste the pumpkin flavor. I do it to just cut down on the fat and make it more moist (essentially you can use pumpkin or applesauce to replace oil/butter/eggs/water). So good – you should try it!

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    Taylor posted December 22, 2010 at 10:41 pm

    I’m all about easy recipes during the holidays! These brownies look deeeeelicious!

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    Kristina @ life as kristina posted December 23, 2010 at 1:08 pm

    wow-these look great. So glad I stumbled upon your blog:) Looking forward to checking back often

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    Shannon posted December 23, 2010 at 2:47 pm

    yup, i love the pumpkin addition :) i don’t often make brownies from scratch (or all that often), so i definitely like this option!

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    Megan posted December 23, 2010 at 10:56 pm

    I haven’t made brownies with pumpkin in forever…..thanks for the reminder :)

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