Baking with Becky: Brownies!

Ever since I arrived in Germany, I have been very curious about products marketed as “American.” For instance, I’ve seen American dressing (I think it’s thousand island?), American peanut butter, American cookies, and American brownies. So I wondered, what is the German take on American foods?

To answer this question, I had to put on my apron.

I came across an innocuous box of brownies adorned with an American flag and decided to test for myself how American they tasted. DSC_0522

Just like American boxed brownies, the preparation of these snacks was simple. All that was necessary was an egg, some water, and a little melted butter.

Much to my amusement, it also came with its own foldable brownie pan!

Anyway, I mixed the batter, poured it in the pan, topped it with the chocolate shavings included in the package, put it in the oven and waited for chocolaty goodness.

The honest-to-God truth is that these brownies didn’t last long enough for me to even snap a picture of the finished product. And why is that? Craig and I each took one bite and threw them in the trash! They were awful! Dry and cakey and barely edible. In my opinion, these tasted nothing like American brownies.

But there is good news – since this baking disaster I have stumbled upon a much more delicious version of American brownies that you can make at home! People make such a big deal about making things “from scratch,” but it really isn’t that much harder than the boxed recipes.

If you want to try REAL American brownies, make this recipe from Money Saving Mom. I made them this week and didn’t get any pictures for the right reason – they were absolutely delicious!

For my German readers, stock up on your cocoa (Cacao), baking soda (Kaiser-Natron), and liquid vanilla extract (or make your own) during the holiday season. For my American readers, remember how fortunate you are to have all of these ingredients available to you year-round.

And on a side note, the American Cookies mentioned above are they real deal. The taste just like the popular brand Chips Ahoy and we buy a new package of them just about every week! (Don’t judge.)


American approved! (Available at Aldi for €0.79)

Do you have your own favorite dessert recipe that reminds you of home? Share below!


5 thoughts on “Baking with Becky: Brownies!

  1. swanpride says:

    I think the difference can be summoned up easily. Americans use more butter and more sugar. I don’t think that you would like one of my personal recipes for brownies, because I would use even less sugar (but more chocolate).


  2. Kate says:

    Very interesting! We live across the street from an “American Market” and I’m always so curious about what they have to offer. I think reading your post was just the push I needed to not go exploring the aisles ha.


    • beckymarkovitz says:

      Haha, you should embrace the weirdness! The way I see it, it can either be horribly inaccurate, or wonderfully accurate! So you’ll either get an interesting adventure or a nice reminder of home. Just don’t put high expectations on something if you decide to try it 🙂


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