Dessert with Friends, or how I get people to like me


Thanks to Duncan Hines for sponsoring my writing. There’s no limit to the baking possibilities, so grab your favorite Duncan Hines mix and Comstock or Wilderness fruit fillings and Bake On!


My mom is a baker. She never goes anywhere without bringing bread, cookies, a cake, something. I’m so glad I inherited this habit from her. I love showing up at gatherings with baked goods!

I have nothing against anyone who doesn’t bake. In fact, the fewer people who like baking, the better, because that makes me look good by comparison. But I really do like being the one who can make people happy with something I made. I went to a recording session yesterday for the Blogging Angels, and I brought my latest obsession, cake pops (a really fun treat to make with kids, by the way). Nancy gave hers to her kids and they looked so good, her daughter didn’t believe I’d baked them!


After my friend Jennifer’s husband died, I asked her what I could do. And she told me to make her some brownies. I was so touched, especially because she’s a food writer! She can bake circles around me. But she wanted my brownies to help her feel better. Actually, it was on a Blogging Angels podcast, where Jennifer was the guest, that I revealed to our listeners that my famous brownies, the ones I bring to every bake sale, the ones my kids beg me for, the very ones that Jennifer requested, were from a Duncan Hines brownie mix.

That’s why I wanted to be part of this campaign, to spread the word that homemade does not have to equal difficult, or time consuming, or expensive. I’m busy, and knowing that I can get a pan of brownies into the oven in five minutes, with just one bowl to clean up, means that more of my friends get to enjoy my baked goods.

Around the holidays I have even more fun because Christmas is a great excuse to experiment with packaging – pretty boxes and bags, or mason jars filled with sweets and decorated with a bow.

And no, I don’t bake so that I can get people to like me. But I hope it makes the people who already like me, like me even more. :-)

Want to make those chewy, fudgy brownies I mentioned? They’re really easy. Bring these the next time you’re meeting friends and there won’t be a crumb left.

I want to stress that this isn’t my recipe. I’m almost positive I got it off of the back of a Duncan Hines box about a decade ago.

Amy's Brownies

Thick and Fudgy Duncan Hines Brownies


  • 2 family-sized Duncan Hines Chewy Fudge Brownie mixes
  • 3 eggs
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips


  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees and prepare a 13”x9” metal pan by greasing the bottom only
  2. With a spoon (not an electric mixer) mix together all of the ingredients, except for the chocolate chips
  3. When the batter is well mixed, add the chocolate chips and blend
  4. Pour into prepared pan and spread evenly
  5. Bake for 55 minutes, or until center is set but not dry (if you jiggle the pan, nothing should move)
  6. Cool completely before cutting

Or, if you like to watch me stir things, you can watch a video I made of how to make these brownies. It’s not rocket science – you don’t need video instruction to make these – but I like pretending that I have my own cooking show.

Remember to check out Duncan Hines’ website to find some great recipes for your holiday get-together! I was selected for this sponsorship by the Clever Girls Collective.

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