I love made from-scratch brownies! The packaged mixes just don't compare to the real, from-scratch version (The Hershey's brownie mix at Sam's is the only exception, in my opinion). Ever since my high school days when my Aunt Melanie would serve her delicious brownies, I have used her recipe any time I needed/wanted brownies.
However, her recipe calls for Crisco, and I think its the only reason I use Crisco. So when I was recently craving brownies and had no Crisco, I went searching for a new from-scratch recipe. I discovered the Add Anything Brownies on Karen's blog. They are very chewy and yummy! I recommend you give them a try!