I very rarely make brownies from a box these days. I have a recipe from a cookbook that I usually use that makes brownies that are fine, nothing special. These taste just like Betty Crocker brownies and I'm not sure why I don't make them more often (except that I'd eat too many of them!!). I don't remember where I got this recipe from, I think someone on the Sonlight forums a while back.
Mix together: 1 2/3 c sugar, 1 1/2 sticks butter, melted, and 2 Tbsp water
Add: 2 eggs, beaten and 2 tsp vanilla
Mix separately: 1 1/3 c flour, 3/4 c cocoa, 1/2 tsp baking powder, and 1/4 tsp. salt
Mix the wet and dry together. Add around 1 c chocolate chips or walnuts (if you want them). Pour into a greased 13x9 dish. Bake at 350* for 18-25 minutes.