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Friday, December 2, 2011

Double Chocolate Brownie Mix in a Jar: DIY Holiday Gift | Family Economics

By Erin

Coming up with a holiday gift idea for everyone on your list can be a challenge sometimes, but who wouldn’t enjoy food in a jar? In my opinion, the best and most practical gifts are those that can be eaten. So stop stressing about all the gifts you have to get this holiday season and start mixing!

Baking mixes gifted in mason jars are always well received. They are also an inexpensive way to give simple, not to mention tasty, gifts to those people in your life that you want to thank this holiday season.

I love gifting brownie mixes during the busy holiday season to add variety to the typical cookie recipes people usually receive. Family and friends can whip these ingredients together for a yummy dessert after a long day of shopping and errands or save them until after New Year’s Day when they’re ready to splurge on a delicious treat.

Here’s my favorite recipe for brownies in a jar:

double chocolate brownie mix in a jarDouble Chocolate Brownie Mix

•    1 cup flour
•    1 teaspoon salt
•    1 teaspoon baking powder
•    1/2 cup cocoa powder
•    3/4 cup brown sugar
•    1 cup white sugar
•    1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
•    1/2 cup mini chocolate chips
•    1/2 cup chopped nuts, walnuts or pecans (optional)
•    1 quart mason jar with lid, decorative ribbon and tag with instructions

Instructions for Tag 

1.    Pour the contents of the jar in a mixing bowl and whisk with one teaspoon vanilla extract, 2/3 cup vegetable or canola oil and four eggs.

2.    Bake at 350 degrees for 25 to 30 minutes in a greased glass baking dish. I like using Ziploc® VersaGlass™ Containers.

3.    Let cool slightly before slicing and serving.

Have you ever done food gifts in a jar? What are some of your favorite recipes to give and receive?

10 Comments so far

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On Thursday, November 27, 2014, Heidi - New Zealand wrote

Hi there, Is that 350 degrees Fahrenheit or Centigrade? Thanks

On Wednesday, December 11, 2013, :Lisa from Little Rock wrote

actually the size of the jar IS listed Lisa

On Saturday, December 7, 2013, confused girl wrote

seriously? they didn't include the size of the jar to use ...

On Wednesday, June 5, 2013, Karen wrote

definitely make them in a 13X9. I tried baking in an 8X8 and it came out too soft in the middle :(

On Monday, May 20, 2013, nicole wrote

Omg made these as gifts for my coworkers and they are amazing

On Friday, December 28, 2012, Joell from Georgia wrote

i made half recipes with jars that held 2 cups. everything fit perfectly, nice and compact so that the layers stayed defined, even through travel. I also tried the recipes before hand to see how it tasted and they are cake-like and delicious! this is one to repeat!!

On Tuesday, December 25, 2012, Becky wrote

If you make this in a quart size jar, it is the perfect size if you do not include the walnuts. You can always include them separately! Good luck.

On Friday, December 14, 2012, KarryBear wrote

What size jar is needed?

On Monday, December 12, 2011, SherriBobbins wrote

I made mine in a 8x8 pan and it came out more like a cake, I will probably use a 13x9 next time..and recommended it my recipients!

On Friday, December 2, 2011, Heather from CA wrote

What size dish should these be baked in 8x8, 13x9 etc ?


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