How to make a Brownie Mix in a Jar Gift

Brownie Mix in a Jar Gifts
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It’s so easy to make homemade brownie gift jars. You provide the dry ingredients and the recipe and your recipient has everything she needs to make a delicious batch of brownies. You can decorate your jar to match your tastes and make it really personal. These gifts are thoughtful, welcomed, and don’t cost much. Here’s how you do it.

You’re going to layer ingredients needed to make the brownies in a clear container. A quart (32 ounce) mason jar works well as does any glass container that’s tall and has a lid. Get fancy or just go basic. It’s up to you. You’re going to need the following:

Brownies in a Jar

  • 1 cup Flour
  • 1 tsp. Baking Soda
  • 1/2 tsp. Salt
  • 2/3 cup Brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup Good Cocoa
  • 1/2 cup Semisweet Chocolate Chips
  • 1/2 cup Walnuts (optional)
  • 2/3 cup Granulated Sugar

It’s best if you also have a wide mouth funnel on hand. Grab some card stock and ribbon too as well as a decorative pen.

The idea is to layer the ingredients so that they look pretty. You’re not going to mix them. So start with the flour and go down the list. Add one ingredient at a time to the jar and tamp it down. The sugar will be the last thing you add on top of the mix. It’s looking great at this point, but you’ll still need to include the recipe on a piece of card stock or on a label. Print on a computer or hand write these directions:

You’ve got everything here you need to make a luscious batch of brownies except 3 eggs and 2/3 cup of oil and one teaspoon of vanilla extract. Dump out the jar’s contents and add the additional ingredients. Mix until blended but don’t over mix. Pour your batter into a greased pan. 9” square works best. Bake at 350 degrees for 35-40 minutes. Test with a toothpick. When it comes out of the center clean, your brownies are done. Allow to cool before cutting.

That’s it! Now it’s time to decorate the lid. You can place a circle of festive fabric on top of the lid of a mason jar and then screw on the lid. Tie a ribbon around the neck of the jar and punch a hole through the recipe card. Tie the recipe card firmly to the jar using the ribbon. You can create different patterned lids based on the season or the holiday.

These jars are great as holiday and birthday gifts, but they also make great raffle prizes or basket fillers. Think about all the PTO and church events that are coming up. You can contribute a few of these to raise money for a good cause. People love them because they are getting the convenience of home baking without the hassle of running out to gather all the ingredients.

They also make great little gifts for your kids’ teachers, your manicurist or hairdresser, the school bus driver, a friend at the office or a music teacher. You can even make these as wedding favors. Just choose pretty jars and make one for each couple (not each person). Singles, of course would get their own as well. These jars are easy to make and the kids can help.

 

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