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Thursday, August 28, 2014

Brownies in a jar

To go with all my other 'jar recipes'  - here is a Brownie recipe that can be partially pre-made.

Reasons to do this:
  1. Save time in a hurry - half the work is done
  2. Ingredients are already 'saved' and you are not out of cocoa powder in the middle of mixing.
  3. Makes a great gift if you use a pretty jar - great gift in a pinch too.
  4. Cheaper than boxed mix
  5. Healthier than boxed mix

How to do this:
  1. Get some clean jars with lids (plastic or glass, doesn't matter)
  2. LABEL the jars!  Not only do you want to put what this is for (Brownies), you also want to put the directions on the jar.  I use sharpie.  This washes off easily with a magic eraser or nail polish remover.
  3. Put in your ingredients.  They can be mixed, or layered.  Doesn't matter - they get all mixed up with the beaters anyhow.
  4. Seal tightly.  There are ways to seal the jars for a long period of time, but I think you have to use new canning jars.  You can also store in the fridge or freezer.  I keep these in the pantry.  There is nothing that can go bad and they get used very quickly.
  5. You're done!  Now just pull out a jar, add your wet ingredients and enjoy :)

Dry Ingredients:

1 cup white sugar
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp baking powder

When ready to make - just add:

1/2 cup butter
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla

If you want to get fancy - here are the ingredients for the frosting

3 Tbsp butter - soft
3 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tsp honey
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup confectioners sugar (powdered sugar)


  1. Preheat oven to 350.  Grease and flour (or use parchment paper) an 8" square pan.
  2. Pour dry ingredients into a bowl.  Melt butter and add all wet ingredients.  Mix until all the dry ingredients are just wet.  Do not over mix.  (if you want to add nuts, chocolate chips, m&m's, marshmallows, chocolate candy, this is the time to do it)
  3. Pour mix into prepared pan.
  4. Bake 25-30 min.  Do not overcook
  5. Make frosting and frost brownies while still warm.

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