So, this isn’t a new idea and it’s certainly not my own, but it’s one I’ve always wanted to try. I love to bake, but sometimes the cost of ingredients can really add up. That’s why I’d be appreciative if someone gave me this homemade brownie mix…all I’d have to do is add the perishable ingredients and presto! Homemade dessert! And since I think there’s something to the idea that the best gifts are those you’d want to receive yourself, I decided to make one to give as a hostess gift. Oh, and don’t forget the power of packaging when you’re giving a gift. Mason jars can be pretty in their simplicity, but it looks like you put a bit more effort and thought into this if you spruce it up a bit. I’ll tell you how I did this one. Incidentally, any utilitarian glass jar with a metal lid can be recycled into a storage container nice enough for a desk or kitchen if you just spray paint the lid and remove any labels from the glass. You could keep office supplies, sewing notions, or craft supplies in them!
Death By Chocolate Brownie Mix
Nap Rating = 1 nap
Tools & Materials
- 1 quart Mason jar
- Funnel (optional)
- Metal spray paint in color of your choice
- About 10″ of 3/8″ wide ribbon
- About 14″ of coordinating ribbon in any width
- Hot glue gun
- Card stock
- Hole punch
- Lay down newspaper and spray paint lid and rim of Mason jar; let dry for 24 hours.
- Hot glue 3/8″ wide ribbon to metal rim of jar after the paint is completely dry.
- Assemble mix (see below), and screw rim and lid on tightly.
- Print out instruction tag on card stock, cut to desired size and punch a hole in one corner.
- Wrap coordinating ribbon around mouth of jar, just below the metal rim and tie in a knot. Thread tag onto ribbon and tie in a bow.
1 c. plus 2 T. flour
1/2 tsp. salt
2/3 c. brown sugar
1/3 c. baking cocoa
2/3 c. sugar
1/2 c. chocolate chips
1/2 c. vanilla chips
1/2 c. chopped pecans
Mix flour with salt. Pour into washed and thoroughly cleaned 1 quart jar. You may want to use a funnel for this, but I got away without needing one just by pouring very carefully. Layer remaining ingredients in order listed. (Don’t worry, it fits! I was skeptical, too, but the ingredients will pack down, fitting perfectly.)
Instructions for Tag: In large bowl, whisk 3 eggs, 2/3 c. canola oil and 1 tsp. vanilla; add brownie mix and stir until blended. Bake in greased 9-in pan at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes.