Correspondent Kitchen: All-in-One Christmas Present + Recipe
December 21, 2012 | by

Photo credit Mary Friesz

Are you having a “AHH! Christmas is in 5 days and I still need to buy a bunch of presents, but I’m broke!” moment? Me too! No worries… this Christmas gift and recipe will solve your problem!

Here is a super easy, quick, and thoughtful present that your friends and family will love!  Everyone I know LOVES brownies, so instead of baking up a dozen batches, I decided to gift them what they need to make their own delicious, HOMEMADE brownies using a recipe I have tweaked from all of my favorite brownie recipes.

There are two parts to this recipe.  First, you will assemble the jars to give as gifts using 1 quart mason jars and items you can find in your pantry.  Second, your friends and family that are amazed at your creativity will bake the delicious treats.

1)  Brownies-in-a-Jar PART ONE

Ingredients that will go in the jar:

  • 2 cups white sugar
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder (I like Hershey’s)
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup chocolate chips

Directions:

  1. Wash and dry mason jars, rings, and lids.  Let dry completely.
  2. Mix together flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, and salt.
  3. Using a funnel (or a flexible cutting mat rolled into a funnel shape), add about half of the cocoa and flour mixture to the jar.  Tap to even your layer.
  4. Using the funnel, add 1 cup of the sugar.  Tap to even your layer.
  5. Using the funnel, add the remaining cocoa and flour mixture.  Tap to even your layer.
  6. Using the funnel, add the remaining 1 cup of sugar.  Tap to even your layer.
  7. Add the chocolate chips to the top of the jar.  If it looks like there is not enough room, press down the chips as you add them; they will all fit.
  8. Put on the lid, twist on the ring, and your jar is complete!
  9. Attach PART TWO of these directions so your friends will know how to make the brownies!
  10. Optional: Add a piece of fabric tied with a ribbon over the top of the jar for a more festive look.

2)  Brownies-in-a-Jar PART TWO

Ingredients that are added before baking:

  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 4 eggs

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Thoroughly spray a 13 x 9 inch baking pan with cooking spray.
  3. In a large bowl, mix oil, vanilla, and eggs until well blended.
  4. Dump contents of jar into the wet mixture.  Mix until combined (batter will be thick).
  5. Spread into prepared pan and bake for 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the pan comes out clean.
  6. Cool on a cooling rack (if you can resist).
Looking for more holiday themed recipes?  Check out the College Lifestyles Holiday Cooking Guide!

Kelly Kaminski is a graduate of Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, OH and is currently a Dietetic Intern and graduate student at Louisiana Tech University.

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