Mixes in a jar really appeal to me for some reason. They combine the craftiness of scratch-made food with the ease of store-bought mixes. The idea, if you've never seen it, is that you put all of the dry ingredients for a given recipe in a jar, measured out and usually layered in a decorative way. Then you give it as a gift, along with instructions for adding wet ingredients and cooking. It's like giving them brownies, except the jars keep longer and the receiver gets to share the glory of making something delicious.
Ok, so brownies in a jar.
- 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
- 1/3 cup dutched cocoa (I used Hershey's Special Dark)
- 1 cup sifted all-purpose flour
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1 cup peanut butter chips
- 1/2 cup mini semi-sweet chips
1. Mix flour, baking powder, and salt in a bowl.
2. Layer ingredients in a quart-size jar in the following order: sugar, cocoa, flour mixture, peanut butter chips, and semi-sweet chips. Tap the jar a bit after each layer to allow the layer to settle. By the time you get to the chips, you might have to push everything down a bit to make it all fit.
3. Attach a label with the following instructions and give as a gift.
Here are some labels I made if you don't want to write all that out:
- Heat oven to 350 F.
- In a large bowl, mix 1/2 cup (1 stick) of melted and cooled butter and 2 eggs, lightly beaten, with the contents of the jar.
- Pour into greased 8x8 baking pan.
- Bake for 35 minutes.