Saturday, January 28, 2012

Brownie in a Jar

This idea was such a hit at the end of last year that it almost made the charts.  Facebook went into overdrive and little old 'Brownie in a Jar' went viral, finding its way into all sorts of Christmas stockings, parties, wedding tables and teachers end of year gift piles.  Amid the frenzy I forgot to even blog about it!  So, here's the Brownie in a Jar recipe (Ball Quart Mason jars available from our store)....

I first saw this idea about seven years ago when I purchased one from a school fundraiser.  Unfortunately the brownie wasn't that nice, as it had a whole heap of oil in it, so I searched around for a good, simple recipe and adapted it slightly to make a 'jar full' of mixture.


BROWNIE IN A JAR - The perfect homemade (and cute) gift idea ♥

This recipe fits into our Ball Quart Mason jar and our vintage 'Agee Special' jars. Layer the following into the jar:
1 1/2 cups brown sugar
3/4 cup plain flour
3/4 cup cocoa
3/4 cup walnuts/pecans (optional - replace with chocolate if necessary)
1/2 cup chocolate chips/chunks/buttons

Cover lid with pretty fabric or paper, bind with twine and tie on a tag with the following directions:
Preheat oven to 160 degrees celcius
Line an 18x28cm (or similar) baking tin with baking paper
Empty contents of jar into mixing bowl, mix in 3 lightly beaten eggs and 1 cup (225g) of softened butter.
Spread into baking tray and bake for 30-35 minutes

Lovely cake like crust with gooey moist centre - and did I mention rich?! The perfect homemade gift. x


  1. Like very much the jar looks gorgeous with the chocolate!

  2. Thanks for this I love it! I made this for a friend's birthday today. She thought it was amazing. Just a note it pays to pat the layers down otherwise they take up too much room and it keeps them separated better.

  3. I love your blog and shop. I made one of these jars for a friend of mine and added a blog post about your wonderful jars. Thanks so much for the idea.

  4. This was the worst brownie recipe I have ever made? Where is my baking powder? They did not rise...I had my doubts when it did not have any rising agents but read the reviews and did not see any negative reviews. I am now going to empty the dozen jars I made as gifts and start over with an alternate recipe...

    1. Hi 'Anonymous'
      I sure hope you didn't throw it all out, what a dreadful waste! Brownies are not meant to rise as such, as they are typically dense, soft and chewy, unlike a cake. Hence no raising agent, just eggs. Then again, this comment could just be spam. Kind of hope it is, as that would be a major waste of ingredients :-(

  5. I got given this by one of my children in my class at the end of last year. I absolutely loved it!! What a great gift! The brownie was delicious so i asked the mum for the recipe and she directed me to your blog! LOve love love!!

    1. Great to hear! Thanks so much for the love :-) xx

  6. How much chocolate chips would I put in if I don't add pecans?

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