When it comes to gifts, I always like to make rather than buy if I can. It is not only cheaper, but much more thoughtful. A homemade gift can be super simple, and super cheap; or it can be more extravagant, involving a lot of time and effort. This recipe for a ‘brownie in a jar’ is not only simple, but it makes a perfect stocking filler, Secret Santa present, and a great addition to any Christmas Eve box.
The recipe covers everything you need, and how to assemble, my ‘brownie in a jar’ gift together with what instructions to include on the label. All the recipient has to do is add eggs and butter, mix, and bake! What’s not to love?!
If you wanted to make the gift even more ‘complete’ you could include a brownie tin. I recommend the PME 9″ square tin as it is made from aluminium, which I find heats more evenly.
Want to get creative? Why not try adding different types of chocolate chip: milk, dark, white or a mix of the three. Just remember the weight of the chocolate chips should be 100g. You could also add fudge, or walnuts (no more than 50g of each, in substitution for 50g of chocolate chips.) If you want something really specially, Aldi usually have Christmas-themed fudges and cake decorations. I recently saw some Christmas pudding fudge–perfect for a festive treat! The limits are endless!
And if all this brownie talk has got you hungry, why not try my recipe for Cheeky Monkey brownies. They are dairy-free!
‘Brownie in a Jar’
- 500 ml airtight jar (such as a Kilner jar)
- 170 g plain flour
- ¼ tsp baking powder
- 35 g cocoa powder
- 140 g light brown sugar
- 140 g caster sugar
- 100 g chocolate chips milk, white, or a mix of both!
Constructing the brownie mix:
- First, wash your jar in hot, soapy water and leave to fully dry.
- Next, sift the baking powder and flour together to combine before weighing into two 85g portions.
- Layer the ingredients in the jar in the following order: flour (layer 1), cocoa powder, flour (layer 2), light brown sugar, caster sugar, chocolate chips.
- Seal the jar and tie a ribbon or some twine around it, finishing with a bow.
On a gift tag, write the following instructions:
- Combine the contents of the jar with 150g melted butter and 3 beaten eggs.
- Mix well and pour into a lined 9" inch tin.
- Bake at 180°C for 25-35 minutes. Leave to cool, then enjoy.