How to Make Brownies in a Jar

brownies in a jar

This is my favourite brownies in a jar recipe. It makes amazingly rich and chocolatey brownies with a divine gooey middle. They never last long out of the oven!

To make this gift, you just layer the ingredients of my scrumptious homemade brownie recipe into a 1 quart jar, and attach instructions. There's even a printable gift tag for you to download.

The lucky person receiving the gift just has to mix in some butter and eggs and bake for 30 minutes. Then they can sit down to enjoy a batch of warm, crunchy-on-the-outside-and-gooey-in-the-middle brownies.


In the immortal words of Linda Greyson,

"There's nothing better than a good friend,
except a good friend with chocolate."

Warning: Before you read any more, I feel it is my duty to inform you that this is a highly addictive recipe. You will find yourself cooking it again and again. I'm hereby absolve myself of responsibility for any chocolate-related psychological dependencies that you develop ;-)

How to make Brownies in a Jar

This recipe is the same as the one for my decadent brownies, but scaled down so that the ingredients fit perfectly into a 1 quart jar.

Ingredients (to fill a 1 quart/1L jar)

  • 1 1/2 cups (300g) brown sugar, firmly packed
  • 3/4 cup (90) plain flour
  • 3/4 cup (90g) cocoa powder (unsweetened)
  • 3/4 cup (80g) chopped walnuts
  • 1/2 cup (approximately 60g) chocolate chips or chunks

Variations: Replace the walnuts with other nuts like almonds or pecans, or use a combination. You could also add raisins to the mix.

Method for Preparing Brownies in a Jar Mixbrownies in a jar

  1. Measure out the ingredients separately.
  2. Layer ingredients into your jar, putting finer ingredients towards the bottom.

Here I have put cocoa, flour, brown sugar, walnuts, and chocolate. I think it would work even better breaking up the sugar layer. Have fun experimenting!

Just remember that the finer ingredients will fall through the gaps of the chunkier ingredients. That's why I always put the chunkier ingredients towards the top of the jar.

Storage: so long as the jar is air-tight, the brownie mix will last as long as any of the individual ingredients (just look on the packaging), which is normally a couple of months.

Instructions for Recipientbrownies in a jar

  1. Preheat oven to 320°F (160°C). Line a 7x11" (18x28cm) baking tin with baking paper.
  2. Empty out jar contents into a bowl and mix together thoroughly.
  3. Mix in 3 eggs (lightly beaten) and 1 cup (225g) of softened butter.
  4. Spread onto baking tray and bake for 30-35 minutes. The result is a cake-like crust, and moist and gooey center!

  5. Yield: 24 decadent chocolate brownies.

Write out the instructions above and attach them to your gift. Or you can print out my PDF label.

brownies in a jar tag

What next?

How did your brownies in a jar turn out? I hope you baked a batch for yourself too! If you're a chocolate addict (come on, admit it), make sure you also try my choc-chip-bliss cookies. You'll find the recipe on my cookie recipes in a jar page.

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Happy Gifting!


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