Today’s post is so easy it’s sleazy. (But it’s also beautiful, delicious, and charming.) You know those fancy mixes you can buy in the jars? Well, now you can make your own! This particular chocolate chip brownie mix recipe is particularly quick and frugal to make.
Here’s what you’ll need to gather up:
- 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 2/3 cups cocoa powder
- 2 cups granulated sugar
- 1 teaspoon Kosher salt
- 1 cup chocolate chips (the original recipe suggests mixing white & regular so I went with that)
- 1 quart-sized mason jar per recipe
To save on costs, you can definitely purchase these items in bulk! Expect to pay around $0.30/lb for flour and $0.60/lb for sugar at WinCo foods. They also sell the cocoa powder in bulk. It occurred to me if you wanted to be REALLY cheap you could just buy the bulk brownie mix WinCo foods sells in bulk or a Betty Crocker boxed kit. But my thinking is: you’re already getting off not spending much money, so just “splurge” and buy the four ingredients.
This is basically the entire “recipe”…. mix the four ingredients together (flour, cocoa, salt, sugar). I wish there was more I could tell you, but really. That’s about it.
Put the mix in a clean quart-sized mason jar. A word here: make sure that if you wash the jar, you also dry it well! On the first go around, I had a couple teeny tiny drops of water in the bottom of the jar I’d not caught. I realized my error as soon as I dumped in my brownie mix. No good.
As you might have guessed, the chocolate chips go in on top of the mix.
From here, the sky’s the limit on how you might choose to decorate and gift your brownie mix.
I love using these wash-off labels – they really DO come off like nothing else under hot, soapy water! Then, I simply added a ribbon.
You could create a basket theme for this gift – include a holiday-style spatula such as this one Kelly found for 60%, or how about a Flirty Apron or potholder (they are 50% and free shipping today only – 12/10).
I think this would make a quick and cute gift for a teacher, coworker, or as a hostess gift! Make sure to include a card with the directions for baking them, too!
Preheat oven to 350ºF and grease a 13×9 baking pan. Add 1 1/2 sticks butter and 2 eggs to the brownie mix. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes, or until brownies are completely set. Allow to cool and serve.
For more information on this recipe, please see Babble.
Do you like the idea of a gift you can make with jars? Here are a few others I’ve shared in the last year or so:
Vintage Snowglobes in Jars (great to reuse old jars, too!)
I hope that this series has given you some ideas for making homemade gifts that are beautiful, but don’t break the budget! There are still two more for this series, so stay tuned!
PS if you missed yesterday’s Peg Doll Nativity set post, go back and read it. It’s pretty much my FAVORITE post in this series!