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Brownie Mix in a Jar

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Brownie Mix in a Jar makes for a perfect teacher or neighbor gift. This giftable recipe will give the receiver some moist, chewy, and rich brownies that they will enjoy.

This homemade gift in a jar recipe is easy to make and is a budget-friendly way to give a tasty gift. Not only is this gift perfect for teachers but I always keep a few on hand for hostess gifts when I’m in a rush.

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Fun Facts About Brownie Mix

Did you know that brownie mix was invented in the United States at the end of the 19th century? Once invented, this baking mix in a box became highly popular in both the United States and Canada in the 20th century.

Baking mixes like this brownie mix in a jar can help busy moms like myself get a sweet treat ready in a time crunch. There’s no need for extra ingredients or measuring, just add in water, oil, and eggs and you will have fudgy brownies in no time.

Why I Love This Recipe

Brownie Mix in a jar is simple to make but provides a great budget-friendly gift idea for teachers, neighbors, and friends.

  • Ready in under 30 minutes
  • Easy to make
  • Fun to make
  • Always a hit at parties

If you love edible gifts like this one you may also like this One Smart Teacher Gift.

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You only need a handful of ingredients to make this Brownie Mix in a Jar recipe. Gather these staple ingredients from your pantry and you are ready to assemble!

  • chopped nuts (optional)
  • semisweet chocolate chips
  • brown sugar
  • granulated sugar
  • cocoa powder
  • all-purpose flour
Ingredients used to make Brownie Mix in a Jar.


Chopped Nuts: The chopped nuts in this recipe are optional, no need to substitute them, just leave them out if you want a nut-free brownie mix.

Milk Chocolate Chips: Want a sweeter brownie mix? Use milk chocolate chips instead of semi-sweet for a sweeter brownie mix.

Equipment Needed / Helpful Tools

You only need three tools to help you make this homemade gift. One quick trip to the local box store and you will be ready to make this brownie mix in a jar recipe.

How to Make Brownie Mix in a Jar

There are only two steps to make this easy Brownie Mix in a jar recipe.

Step 1: Assemble Jars

To assemble the jars layer the ingredients in the following order: nuts if using, chocolate chips, brown sugar, granulated sugar, cocoa powder, and then all-purpose flour.

Brownie Mix in a jar freshly assembled next to nuts in a glass bowl.

Step 2: Label Jars

Print out the labels and either stick the label on the jars or tie them on with ribbon or string.

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Include the following instructions with the gift:

  1. Empty jar ingredients into large bowl. Add 2 eggs, 1/2 cup oil, 1 teaspoon vanilla, and 1/2 cup water.
  2. Stir until ingredients are fully combined.
  3. Spread batter into a greased 8-inch square baking pan.
  4. Bake at 350°F for 30 minutes.

If you like, you can use the prepared instruction labels. Glue them to the back of the gift tag labels and attach to the jar with string.

Variations / Options / Add-Ins

Want to give your brownie mix in a jar a little pop of festive color? Use these tips to take the brownie mix up a notch.

Mint: Tie on a candy cane or two to be chopped up and added to the brownie mix for a peppermint flavor.

Candy Bars: Add a small bag of candy bars like Snickers or Twix for an additional fun ingredient for the brownies.

Sprinkles: Include a festive container of sprinkles for a holiday brownie flare.

Toppings/Serving Suggestions

Are you curious how to turn this brownie mix into brownies? Here are the directions for making brownies.

  1. Add 2 eggs, ½ cup oil, 1 teaspoon vanilla, ½ cup water and homemade brownie mix to a mixing bowl.
  2. Mix well and Spread into greased 8 inch square baking pan.
  3. Bake at 350 for 30 min. Or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  4. Cool on a wire rack.
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Do you have questions about Brownie Mix in a Jar? Here are the answers to the most commonly asked questions.

How to store

Store your brownie mix in a cool dry place away from heat sources.

Can I double this recipe?

Yes! You can double this recipe, just make sure that you purchase extra jars.

Can this be made ahead?

One of the best things about this easy brownie mix recipe is that you can make it a couple of weeks before you need it. Just make sure to seal the brownie mix jar well.

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Free Printable Labels and Instructions

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📋 Recipe

Brownie Mix in a Jar

Corinne Schmitt
Brownie Mix in a Jar makes for a perfect teacher or neighbor gift. 
4.98 from 68 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 1 Jar
Calories 2662 kcal


  • 1 quart mason jar
  • Measuring spoons


  • cup chopped nuts optional
  • ½ cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • cup brown sugar
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • cup cocoa powder
  • 1.5 cups all purpose flour


  • Layer ingredients in order in mason jar. Add attached lid toppers and ribbon.


To make the brownies: 
Add 2 eggs, ½ cup oil, 1 teaspoon vanilla, ½ cup water and homemade brownie mix. 
Mix well and Spread into greased 8 inch square baking pan. 
Bake at 350 for 30 min. 
Cool on wire rack.


Serving: 1JarCalories: 2662kcalCarbohydrates: 506gProtein: 37gFat: 66gSaturated Fat: 25gPolyunsaturated Fat: 20gMonounsaturated Fat: 15gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 5mgSodium: 62mgPotassium: 1518mgFiber: 24gSugar: 327gVitamin A: 53IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 282mgIron: 21mg
Tried this recipe?Let us know how it was!

Need to run to the store for a few ingredients first? Don’t forget to pin this recipe so you can find it when you’re ready to cook!

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15 thoughts on “Brownie Mix in a Jar”

    • It depends on the expiration date of your ingredients, but otherwise, this mix can last up to a year stored in your pantry.

  1. 3 stars
    Good but needs salt! I’m glad so did a test batch before making and gifting for Christmas.

    • That’s the great thing about recipes, you can modify them to match your preferences. I’m glad you like the idea of gifting these for Christmas. Enjoy your Christmas!

  2. Just wondering there’s no baking powder in this recipe? Do the brownies come out flat?

    • No, the brownies won’t come out flat, but they will be more dense and have a fudgy texture.

  3. 5 stars
    100% recommend this recipe to give out to family and friends as a gift.

    I’ve been on the hunt for a simple and easy brownie jar that can be easily made by non bakers and this one IS IT!

    I tested them out and baked for about 35 or so mins (30 min mark was a little too gooey for my liking).

    • I’m so glad you like this recipe! That’s great that you tested them – thanks for letting us know that you liked the brownies baked a little longer. Some of my readers might want to try that too. Thanks for commenting.

  4. Does this recipe use oil? It’s mentioned in the middle of the article, but in the directions it is not mentioned.

    • You do use oil when you make the brownies. The Ingredients and Instructions in the recipe card are for making the brownie mix that you put in the jar. Under the Instructions is a Notes section that says how to make the brownies. The oil is mentioned there.

  5. This says to use a 16 oz jar, but the ingredients add up to 3.75 C (or more if you add nuts). Do you mean a quart jar? I’m thinking of making these as gifts for 8-10 people so I want to make sure I don’t buy the wrong size.

    • You’re right! Huge oversight on my part. Updating the post now.

  6. 5 stars
    Yum. This dessert looks amazing. I’ll have to make some for me and my son next week.

    • I hope you and your son enjoy the brownies. Thanks for commenting.


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