I love giving something homemade and delicious when we’re invited to friends for dinner. Usually I offer to bring a dessert (which forms part of the meal) but sometimes a food gift of a different kind is more appropriate. Something pretty and fun, that can be kept for months and enjoyed with minimal effort whenever the mood strikes.

This beautiful brownie mix is a joy to look at and to eat. It always brings a smile to the recipient’s face! And when they do get around to whipping up the brownies, you did half the work so it’s kind of like a team effort and they’ll definitely think of you as they take the first heavenly bite.

If you want nice clean layers, try using a funnel when you add the ingredients and push down each layer before adding the next (either with a spoon or your hand if it fits in the jar). I found this works much better than tapping the jar to “settle” the ingredients. Be sure your jar is 1 litre in size so everything fits just right. I used this Kilner jar. Not much else to it!

You can get creative with the last 3 layers, adding any combination of nuts and chocolate chips/chunks that you like. You could even use broken up Oreos for one of the layers.

I’ve included a choice of 3 printable labels for you, so simply download, print and stick on your jar when you are done! Click here: Brownie Mix Label

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To fill a 1 litre jar
300ml flour
2ml salt
1ooml cocoa
150ml dark brown sugar
150ml castor sugar
100ml dark chocolate chips
100ml white chocolate chips
100ml pecan nuts


  • Mix together the flour and salt. Add half of this mixture to the jar.
  • Next add the cocoa, then the remaining flour/salt mixture, pushing down each layer in-between.
  • Now add the brown sugar, then the white sugar.
  • Lastly layer in the dark chocolate chips, white chocolate chips and fill to the top with the pecan nuts.

Baking directions: (to be given with the jar, or use my printable label Brownie Mix Label)

  • Preheat oven to 180°C. Line a 23cm x 23cm baking tin.
  • Pour the contents of the jar into a large bowl and mix well.
  • Stir in 1 teaspoon of vanilla essence, 165ml melted butter and 3 eggs. Beat until just combined.
  • Pour the batter into the prepared tin and bake for 20-25 minutes.
  • Allow to cool, then cut into slices and enjoy!

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