Here's my last-minute, don't-know-what-to-do gifts for Nathan's teachers. He's been home sick all week so I haven't had a chance to do anything but his school had a picnic for their students and their families today so last night, I stayed up til 2am making these brownie-mix-in-a-jars.
I spent about an hour looking for a decent cookie recipe that would fit in a pint-sized jar and ended up using this recipe for a brownie that filled 4 pint-sized jars:
Brownie Mix in a Jar #1
2 cups all-purpose flour
3 cups granulated white sugar
1 1/2 cups unsweetened cocoa powder
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1 cup vegetable shortening
Combine all of the dry ingredients with a whisk. Cut in the shortening thoroughly with a pastry blender. Store in an airtight container in a cool, dry place. It will keep longer in the refrigerator. Makes 8 cups, or enough for 4 one-pint jars yielding 4 batches of brownies.
When giving as a gift, attach the following directions to the jar:
Instructions: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease an 8-inch square baking pan. In a medium bowl, combine 2 cups brownie mix with 2 eggs, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, and 1/2 cup chopped nuts. Stir until just moistened. Spread in prepared pan and bake for 20 to 25 minutes, until center is set. Makes 16 brownies.
I was really lucky that the inks and the ribbon matched so well. I just hope the brownies turn out okay.