Last-Minute Gift Idea {Don’t leave the house!}

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I think the title of every email in my inbox includes the words “last-minute gift” right about now. Because we are human, most of us inevitably have forgotten to procure a gift for a friend or family member… oopsie! However, if you have some baking basics hanging around your house, you can probably whip up a gift in just a few minutes that is sure to be loved by the recipient. You may even get requests for the same gift year after year (it has happened to me!)

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I’m talking about a jar of the best brownie mix ever, of course. This mix makes delicious, fudgy brownies that are way better than any store-bought mix. Just add all of the ingredients to a container, attach a label with directions, tie a ribbon around it and you are good to go. You can really use any container, though I opted to carefully layer the mix in a wide-mouth 16 oz. mason jar. My friend Robyn gave her neighbors some in a cute Chinese take-out container… I love it!

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Below is the recipe for making just the mix, and here is a link to the printable labels you see below that you can affix to your container with directions for baking. My printer of course ran out of color ink just as I went to print these labels… they would have looked so cute in red!

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You can print them on paper, glue them together and make a cute tag for your present. Or maybe you have (or want to buy) some of the Avery 2 Inch Round Printable Labels on which the design fits. Either way, I hope you find the labels useful!

Now here is the recipe for making the mix. The mix fits perfectly into a pint-sized (16 oz.) mason jar and can be doubled if desired if you have a larger container.

Best Brownie Mix

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/3 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup sugar

Instructions

  1. Add the ingredients in order to a pint-sized mason jar (or any other container). Attach a label or tag with these instructions: Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease an 8x8 inch pan. Mix 2 eggs, 1/2 cup vegetable oil, 1 tsp vanilla and contents of jar. Bake for 25-30 minutes and enjoy.
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