Brownies in a Jar

16 Servings
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes

Brownies in a Jar are the perfect homemade gift. Simple dry ingredients are layered in the jar then just add eggs and butter to finish the batter and bake.

It’s hard to think of a better treat than Gooey Brownies fresh out of the oven. The smell of chocolate and butter fills up the house, and the melty brownies are pure bliss. This jar recipe makes it possible to give fresh homemade brownies as a delicious gift even to friends and family who live far away. Just assemble the dry ingredients, and print out directions for them to finish the Dessert on their own. It’s simple, inexpensive, and so cute!

Brownies in a Jar with layered ingredients next to finished baked brownies


This easy homemade brownie mix makes delicious fudgy chocolate brownies. With an easy mix of dry ingredients and some simple baking instructions, anyone can make delicious brownies, and they are so much better than a store-bought mix. The finished product is simply chocolate perfection!

Mason jar gifts like this one are great to have up your sleeve during the last-minute scramble for holiday presents. It’s an inexpensive gift that you can make with ingredients you probably already have in your pantry. Just layer the ingredients evenly so you can see them in the jar for the best visual presentation. 

Prep bowls with ingredients for Brownies in a Jar

The recipient of your thoughtful gift only has to pour the dry ingredients into a mixing bowl and combine them with butter and eggs. Then bake in a 9×13 inch baking pan for delicious fudgy chocolate brownies.

You can also experiment with adding different mix-ins to personalize the brownies for whomever is making them. Try tossing in some chopped walnuts for Walnut Brownies, or Oreos for Oreo Brownies. Once you have the simple base, there is really no end to the add-ins you can try. 

Funnel with Mason jar to fill ingredients for Brownies in a Jar



Need a holiday teacher gift or neighbor gift in a hurry? Brownies in a jar are perfect for last-minute gifting. They’re easy to make in just a few minutes, plus they’re cute, thoughtful, and easily portable. Mason jars can be found in 12 packs in most craft stores, so it is easy to make about a dozen of these each Christmas. It’s so quick to make them in bulk and then have all your gift-giving covered. 

Other than layering the dry ingredients in the mason jars, you’ll just need to give directions for baking. You can write out the directions by hand, or make it even easier on yourself with printable gift tags. Either way, the whole gift won’t take more than a few minutes. A decorative bow adds a finishing festive touch.

If you’re packaging the gift to send in the mail, the only thing you have to worry about is the jar breaking in transit. You’ll want to put it in a tight box with styrofoam or some other kind of cushioning around it to make sure the jar doesn’t shift around too much. 

Brownies in a Jar with layered ingredients


  • Gluten-free Brownies: If you’re gifting the jar to someone on a gluten-free diet, you can replace the white all-purpose flour with a gluten-free substitute. Almond flour, oat flour, or buckwheat flour are all good replacements to try.
  • Sweeteners: Some people don’t like using white sugar in their baking, so you can replace it with brown sugar, coconut sugar, or a sugar substitute like stevia. Just keep in mind that this will slightly alter the flavor of the final brownies. 
  • Peanut Butter Brownies: Any peanut butter lovers in your life? Gift them a jar with delicious peanut butter and chocolate flavor combo. All you have to do is add peanut butter chips along with the chocolate chips. 
  • Chocolate chips: Speaking of chocolate chips, you can experiment with the chocolatey flavor in these brownies, depending on what kind of chocolate chips you use. Try using white chocolate chips, dark chocolate chips, milk chocolate chips, or chocolate chunks to replace the semisweet chocolate chips. 
  • Mix-ins: For other mix-in ideas try adding walnuts, M&Ms, peanuts, or peppermint pieces. 

Brownies in a Jar with layered ingredients and gift tag



  • Serve: Once you’ve baked the brownie mix, they will be good at room temperature for 3-4 days as long as you put them in an airtight container or cover them in plastic wrap.
  • Store: Kept in the jar, the mix itself can stay good for up to 5 months. However, once you’ve made it into brownies, you can put the tray in the fridge to keep for a week.
  • Freeze: Homemade Brownies from the mix will also stay good frozen for up to 3 months.

Brownies in a Jar with layered ingredients next to finished baked brownies

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Brownies in a Jar

Brownies in a Jar are the perfect homemade gift. Simple dry ingredients are layered in the jar then just add eggs and butter to finish the batter and bake.
Yield 16 Servings
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Author Sabrina Snyder


  • 1 1/4 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips


For layering:

  • Carefully add ingredients in an even layer with a small spoon or thin funnel.
  • Add ingredients in the following order:
  • To a 1-quart mason jar add flour, baking powder, and salt.
  • Add ⅓ cup cocoa powder.
  • Add 1 cup sugar.
  • Add ⅓ cup cocoa powder.
  • Add 1 cup sugar.
  • Add semisweet chocolate chips.

Directions for gift tag:

  • Preheat to 350 degrees and spray a 9x13 baking dish with baking spray.
  • Add jar ingredients to a large bowl with 3 large eggs and ¾ cup melted unsalted butter (that's been cooled for 5 minutes), and whisk until well combined.
  • Pour into baking dish, spread evenly and bake for 25-30 minutes.


Calories: 206kcal | Carbohydrates: 41g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 148mg | Potassium: 155mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 29g | Vitamin A: 6IU | Calcium: 24mg | Iron: 2mg

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About the Author: Sabrina Snyder

Sabrina is a professionally trained Private Chef of over 10 years with ServSafe Manager certification in food safety. She creates all the recipes here on Dinner, then Dessert, fueled in no small part by her love for bacon.

Sabrina Snyder is a professionally trained personal and private chef of over 10 years who is the creator and developer of all the recipes on Dinner, then Dessert.

She is also the author of the cookbook Dinner, then Dessert – Satisfying Meals Using Only 3, 5 or 7 Ingredients, published by Harper Collins.

She started Dinner, then Dessert as a business in her office as a lunch service for her coworkers who admired her lunches before going to culinary school and becoming a full time personal chef and private chef.

As a personal chef Sabrina would cook for families one day a week and cook their entire week of dinners. All grocery shopping, cooking and cleaning was done along with instructions on reheating. As a private chef she cooked for private parties and cooked in family homes in the evenings for families on a nightly basis after working as a personal chef during the day.

Sabrina has been certified as a ServSafe Manager since 2007 and was a longstanding member of the USPCA Personal Chef Association including being on the board of the Washington DC Chapter of Chefs in the US Personal Chef Association when they won Chapter of the year.

As a member of the community of food website creators Sabrina Snyder has spoken at many conferences regarding her experiences as a food writer including the Indulge Food Conference, Everything Food Conference, Haven Food Conference and IACP Annual Food Professionals Conference.

Sabrina lives with her family in sunny California.

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  1. I absolutely love all of Sabrina’s recipes. Also like the fact that they are easy and do not require a lot of unusual spices