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Brownie Cakes in a Jar

Brownie Cakes in a Jar

Everybody loves brownies and everybody loves presents, so why not combine the two? Gifts in a jar make holidays so easy, and these are just delicious!

Cooking Time: 40 min

Ingredients
  • 2 canning jars, wide mouth
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon (optional)
  • 1/3 cup butter or margarine
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup buttermilk
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup walnuts, finely chopped
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 325F degrees.
     
  2. Sterilize two 1-pint straight-sided wide-mouth canning jars (specifically made for canning jams and jellies), lids and rings by boiling for 10 minutes.  Keep the lids and rings in the hot water until ready to use.
     
  3. In a small bowl stir together flour, sugar, baking soda and cinnamon. Set aside.
     
  4. In a medium saucepan combine butter or margarine, water and cocoa powder.
     
  5. Heat and stir until butter or margarine is melted and mixture is well blended.
     
  6. Remove from heat, stir in flour mixture.
     
  7. Add buttermilk, egg and vanilla, beat by hand until smooth.
     
  8. Stir in nuts.
     
  9. Pour mixture into the prepared canning jars, place jars onto a cookie sheet.
     
  10. Bake at 325F degrees for 35-40 minutes or until a pick inserted deep into each cake comes out clean.
     
  11. Remove cakes from the oven, one at a time.
     
  12. Place a lid, then a ring onto the jars and screw down tightly.
     
  13. Place jars onto your counter to cool. You'll hear a "plinking" sound. If you miss the sound, wait until the cakes are cool and press on the lids.  They shouldn't move at all, that means they've sealed.  This recipe makes 2 jars.
     
Notes
  • Store cakes in a cool, dark place.  They  should last up to a year.  I don't know, they've never lasted that  long around here!
     
  • If you'd like to decorate the jar, place a wad of cotton in the center of each lid.  Cut a piece of decorative cloth with pinking shears about 3 inches larger in circumference than the lid.  Place that cloth  on top of the cotton.  Screw the ring back on (by this time the rings can be removed as the lids should be sealed).  Use your imagination when decorating.  A hot glue gun works wonders (dried  flowers, ribbon, etc). 
     
  • These make WONDERFUL Christmas gifts. 



For more great jar recipes and gift ideas, check out our Mason Jar Recipes eBook.

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