Brownies in a Jar | Homemade Gift with FREE Printable Gift Tag

‘Brownies in a Jar’ make the perfect homemade gift for a teacher, friend or neighbour. Includes a free printable recipe label gift tag. 

A glass jar with a label attached, and filled with layers of ingredients to make cookies

‘Brownies in a Jar’ are one of my very favourite homemade gifts to make (especially at Christmas time!). They’re such a thoughtful, unique little present… plus they’re budget-friendly too – which is handy if you’re making a few!!

PS. If you missed my ‘Cookies in a Jar’, you can check them out here.

A glass jar with a label attached, filled with layers of ingredients to make cookies

How to make ‘Brownies in a Jar’

It is SO easy to make these clever little homemade foodie gifts. To start off you’ll need a 1 litre glass jar (see below for tips on where to buy them). Then it’s simply a matter of layering in the dry ingredients, printing out the gift tag… and that. is. it!

A glass lidded jar with a label attached, filled with layers of ingredients to make cookies

Top Tips for making ‘Brownies in a Jar’

  1. If you’re making multiple jars, line them all up in a row and place the first ingredient in each of them and then repeat with the remaining ingredients (a bit like a little production line).
  2. Have a clean dry cloth on hand to wipe down any excess flour from the glass etc as you go (this step is absolutely not necessary but it helps to give you nice straight lines).
  3. Use a spoon to carefully add each of the ingredients to the jar.
  4. If you have a bit of room at the top of the jar, simply add in some extra walnuts.

A \'Brownies in a Jar\' label attached to a glass jar filled with layers of ingredients

Where can I buy the glass jars?

I’m in Australia and I’ve found that you can usually buy 1 litre glass jars from Kmart, most $2 shops or discount stores.

A glass lidded jar with a label attached, filled with dry ingredients to make cookies

Free Printable Gift Tag for ‘Brownies in a Jar’

Click here to download your free printable gift tags (alternatively you can handwrite your own tag).

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Brownies in a Jar

Brownies in a Jar

'Brownies in a Jar' make the perfect homemade gift for a teacher, friend or neighbour. Includes a free printable recipe label gift tag. 
5 from 8 votes
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Course: Brownies, Christmas, gifts, homemade gifts
Cuisine: brownies, Chocolate, gifts
Keyword: brownies in a jar
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 1
Calories: 3971kcal


  • 1 1/4 cups plain flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 2/3 cup cocoa powder
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar (firmly packed)
  • 3/4 cup caster sugar
  • 3/4 cup milk chocolate chips
  • 3/4 cup white chocolate chips
  • 100 g walnuts, roughly chopped


  • To make 'brownies in a jar' you'll need a 1 litre glass jar. 
  • In a small bowl, mix the plain flour, salt and baking powder together. 
  • Carefully spoon half of the flour mixture into the bottom of the glass jar. Gently move the flour around so that you have an even layer. 
  • Spoon the cocoa powder on top of the plain flour in the jar and spread around to create another even layer.
  • Spoon the remaining flour mixture over the top. 
  • Continue to create the layers in the following order - brown sugar, caster sugar, milk chocolate chips, white chocolate chips and finally walnuts. 
  • Close the lid of the glass jar (if you have any extra space at the top of the jar, simply top up with extra walnuts). 
  • Print out our free recipe gift tag and attach to the jar with a ribbon (see notes). I


If you would prefer to handwrite your own gift tag rather than use our free printable, simply write: Preheat oven to 170 degrees celsius. Place all ingredients into a large bowl. Add 150g of melted butter & 3 lightly beaten eggs. Mix well. Pour the brownie batter into an 18X28cm baking tin. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until cooked through.
To create even layers in the jar, use a spoon to gently add each layer of ingredients. You can also use a dry tea towel or paper towel to wipe down the inside of the glass as you go.


Calories: 3971kcal | Carbohydrates: 653g | Protein: 57g | Fat: 149g | Saturated Fat: 57g | Cholesterol: 49mg | Sodium: 2608mg | Potassium: 2593mg | Fiber: 34g | Sugar: 478g | Vitamin A: 300IU | Vitamin C: 1.3mg | Calcium: 973mg | Iron: 21.7mg
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A glass lidded jar with a label, filled with layers dry ingredients


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  1. maree says:

    5 stars
    Hi I have made these the last couple of years as teachers gifts and they have loved them, Just a question how far out can i make them and how long does the ingredients last in the jar?

    1. Lucy says:

      Hi Maree, you could make them at least a month ahead of time as the jars are sealed.

  2. Justine says:

    Can i half this recipe for a smaller jar?

    1. Lucy says:

      Absolutely! You’ll also need to reduce the cooking time x

  3. Karen Calnin says:

    My friend is allergic to chocolate. I can use white chocolate chips but what can I substitute for cocoa powder. Or just omit it?

    1. Lucy says:

      Hi Karen, you might be better using the cookies in a jar recipe as the brownies really need cocoa or chocolate.

  4. Janice Meadows says:

    5 stars
    Just made the Brownies in a Jar for all my lady guests at my Xmas dinner party – huge success.
    Thank you Lucy

    1. Lucy says:

      That’s SO great! Thank you! xx

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