Single Serving Brownies To-Go
I've got a fun gift idea today! It's great for a "cheer up," "get well," "congrats on the house purchase," "way to get a promotion," or an "I super like you" present. OR you know, birthdays and stuff too...
As I was thinking about food type gifts you could keep in your arsenal of "this is pretty easy, quick and cute" presents, I started to think about brownies.
They are yummy. I love them gooey. I like them with nuts or without. Drenched in caramel or super fudge-y. I love them with chocolate chips. With ice cream on top. With mint thrown in. I love them warm and fresh out of the oven. Brownies remind you of home. Of comforting hugs, your grandma's apron, and just plain home-y goodness. They're almost as good as chocolate chip cookies that way.
And then I thought about these:
I actually really like these. 1) It's a pretty scrumptious dessert that has a fairly low calorie option. B) It's ridiculous how easy and fast they are to make. 3) You don't have to get dishes dirty. 6) No wait. 4)You can make just one. There aren't the leftovers hanging out in the kitchen tempting you to eat the whole darn pan. LAST) They just sit there in the cupboard until you're ready for them. They aren't like a pan of brownies that gets crusty and hard until you decide you're really ready to sit down and enjoy them, but then IT'S TOO LATE.
But they are definitely not special enough to give as a gift. So I set about figuring out my own version.
Perhaps you have seen brownies in a mug? This is like that. But in a jar.
Because anything is better when it comes in a jar. Plus it's airtight. Things keep better when they aren't all up in the air.
You'll need some jars. Notice below that there are different sizes for different needs.
We'll get to the sizes when we talk about packaging and presentation later.
You'll need a cardboard beverage carrier. Look at Kwik Trip. Or if you don't have those, look at a 7Eleven. Or some other gas station. They're free.
You'll need general decorative elements and various embellishments, along with the typical tools of the trade - for instance: scissors, hole punch, 1.5 inch hole punch, pen, double sided tape, scrapbook paper, card stock, ribbon.
Also, optionally and depending on how you package: washi tape, packing tape, a small glass spice jar, sticky labels of some kind, 1 yard of fabric and... I think that's it.
OH. And, of course, the ingredients for the brownies.
This is all starting to sound rather complicated. Let's just start at the beginning shall we?
Ok. Firstly, here's a printable recipe card for brownies in a mug.
Now, let's say you want to make a single serving, small brownie to go in a jelly jar. Let's say you're only going to make 1 or 2 and you like to include EVERYTHING they will need to complete said brownies (except for the microwave, of course) because that's just your style. In this instance, you'll need the following:
Brownie Ingredients listed on the card
4 oz. Jelly Jar
small spice jar, empty
1.5 inch circle punch
double sided tape
You begin by dumping your dry brownie ingredients in the jelly jar. Wash out your spice jar really well and put your wet ingredients in there. Use the sticky label to write "oil and water", then use washi tape to "seal" the jar - but really more for decoration. Punch a circle from scrapbook paper. On it, write: "just add oil and water. Mix. Microwave 1 minute. Enjoy!" Put the double sided tape on the lid of the jar. Put the little circle on top. Screw everything together.
Voila! Add some ribbon. Put them in a little clear favor bag and seal it all cute and you're done!
BUT. Let's say you realize the need for more than just one of these bad boys in the pantry. Let's say you want to make 4. Or MORE. So, you might not want to add the water and oil. It might get a little bulky. (and maybe you don't have 4 mini spice jars to use). So you could do it this way instead.
Brownie ingredients listed on the card - for every jar
4 oz. jelly jarS - however many you want to make
1.5 inch circle punch
double sided tape
fabric - about 1 yard
Begin the same way as above. Put the single serving ingredients in each jar - minus the wet ingredients. Punch out a circle and write: "just add: 1 T water, 1 T oil. Mix well. Microwave 1 minute. Enjoy!" Or something to that affect. Use the double sided tape to stick it on the lid. Screw it all together. Make one label for each jar - you want to make sure they know how to make it each time they get one out, in case they forget. Now it gets a little different.
Lay out your fabric. Place your jars in the middle. Take one short corner and lay it over the jars - tuck it under them as well as you can. Fold the other short corner over. Lay it over the top of the jars. Bring the other two ends up and tie them in a knot on top. Perfect!