A Cheaper Way to Make…..BROWNIES {Jar Mix Series Pt.1}

A couple of months ago, I came across a post called “Baking Shortcut- Make Your Own Mixes,” about putting your bread machine ingredients in jars ahead of time…..what a great idea!!

That got me a’thinkin.   Why spend money on things like “brownie mix,” when I am sure it would be cheaper to make it myself!

After a bit of searching, I found this homemade brownie mix from “The Cardamom’s Pod,”……and it’s AWESOME!!


So now on Saturdays, you can find me in my kitchen……. filling my jars for the week with ingredients for brownies….chocolate chip cookies….breakfast muffins….you name it!!

And you wouldn’t believe what a satisfying activity it is!   (Makes you feel all Proverbs 31- ish.)


Let’s start with the……

Brownie Mix

  • 6 cups all-purpose flour
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 4 teaspoons salt
  • 8 cups sugar
  • 1 8 oz. can unsweetened cocoa powder

In a large bowl, combine flour, baking powder, and salt.

Add sugar and cocoa.  Blend well.


What you can’t see, is on the back of each jar I have a little piece of paper taped on with the wet ingredients and instructions on it.  (That way, when I’m ready to make them, I don’t even have to look it up!! Lazy much?) 🙂  Here’s what is written on my little paper…..

  • 2 eggs-beaten
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1/4 cup oil (or butter)
  • 2 cups brownie mix

350 degrees for 30-35 minutes (8×8 square pan)

**Note** It doesn’t have to be 8×8, but I do use a “smaller than 9×13” pan.  For a 9×13 I would probably use two jars! (I like ’em thick!)

(I actually halved the recipe this time, b/c I didn’t have a full container of cocoa on hand!)

Mix it up….

Pour TWO CUPS of the mix into each jar…..(these are quart sized jars)

I used a “canning funnel” -a funnel with a large mouth, but you could just as easily measure it and spoon it in!

(Up close and personal.)


And that’s it!!


Aren’t they **purdy**??



These are soooo nice to have after dinner when I’m completely out of energy, but want to make a sweet treat for the fam!  -Put the wet ingredients in a bowl, dump in the mix, and whalla!!

I also like having them around, in case I need a “quick gift”…..slap a bow on one and you’re done!   (Great if you’ve been invited to someone’s house and need a “hostess gift”!)

And what about that family or church gathering you’ve been invited to??  “I’ll bring a desert!!”

(You industrious little thing, you!)

If you can peek way back, you can see all my mixes…..

Next week I’ll share my very favorite homemade but EASY breakfast…..chocolate chip (or blueberry) muffin mix!!

Until then…..

Frugal together with you for the Glory of God,




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18 Responses to “A Cheaper Way to Make…..BROWNIES {Jar Mix Series Pt.1}”
  1. Tarah Chambers says:

    So fun! (and much healthier, too! You can’t even pronounce 1/2 the ingredients in those mixes, much less want to eat them!) Kids would LOVE helping fill those jars!

  2. Jennifer says:

    Super Cool!!! We made these up tonight. I made the full recipe and it made 7 mixes. Thank you for running this blog I have used soo many of your tips and recipes. Keep up the good work!!!

  3. Oh wow, I’m totally doing this! Thank you for the recipe! and thanks for joining me at Anything Related!!
    p.s. sharing on my facebook page!

  4. Amanda says:

    Thank you for sharing this! I’ve been wanting to do this for ages and now there is no excuse!

  5. Dawn says:

    Lovely idea and looks pretty in the jars. Thanks for the tip 🙂

  6. Ani says:

    That’s pretty sweet. I’ll have to try it when I have empty jars. I routinely save spaghetti jars and such, so I’m sure I have plenty rolling around. Do you know how long the mix would stay good for?

    • No Ani, I can’t say for sure…..probably just the same amount of time that your flour/sugar/cocoa would normally be good for! (You haven’t done anything to change them, just put them in a different container!)

  7. This IS a cool idea! I also have a pancake recipe that i’ve done this with – got the idea from an episode of Nigella. 🙂

  8. I love this idea! Thanks.

  9. Molly Green says:

    This is a fantastic idea! Great for keeping in the pantry for when guests pop in too.

  10. Sophia says:

    Great idea! I have quite a few canning jars sitting around here as I use up my canned goods. I’ve been teaching my kids the importance of measuring everything correctly for a recipe, so I think I may just mass-produce a few of my favorites with them this week.

    I’ll also have to give the brownie mix a whirl. I buy my cocoa in bulk, but it’s still a bit pricey. If this really does make 7 mixes, it may just be my next favorite brownie recipe! 🙂

  11. Heather says:

    Those look so pretty. Could I use unbleached self-rising flour instead of using plain and adding the salt and baking powder?

  12. Jill Nadel says:

    Great idea! I’ve made brownie mix to keep in the cupboard before, but I like the idea of keeping them in jars. Happy to find another homeschool blogger too. Check out my blog too!

  13. julia says:

    this is a great idea we love brownies around here!!!


  14. Amanda says:

    Very cool! I love making up mixes for gifts, so this would be perfect. Thanks for linking up at I Made It! Monday. Hope to have you again.

  15. I love this idea!!!! Going to try it soon. Thank you for sharing!

  16. Sherry says:

    It’s a great idea. A great time saver. And they look so pretty… but if I had all those sweets available all the time, I think I’d weigh 900lbs! LOL 😀

  17. Joy says:

    Love this, it will be a great rainy day/ teacher gift idea!!!

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