Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Favorite Food Gift - Sand Art Brownies - Trish Berg

I love giving food gifts at Christmas time. It is like sharing a piece of homemade love with someone.

In Chapter 4 of A Scrapbook of Christmas Firsts, we were asked to share our favorite food gift, but not the recipe. So, here is the recipe for my Sand Art Brownies from page 54.

I love giving these to my children's school teachers as well. It is like home-baked brownies in a jar. And they are an inexpensive way to say thank you to someone like a teacher, neighbor or friend, around the holidays.

You will need some wide mouthed mason/canning jars, quart size. And I like to decorate each jar with a cut square of Christmas fabric on the lid tied with a ribbon to make it festive as well.

Enjoy the journey- Trish
Psalm 118:24

Sand Art Brownies (Trish Berg)
Yield: 1 jar which makes 1 9x9 inch pan of brownies

5/8 cup all-purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
2/3 cup packed brown sugar
2/3 cup white sugar
1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup vanilla baking chips
1/2 cup walnuts


  1. In a clean, wide mouth 1 quart mason/canning jar, layer the ingredients in the order given.
  2. Attach a decorative tag to the out side of the jar with the following directions. (Hint: You can print what is here or cut and paste it into Word to make it simpler to label jars.)

Sand Art Brownies

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F
  2. Grease one 9x9 inch square baking pan.
  3. Pour the contents of the jar into a large bowl, and mix well.
  4. Add 1 teaspoon vanilla, 2/3 cup vegetable oil, and 3 eggs.
  5. Beat until just combined.
  6. Pour the batter into the prepared pan, and bake in the preheated oven for 25 to 30 minutes.


Karen said...

These look great!!

The Hertz Family said...

These look yummy. I can't wait to get this book!!! I already started my christmas shopping and getting certain items put together that way it won't sneek up on me when I'm least expecting it!!

Thanks ladies

windycindy said...

My son's teacher loves doing recipes like this one with the classroom.
I will give her this recipe. Thanks, Cindi

Cathy Messecar said...

Trish, thanks for the pics of the sand art brownies...I made Cowboy Cookies (Laura Bush's recipe shared when she was First Lady of Texas) this week for workers at the new house and a neighbor, and it made me eager to bake even more. I hope to try these as gifts...Cathy

Terra Hangen said...

What a brilliant gift, so pretty, and includes the final result of brownies. Like you said, a great gift for anyone, including teachers.