Friday, November 25, 2011

Emergency Brownies

Over at Karen Blixens Jul blog this week I did a post on the perfect Secret Santa present.

Often with Secret Santa, your knowledge of the person is as limited as the amount of money you have to spend. That is why these 'Emergency Brownies" are a fantastic gift idea. Most of the ingredients you will already have in your cupboard and you can buy a cheap jar from a discount shop. Plus, it looks great and has that personal homemade touch.

Behind the scenes - shooting the Emergency Brownies

Ingredients in the Jar (designed to fit into 1L capacity jar)
1 1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 cup cocoa
3/4 cup (plus 2 tbsp extra) plain flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
Nuts of choice (I used macadamias, peacans and wallnuts also great)
If you want double choc brownies also add chocolate chips (if not add extra nuts)

Layer the above ingredients in the jar in the following order: sugar, coco powder, flour (with baking powder and salt added), then add chocolate chips and nuts in desired quantities to fill up jar.

Attach the following instructions to the jar

3 lightly beaten eggs
150g softened butter

Pour contents of jar into bowl and mix thoroughly
Add butter and eggs
Stir until completely blended
Spread batter into lightly greased slice pan
Bake in 180 degree C oven for 30 mins
Cool and cut into 2 inch squares.

The finished product!

Download the Emergency Brownies Instruction Card here.

Download plain recipe card (without Emergency Brownie heading) here


  1. Hi Miss H,
    I´ve just done this brownies and they are DELICIOUS! I could not download the instructions card, could you help me here? I really would like to have them to atach to my jars that I will be giving at christmas. By the way do you have any idea of how long the ingredients are keep ok in the jar, i.e., if I make them now until christmas they may be off?!
    Many thanks
    Ana Sara

    1. Hi Ana Sara, sorry for the delay in replying to you. I am so glad you like the brownies. I have checked the links to the recipe cards and they seem to be working but here they are again just in case: and

      If the links still don't work, let me know and send me your email (mine is and I can email you the documents.

      With regards to the ingredients, although I can't say for sure, I think the ingredients would last if you made them now. They are all non-perishable so it should be fine as long as they are fresh when you put them in. However, I will let you know that the sugar might compact and get a bit hard if your jar is not super air tight, but it will still taste delicious.

      Hope this helps.

      Merry Christmas.

      Miss H