There are only two more days until Christmas (?!?). Which means that there isn't a lot of time for a DIY project before Christmas, between the cookie decorating and time with the family. But, just in case you are feeling especially crafty, I have a DIY project for you! I made a few of these brownie jars (based off of this recipe), along with my friend/fellow designer Karen, to give to some friends. It was really easy to assemble the jars, so it didn't take too much time. We added an extra touch (because really... we just wanted to design the packaging) by designing the labels + stickers, as well as painting the lid with chalkboard paint.
5/8 cup flour
3/4 tsp. salt
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 cup flour
2/3 cup brown sugar
2/3 cup white sugar
1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup vanilla chips
1/2 cup walnuts
Mix the 5/8 cup of flour with salt. In a clean mason jar, layer the ingredients in the order given. Starting with the flour and salt mixture, and ending with the walnuts.
Print a tag with the following instructions: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease one 9x9 inch square baking pan. Pour the contents of the jar into a large bowl, and mix well. Stir in 1 tsp. vanilla, 2/3 cup vegetable oil and 3 eggs. Beat until just combined. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bak in the preheated oven for 25–30 minutes.