I'm one to gift. It's true. I believe in gifting with full sincerity and thoughtfulness. Come every season with a reason for celebration, I come bearing a present. And most times, weeks go by before I find a suitable gift that meets expectations. I don't know why, but it seems to be in my innate nature, this love of handing over a neatly wrapped package and waiting for the smile that comes (usually).
They're interesting gifts - handcrafted soaps, a 'kit for Friday nights' which included a movie and cocoa powder, foam slippers which had sushi velcro-ed on top. Once, I gave a friend a cure for snakes - with a snake stuffed toy (though I do admit that while it was effective, it seems rather cruel on hindsight). Either way, I gift, and I revel in celebration. I go out of my way to make that day special. And memorable.
This brownie's fudgy. It's coarse with chocolate, and what hits you at first bite is the flavor of cocoa. Pure, unadulterated cocoa. It's simple, this, and ideal for when craving strikes. A quick scoop of the mix with some add-ins, and you're good to go. Add any other ingredients such as coconut or nuts if you know the recipient especially favors those. I made some simple printables for you to print out and attach to the jar. Here's to wishing everyone a very merry Christmas and a soon-to-come new year.
H's Extra-Cocoa-ey Brownie Mix for One
makes 1 medium-sized jar
1 c self-rising flour
2/3 c cocoa powder (I used Green and Black's organic)
2/3 c brown sugar
any other mix-ins
1 clean, dry jar
1. Layer all the ingredients in the jar evenly, the flour, cocoa powder, sugar, then other ingredients.
2. Seal tightly before adding your note / label.
3. Gift with a smile.
- to be continued -