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Sand Art Brownies

A jar of this attractive layered mix produces a yummy batch of fudgy brownies that are dressed up with chocolate chips and M&M’s. If you need a quick gift for a neighbor or teacher, this is a delicious solution. —Joan Hohwald, Lodi, New York
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Bake: 30 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    16 servings


  • 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/3 cup baking cocoa
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 2/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup milk chocolate M&M's
  • 3 large eggs, room temperature
  • 2/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  • Combine flour, salt and baking powder. In a 1-qt. glass container, layer flour mixture, cocoa, sugar, brown sugar, chocolate chips and M&M's, packing well between each layer. Cover and store in a cool, dry place up to 6 months. Yield: 1 batch (about 4 cups total).
  • To prepare brownies: Preheat oven to 350°. Beat eggs, oil and vanilla. Stir in brownie mix. Pour into a greased 8-in. square baking dish. Bake until center is set, 26-28 minutes (do not overbake). Cool on a wire rack.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 256 calories, 13g fat (3g saturated fat), 41mg cholesterol, 106mg sodium, 33g carbohydrate (24g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein.

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  • Nancecooking
    Apr 22, 2019

    Delicious but definitely needed more cooking time. I found it fits into a 24oz jar perfectly and I've made 3 for gifts already.

  • shannondobos
    Jan 10, 2019

    My daughter made these on her own for a teacher gift this Christmas. They looked beautiful, and she was so proud of them. The teacher made them and brought them in to share with the class, and she said they were delicious!

  • juliesyergler
    Dec 7, 2017

    I make these every year with my 4th grade students for parent gifts. We call them Christmas brownies and have a lot of fun layering the ingredients in the jar. I adjusted the recipe to bake for 35-40 minutes because whenever I baked them according to the directions, they were a gooey mess of underbaked brownies.

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    Nov 17, 2007

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    Dec 26, 2006

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    Jul 4, 2006

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