Valentine’s Day Dinner – Brownie Cake in Mason Jars


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This year Valentine’s Day falls on a weekend so we will be celebrating with our kids.  We love preparing fancy meals at home instead of venturing out to a crowded restaurant.  Plus, it gives me an excuse to serve mason jar brownie cake sundaes as a dessert!

Family Friendly Valentine's Day Dinner

The kids love helping me bake and after spending time in the kitchen creating our delicious dessert, we like to save time on the main course without skimping on flavor.  The Bertolli Family Size meals are perfect for our large family.

Bertolli Pasta

You can find several varieties of Bertolli meals in the frozen aisle at Kroger.  Our family loves the Chicken Florentine.  There is just something about a creamy sauce!

Bertolli In Store Photo

The 13-minute meal prep in a skillet makes dinner a breeze.  Italian food is the favorite for our entire family.  With Bertolli we are able to bring a little Italy to the table, not only on special occasions but year round.  “Mangia” means eat in Italian, but it’s so much more than that, it’s an experience!

There are endless ways you can make your family dinner a memorable experience.  Here are a few ideas to dine in style by only taking simple steps.

Ways to Host a Special Mangia Night

  • Custom Placemats – let the kids help pick their own placemats for the table by using decorative scrapbook paper.  You can use square sheets or cut into rectangles.  Each person can have their own unique setting to make the night feel special.
  • Drinking Glasses – use glass drinking cups instead of plastic.  Pull out the fancy stuff to make it a special night!
  • Candles – add candles to the dining table and eat by candlelight.
  • Fresh Flowers – whether you pick fresh flowers out of your own home garden or buy a bouquet while shopping for dinner.  Fresh flowers make a beautiful and inexpensive centerpiece for your table.

Find Bertolli items at some of the lowest prices of the year in a Kroger or Kroger banner store near you. Kroger banners include Fred Meyer, Smiths, Frys, Dillions, King Soopers, City Market, and QFC. Find a store near you.

Bertolli Family Pasta Dinner

Valentine’s Day Dessert

Brownie Cake in a Jar Recipe

I love serving individual desserts in mason jars.  This recipe allows you to bake the dessert right inside a mason jar for your family to enjoy.

Brownie Cake Ingredients


  •  1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon (optional)
  • 1/3 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup buttermilk
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup walnuts finely chopped

mix brownie cake ingredients

Stir together your flour, sugar, baking soda and cinnamon in a medium size bowl and set to the side.

melt chocolate mix

In a medium saucepan combine butter, water and cocoa powder; heat and stir until butter is melted and mixture is well blended.

mix egg

Once it is complete, pour into a mixing bowl and add your egg, buttermilk and vanilla.  Beat by hand until smooth.

mix in chocolate

Now add to your flour mixture.  Stir until the dough is smooth and well blended.  The dough will not be thick.

add walnuts

Add your finely chopped walnuts and stir.

add dough to jars

Now it’s time to fill your mason jars.  I used 1/2 pint wide mouth mason jars.  Only fill the jars about half way because the brownie cake will rise.

bake brownie cakes in jars

Once you have finished adding the dough to your jars, clean off any excess around the rim.  Bake in the oven on 325 for 35-40 minutes.

brownie cake

The toothpick test will let you know if your brownie cakes are finished.

Mason Jar Brownie Cakes

Add a scoop of ice cream, hot fudge and/or sprinkles to the top and serve.  They are delicious and sure to be a hit among the family.

mason jar brownie cakes

How do you plan to celebrate Valentine’s Day?  Make the night special with Bertolli.


  1. Yum! I’m drooling right now! Pinned and tweeted! Thank you so much for sharing this with us at our linky party. We hope to see you next Monday @ 7 because we can’t wait to see your new creations! Happy Wednesday! Lou Lou Girls

  2. DJane, popping over from #2usestuesday to thank you for linking up your wonderful post with us, it looks delicious! I hope you have a fantastic week!


  3. This. looks. insanely. delicious. Especially since it’s after 2am here and I am craving chocolate like no other! Ugh. I found you on Meet Up Monday and it’s ONLY taken me a WEEK to get around to commenting on your recipe. Yeah, I am pretty flipping good at forgetting things:-)

    Anywho, fantastic post! I kinda suck in the kitchen, but I think I might be able to handle this one!

    I hope you have a fantastic week, DJane!

  4. Thank you for linking up these delicious Mason Jar Brownie Cakes at the Creative Muster Party and hope you’ll stop by Tuesday night at 6 pm EST to party with us again! This post has been shared on Facebook with my followers. 🙂


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