Easy sand art brownies make good last-minute presents

Published 4:15 am Wednesday, December 21, 2005

By Staff
Clean Up
Thoroughly wash your hands with soap and water for a full 20 seconds before and after handling raw products.
Use plastic or other non-porous cutting boards. Cutting boards should be run through the dish washer - or washed with soap and hot water - after each use.
Combat Cross- Contamination
Store raw meat, poultry and seafood on a plate or tray, so raw juices don't drip onto other foods.
Use one cutting aboard for raw meat products and another one for salads and other ready-to-eat foods, or wash cutting boards in between each use.
Never place cooked food on a plate that previously held raw meat, poultry, or seafood unless the plate has been washed.
Don't spread bacteria with dirty sponges, dishcloths or towels. Bacteria often thrive in the moist areas of these items where bits of food may also exist. Use paper towels or freshly-cleaned sponges or cloths and soap and hot water to clean food preparation surfaces. By keeping these tips in mind, hopefully you will have a happy, safe and joyous Holiday celebration.
Here's a quick, easy and pretty idea that will be a delicious gift for a special person. It's called:
Sand Art Brownies
5 /8 cup of all purpose flour
3 /4 teaspoon salt
1 /2 cup flour
2 /3 cup brown sugar
2 /3 cup white sugar
1 /2 cup chocolate chips
1 /2 cup vanilla chips
1 / 2 cup walnuts
Mix the flour and salt together and put into the bottom of a quart jar. Layer the rest of the ingredients in the order they are given. Put lid on jar and tighten jar rim. Wrap rim with decorative ribbon.
Attach a tag with the following directions to the jar:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 9” x 9” pan.
Pour contents of jar in a large bowl and mix well.
Stir in one teaspoon vanilla, 2 /3 cup of oil and three eggs. Beat until just combined.
Pour batter into pan and bake for 25 - 30 minutes.
The Escambia County Extension System Staff wishes all of you a happy, healthy, safe and blessed holiday season filled with joy, peace and love. We hope that at the heart of your holiday festivities will be the &#8220REAL” reason for the season.

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