5 Gifts In A Jar
When it comes to making Christmas gifts, nothing is better than an edible present. Many Christmas gifts, especially homemade gifts on the inexpensive side, tend to get tossed aside within a few months of being opened, but if you want to give a gift the receiver can use whenever, make it a gift in a jar. You put the dry ingredients to a food in a jar and leave instructions on what wet ingredients the gift recipient needs and how to make the food product.
From cookies to soups, party mix to cocoa, there are many different options for making a great gift for someone. Most come in under $20 a person, and the jars can be used again. For each of these ideas, check out some of these tags you can print, decorate, and attach to the jars. Either copy and paste the ingredients in the blank space, or hand-write those on the tag. (Tags located in pdf file at bottom of post)
Christmas Cookies in a Jar
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
- 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 cup chocolate-covered candy (such as holiday M&M’s or Hershey’s Holiday Candy Coated Bits)
- 1/2 cup rolled oats
- 1/2 cup cocoa crisped-rice cereal (or regular flavor)
- 1/2 cup white chocolate chips
Directions for You –
Cookies in a Jar
Snickerdoodle cookies are lower in calories than most cookies and they smell amazing when baking. This basic Snickerdoodle recipe is a great, simple idea for a cookie in a jar gift.
2 3/4 cups all purpose flour
1/4 tsp. salt
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. cream of tartar
1 1/2 cups sugar
(Whisk in a bowl and put in the jar)
Other ingredients for the recipient:
1 cup butter or margarine, softened
1 Tbsp. Cinnamon
½ cup sugar
Preheat oven to 350
In the large bowl of an electric mixer, cream the butter until light
Add the eggs & beat on low speed until the mixture is smooth.
Add the Snickerdoodle Mix and beat on low speed until the dough begins to form.
Shape into small balls, rolling in the ½ cup of sugar, and sprinkle the tops with cinnamon.
Arrange on un-greased baking sheets 2 inches apart
Bake for 16 to 19 minutes.
Brownie in a jar
This basic brownie recipe will have the chocolate lover on your list smacking their lips and ready to fire up the oven.
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
2/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
2 1/4 cups white sugar
1/2 dark chocolate chips
1/2 cup white chocolate chips
1/2 cup chopped pecans
(Layer all ingredients in jar in the order listed)
3/4 cup melted butter
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
Grease and flour a 9x13inch baking pan.
Empty jar of brownie mix into a large mixing bowl, and stir to blend.
Mix in butter and eggs, thoroughly.
Spread batter evenly into pan.
Bake for 25 to 30 minutes.
Cut into two inch squares
Soup in a Jar
If you have a friend that doesn’t like sweets, try making them a soup in a jar. You can either buy a package of 15 bean soup, with the flavoring packet inside, and pour all of the contents of the package in the jar, or you can try this recipe for “colorful soup” or “rainbow soup.” It looks great just sitting in the jar, and tastes great when cooked!
1 cube beef bouillon
1/4 cup dried minced onion OR 2 tablespoons of onion powder
1/2 cup dried split peas
1/2 cup uncooked twist macaroni (optional)
1/4 cup barley
1/2 cup dry lentils
1/3 cup long-grain white rice (optional and can be brown rice)
1 cup uncooked tri-color spiral pasta
(Layer ingredients in the jar in any order you please)
Additional ingredients for recipient:
1 pound of ground beef
2 tablespoons olive oil
12 cups of water
In a large kettle, brown 1 pound ground beef, cut into pieces in the olive oil
Remove tricolor pasta from top of jar and set aside
Mix the rest of the jar contents in the with the 12 cups of boiling water
Simmer 45 minutes.
Cook the tri-colored pasta
Serve soup over pasta, if desired
Party in a jar
You probably have that one friend or family member who doesn’t like to cook. You can still give them a gift in a jar with a party mix. For this you will need one or two large jars.
Half a bag of Chex mix, any flavor
Half a bag of cheese flavored popcorn
1 cup of roasted, salted, shelled peanuts
1 cup of M&M’s
(mix them all in a large bowl before pouring into the jar or jars)
NO WET INGREDIENTS!
Comfort in a Jar
Cocoa For Two!!
When it’s cold outside, having a warm cup of cocoa is perfect. This gift needs to be put in a small jar and won’t require many wet ingredients. Each of these ingredients is for one jar only, which equals two servings. These also look great put in a mug instead of a jar.
2 packages of dark chocolate coca mix
1 tablespoon of white chocolate chips
1 tablespoon of crushed peppermints
2 candy canes- tape to the outside.
3 cups of milk per jar
Heat the milk in a saucepan until boiling. Pour into a large container. Mix in jar ingredients. Divide into two cups. Stir with a candy cane and enjoy!
Copy and past recipe onto gift tag of your choice and then print. Fold so that picture is on the outside and use a ribbon and punch hole to attach to jar!!