Gifts in a Jar
Have you ever heard of, given, or received a gift in a jar? Basically, they are food gifts made with love and goodness.
All you have to do is take your favorite dessert recipe, measure out the dry ingredients, and layer them into a glass jar with a lid. Add a note tag that explains what wet ingredients need to be added, their increments, and baking temperature and time.
It’s that simple! You can even lay a piece of fabric over the top of the jar and tie it on with a ribbon. Then, as an added bonus, you can tie a cookie-cutter, measuring spoon, or something having to do with baking. Tie the added bonus on by the ribbon before you tie it into a bow.
You can also do this with a soup recipe that includes dry beans. Hot chocolates work great with gifts in a jar as well.
Gift in a jar recipes
Easy Bar Cookie Mix
2 cups graham crumbs
1 cup sweetened flaked coconut
1 cup chocolate chips, semi-sweet or milk
1/2 cup chopped nuts, your preference
Layer ingredients in any order into a 1-quart jar with a tight-fitting lid.
Pack ingredients down as you add each layer.
Secure lid and add fabric, ribbon, and added item if preferred.
Create the following gift tag to affix to the jar.
Easy Bar Cookies
1 Jar of Easy Bar Cookie Mix
1 can ( 14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Line 13x9 inch baking pan with no-stick foil or parchment paper.
Place mix into a large bowl.
Add milk and stir with a spoon until blended.
Spread batter evenly into prepared baking dish.
Bake for 15 to 18 minutes or until the edges are golden brown.
Cool and serve.
Makes two dozen bars.
Spiced Cocoa in a jar
Prepare in a large bowl:
4 cups nonfat dry milk powder
1 cup powdered non-dairy creamer, plain
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
3/4 cup powdered sugar, sifted
1 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp ground nutmeg
Mix all ingredients together well with a spoon.
Spoon into a glass jar with a lid. You can choose any size glass jar you have.
Create the following gift tag to affix to the jar:
Combine 1/3 cup spiced cocoa mix with 3/4 cup hot water or hot milk.
Stir until dissolved.
If you prefer a stronger flavor, add more spiced cocoa mix to your hot liquid.
Gift in a jar tips:
For coffee-flavored hot cocoa, add to your gift tag:
For the coffee lover, stir in 1 tsp of instant coffee powder to your cup!
Fabric and ribbon options for the lid:
Add bright colored fabric for Birthdays, fall-inspired fabric for autumn or Thanksgiving, and Christmas-themed fabric to give as Christmas gifts.
Add corresponding ribbons!
Gift tag options:
You can hand-write your instructions on index cards or print them out on colored paper. Everyone loves a hand-written recipe!
When layering your ingredients into the jar, try to layer them attractively. You want the jar to look pretty when you give it away.
Gifts in a jar make great birthday gifts, holiday gifts, and housewarming presents. They are also great for young adults who are just learning to cook and bake. Teens love gifts in a jar because there is very little measuring that has to be done. Adults enjoy them for the same reason!
The bottom line is, the recipient always enjoys homemade gifts. They make you feel like the person giving the gift has taken the time to make something special and from the heart.
About the Creator
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