Amazing Gifts in A Jar to Make

Gifts In A JarAmazing Gifts in A Jar To Make

Here you will find many different recipes to use as gifts in a jar, there are cookies, soups, coffee mixes, desserts, spices and much more.  Gifts in a jar make excellent Christmas and other holiday gifts for family, friends and loved ones.

Get creative with the jars themselves. You can make fabric lids, glue buttons on the lids with trim around the edge. You can get creative with labels, using fun scrap booking scissors, stamping the labels, or calligraphy. All depends on the look you want to give. You can also look around antique stores to see what kinds of cool looking jars you can find.   These make amazing gifts for the holidays or any occasion!  The sky’s the limit.
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For tips to Accessorize Your Gifts in a Jar, drop by our blog post.

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Hot Cocoa

1 small box Nestles Quick mix
2 small jar coffeemate
1 small box powdered milk (8 qt size)
1 c. powdered sugar
Mix altogether in large bowl, then put in decorated jars. Mix 3 T. of mix per cup of boiling water so a cup of hot cocoa.

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Russian Tea

  • 1/2 cup instant tea powder
  • 2 cups orange-flavored drink mix (e.g. Tang)
  • 3 ounces lemonade-flavor drink powder
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves

Mix altogether in large bowl, then put in decorated jars. Mix 1-2 T. of mix per cup of boiling water so a cup of hot cocoa.

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Crispy Cookies in a Jar

  • 1/2 cup white chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup crispy rice cereal
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup white sugar

In a 1 quart jar, layer the ingredients in the order listed. Pack down firmly after each addition.
Attach a tag with the following instructions: Cookie in a Jar 1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). 2. In a large bowl, cream 1/2 cup margarine until light and fluffy. Mix in 1 egg and 2 tablespoons water. Add the entire contents of the jar, and stir until well blended. Drop by rounded spoonfuls onto an ungreased cookie sheet. 3. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes in preheated oven. Remove from baking sheets to cool on wire racks.

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Minestrone Soup in a Jar

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Gifts In A Jar1/4 cup red lentils
1/4 cup green split peas
1/4 cup barley
1/3 cup beef bouillon powder
2 tbsp. parsley flakes
3 tbsp. onion flakes
1/3 tsp. thyme
1/3 tsp. pepper
1 tsp. basil
approximately 1/4 cup alphabet macaroni

In a two-cup jar, layer from bottom in the order given, then seal the jar.

Include these instructions on your gift tag:

In a very large saucepan combine 8 to 10 cups of water, a 28 oz. can of crushed tomatoes, and soup mix. Add 2 chopped carrots, and 2 to 4 chopped potatoes (optional: 2 cups chopped cabbage). Bring to a boil, reduce heat, cover and simmer for one hour or until peas are tender. Enjoy!

In spiral and place in a sterilized pint jar with 4 to 5 sprigs of thyme. Heat 2 cups of white vinegar to just below the boiling point. Fill the jar with vinegar and cap tightly. Allow to stand 3 to 4 weeks. Strain the vinegar, discarding peel and thyme. Pour the vinegar into a clean, sterilized jar; if desired add a fresh sprig of thyme. Seal tightly. Use in tossed green salads or marinated vegetables.

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Raspberry Vinegar

Lightly crush 1 cup fresh raspberries lightly and place in a sterilized pint jar. Heat 2 cups of white or wine vinegar to just below the boiling point. Fill the jar with vinegar and cap tightly.

 

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Cappuccino in a Jar

2/3 cup instant coffee granules
1 cup powdered non-dairy creamer
1 cup powdered chocolate drink mix
1/2 cup white sugar
3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
3/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
Have ready 2 (12 ounce) canning jars. Put the instant coffee into a food processor, and process to a fine powder. If you don’t have a food processor, put it into a large plastic bag, and crush with a rolling pin.
In a large bowl, combine creamer, chocolate mix, instant coffee, sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Stir together until well mixed. Spoon into 2 – 12 ounce jars.
Attach a note to each jar that reads: Cappuccino: Mix 3 tablespoons of powder with 6 fluid ounces hot water.
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Brownies in a Jar

Dry ingredients for brownies are layered in a one quart jar.
2 1/4 cups white sugar

2/3 cup cocoa

1/2 cup chopped pecans

1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt.

Pour sugar into a clean and dry one quart jar. Press down firmly.

Add cocoa powder and press down firmly. Pour in chopped pecans, making sure pecans are evenly layered in the jar. Combine flour, baking powder and salt. Pour into jar and seal.

Attach the following directions to the jar: Empty mix into large bowl. Use your hands to mix thoroughly.

Add 3/4 cup of butter or margarine and 4 slightly beaten eggs. Mix until completely blended. Spread batter into a lightly greased or sprayed 9 x 13 inch pan. Bake at 350 degrees F (180 degrees C) for 30 minutes or until done. Cool in pan. Cut into 2 inch squares.

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Gingerbread Cookie Mix in a Jar

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8 cups flour
2 cups sugar
1/4 cup baking powder
1 Tbs. salt
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. ground cloves
1 tsp. ginger
1 Tbs. cinnamon
2 cups shortening

Sift dry ingredients and cut shortening into it with a pastry blender. Measure 3 cups into 4 jars. Decorate jars with raffia or ribbon.

Attach gingerbread cutter and the following recipe:

Gingerbread Boys

3 cups gingerbread mix
1/3 cup molasses
1/4 cup flour
1 slightly beaten egg

Combine gingerbread mix, molasses, egg and flour. Blend well. Roll to 1/4″ thickness on lightly floured surface. Cut into gingerbread shapes. Place on greased cookie sheets. Bake at 350°F for 10 minutes. Cool. Can be decorated with cinnamon candies. Recipe should be used within 3 months.

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M&M Cookies in A Jar

3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup white sugar
1 1/2 cups mini baking M & Ms
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
Combine the flour with baking soda and salt. In a clean 1 liter sized glass jar layer the ingredients in the order given starting with the brown sugar and ending with the flour mixture. Attach a card with the following directions:

M & M Cookies

Preheat oven to 350°F (175°C). Line one baking sheet with parchment paper.
Empty the contents of the jar into a large bowl and mix until all the ingredients are well combined. Using your hands work in 3/4 cup softened butter or margarine until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Beat 1 egg with 1 teaspoon vanilla extract. Work this into the flour mixture until well combined. Dough will be a little crumbly. Shape dough into 1 inch sized balls and place 2 inches apart on the prepared baking sheet. Slightly flatten the balls with the palm of your hand. Bake at 350°F (175°C) for 10 to 14 minutes or until the edges are lightly browned. Remove cookies to a cooling rack. (Makes about 2 dozen cookies.)

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Trail Mix in A Jar

1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup sugar
3/4 cup wheat germ
1/3 cup quick oats
1 cup raisins
1/3 cup packed flaked coconut
1/2 cup chopped pecans
3/4 cup flour mixed with 1 tsp. baking powder

Layer ingredients in jar in order given. Press each layer firmly in place before adding next ingredient.

Recipe to attach to jar:

Empty cookie mix in large mixing bowl; stir to combine. Add 1/2 cup softened butter, 1 egg slightly beaten and 1 tsp. vanilla; mix until completely blended. Roll dough into walnut-sized balls. Place 2″ apart on a lightly greased cookie sheet. Bake at 350°F for 12 to 14 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Cool 5 minutes on baking sheet. Remove to wire racks to cool completely. (Yield: 2 1/2 dozen.)

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Cappuccino Coffee Creamer

1 C hot cocoa mix
3/4 C dry non-dairy creamer
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground nutmeg

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Beef Barley Soup Mix

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1 pint container

3/4 C pearl barley, divided
1/2 C dried lentils
2 tsp. dried parsley flakes
1/4 C dried minced onions
1/4 tsp. dried minced garlic
1/4 C instant beef bouillon powder
2 tsp. dried celery flakes
1/2 tsp. dried thyme leaves
2 bay leaves
1/4 tsp. black pepper
Layer soup kit ingredients in the pint container in order listed.

Instructions

1 jar Beef Barley Soup Mix
2 lb. boneless beef chuck, cut into ½ to 3/4-inch pieces OR 2 lb. lean ground beef
1 T vegetable oil
10 cups water

Heat oil in large pan over medium heat and brown the meat. Pour off excess fat. Add the contents of the soup mix and water to the pan and bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover tightly and simmer for 1-1/2 to 1-3/4 hours or until beef is fork tender. Discard bay leaves before serving.

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Southern Corn Bread

2 cups Bisquick baking mix
1/2 cup cornmeal
1/2 cup sugar
1 tablespoons baking powder

In a large glass or ceramic bowl, stir all the ingredients together.

Directions:

Southern Corn Bread
Serves 4 to 6

1 package Southern Corn Bread Mix
2 eggs
1 cup milk
1/2 cup butter, melted

Preheat the oven to 350F. Place the corn bread mix in a large mixing bowl and add the eggs, milk and butter. Blend until the mixture is smooth. Poor into a greased 8 inch baking pan and bake for 30 minutes.

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Viennese Flavored Coffee

1/4 cup powdered creamer
1/3 cup sugar
1/4 cup instant coffee
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

Process in a blender until well blended.

Directions

Viennese Flavored Coffee

Use by tablespoonfuls according to taste. Spoon in cup and add hot water.

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AMARETTO COCOA MIX IN A JAR

10 1/2 C. non-fat dry milk
4 C. confectioners’ sugar
2 (8 oz.) jars Amaretto flavored non-dairy powdered creamer
3 1/2 C. Nestle’s Quik
2 3/4 C. non-dairy powdered creamer
1/2 tsp. salt

Combine all ingredients and divide among the jars. Yields approximately 8 pint size gift jars.

AMARETTO COCOA:

Combine 3 heaping tablespoons of cocoa mix into 1 cup hot water or milk.
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Scottish Shortbread Mix in a Jar

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup powdered sugar
1/4 tsp. salt

In a medium bowl, combine all the ingredients, blending well. Store in an airtight container.

Attach this to the Jar

Scottish Shortbread
Makes 16 pieces

1 cup butter, softened
1 package Scottish Shortbread Mix

Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F. Knead the butter into the
shortbread mix and press the mixture firmly into an 8-inch pie plate, or shortbread mold. Bake for 1 hour. The shortbread should be pale in color, not browned. Cut into wedges while still warm

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White Chocolate Cherry Cookie Mix in a Jar

1 cup all purpose unbleached flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/8 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
3/4 cup Vanilla sugar
1 cup quick cooking rolled oats
1/2 cup dried cherries
1/2 cup coarsely chopped nuts
1/2 of a 10 oz pkg. white chocolate chips
1/2 tsp dried lemon peel

Stir together flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Layer with remaining ingredients in a 1 quart jar, tapping gently after each layer to settle before adding the next. Don’t worry if the sugar sifts down over the cherries and nuts; it will add a lovely crystalline snowy look. Add additional white chocolate pieces and dried cherries if necessary to fill in any gaps, or to replace nuts in the case of allergies.

TAG DIRECTIONS:

Beat 1/2 cup softened butter in a large mixing bowl for 30 seconds. Add in one egg and beat until well combined. Stir in jar contents. Drop by rounded teaspoonfuls onto a greased baking sheet. Bake at 375F for 10-12 minutes or until edges are golden. Cool on a wire rack.

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French Market Soup Mix in a Jar

1 lb Dried navy beans
1 lb Dried pinto beans
1 lb Dried great northern beans
1 lb Dried green split peas
1 lb Dried yellow split peas
1 lb Dried black-eyed peas
1 lb Dried lentils
1 lb Dried baby lima beans
1 lb Dried large lima beans
1 lb Dried black beans
1 lb Dried red beans
1 lb Dried soybeans
1 lb Barley pearls

Combine all beans. Dived into 14 (2-cup)gift packages; present with the following recipe for French Market Soup.

FRENCH MARKET SOUP RECIPE:

2 cups French Market
Soup mix 2 quarts water 1 ham hock 1 1/4 tsp. salt 1/4 tsp pepper 1 ( 16-oz.) can whole tomatoes, undrained and coarsley chopped 1 large onion, chopped 1 clove garlic, minced 1 chili pepper, coarsely chopped 1/4 c. lemon juice

Sort and wash 2 cups bean mix; place in a Dutch oven. Cover
with water 2 inches above beans, and soak overnight. Drain beans; add 2
quarts water, ham hock, salt and pepper. Cover and bring to a boil’ reduce heat,
and simmer 1 1/2 hours or until beans are tender. Add remaining
ingredients; simmer 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove ham hock from
soup. Remove meat from bone, chop meat and return to soup. Yield 2
1/2 quarts.
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Texas Two-Step Soup Mix in a Jar

1 (1.61 ounce) package brown gravy mix (regular or no-fat)
2 tablespoons mild red chili powder
2 teaspoons dried oregano leaves
1 teaspoon ground cumin (optional)
1 teaspoon dried minced onion
1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
10 to 12 regular-size tortilla chips, coarsely crushed
1 to 1 1/4 cups uncooked small to medium-size pasta (such as wheels, shells, macaroni)

Pour gravy mix into wide-mouth pint jar. In small bowl, stir together chili powder, oregano, cumin, onion and garlic salt. Pour into jar to make second layer. Add layers of tortilla chips and pasta to fill jar. Seal with lid. Attach gift tag (below) and decorate jar as desired.

Attach a gift tag with the following instructions:

Texas Two-Step Soup

Brown 1/2 pound ground beef in a large saucepan or Dutch oven. Add contents of jar and 7 cups water; heat to boiling. Stir in 1 (15 ounce) can corn with red and green bell peppers and 1 (16 ounce) can chopped tomatoes. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 20 to 25 minutes or until pasta is tender, stirring occasionally.

Serve with crushed tortilla chips and shredded Monterey jack cheese, if desired.

Makes 8 servings.

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Snickerdoodle Cookie Mix in a Jar

2 3/4 cups all purpose flour
1/4 tsp. salt
1 tsp. baking soda
2 tsp. cream of tartar
1 1/2 cups sugar

In a large bowl, combine the ingredients with a whisk. Store the mix in an airtight container.

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Snickerdoodles
Makes about 5 dozen cookies

1 cup butter or margarine, softened
2 eggs
1 package Snickerdoodle Mix
1/2 cup sugar
1 Tbsp. cinnamon

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. 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 & continue to beat on low speed until the dough begins to form. Combine the sugar & cinnamon in a small bowl. Shape the dough into 1-inch balls & roll in the cinnamon-sugar blend. Arrange on ungreased baking sheets 2 inches apart & bake for 16 to 19 minutes, or until light tan. Transfer to wire racks to cool.
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Cookie Jar Sugar Cookie Mix in a Jar

1 1/2 cups white sugar
4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Combine the flour with the baking powder, baking soda, salt and nutmeg. In a clean 1 quart sized glass jar with a wide mouth layer the white sugar followed by the flour mixture. Press firmly in place and seal. Attach a card with the following instructions:

In a large bowl: beat 1 egg with 1 cup softened butter or margarine until light and fluffy. At low speed
of an electric mixer add 1/2 cup sour cream, 1 teaspoon vanilla and contents of Jar. Mix until combined. Using hands if necessary. Cover dough and refrigerate for several hours or overnight. Remove dough from the refrigerator. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Roll chilled dough out on a lightly floured surface to 1/8 inch thick. Cut dough into desired shapes. Place on an ungreased cookie sheet and bake at 375 degrees F (190 degrees C) for 10 to 12 minutes.

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Old-Fashioned Oatmeal Cookie Mix In a Jar

6 cups rolled oats
4 cups all purpose flour
3 cups packed brown sugar
2 tsp. cinnamon
2 tsp. baking powder
1 1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. baking soda
1 lb. shortening
2 cups raisins
1 1/2 cups shredded coconut
1 cup chocolate chips
1 cup chopped pecans

-In a large bowl, stir first 7 ingredients. With pastry blender, cut in shortening until crumbly.
-Stir in the raisins, chips, nuts
-mix can be stored in the fridge for up to 10 weeks
-makes about 20 cups, enough for about 5 batches of cookies.

Directions for use:
4 cups of the Oatmeal Cookie Mix
1 egg, lightly beaten
2 Tbsp. milk
2 tsp vanilla
granulated sugar

-In a bowl, combine all ingredients, except sugar, until dough forms a ball.
-shape into 1 1/2 inch balls
-place on parchment lined or greased cookie sheets and flatten with a fork dipped into granulated sugar.
-Bake at 375 degrees for 15 – 18 minutes until golden.
-cool on wire racks.
-makes about 24 cookies.

You could give each neighbor enough mix for a batch or two with the directions written on holiday paper. Let them know the life of the mix as well.

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Spiced Apple Cake Mix Gift in a Jar

3 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 cup chopped nuts
1/2 cup golden raisins

Combine ingredients in a medium bowl, mixing thoroughly. Store in a jar or airtight container such as a Ziploc bag for giving.

Attach the following to the jar on a gift tag:

Spiced Apple Cake
Serves 8 to 10

Contents of Spice Apple Cake Mix container
1 1/2 cups oil
3 large eggs, beaten
1 teaspoon Pure Vanilla Extract
3 cups chopped apples (cored & peeled)
juice of 1/2 of a fresh lemon

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F Spray a tube or Bundt pan with Baker’s Joy (baking oil spray). Toss apples with juice of 1/2 lemon to prevent darkening Place spiced apple cake mix in a large mixing bowl. Place eggs in a medium bowl. Beat well with a wire whisk. Make a well in the center of the mix; add the oil and eggs. Stir until mixture is smooth. Fold in the apples until well combined. Pour into the prepared pan and bake for 1 hour and 10 minutes, or until a wooden pick inserted into the center comes out clean. Cool; remove from the cake pan.

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White Chocolate Cranberry Cookies

5/8 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup rolled oats
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup packed brown sugar
1/3 cup white sugar
1/2 cup dried cranberries
1/2 cup white chocolate chips
1/2 cup chopped pecans

Layer the ingredients in a 1 quart in the order listed above.
Direction label: Mix 1/2 c. softened butter, 1 egg and 1 tsp vanilla until well mixed. Add whole jar of ingredients and mix by hand. Drop onto a greased cookie sheet and bake at 350 degrees for 8- 10 minutes.

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Cowboy Cookies

1 1/3 cups rolled oats
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 cup chopped pecans
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
1 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt

Layer the ingredients in a 1 quart jar in the order given. Press each layer firmly in place before adding the next layer.

Direction card to include: Mix 1/2 c. melted butter, 1 egg and 1 tsp of vanilla until well mixed. Add all jar ingredients, stir by hand, you might have to use your hands to finish. Shape into small round balls and bake at 350 degrees on a greased cookie sheet for 11-13 minutes. Enjoy!

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Your friends and family will love your gifts in a jar you’ve specially made for them.

Until next time,

Valerie Garner

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