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Recipes for Christmas Gifts in A Jar

Updated on August 17, 2014

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Looking for some festive Gift In A Jar recipes? You'll find them here along with tag instructions and embellishment ideas. These make such a great gift because they are thoughtful , inexpensive, and practical. An added bonus is that Gifts In A Jar are not difficult to make, so if you are not especially crafty or great at baking, you can still create a handmade gift. It becomes even easier if you select one recipe and put together many jars at a time. Enjoy the recipes below, and don't forget to make one for yourself ; it's always fun to sample the treat that you're giving to others!

Snow Balls


  • 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 cup chopped pecans


  1. In a medium bowl, combine the confectioners' sugar and flour. Place into a 1 quart canning jar. Put the chopped pecans on top.
  3. Preheat the oven to 325F. Grease cookie sheets. In a medium bowl, cream together 3/4 cup of shortening and 1/4 cup of margarine. Stir in 2 teaspoons of vanilla. Add the entire contents of the jar and mix well. Roll dough into 1 inch balls and place them on the prepared cookie sheet. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, until lightly browned. Cool, and roll in confectioners' sugar.
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Cranberry Hootycreeks


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 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 or 1 liter jar, in the order listed.


Cranberry Hootycreeks

Preheat oven to 350 F. Grease a cookie sheet or line it with parchment paper. In a medium mixing bowl, beat together 1/2 cup softened butter, 1 egg and 1 teaspoon of vanilla until fluffy. Add the entire jar of ingredients, and mix together by hand until well blended. Drop by heaping spoonfuls onto the prepared baking sheet, about 2 inches apart. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes, or until edges are lightly browned. Cool for 2 minutes on baking sheets, then remove to wire racks to cool completely. Makes about 36 tasty treats.

Christmas Coffee Mix

from newsgroup

1/2 cup powdered non dairy creamer

1 cup mini chocolate chips

2 Tbsp vanilla powder

1/4 cup sifted powdered sugar

2 cups nonfat dry milk powder

2/3 cup instant coffee crystals

Chocolate Stir Spoons*

Combine nondairy creamer, powdered sugar, powdered vanilla, and milk powder. Layer with coffee and chips into two cup jars. Tap between layers to settle before adding next layer.


For each mug, place 1/4 cup of mix in a mug, and add 2/3 cup boiling water. Stir until dissolved.

Gingerbread Mix

this recipe makes enough to fill four jars


8 cups flour

2 cups sugar

1/4 cup baking powder

1 tablespoon salt

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon ground cloves

1 teaspoon ginger

1 tablespoon cinnamon

2 cups shortening

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

GIFT TAG DIRECTIONS: (this would be especially cute tied with a gingerbread man cookie cutter).

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 inch thickness on lightly floured surface. Cut into gingerbread shapes. Place on greased cookie sheets. Bake at 350For 10 minutes. Cool. Can be decorated with cinnamon candies. Recipe to be used within 3 months.

Cinnamon and Spice Beverage Mix

from Gifts From Your

2/3 cup instant coffee

1 1/3 cups granulated sugar

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon nutmeg

1/2 teaspoon allspice

Mix thoroughly and put into a blender a couple cups at a time and blend to a fine powder.


To use, add approximately 2 rounded teaspoons per cup of boiling water.

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Top It Off

Terrific toppers make all the difference to Gifts In A Jar. A simple circle of fabric is really all you need. Place the upside down jar onto the fabric and trace the circle two to three inches larger all around to allow for overlapping the neck of the jar and a bit hanging beneath the band for decoration. For a puffy top, put a small handful of cotton batting (or cotton balls) on top of the metal lid and under the fabric round. Add any ribbon or fiber for the finishing touch.

A Little Fabric Is All It Takes

A Little Fabric Is All It Takes
A Little Fabric Is All It Takes

Use Some Scrapbooking Supplies to Embellish Your Gifts in a Jar



Have You Given or Received Gifts In A Jar?

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      WOW! This is totally awesome, thank you so much for the ideas! I am going to use these.

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      Sue Dixon 6 years ago from Grasmere, Cumbria, UK

      Nice ideas.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Lots of really nice ideas for gifts here.

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      VBright 7 years ago

      Great Lens! I love gifts in a jar! I am making it a featured lens on my Christmas Giving on a Budget Lens.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Great lens, I am rolling it to my Handmade Holiday lens if that's ok. I have gifts in a jar mentioned but nothing like this.

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      June Campbell 7 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

      Wonderful, beautiful ideas here. Great lens.

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      seashell2 7 years ago

      Some really fun ideas that would make great hostess gifts too!

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      Marelisa 7 years ago

      Love the Santa cookie in a jar. I'm featuring this lens on my lens, "Journal Jar: A Unique Gift in a Jar".

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      ohcaroline 7 years ago

      This is a great do it yourself project. Blessed by an Angel. This lens will be featured on my angel lens: "angel-on-assignment".

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      Diana Grant 7 years ago from United Kingdom

      Yes, our family regularly give home-made foody gifts at Christmas - we all love our tummies

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      Sandy Mertens 7 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      Yummy gift ideas. Love the idea for the jars. Thanks for featuring my lens. This will be lensrolled into my Christmas Candy Recipes.

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      Jeanette 7 years ago from Australia

      What a lovely idea! Great lens.