Gifts in a Jar - Cookie Mixes
What is a Gift in a Jar?
A Gift in a Jar is simply a homemade gift that is contained in a jar. It is an inexpensive gift made up bath salts, cookie ingredients, holiday beverage mixes, baking mixes or bean soup fixings layered in a decorative glass jar, a glass canning jar, or Mason jar.They make easy homemade Christmas gifts. Topped with a colorful fabric circle or a cross stitch design, and a gift tag, and attached instructions to help complete the mix, they're gifts in a jar!
Many people consider a Gift in a Jar to be a Food Craft and years ago it was mostly true. Out of financial necessity women would make their gifts. The easiest and most inexpesive way of doing this was to use mason jars, fill them with the dry part of the recipe, write instructions on what to add to complete the recipe and decorate the jar. Many times they add a spoon or tea towel to make the gift special.
Today we give these gifts, not out of necessity or need, but because we want to give a special gift, one from the heart. Nowdays it is considered more of a craft and has expanded to include such things as bath salts, drink mixes, mixes for pet treats, vinegars, and many more types of items. Not only that people are becoming more creative in their decorating of the jars. You can not only add fabric lid covers, you can also make a cross stitch designed lid cover, add lace, ribbons, charms, spoons, little tea towels, potholders, or even paint your own design theme.
Oatmeal Christmas Cookies
Recipe and Instructions for Dry ingredients for Jar
2 cups oatmeal, either quick-cooking or old fashioned
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp cinnamon
3/4 cup sweetened shredded coconut
3/4 cup mini chocolate pieces
3/4 cup walnuts or pecans
Combine oatmeal, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon in bowl and stir well.
Put 1/2 of the mixture in a 1 quart jar and lightly pack down.
Layer coconut, 1/2 cup oatmeal mixture, mini chocolate candies, 1/2 cup oatmeal mixture, nuts, and remainder of oatmeal mixture.
Pack lightly after adding each layer.
Close jar tightly.
Recipe and Instructions to make cookies
1/2 cup unsalted butter
1/2 cup dark brown sugar, packed
2 tbsp light corn syrup
1 tsp vanilla
1 egg white
1 jar Oatmeal Christmas Cookie Mix
Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Line cooke sheets with parchment paper and set aside.
In large sauce pan combine butter, brown sugar and corn syrup and and heat over low heat, stirring constantly until butter melts.
Remove from heat and stir in vanilla.
Set aside to cool. When lukewarm add egg white and stir until blended.
Add jar of Oatmeal Christmas Cookie mix and mix until well blended.
Drop by heaping teaspoonsful onto prepared cookie sheets.
Leave 2" between each cookie.
Bake for 10 to 12 minutes or until edges are golden brown.
Cool on cookie sheets on wire racks.
Butterscotch Cookie Mix
Recipe and Instructions for Dry Ingredients for Jar
1/2 cup butterscothch chips
1/2 cup crispy rice cereal
1 1/2 cups flour
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp allspice
1/2 cup dark brown sugar, packed
1/2 cup butterscotch chips
1/2 cup rolled oats
1/2 cup sugar
In large mouth jar, layer buttscotch chips, then crispy rice cereal.
Mix together flour, baking soda, baking powder and allspice and layer on top of crispy rice cereal.
Continue to layer ingredients in the order they appear under Ingredients.
Close with a tightly fitted lid.
Recipe and Instructions to Make Cookies
1/2 cup butter
3 tbsp water
1 jar Butterscotch Cookie Mix
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Cream butter, add egg and water and cream together.
Stir in Butterscotch Cookie mix until well blended.
Drop onto ungreased cookie sheet by teaspoonfuls.
Bake for 12 minutes.
Remove from cookie sheets and cool on wire racks.
White Chocolate Cranberry Cookie Mix
Ingredients and directions to make gift jar
1 1/8 cup flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup oatmeal
1/3 cup sugar
1/3 cup light brown sugar, packed
1 cup dried cranberries
1/2 cup white chocolate chips
Combine flour, baking soda and salt and place 1/2 of the mixture in a wide mouth quart jar.
Layer oatmeal then rest of flour mixture.
Continue layering ingredients in the order they show on the recipe.
The only ingredient you need to pack down is the brown sugar.
Place a tight fitting cover on jar.
Ingredients and Directions to Make Cookies
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 tsp vanilla
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Grease cookie sheets.
Beat together butter, egg and vanilla until fluffy.
Add 1 jar of White Chocolate Cranberry Cookie mix and stir until well blended.
Drop dough by rounded teaspoonfuls onto cookie sheet and bake for 8 to 10 minutes, or until edges begin to brown.
Remove from cookie sheet and cool on wire rack.
Butterfinger Cookie Mix
Ingredients and directions for jar mix
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup brown sugar, firmly packed
- 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
- 1 tsp. baking soda
- 2 cups flour
- 1 cup butterfinger chunks
Mix together baking soda, flour and cinnamon.
Place into a quart jar, preferrably a wide mouth mason jar.
Next place brown sugar and pack down.
On top of that layer your white sugar.
Last but not least add you Butterfinger candy bar chunks.
Ingredients and directions to complete the cookie mix
- 1 jar Butterfinger Cookie Mix
- 1 cup soften butter
- 1 beaten egg
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
Preheat oven to 350°F.
Beat butter until it is smooth using an electric mixer.
Add the egg and vanilla , and beat until they are combined.
In seperate bowl, pour in cookie mix jar ingredients and mix well.
Add the Butterfinger Cookie Mix to the butter/egg mixture and blend on low just until the cookie mix is just blended.
Shape cookie dough into 1 1/2" balls and place them on an ungreased cookie sheet. Make sure you leave about 2" between each cookie for room to spread.
Bake for 10 to 12 minutes, until golden on the edges.
Remove from the oven, and cool on the cookie sheet for 2 minutes before removing to a cooling rack.
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