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Gifts in a jar - Cookie Mixes

Updated on December 21, 2015
Gift in a Jar
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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.



Decorative Gifts in a Jar
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Oatmeal Christmas Cookies

Recipe and Instructions for Dry ingredients for Jar

Ingredients:

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

Directions:

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

Ingredients:

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

Directions:

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.

Gifts in a jar with a decorative cross stitch lid
Gifts in a jar with a decorative cross stitch lid

Butterscotch Cookie Mix

Recipe and Instructions for Dry Ingredients for Jar

Ingredients:

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

Directions:

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

Ingredients:

1/2 cup butter

1 egg

3 tbsp water

1 jar Butterscotch Cookie Mix

Directions:

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

Ingredients:

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

Instructions:

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

Ingredients:

1/2 cup butter, softened

1 egg

1 tsp vanilla

Directions:

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.

Cookie Mix Gifts in a Jar
Cookie Mix Gifts in a Jar

Butterfinger Cookie Mix

Ingredients and directions for jar mix

Ingredients: 

  • 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

Instructions:
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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      Susan Haze 5 years ago from Sunny Florida

      daisydayz, they afre delicious. I hope you try them.

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      Chantele Cross-Jones 5 years ago from Cardiff

      Oh those white chocolate and cranberry ones sound perfect.

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      Susan Haze 5 years ago from Sunny Florida

      PegCole, they are a great gift and fun to make. I give some as gifts every Christmas.

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      Peg Cole 5 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      The perfect gift to give to those who have everything! Christmas is on the way. Great ideas and thanks for the recipes.

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      Susan Haze 5 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Pinkchic18, I love 'em, getting them and making them.

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      Sarah Carlsley 5 years ago from Minnesota

      These are always great gift ideas! Easy, practical and pretty!

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      Susan Haze 5 years ago from Sunny Florida

      CreateHubpages, I love eating cookies anytime. That's my problem.

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      Susan Haze 5 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Peggy W, I am a great believer that homemade gifts are from the heart. Thanks for the sharing and the rating.

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      CreateHubpages 5 years ago

      I love eating cookies during night time.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      You have not only shared some good sounding cookie recipes in this hub but have also introduced the idea of giving the cookie mixes away as gifts in an appropriately decorated jar. Great idea! Voted up and useful and will share with my followers. Thanks!

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      Susan Haze 5 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Amber, I myself like to get a handmade gift. It shows you care.

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      Amber Allen 5 years ago

      Hi KKG

      This is definitely an evergreen topic. Inexpensive presents given with thought and love are always the best.

      Voted up and useful.

      Amber:)

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      Susan Haze 6 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Jamie, there are so many different recipes you can use with them. It's kind of a one gift fits all type of thing.

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      Jamie Brock 6 years ago from Texas

      These are so neat and I have tons of jars saved up just for this purpose. It's time I get busy!! Thanks for sharing this.. love it!

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      Susan Haze 6 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Lita, I am glad you liked it. There are so many things you can make as a gift in a jar. The decorating of the jar just adds that more of a personal touch. Thanks for visiting.

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      Lita C. Malicdem 6 years ago from Philippines

      Such great gift ideas! I love what I see in the video. I agree, these gifts are oozing with warmth due to the personal touch and the attempt to consider the likes and needs of the receiver. This makes the gift a novel one which the receiver will really appreciate. Great share for the coming Christmas! Thank you.

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      Susan Haze 6 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Thanks, Wendy. I try to make a few homemade gifts every year. Thanks for stopping in.

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      Susan Haze 6 years ago from Sunny Florida

      MPG, they're all good. I guess it all depends on individual taste. I love homemade gifts - they're so personal.

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      Wendy Krick 6 years ago from Maryland

      This is such a great idea.

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      Marie Giunta 6 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      Oh but which one to choose, they all sound yummy? Great ideas for gifts girls, better get started right away. Voted up.

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      Susan Haze 6 years ago from Sunny Florida

      tipoague, I find they make great additions to gift baskets. I love being able to put together these types of personalized gifts. They take a little thought and make a person feel so special.

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      Susan Haze 6 years ago from Sunny Florida

      dahoglund, Homemade gifts always seem to make a person feel special. You are able to personalize each gift to match the taste of the person for whom it is made.

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      Susan Haze 6 years ago from Sunny Florida

      stephhicks68, I agree, they make wonderful gifts. And they are so easy to make. Thanks for visiting.

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      Tammy 6 years ago from USA

      These make a wonderful present. I love to mix and match a few to put into baskets to share with family and friends. Thanks for sharing your recipes.

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      Don A. Hoglund 6 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

      It is a good idea to be able to give homemade things.I think such things mean more than gifts bought somewhere.

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      Stephanie Hicks 6 years ago from Bend, Oregon

      Love these ideas for the holidays! Great for giving to teachers and others you'd like to thank. Rated up!

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      Susan Haze 6 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Thanks BobbiRant. The recipes are good for gifts and good for home.

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      BobbiRant 6 years ago from New York

      These are so mouth watering, I absolutely have to try these recipes out. Thanks so much for sharing these. book marking this great hub.