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Soups, cookie mixes, the options are numerous for gifts in a jar. This guide contains homemade gifts in a jar ideas.
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September 20, 20062 found this helpful

Here are some ideas for making gifts using canning jars. Feel free to post your ideas.

Gifts In Canning Jars

Years ago when we decided to make a 110' x 50' garden and we bought about 20 cases of canning jars. We didn't get what we thought we would from the garden. We didn't realize high mountain growing was so difficult. We have tried every year to make the garden produce mass amounts of veggies to can but have not had too many produce for us. Just enough to get us though the summer.
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Since we ended up with so many jars I decided to use them for gifts. I get recipes for cookies, brownies, cakes, chili, or whatever I can find and then put all the dry ingredients into the jar. I then decorate the jar with raffia ties, paint, material, or whatever I can find. Last year I tied bells and candy canes on the outside and gave these as gifts at Christmas.

I love giving gifts and since I'm on a limited budget I can purchase the dry ingredients all year long and be able to make many gifts and always have one handy in case I forget someone. It's lots of fun to come up with ideas to put into the jars. One year I made cookies and candies and gave those. Most jars only end up costing $2 since I always buy in bulk. Hope you have fun!

By RoseMarym

Falling Leaves Jar

Because I have boxes of mason and ball jars, I'm always on the look-out for crafts to make with these. Here is a site I rely on for a few ideas. I'll be making this 'Falling Leaves Jar' to give to my friends. and the best part? It has a recipe for making breakfast bars!
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http://splash.homecanning.com/news/fall/falling_leaves_jar.php

By Laurie from NV

Decoarting Jars With Scrapbooking Supplies

Recently I saw in a magazine or online, can't remember where, where they had used canning jars for other gifts as well.

They had taken some of the scrapbooking type of decorations and glued them to the outside of the jar. One picture was of a duck and there was scrapbooking borders glued around the top and bottom of the jar, not covering the place for the jar lid. They filled it with baby washrags, tiny baby toys, etc. and had it decorated for a baby gift.

They had a few other ideas as well. It sure opened my eyes to another use for the canning jar. You could probably go one step further and carefully cut a slit in the top of the lid and they could use it for a piggy bank as well.

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By Tawnda

Magic Reindeer Food

I was looking on the internet and i found something so cute for a gift jar! It's called magic reindeer food. Can be used for a great decoration!

You need:

Then layer them. Makes a great holiday gift!

Here's the poem that goes with it:
Sprinkle on the lawn at night
the moon will make it sparkle bright
as Santa's reindeer fly and roam
this will guild them to your home!

ENJOY

By Ashley

Chocolate Chip Cookie Gift Mix

Ingredients:

Directions:

Combine flour, baking soda, and salt in small bowl. Place flour mixture in 1 quart jar. Layer remaining ingredients in order listed above. Pressing firmly after each layer. Seal with lid and decorate with fabric and ribbon.

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Attach to Jar:

Preheat oven to 375*

Beat 3/4 cup Softened butter, 1 egg and 3/4 tsp. vanilla in large bowl until blended. Add cookie mix and 1/2 c nuts (optional) mix well, breaking up any clumps.

Drop by rounded teaspoonfuls onto ungreased cookie sheet. Bake 9-11 minutes or until golden brown. Makes 2 dozen.

By Imaqt1962 from Illinois

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February 23, 20132 found this helpful

This is a great gift, especially around St. Patrick's Day. This is a guide about making a "Rainbow in a Jar" Candy Gift.

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Cindy Bailey0 found this helpful
December 20, 2006

All year long I look for pretty jars and bottles at flea markets and junk shops for making interesting gifts. I usually don't pay more than $1 for each one, usually a lot less.

Little bottles are great for beads. Put 3 or 4 together and you have a useful, decorative gift that organizes, too -- something the creative type appreciates! Use up some of your extra supplies, like foam stickers and tags for the scrapbooker. Nails and brads and other hardware are great for your man's workshop.

I was lucky enough to find vintage milk bottles from our local dairy that closed down 30 years ago. I filled them with candy, tied on red fabric tops and ribbon, and everyone loved it.

Time To Make:

15 minutes

Level Of Difficulty:

Easy, for anyone, even the grade school set.

Cost:

Usually under $5.

Materials:

Instructions for the jars shown here:

Button Jar:

Place vintage buttons in small jelly jar with gold lid. Tie on ribbon and gold cord and holly berries. Add Victorian angel sticker, more buttons on top. Other sewing ideas: tiny thread spools, thimbles in a tiny jelly jar, fancy straight pins, etc.

Marker Jar:

Place markers in tall wide mouth jar, top with wrapping paper, stickers, ribbon. Other ideas would be crayons, paint brushes, pencils, erasers, colorful binder clips, tiny paint pots, wrapped squares of clay, etc.

Cocoa Jar:

Layer wrapped starlight mints (to crush over hot cocoa), your favorite cocoa mix in a baggie, and mini marshmallows, also in a baggie, into a vintage wide mouth pint milk bottle. Tie on ribbon, add foam stickers of candy and cocoa mugs. Attach instructions for making one serving.

Bead Jar:

Fill little bottles with tiny beads. Cut a green satin fabric cirlcle to fit top and tie with red cord. Several of these in different sizes make a stunning gift for the crafter.

Sticker Jar:

Place foam stickers (a good way to use up your extra stickers, tags, diecuts, even scraps, etc. from previous projects) in a glass-topped canning jar. Tie on fancy ribbon. Decorate with stickers from jar. Several of these would be fun for the scrapbooker.

The possibilities are endless! Just remember to keep your eyes open from now on for fun jars!

By Cindy from Waynesburg, PA

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December 9, 20030 found this helpful

Here are some great recipes for Mix in a Jar recipes for gifts this Christmas. Jar mixes include: Sand Art Brownies, Spiced Tea, Hot Chocolate Mix and Gourmet Vanilla Sugar.

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June 7, 20161 found this helpful

This is a guide about hot chocolate for one gift. A small recycled glass jar is the perfect container for this tasty gift.

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December 20, 20160 found this helpful

This is a guide about easy candy jar gifts. Candy jar gifts are quick and easy and thrifty gift that anyone will love.

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May 23, 20160 found this helpful

This is a guide about making a mending jar gift. A mending jar or sewing kit is a fun project to make for yourself or to give as a gift.

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October 14, 20120 found this helpful

This is a guide about making dry soup in a jar mixes. Soup in a jar is an easy gift to make, as well as, tasty and fun to receive.

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June 24, 20040 found this helpful

I make gift jars and cans. I use empty food jars and coffee cans. Wash them clean and take the labels off and then use recycled wrapping paper to wrap the jar or can. This makes a neat gift jar that can also be made into a potpourri jar. By Zelora

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August 8, 2006

Does anyone have any gift in a jar recipes or candy recipes for candies that will fit into a jar? I'm trying to find some inexpensive Christmas (and other time) gifts. I would also appreciate anything you could give me that could be for diabetics, whereas I have many family and friends that have to watch their sugar intake. I also have an aunt that is having her baby in Jan and would like to do something special for her.

Any ideas would be much appreciated.

Thank you,
Jeggie from Corydon, IN

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August 9, 20060 found this helpful

This is a really nice site. http://www.razz  ifts/jarcake.htm
This one isn't bad either. http://members.  Mae/jarlinks.htm
I've had a great time baking cakes in jars.

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August 9, 20060 found this helpful

I am very new to this site, just as of today. I found this great site and they have LOTS of gift jar ideas and such. Here is the link............

http://www.budget101.com/gifts.htm

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August 9, 20060 found this helpful

I love to make gifts in a jar if you email me I can send you a pdf file of lots of recipes. I would have to send as a attachement so i cannot post it here.

tinabutler AT sbcglobal.net

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August 9, 20060 found this helpful

Applesauce Cookies in a Jar

Ingredients:

1 c. brown sugar
2 1/4 c. all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
3/4 tsp. ground cinnamon
3/4 c. raisins
3/4 c. chopped nuts

Directions:

Combine flour, salt, cinnamon and baking soda, stir well. Place flour
mixture in a clean mason jar. Pack down tight so everything will fit in
the
jar. Add other ingredients, one item at a time, packing each layer
down. Put
the lid on the jar and tie a ribbon around the lid. You can add a
personalized label, if you wish. As an added touch, tie a wooden spoon
to
the lid with a piece of ribbon.

Include the following instructions with the jar...

Whip 3/4 cup of butter or shortening until light and fluffy. Add 1 egg
and
1/2 cup applesauce and beat until mixed. Stir in the ingredients from
this
jar until well combined. Drop teaspoons of dough on a greased cookie
sheet.
Bake for 8 - 12 minutes at 350 degrees

Apricot Nut Bread Mix Quart Jar

1/3 c. packed brown sugar
1/3 c. sugar
1 c. chopped pecans or walnuts
1 c. finely chopped dried apricots
2 c. flour
1 tsp. soda
1/2 tsp. salt

Place brown sugar in bottom of a wide mouth quart canning jar. Press
in firmly. Place sugar in jar. Place nuts in jar. Place chopped
apricots in jar next. Press down GENTLY. Place flour, soda and salt
in a small bowl and blend well with a whisk. Place flour mixture in
the jar. Decorate jar lid if desired.

Make and attach the recipe below:

APRICOT NUT BREAD
1-empty ingredients from jar into a large bowl. Blend with your
hands.
2-Add 3 eggs, beaten and 3/4 c. vegetalbe oil. Mix until just
blended.
3-Place batter into a sprayed 9" x 5" x 2 1/2" loaf pan.
4-Bake 50-60 minutes at 325.

Blonde Brownies in a Jar - Mix in a Jar
Delicious blonde brownies to give as a gift, with brown sugar, chocolate chips, and pecans or walnuts.
INGREDIENTS:
1 cup flour
1/4 tsp baking powder
1/8 tsp baking soda
pinch salt
1 cup brown sugar, packed
3/4 to 1 cup chopped pecans or walnuts
1 cup (about 8 ounces) semi-sweet chocolate chips
PREPARATION:
Make the mix:
In a 1-quart canning jar, layer the flour, baking powder, soda, and salt (a wide-mouth canning funnel makes this a little easier). Shake jar just slightly to level layer. Add half ot the brown sugar, then half of the nuts and half of the chocolate chips.
Brownie In A Jar Recipe
Repeat layers with remaining brown sugar, chocolate chips, and nuts.
Directions for gift:
Blonde Brownies
Blonde Brownie Mix
1 stick butter or margarine (4 ounces), room temperature
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 egg
Preheat oven to 350°.
Grease and flour an 7- x 11-inch or 8-inch square baking pan.
Melt 1 stick (4 ounces) butter; let cool slightly. In a mixing bowl, whisk together 1 egg, the melted butter, and 1 teaspoon vanilla. Add contents of the canning jar and mix with a wooden spoon until well blended. All dry ingredients should be moistened.
Spread batter in prepared baking pan. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes.

Blueberry Muffin Mix in a Jar
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Pack this muffin mix in a canning jar and give with instructions for mixing and baking the muffins.
INGREDIENTS:

2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup sugar
4 tablespoons buttermilk powder
3/4 to 1 cup dried blueberries
PREPARATION:

Pour sugar into a 1-quart wide-mouth canning jar. Add the buttermilk powder.
Sift together the flour, baking powder, soda and salt; pour half into the jar. Put the dried blueberries into a small lightweight plastic bag; tie or seal and cut off excess bag end, if necessary.* Add remaining flour mixture. Sponsored Links
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Screw lid on and add a tag with instructions, or tuck instructions into the jar.
*You can add the dried blueberries right into the mixture without the bag, but they tend to sink into the dry ingredients. The bag will give the mix more of a "layered" look.

Instructions for muffins.

Wild Dried Blueberry Muffins

2 eggs

4 ounces melted butter

1 cup water

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 jar blueberry muffin mix with dried blueberries

Whisk together the eggs, butter, water and vanilla. With a wooden spoon, stir in blueberry muffin mix just until dry ingredients are moistened.
Spoon batter into greased muffin pans, filling each muffin cup about 3/4 full. If desired, sprinkle tops with sugar or cinnamon sugar. Bake at 375° for about 25 minutes.
Makes 18 to 24 muffins, depending on size of muffin cups

BREAD-IN-A-JAR FOR GIFT GIVING
This recipe is easy to do, but the instructions must be followed exactly. The nicest thing about giving Bread-In-A-Jar is that those who receive it can keep it until they get over the holiday food blahs.
Bake in pint size wide mouth canning jar, seal immediately upon removing from the oven. It will keep on the shelf for up to one year. Take jars out the oven one at a time. When jars have cooled enough to handle them, tighten the tops. As jars cool, they will seal.
2 2/3 c. sugar
4 eggs
2 c. canned pumpkin
2/3 c. water
3 1/3 c. flour
1/2 tsp. baking powder
2 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. ground cloves
1 1/2 tsp. salt
2/3 c. nuts
Cream shortening and sugar. Beat in eggs, pumpkin and water. Sift together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and spices. Add to pumpkin mixture into greased wide mouth pint jars, filling half full. Bake at 325 degrees for 45 minutes. When done, remove one jar at a time, wipe sealing edge with paper towel or cloth and screw cap on tightly. The heat will vacuum seal the jar and the bread will keep up to one year.
Makes 8 pints. Substitute for pumpkin, one of the following:
2 cups shredded apples or carrots
1 bag whole ground fresh cranberries
1 can whole cranberry sauce
1 3/4 cup applesauce plus 1/4 cup pineapple
1 3/4 cup applesauce plus 1/4 cup raisins
2 cups mashed bananas
2 cups apricot
2 cups shredded zucchini
2 cups chopped fresh peaches

Butterscotch Brownie Mix in a Jar

1/2 cup firmly packed flaked coconut

3/4 cup chopped pecans

2 cups firmly packed brown sugar

2 cups flour mixed with 1-1/2 TBSP baking powder and 1/4 tsp. salt

Layer ingredients in order given in a 1-qt. wide mouth jar. Press each layer

firmly in place before adding the next ingredient.

Attach recipe to the jar.

BUTTERSCOTCH BROWNIES

1. Empty jar of brownie mix into large mixing bowl. Use your hands to thoroughly blend mix.

2. Add:

3/4 cup (1-1/2 sticks) butter or margarine, not diet, very soft

2 eggs, slightly beaten

2 tsp. vanilla

3. Mix until completely blended.

4. Spread batter into a sprayed 9x13-inch baking pan.

5. Bake at 375 for 25 minutes. Cool 15 minutes in baking pan. Cut brownies inti 1-1/2 inch squares.

Celebration Brownie Mix
An impressive layered brownie mix makes the perfect gift from your kitchen to someone you love!

3/4 cup Gold Medal® all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup baking cocoa
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup white baking chips
3/4 cup chopped pecans
1 bottle (50 ml) coffee-flavored, raspberry-flavored or Irish cream-flavored liqueur

1. Layer all ingredients except liqueur in order listed in 1-quart jar with screw-on lid. Attach liqueur bottle to jar with ribbon.
2. Include directions below.

Directions for Celebration Brownie Mix

Heat oven to 350ºF. Grease bottom only of square pan, 8x8x2 or 9x9x2 inches, with shortening. Melt 1/2 cup butter or margarine. Beat melted butter, 2 eggs and the liqueur in medium bowl with spoon until blended. Stir in Celebration Brownie Mix. Spread batter in pan. Bake 8-inch pan 30 to 35 minutes, 9-inch pan 25 to 30 minutes, or until dry around edges and toothpick inserted in center comes out almost clean. Cool completely, about 1 hour. For brownies, cut into 4 rows by 4 rows. Makes 16 brownies.

Cowboy Cookie Mix in a Jar
Mix:
1-1/3 cup quick oats
&frac; cup firmly packed brown sugar
&frac; cup white sugar
&frac; cup chopped pecans
1 cup chocolate chips

Combine the next 4 ingredients together:
1-1/3 cup flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. salt

Layer ingredients in the order given in a 1 quart WIDE MOUTH canning jar.***

Press each layer firmly in place before adding the next ingredient.

Decorate jar for gift giving and attach the following directions:

Cowboy Cookies

1 jar Cowboy cookie mix
&frac; cup (1 stick) butter or margarine, melted
1 egg, slightly beaten
1 tsp. vanilla extract

Empty jar of cookie mix into a large mixing bowl. Use your hands to thoroughly blend mix. Add the melted butter, egg and vanilla. Mix until completely blended. You may need to finish mixing with your hands. Shape into balls the size of walnuts. Place 2 inches apart on sprayed baking sheets. Bake at 350 for 11 to 13 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Cool 5 minutes on baking sheets. Remove cookies to wire racks to cool completely. Makes about 30 cookies.

Gingerbread Cookie Mix

8 cups flour
2 cups sugar
1/4 cup baking powder
1 Tbsp. salt
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. ground cloves
1 tsp. ginger
1 Tbsp. 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
degrees for 10 minutes. Cool. Can be decorated with cinnamon
candies. Recipe to be used within 3 months.

Gourmet Gift Cookie Mix

1 cup all-purpose Flour
1/2 tsp. Baking Powder
1/2 tsp. Baking Soda
1-1/4 cups Rolled Oats
1 single serving size Milk Chocolate Bar (size can vary)
1/2 cup White Sugar
1/2 cup Brown Sugar
1/2 cup chopped Nuts, your choice (optional)
1/2 cup Chocolate Chips

In a large bowl, combine the flour, baking powder and baking
soda. Layer ingredients in order given in a quart size canning
jar. Mix oatmeal in a blender. Grate chocolate bar and mix into
the oatmeal. It is helpful to tap jar lightly on a padded surface
(towel on counter) as you layer ingredients to make all
ingredients fit neatly. Use scissors to cut a 9 inch- diameter
circle from fabric of your choice. Center fabric circle over lid
and secure with a rubber band. Tie on a raffia or ribbon bow to
cover the rubber band. Attach a card with the following
directions:

Gourmet Cookies

Remove chocolate chips and nuts with a large spoon. Empty cookie
mix into large mixing bowl. Stir mix with large wooden spoon to
evenly distribute ingredients. Add 1/2 cup softened butter or
margarine, 1 egg and 1 teaspoon vanilla. Mix until completely
blended. Mixture will be thick, so you may need to use a wooden
spoon to finish mixing. Shape into walnut sized balls and place
onto a greased cookie sheet 2 inches apart. Bake at 375 degrees F
for 8 to 10 minutes until edges are lightly browned. Cool 5
minutes on cookie sheet and then place cookies on baking racks to
finish cooling.

Yield: 3 dozen

Hello, Dollies

(Bar Cookies Mix in a jar)

1/2 cup chopped pecans

3/4 cup flaked coconut

1-1/2 cups chocolate chips

2 cups graham cracker crumbs

1. Place first 3 ingredients (in order listed above) into a wide mouth quart jar. Press coconut into jar very firmly.

2. Place graham cracker crumbs in a ziplock sandwich bag.(HINT: it works best if you put the ziplock bag into the jar before putting in the crumbs.) Place bag in jar last, pressing bag in place evenly on top of chocolate chips.

3. Decorate jar and attach instructions:

Hello, Dollies!

Hello, Dollies Mix

1 stick margarine, melted

1 can (14-oz.) can sweetened condensed milk

1. Remove bag of crumbs. Empty it into a medium bowl.

2. Add:

1 stick margarine, melted, to crumbs. Mix very well.

3. Press crumb mixture evenly into a sprayed 9"x13" pan.

4. Take each ingredient one at a time, from jar and sprinkle over crust.(chocolate chips, then coconut, then pecans.)

5. Drizzle the sweetened condensed milk evenly over all.

6. Bake at 350 for 20-25 minutes. Cool. Cut into 1-1/2" squares. Makes 48 squares.

Layered Pumpkin Cranberry Bread Mix in a Jar

Mix ingredients:

1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour

1-1/2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice

&frac; tsp. baking powder

&frac; tsp. baking soda

&frac; tsp. salt

1/3 cup brown sugar, packed

1 cup granulated sugar

&frac; cup chopped pecans

3/4 cup dried cranberries

To prepare the layered mix:

In a large bowl, combine the flour, pumpkin pie spice, baking powder, baking soda and salt, stirring until well blended. Place mixture into a 1 quart jar. Pack down this layer. Add the brown sugar to the jar, firmly packing down. Layer the white sugar on top of the brown sugar, firmly packing. Layer the pecans and then the dried cranberries into the jar. Adjust cap. Makes base for one recipe of Layered Pumpkin Cranberry Bread.

Attach the following directions to the jar:

Pumpkin Cranberry Bread

1 jar pumpkin cranberry bread mix

1 cup canned pumpkin puree

&frac; cup vegetable oil

2 eggs

Preheat oven to 350. Grease and flour (or use spray) two 7-1/2x3-3/4x2-1/4 inch loaf pans

(or 4 small loaf pans). In a large bowl, combine the pumpkin, oil and eggs, stirring until well blended; set aside. Place contents of jar into a medium bowl; mix until well blended and brown sugar is no longer clumped. Add flour mixture into the pumpkin mixture, stirring until well blended. Divide batter evenly between the prepared pans. Bake at 350 for 40-50 minutes (30 to 35 minutes for the small pans), or until inserted toothpick comes out clean and tops of loaves spring back when pressed.

Peanut Butter Chocolate Cookie Mix in a Jar

1 cup packed brown sugar
1 1/2 cups packed confectioners' sugar
3/4 cup cocoa
1 1/2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt

In a separate bowl, mix together the flour, baking powder and
salt. Layer ingredients in order given in a 1 quart wide mouth
canning jar. Clean the inside of the jar with a dry paper towel
after adding the confectioners' sugar and after adding the cocoa
powder. Be sure to pack everything down firmly before adding the
flour mixture, it will be a tight fit. Store in a cool dry place
away from a heat source so condensation and clumping does not
occur.

Instructions to attach to Jar:

Peanut Butter Cookies

Empty jar of cookie mix into large mixing bowl. Thoroughly blend
mix.
Add:

1/2 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
1 egg, slightly beaten
1 teaspoon vanilla.

Mix until completely blended. Shape into walnut sized balls and
place 2 inches apart on a parchment lined baking sheets. Press
balls down with a fork. Bake at 350F degrees for 9 to 11 minutes
until edges are browned. Cool 5 minutes on baking sheet then
transfer to a cooling rack to finish cooling. Makes 3 dozen
cookies.

Sand Art Brownies

This is a recipe for brownies to give as a Christmas gift . . . .
or whenever. Mix ingredients in a wide mouth quart size jar, just
like sand art that kids make today.

Add to wide mouth quart jar in this order:

3/4 tsp. salt
1/2 + 1/8 cup flour
1/3 cup cocoa
1/2 cup flour
2/3 cup brown sugar
2/3 cup sugar
1/2 cup Chocolate Chips
1/2 cup Vanilla Chips
1/2 cup nuts
This should pack nicely into jar. Include a decorative tag with
instructions for making the brownies:

Combine contents of jar with:

1 tsp. vanilla
2/3 cup vegetable oil
3 eggs
Pour into a greased 9x9 pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 27-32
minutes

Snow Balls in a Jar

1/2 cup confectioners' sugar

2 cups flour

1 cup chopped pecans

1/3 cup confectioners' sugar (put in a snack size ziplock bag and label "confectioners sugar")

In a medium bowl, combine the confectioners' sugar (1/2 cup) and the flour. Place into a 1 quart jar. Put the chopped pecans on top. Add the ziplock bag to the top. Close the lid and attach a tag with the following instructions:

Snow Balls

Preheat oven to 325. Grease cookie sheets. Remove bag of confectioners' sugar and set aside (this will be used after the cookies are baked).

In a medium bowl, cream together 3/4 cup of shortening (like Crisco sticks) and 1/4 cup margarine (not diet or tub). Stir in 2 tsp. vanilla. Add contents of the jar and mix well. Roll dough into 1" balls and place them on the prepared cookie sheets. Bake for 20-25 minutes, until lightly browned. Cool, and roll in the confectioners' sugar.

Makes about 4 dozen.

Snowman Soup for Gifts

Snowman Soup Recipe

4 cups powdered coffee creamer
1 cup cocoa
3 cups powdered sugar
12 oz milk chocolate chips
6 oz semisweet chocolate chips
2 Tbsp.. vanilla powder (optional)
Miniature marshmallows
Candy canes (wrapped) or cinnamon sticks.

Mix all ingredients well. Place 3 heaping tablespoons per serving
in a small plastic bag (I used enough for 2 servings) and close
with a twist tie. Place candy cane or cinnamon stick in mug.
Place plastic bag in bottom of mug then place a paper cupcake
liner on top of bag. Fill with approx. 15 mini marshmallows.
Place filled mug into a small plastic bag or wrap with plastic
wrap and tie at top (I found a mug fits well into a Glad sandwich
bag if you line the handle up with the corner side). Decorate
with curly ribbon, etc. Attach following on a card:

Snowman Soup

"Was told you've been real good this year. Always glad to hear
it! With freezing weather drawing near, you'll need to warm the
spirit. So, here's a little Snowman Soup, complete with stirring
stick. Add hot water and sip it slow, it's sure to do the trick"

Add a message on the back of the card for directions: Mix 3
heaping tablespoons with hot water and enjoy ! If you use enough
for 2 then add a message noting there is enough for 2 mugs of
soup to enjoy or share with a friend.

This was an easy and inexpensive treat for craft shows, small
gifts, etc. Hope you enjoy !!

Sugar Cookies in a Jar

Ingredients:

3 1/4 c. all-purpose flour
1 1/4 c. white sugar
1/4 c. colored decorating sugar
2 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt

Directions:

Combine flour, salt and baking powder, stir well. Place flour mixture
in a
clean mason jar. Pack down tight so everything will fit in the jar.
Stir
sugar and colored sugar together, add to the jar. Put the lid on the
jar and
tie a ribbon around the lid.

Include the following instructions with the jar...

Whip 2/3 c. of butter or shortening until light and fluffy. Add 2 eggs,
2 T.
milk and 1 tsp. vanilla and beat until mixed. Stir in the ingredients
from
this jar until well combined. Roll into small balls and place on a
greased
cookie sheet. Flatten each ball slightly with a fork or the bottom of a
glass. Bake for 8 minutes at 350 degrees.

Triple Fudge Brownie Mix in a Jar

Ingredients:

1 c. all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt
1/2 c. unsweetened cocoa
1 1/4 c. granulated sugar
1/2 c. real semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/3 c. white baking chips
1/2 c. chopped walnuts

Directions:

Combine flour, baking powder and salt in small bowl. Spoon flour
mixture
into 1-quart decorative jar. Layer with cocoa, sugar, chocolate chips,
white
baking chips and walnuts. Place lid on jar.

Include the following directions with the jar...

Baking Directions: Heat oven to 350 degrees. Grease 8 or 9-inch square
baking pan. Combine 1/2 cup melted butter and 3 slightly beaten eggs in
medium bowl. Add brownie mix from jar. Stir just until moistened.
Spread
batter evenly into prepared pan. Bake for 30 to 40 minutes or until
brownies
begin to pull away from sides of pan. Do not underbake! Cool
completely.
Sift 2 teaspoons powdered sugar over top of cooled brownies, if
desired.
Makes 16 brownies.

White Chocolate Chunk Brownies - Mix in a Jar
From Diana Rattray,
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Brownies in a jar, a delicious dry brownie mixture and recipe to give as a gift in a canning jar, made with cocoa, white chocolate chips, pecans or walnuts, sugar, and other ingredients.
INGREDIENTS:

3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 cup cocoa, unsweetened
1 cup white chocolate chips or chunks
3/4 cup chopped walnuts or pecans
1 cup sugar
PREPARATION:

Make the mix:
In a 1-quart canning jar, layer the flour, salt, and baking powder. Using a wide-mouth canning funnel makes this a little easier. Add cocoa and shake the jar just slightly to level the layer. Sponsored Links
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Now add the white chocolate chips then the walnuts or pecans. Put the 1 cup of sugar in a small food storage bag; seal or tie well then shape into a small enough shape to fit into top of jar. Press the sugar bag into the top of the jar.
Directions for gift:

White Chocolate Chunk Brownies

White Chocolate Chunk Brownie Mix

4 ounces butter, 1 stick, softened

2 large eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla

Preheat oven to 350°.
Grease and flour an 8-inch baking pan.

Take bag of sugar from the top of the canning jar and pour into a mixing bowl. Add 1 stick (4 ounces) softened butter; beat until light. Beat in 2 eggs and 1 teaspoon vanilla until creamy. Empty the rest of the jar into the mixing bowl. Stir with a wooden spoon until dry ingredients are well moistened. Mixture will be stiff. Spread brownie batter into prepared pan and bake for 20 to 25 minutes, until brownies are set. Cool in pan before cutting into squares.

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December 6, 20040 found this helpful

I would like to make a bunch of gifts-in-a-jar (cookie mixes, cake mixes, soup mixes, etc.) for Christmas this year. I now need to know where to get quart or liter-sized jars. Suggestions, anyone? I've seen nice ones at kitchen and houseware stores, but they often cost upward of $10 each, and I can't afford that. Sources for inexpensive sealable bottles would also be appreciated. Thanks!

Lynne

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December 6, 20040 found this helpful

Your best bet is either old mayo or spaghetti sauce jars (free) or buying a case of mason jars. You'd probably want quart size. You could possibly get some by posting to a local Freecycle group or at a thrift store.
Susan at ThriftyFun

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December 6, 20040 found this helpful

I buy the canning jars and either cover the lids with a fabric circle tied with fancy ribbon, or I buy the plastic screw on lids that are fancier. You should be able to get a dozen for under $10.00 for the whole box.

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December 6, 20040 found this helpful

Sometimes the recycling depots will give jars away if you need them. You can also put an ad in the local newspaper for jars. In summer, garage sales are a great place for jars, too. Find grandmothers (those who used to put up a lot of fruit and vegetables in the summer and fall) who live in the country and had a big garden years ago, they will most likely be glad to get rid of a few jars.

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December 7, 20040 found this helpful

I looked at all of our stores in town for the wide mouth quart canning jars and almost gave up finding them until I called one of our local grocery stores. They had them in a case of 12 for a very reasonable price. The manager said that they're a seasonal item, so, if you find them, it might be best to stock up for future uses.

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December 7, 20040 found this helpful

I found them at Grocery stores (Albertson's - California), Michaels Craft Stores, and Retail Outlets (surplus outlets) for Pyrex and other glassware companies. We have a lot of outlets in California! I have seen Pyrex outlets in Nevada also!

Good-luck!

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By guest (Guest Post)
December 7, 20040 found this helpful

I volunteer at a church thrift store and we have all sorts of that kind of thing there - canning jars especially and others that are decorative and not expensive.

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By guest (Guest Post)
December 7, 20040 found this helpful

The store "Big Lots" near me usually has a box of a dozen for around $6.00

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By guest (Guest Post)
December 8, 20040 found this helpful

Last year I made some of the jar gifts and will be making them again this year. I use mason jars and decorate the lid with christmas material, tie raffia around the lid and sometimes paint the jar or put glitter on them. I've purchased many dozen when on sale at the end of the season for canning or the thrift stores usually have them for a small amount. I purchased mine at Walmart for about $6.00 they have a pretty design on one side. If you use plain jars you can also cover those with christmas material or make a snowman with a white sheet. Every time I've given these jar gift they are welcomed.

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December 8, 20040 found this helpful

I've found canning jars at Walmart and Big Lots. Check your grocery store also, they will be a little more expensive there though. My grocery store keeps their jars by the fruit and they offer decorative lids for the jars too. You should be able to dress up your own jars though. Good luck!

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By guest (Guest Post)
December 9, 20040 found this helpful

Big Instant coffee jars would work great too.& Check where you drop off recycling. If that's how you get rid of your recyclables.
I raid the bins for all sorts of things. I figure it's a barter system. I bring in quite a bit every week,if I should happen to find a little something to take Back Out,fine. It's still recycling.

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January 23, 20060 found this helpful

I see used canning jars at garage sales and thrift shops all the time for very little. Save your nice glass jars from pickles, spaghetti sauce, mayo, etc . It depends on what size you need but the jars pickled beets come in are nice and I believe are a pint size. To buy a case of brand new canning jars is not expensive but reusing clean used jars is a good idea! To pretty them up or cover printing on the lid, just cut a circle of fabric and cover and tie on with ribbon or jute....adding a tag with instructions.

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October 11, 20040 found this helpful

I have an overload of mayo jars that I have collected. Does anyone have a tried and true gift in a jar that will fit in a mayonnaise jar?

Laura Lange

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October 11, 20040 found this helpful

Go to http://www.geoc  .com/giftsinajar and enjoy their variety of recipes and ideas.

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October 11, 20040 found this helpful

Try these sites...They will all work in the mircle whip jars...Made over 100 gift jars last year...Enjoy.
http://members.  Mae/jarlinks.htm
Vanilla & B-Bob's Jars and Mixes
http://www.neos  cipes/dry-mixes/ Recipes Archive: Dry Mixes
http://SOAR.Ber  U/recipes/gifts/
http://www.roo.  archive/soup.htm
Soups in a Jar
http://members.  hndon/cookie.htm Cookies in a Jar Recipes
http://www.real  com/cookies.html Cookie & brownie mixes in jars from Real Food for Real People
http://www.realfood4realpeople.com
Chicken Rice Bake Mix in a Jar
http://realfood  net/cookies.html Cookie Mixes in a Jar from Real Food for Real People
http://www.cook  .com/cat/jar.asp
Cookie Recipe .Com | Cookies in a Jar Cookie Recipes
http://www.cook  dArtBrownies.asp Cookie Recipe .Com | Sand Art Brownies | Recipes
http://www.geoc  94/giftsjar.html Gifts in a Jar2
http://www.melb  stermx/index.htm Master Mixes
http://www.inte  board/index.html
http://www.inte  mix/othermix.htm Other Mixes
http://www.inte  rmx/mastermx.htm Master Mixes
http://www.inte  mix/othermx1.htm Other Mixes - Beverages

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By guest (Guest Post)
October 11, 20040 found this helpful

You could make homemade bath salts and put that in them. To follow are some recipes. Or put together all the dry ingredients for cookies, attach a recipe card on how to finish and bake them.

Recipes for Bath Salts

2 cups epsom salts
2 drops essential oil
2 drops food coloring

I like my bath salts a pastel color so I don't use much food coloring but that is up to you. I get most of my fragrance oils online. You can also divide this up and layer them with different colors in your container. I would not mix scents though.

Oatmeal Bath Salts

2 cups of Epsom salts
1/2 cup of regular oatmeal (generic is fine)
2 drops of essential oil
2 drops food coloring

For this recipe you need a blender or other appliance that will pulverize the oatmeal. You want it to have the consistency of very fine beach sand. Add your fragrance oil and coloring.

Milk Bath Salts

2 cups epsom salts
1/2 cup dry powdered milk
2 drops essential oil
2 drops food coloring

Make sure that you stir well to evenly distribute the color. I also always use a chocolate fragrance oil or rose with this one. My friends say it smells good enough to eat.

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By guest (Guest Post)
October 16, 20040 found this helpful

You could put in home made coupons like; good for 1 back rub or something and decorate them and give it to a family member

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November 17, 20040 found this helpful

Go to http://www.organizedchristmas.com for their gift in a jar ideas.

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