Dec 8, 2010

Mason Jar Gifts............

We are getting closer to Christmas and I thought it would be nice to share some of my favorite gifts I have received and made for friends and neighbors.

People love these and they are fun and easy to assemble. You can be as creative as you want, paint the bottles, add cute tags whatever!

We start with a simple Mason Jar.

Next we fill them with a recipe for one of the following goodies.

Lastly  make a cute topper and tag with the cooking instructions on it!

Now you have a gift that will be greatly appreciated.

Here are some of my favorites but you can find so many on the Internet by putting “Mason Jar Gifts” in your search engine and you will have enough to feed you for years!

Cranberry Buttermilk Muffin Mix

Ingredients For the jar:

1/2 cup sugar

2 1/2 cups flour

1 cup dried cranberries

1/2 teaspoon ground ginger

2 teaspoons baking powder

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 teaspoon salt

Add To The Mix 1 cup buttermilk

1/2 cup melted butter

2 eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

2. In a large bowl combine buttermilk, butter, eggs and vanilla.

3. Add contents of jar and stir until just combined.

4. Spoon batter into greased or papered muffin tins, filling each cup two-thirds full.

5. Bake for 15 to 18 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in
the center comes out clean.
6. Cool for 10 minutes in the muffin tins and then transfer to a wire rack and cool completely.

Creamsicle Cookie Mix in a Jar

1/2 cup Tang instant breakfast drink powder
3/4 cup white sugar
1 & 1/2 cup vanilla chips
1 3/4 cup flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder


Mix flour, baking soda, and baking powder together. Layer in a wide mouth 1 quart canning jar in order given, starting with the Tang and ending with the flour mixture. Attach the following directions onto jar:
Tag Information
Empty cookie mix into a large mixing bowl; stir to combine. Add 1/2 cup of butter or margarine, softened, 1 egg, slightly beaten and 1 tsp vanilla. Mix until completely blended.
Roll into large walnut size balls. Place onto greased cookie sheet. Bake at 375 for 12-14 minutes.

Friendship Soup Mix

1/2 cup dry split peas

1/3 cup beef bouillon granules

1/4 cup pearl barley

1/2 cup lentils

1/4 cup dried minced onions

2 tsp. Italian seasoning

1/2 cup uncooked long grain rice

1/2 cup alphabet macaroni or other small macaroni (put in a plastic sandwich bag)

In a pint jar, layer the first eight ingredients in the order given. Seal tightly

Friendship Soup Mix

You will need the following additional ingredients

1 pound ground beef or stew meat - 3 quarts of water

1 can (28 oz.) tomatoes, undrained.

Remove macaroni and set aside. In a large saucepan

brown beef and drain. Add the water, tomatoes and

soup mix; bring to a boil, reduce heat.

Cover and simmer for 45 min. Add macaroni and simmer

for 20 min. more.

Spiced Mocha Mix

1/2 cup powdered coffee cream

1/2 cup cocoa mix

1/3 cup instant coffee

1/4 cup sugar

1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon nutmeg

Put all ingredients in a bowl and mix well. Add mixture to pint sized jelly jars and add a tag.

Directions for Use: Add 2 Tablespoons of Mixture for every 1 cup of hot water.

Chai Tea Mix

1 1/4 cup nonfat dry milk powder
1/4 cup black tea leaves
12 cardamom pods
4 2 inch pieces of cinnamon stick
2 tsp dried lemon peel

Divide all ingredients, layering equally between two 6 ounce jars.


To serve, place contents of one jar in a large saucepan with 4 cups of water. Bring to boiling. Remove from heat, and let stand 5 minutes. Strain through a wire strainer lined with cheesecloth or a coffee filter. Add honey to taste.

Pumpkin Cranberry Bread Mix in a Jar

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup brown sugar, packed
1 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup chopped pecans
3/4 cup dried cranberries

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 granulated 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 Pumpkin Cranberry Bread.


Pumpkin Cranberry Bread:

1 jar pumpkin cranberry bread mix
1 cup canned pumpkin puree
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 eggs

Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and flour (or use spray) two 7 1/2 x 3 3/4 x 2 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 for 40-50 minutes (30 to 35 minutes for the small pans), or until inserted wooden pick comes out clean and tops of loaves spring back when pressed.

Links showing how to make the jar topper

Free adorable tags you can print off!

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