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    Quackers
    Gift in a Jar ideas
    • #1
    • 9th Oct 07, 2:43 PM
    Gift in a Jar ideas 9th Oct 07 at 2:43 PM
    I stumbled on this idea whilst browsing the internet for pickled onion recipes of all things

    So,

    Recipe to put in the jar would be:




    Cookies in a Jar Project




    Jar Ingredients:
    • 2 cups flour
    • 1 tsp salt
    • 1 tsp baking soda
    • 3/4 cup brown sugar
    • 3/4 cup white sugar
    • * chocolate chips
    Filling the Jar:

    Layer the ingredients in a quart size canning jar in the order listed. I used a small funnel and it worked pretty good for most of the ingredients! Use enough chocolate chips so the jar is full to the top. I used semi-sweet chocolate chips. Pack down all indredients, especially the brown sugar!


    Then you'd make a pretty label with a nice pic & instrucions like:


    Chocolate Chip Cookies
    1 cup butter or margarine softened
    1 egg, slightly beaten
    1 tsp. vanilla
    Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
    Thoroughly blend together the butter or margarine, the egg, and the vanilla. Empty jar of cookie mix into the butter mixture. Mix until completely blended. Drop teaspoons full of batter about 2 inches apart on cookie sheet. Bake for 8 - 10 minutes, or until lightly browned


    Or if you were clever you could take a pic of the cookies if you've made them before (or use one from T'internet)

    Then you could decorate the jar with a ribbon & voila, a cute easy gift. I think this would be a good gift for that child who has everything as it would be a lot easier to make as the main mix is done and just wet ingredients need to be added. I suppose adding smarties to make smarties cookies would make it more colourful too.

    This could also be easily adapted for soup mixes/brownie mixes/cake mixes etc.

    I even found a cute hot choc one that I'm going to get my girls making as gifts for everyone. This is the hot choc one:

    Make this fun and simple gift idea - Hot Cocoa recipes in a jar!




    Materials:
    • Baby Food Jar
    • Hot Cocoa Mix
    • Miniature marshmallows
    • Hershey Kiss Candy
    • Small Candy Cane
    • 4-inch or Larger Fabric Scrap
    • Ribbon
    • Glue


    Instructions:
    Clean the baby food jar and make sure it is completely dry.
    Put a one cup serving of the hot cocoa mix into the jar. Fill to the top with the miniature marshmallows. Put the cover on the jar tightly.
    Cut the fabric into a 4-inch circle. Cut a piece of ribbon about 12 inches long. Set the fabric circle centered on top of the jar lid. Tie the ribbon around the fabric along the edge of the lid. Tie a bow in the ribbon.
    Glue the hearshey kiss to the top, center of the lid. Glue the small candy cane onto the side of the jar.

    Print out these directions and include them with your gift:


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    Last edited by Former MSE Rose; 15-12-2009 at 9:54 PM.
    Sometimes it's important to work for that pot of gold...But other times it's essential to take time off and to make sure that your most important decision in the day simply consists of choosing which color to slide down on the rainbow...
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  • thanksalot
    • #2
    • 9th Oct 07, 3:37 PM
    • #2
    • 9th Oct 07, 3:37 PM
    If you are lazy, you could just empty a ready-made cake mix from the shop.
    Manners make the man...
  • Quackers
    • #3
    • 9th Oct 07, 3:40 PM
    • #3
    • 9th Oct 07, 3:40 PM
    If you are lazy, you could just empty a ready-made cake mix from the shop.
    Originally posted by thanksalot
    But then you wouldn't get the pretty layered look :confused:
    Sometimes it's important to work for that pot of gold...But other times it's essential to take time off and to make sure that your most important decision in the day simply consists of choosing which color to slide down on the rainbow...
    • Chris25
    • By Chris25 9th Oct 07, 4:43 PM
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    Chris25
    • #4
    • 9th Oct 07, 4:43 PM
    • #4
    • 9th Oct 07, 4:43 PM
    This site has some great 'in a jar' recipes http://www.razzledazzlerecipes.com/christmas/gifts/index.htm

    some of the recipes have jar labels that you can print off too
    Last edited by Chris25; 09-10-2007 at 4:46 PM.
  • Quackers
    • #5
    • 9th Oct 07, 4:54 PM
    • #5
    • 9th Oct 07, 4:54 PM
    This site has some great 'in a jar' recipes http://www.razzledazzlerecipes.com/christmas/gifts/index.htm

    some of the recipes have jar labels that you can print off too
    Originally posted by Chris25
    OMG - I'm going to be the Christmas Jar Queen

    Some good tips here too:

    http://allrecipes.com/HowTo/Tips-for-Cookie-and-Brownie-Mix-In-a-Jar/Detail.aspx
    Sometimes it's important to work for that pot of gold...But other times it's essential to take time off and to make sure that your most important decision in the day simply consists of choosing which color to slide down on the rainbow...
    • earthmother
    • By earthmother 9th Oct 07, 4:58 PM
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    earthmother
    • #6
    • 9th Oct 07, 4:58 PM
    • #6
    • 9th Oct 07, 4:58 PM
    I put these on the OS hampers thread, but it fits here too.

    I used the OS Weetabix Brownie recipe last year - the jar is a 0.5L kilner, I worked out that to get the chocolate to fit too, you'd need a 0.6L jar (which you can get as jam jars, but not kilners)





    The recipe is -

    4 crushed Weetabix/equivalent of bran flakes (about 3.5 oz)
    4oz caster sugar
    4oz self raising flour
    2 tbsp cocoa powder (or drinking chocolate for a milder taste)
    100g chocolate drops/chopped chocolate

    Mix the above ingredients together

    Then add;
    4oz of melted butter and
    1 egg
    and mix well.

    Line an 8 baking tin, leaving an overhang of paper around the edge to aid removal after baking.

    Place mixture in the tin, and spread it to cover the entire base.

    Bake for 15 minutes at gas mark 4, 180 C.

    Once out of the oven, let it stand for about 5-10 minutes, then lift out the brownie and cut into squares. Makes 16
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  • Quackers
    • #7
    • 9th Oct 07, 5:04 PM
    • #7
    • 9th Oct 07, 5:04 PM
    I put these on the OS hampers thread, but it fits here too.
    Originally posted by earthmother
    I saw that but I'm ever so ever so ever so ever so glad you put the recipe up
    Sometimes it's important to work for that pot of gold...But other times it's essential to take time off and to make sure that your most important decision in the day simply consists of choosing which color to slide down on the rainbow...
    • Chris25
    • By Chris25 9th Oct 07, 5:16 PM
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    Chris25
    • #8
    • 9th Oct 07, 5:16 PM
    • #8
    • 9th Oct 07, 5:16 PM
    Ooh, I'm going to try this - I have some of those mini weetabix with chocolate chips. Daughter loved them a month or so back but now she thinks they're 'rank' - seems to be her favourite word at the moment
    And I bought chocolate today too so i have all the ingredients in the cupboard.
  • thanksalot
    • #9
    • 10th Oct 07, 1:30 PM
    • #9
    • 10th Oct 07, 1:30 PM
    But then you wouldn't get the pretty layered look :confused:
    Originally posted by Quackers
    You could decorate the jar?
    Manners make the man...
  • saverspud
    OMG - I'm going to be the Christmas Jar Queen

    Some good tips here too:

    http://allrecipes.com/HowTo/Tips-for-Cookie-and-Brownie-Mix-In-a-Jar/Detail.aspx
    Originally posted by Quackers
    I know it's juvenile, I know that I should be ashamed, but I went to this page and fell about laughing at the phrase 'tart tamper'



    Great link though, thanks!
    • Tuttifruitty Theresa
    • By Tuttifruitty Theresa 13th Oct 07, 11:32 AM
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    Tuttifruitty Theresa
    I'm doing pickles etc for my uncle and for a joke pressie i'm also doing this http://www.craftbits.com/viewProject.do?projectID=1621


    xx
  • Quackers
    I'm doing pickles etc for my uncle and for a joke pressie i'm also doing this http://www.craftbits.com/viewProject.do?projectID=1621
    xx
    Originally posted by Tuttifruitty Theresa


    That site is fab.

    This would be idea for my Mum :

    http://www.craftbits.com/viewProject.do?projectID=1087

    But its really cruel
    Sometimes it's important to work for that pot of gold...But other times it's essential to take time off and to make sure that your most important decision in the day simply consists of choosing which color to slide down on the rainbow...
    • savvy
    • By savvy 13th Oct 07, 12:05 PM
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    savvy
    This site has some great 'in a jar' recipes http://www.razzledazzlerecipes.com/christmas/gifts/index.htm

    some of the recipes have jar labels that you can print off too
    Originally posted by Chris25
    Hmm those butterscotch brownies sound good.................I'll have to try a wheat free variety!
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    • dallam20
    • By dallam20 13th Oct 07, 3:22 PM
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    dallam20
    Hi,

    I saved all these last year when I was looking for fundraising ideas

    http://www.budget101.com/102mix.htm#Mix_Recipe_Categories

    http://www.allfreecrafts.com/giftinajar/index.shtml

    http://organizedchristmas.com/MM-cookies-gift-jar

    http://members.tripod.com/~MaryMae/jarlinks.htm

    Dawn
  • Little_miss_neat
    OMG! These are fab! My mum gave me a couple last year that she had bought and they were admired by many, but to do homemade ones is so much better! I am making hampers for everyone but I can see that I will be adding these now. Great idea for a teacher, too!
    Thanks for the inspiration and weblinks.
    • jess444
    • By jess444 13th Oct 07, 5:36 PM
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    jess444
    Hi, I'm going to make a few of these this year. Does anyone know how far in advance they can be made.
    • LilMissEmmylou
    • By LilMissEmmylou 13th Oct 07, 8:32 PM
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    LilMissEmmylou
    jess - i suppose it depends what your making really?

    Ive never seen these before but the look bloody fab! im going to be making everyone one of these!!!!! thanks for this guys
    • northernlass
    • By northernlass 13th Oct 07, 9:19 PM
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    northernlass
    these all sound great and i am tempted but im not sure if i can pull it off im not very arty farty crafty.
  • Quackers
    I - the jar is a 0.5L kilner,
    Originally posted by earthmother
    Anyone seen any jars this size?

    I saw some in Tesco's today but they were 1.35 litres. 1.99.

    So, ideal for a bigger recipe but I want to do the weetabix brownie recipe now so need 0.5l jars.

    If anyone sees any then please post where
    Sometimes it's important to work for that pot of gold...But other times it's essential to take time off and to make sure that your most important decision in the day simply consists of choosing which color to slide down on the rainbow...
    • northernlass
    • By northernlass 13th Oct 07, 10:04 PM
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    northernlass
    i buy mine from ikea, i think they are 1.49 each and the larger ones 1.99 each, hope this helps
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