6 Tasty Homemade Food Gifts in Jars
Gift in a jar: Chocolate-Nut Cookies
Layers of flour, brown sugar, coconut, chocolate pieces and peanuts appeal to the baker who receives this gift in a jar. Include a cookie scoop for an added touch. Vary the color of candy with the season: red and green for Christmas, red and white for Valentine's Day, and orange and black for Halloween.
Click ahead to see what these cookies look like when they're baked -- and to see five more recipes for tasty gifts in a jar. For each recipe, we show you both stages: the gift and the cooked food. You can also download a PDF of recipe labels and directions.
Cook it: Chocolate-Nut Cookies
Coconut adds to the slightly chewy texture of these chocolate chip cookies. Honey-roasted peanuts impart nutty flavor and crunch.
Video: How to create food gifts in jars
See how to layer eye-catching, tasty food gifts in jars.
Assemble it: Spicy Three-Bean Soup
Here's dinner in a jar, the perfect gift for busy people. Give along with a bag of corn chips or tortilla chips.
Cook it: Spicy Three-Bean Soup
Dehydrated veggies rehydrate when cooked with beans and seasoning. This hearty soup makes a good slow cooker dish.
Assemble it: Cranberry-Bran Muffins
This gift in a jar has stripes of flour, whole bran cereal, apple pie spice, almonds, brown sugar and cranberries. Seal the streusel topping in a small sturdy plastic bag and enclose at the top of the jar. The jars/gifts keep at room temperature for up to a month.
Cook it: Cranberry-Bran Muffins
Tangy dried cranberries keep this muffin recipe from being too sweet.
Assemble it: Blueberry-Ginger Hotcakes
Add a bottle of real maple syrup when you give this layered pancake mix in a jar. The hotcakes are more flavor-packed than traditional pancakes.
Cook it: Blueberry-Ginger Hotcakes
The cornmeal in the recipe adds a slightly grainy texture that you'll love. Using two kinds of ginger boosts flavor.
Assemble it: Fudgy Snack Cake
This easy cake-in-a-jar is both quick to assemble and easy to bake.
Cook it: Fudgy Snack Cake
Candy pieces and chopped nuts add a tasty topping to this moist, easy cake -- no frosting necessary!
Assemble it: Fruit and Nuts Oatmeal
Toasting the oatmeal before layering is worth the effort for added nutty flavor. Give with a small jar of honey.
Cook it: Fruit and Nuts Oatmeal
Nuts, dried fruit, spices and wheat germ all add to the flavor of this robust oatmeal. Be sure to microwave in a large bowl because the mixture boils up as it cooks.
Assembling your gift
Once you've selected a recipe, you can make several jar gifts at a time.
The right jar Our dry mixes fit in a 1-quart glass jar or a 32-ounce food canister or container with a tight-fitting lid. Use new or antique canning jars.
Layering tips Form a funnel with waxed paper to ease pouring dry ingredients into the jar. Tap jar gently on the counter to settle each layer before adding the next. It's OK if layers don't fill the jar to the top. Just avoid shaking container and mixing up the layers.
Mini bags Some of our food gifts have a separate bag holding a portion of the recipe. Use a small plastic bag, or a square of plastic wrap closed with a twist tie.
Cooking directions Print directions for how to use the mix, and attach them to the jar. They include other ingredients needed. Use ribbons and labels to decorate the jar.
Storage If you like, add a "best by" date to the jar. These all keep at room temperature for up to 1 month.