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.

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Ingredients

Directions

  • Layer in a 1-quart glass jar or a 32-ounce canister or container with a tight-fitting lid the following ingredients, adding each ingredient at a time in this order: the 1-1/2 cups flour, baking powder, salt, soda, 1/4 teaspoon spice, 1/2 cup brown sugar, whole bran cereal, cranberries, and pecans or almonds. Tap jar gently on the counter to settle each layer before adding the next.

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  • For streusel topping, in a small bowl, stir together the 1/3 cup packed brown sugar, the 1/4 cup all-purpose flour, and the 1/4 teaspoon ground spice. Place streusel topping in a small plastic bag; seal with a small twist tie. Place streusel topping in jar. Cover the jar.

  • Give as a gift (or store the layered jar of muffin ingredients at room temperature up to 1 month) and attach a recipe card with the following instructions:

  • 1. Before using, remove streusel mixture; set aside. Shake remaining ingredients in jar to mix.

  • 2. Line twelve 2-1/2-inch muffin cups with paper bake cups or grease.

  • 3. For muffins: In a large bowl, combine 1 egg, lightly beaten; 1 cup milk; and 1/4 cup vegetable oil. Using a wooden spoon, stir in jar contents until just combined. Spoon batter into cups, filling each two-thirds full.

  • 4. For streusel topping: In a small bowl, cut 2 tablespoons butter into streusel mixture until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Sprinkle each with streusel mixture.

  • 5. Bake, uncovered, in a 400 degree f oven for 15 to 18 minutes or until a wooden toothpick inserted in center of muffin comes out clean. Cool in muffin cups on a wire rack for 5 minutes. Remove from muffin cups. Serve warm. Makes 12 muffins.

To reheat muffin:

Place one muffin on a microwave safe plate. Heat, uncovered, on 100 percent (high) for about 15 seconds.

Nutrition Facts

236 calories; 9 g total fat; 24 mg cholesterol; 198 mg sodium. 37 g carbohydrates; 4 g protein;

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