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Thursday, 19 December 2013

Gifts in a Jar


My mother never ever liked getting a gift for Christmas that had anything to do with  cooking, cleaning or eating . . .well except for chocolates that is.  I never saw her turn down a nice box of choccies.  She just didn't want to get the other stuff, like mixers or blenders, or jars of jam, etc.

Me on the other hand, I just love, Love, LOVE to get any gift that has anything to do with the kitchen or eating!  I have had a Kitchen Aid Stand Mixer on my wish list for years now, to no avail, but . . . I live in hope.


Candy Apple Red or Powder Blue or even yellow would do me fine.  Actually who am I trying to kid, I'll take it in any colour I can get it!  But I digress . . .


Food gifts.  I just adore receiving them and I love putting them together for friends.  I especially love the mix in a jar things, or goodies in a mug, or Mug-ems as they are also called.  We did an activity in RS Society in August and I did a presentation on Gifts in a jar and it was quite popular so today I am going to show you two of my favourite Gift Mixes in a Jar, and in the spirit of giving, I am including my artwork Gift Tags for you to print out and tie on to your own gift jars.  All you need to do is right click and save and then you can print them out 4 or 6 to a page via your own printer.  Merry Christmas!  (And there are two versions, one with American measures and one with British measures.)


The first one is the Oatmeal and Raisin Cookie Mix in a Jar, and let me tell you they are fabulous cookies.  Very delicious.  These mixes are so easy to make, and such fun to give and to receive.  I really love decorating the jars up and making them pretty with ribbons and bows, etc.

You can decorate the up with Cute little Christmas Ornaments, or whatever.  Little cloth caps, ribbons . . . let your imagination and creativity carry you away!

And if you aren't into cookie mixes in a jar, you can just make some for yourself.  These cookies are fabulous.  Very, very tasty indeed!

 *Oatmeal and Raisin Cookie Mix In a Jar*
Makes 1 1-litre jar
Printable Recipe

100g of plain flour (1 cup)
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
1/2 tsp salt
150g of soft light brown sugar (3/4 cup)
110g of granulated sugar (1/2 cup)
100g of raisins (3/4 cup)
160g of old fashioned  oats


Whisk together the flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, soda and salt.  Layer the ingredients in the jar as follows, tamping each layer down well before adding another layer.  Half the flour mixture.  Half the brown sugar.  The raisins. The white sugar.  The remaining half of the brown sugar and the oats.   You may think it won't all fit, but it will.  Just persevere.  Screw on the lid tightly.  Decorate as you wish and attach a label with the baking directions.

You might think when you look at each recipe . . . all that would never fit in a jar, but don't worry!  It absolutely does!  I use my Pampered Chef tamper tool and it packs everything in very nicely.

These Cranberry White Chocolate and Oat Cookies are my favourites.  Oh my . . . but I could just eat them all up myself.  Quite dangerous to have around once baked.  I bet I ate three right away.  I am such a naughty pup.

I bet even YOU couldn't eat just one though . . . but who's eating??  These are for gifts right?  Yah, of course they are!!  But really . . . I don't think anyone would begrudge you making a jar of the mix, or just baking yourself up a recipe of these for your own family.  In fact, that might just be one way where you could guarantee a sweet surprise for yourself under the tree on Christmas morning!  After all, as they say . . . Charity begins at home! Ho Ho Ho!!

 *Cranberry White Chocolate Cookie Mix In a Jar*
Makes 1 1-litre jar
Printable Recipe

50g of plain flour (1/2 cup  plus 2 TBS allpurpose)
40g old fashioned oats (1/2 cup)
1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
1/2 tsp salt
66g soft light brown sugar (1/3 cup)
63g of white sugar (1/3 cup)
75g dried cranberries (1/2 cup)
90g white chocolate chips (1/2 cup)
60g of chopped  pecan nuts (1/2 cup)

Layer the ingredients in a clean canning  jar in the order given, tamping each layer down into place before adding the next one.  (I use my  pampered chef tamper for this, but you could use the end of a rolling pin as well.)  Screw on the lid tightly.  Attach a gift tag with the mixing and baking directions and decorate the jar as desire 

If you think you have seen this post before, you would be right. It is a repost from last year.  I threw my hip out today and although I had plans to do some baking I am having a hard time just to walk at the moment.  Arthritis is sometimes a real pain to live with.  In any case I am resting it up and reposting this post from last year.   I think some of my newer readers would enjoy it irregardless.  Do feel free to copy and print out my art recipe card/tags I have included.   God willing I will be back tomorrow with something new to share!!!


  1. The Kitchen Aid Mixer has been on my list for years too, I even have a picture on my fridge as a hint LOL
    The only way I will get one is buy it myself but at over $700 here in Australia it is a few years away yet LOL

  2. I was really lucky a few months ago I won a Kenwood stand mixer in silver, so the kitchen aid is not too much of a dream anymore. It would still be nice though. Candy Apple Red or the blue. My daughter has a red one. They are VERY expensive!!

  3. This year I was given a pastel green Kitchen Aid. I have yet to really use it day by day yet. I am in such a blah place about cooking right now.

  4. Hello, Marie!
    I'd like to ask your help, please.
    I am making your fairy ginger biscuits , double dose,but I want to bake the first dose only .Do you think it would be ok if I kept the rest of the dough in the fridge until Sunday that I will be needing to have some more of them nearly ready, to pop in the oven?

  5. Those really are cute and who would not love getting that!

  6. Marie love your gifts in a jar!!! nlook beautiful and cute xxxx

  7. What a beautiful idea. I may do this for my sister-in-law who loves this kind of gift. I even have all of the ingredients on hand - go me! :-)

  8. Hi Helen, that would work fine, just bring the dough to room temperature before rolling them out!

    Thank you Monique, Gloria and Ramona!

    Suze, I don't think I could ever be blah about a kitchen aid, no matter what the colour was!

    You do go Marie!! Bake on! I meant to buy the puff pastry yesterday to make the star recipe you sent me. I forgot, but will put my thinking cap on and figure something else out! xxoo

  9. Marie, I just started using Pinterest, and I'd like to pin te
    2 of your cookie mix in a jar recipes, but for the life of me I can't figure out how. Could you pease give me some guidance? I went to your pins but I couldn't find the recipes. Is there some simple method I am unaware of? Thanks! Susan

  10. tigerlille, if you hover over the photo you want to pin there is a little red pin button which shows up on the right hand corner of each.


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