Holiday Gifts in a Jar

18 Dec

Finals are over! Now it is time to get to those pesky holiday gifts you’ve been putting off. Mason jar gifts are fun, easy, inexpensive, and really trendy right now. Go ahead and give these sweet holiday gift recipes a try.

Hot Chocolate Mix


Hot Chocolate is the perfect treat for cold weather. Aside from the ingredients, all that is required are a pint wide-mouth mason jar, some ribbon and an instructions card-which can easily be hand written or printed.
  • 6 tablespoons powdered creamer
  • 6 tablespoons powdered milk
  • 6 tablespoons powdered sugar
  • 3 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 2 tablespoons milk chocolate chips
  • 2 tablespoons candy canes, chopped into small pieces
  • ½ cup mini marshmallows

Pour in the powdered creamer, then powdered milk, followed by the powdered sugar and cocoa powder. Feel free to pack down the ingredients with a spoon or other tool. Then add the toppings. The picture shows chocolate chips, candy canes and mini marshmallows filling the additional space in the jar.  Lastly, just add the lid and a recipe tag.

Here are the instructions for brewing the hot chocolate: Remove the marshmallows from the top of the jar and mix the remaining ingredients together. Add ½ cup of the mix to 1 cup of boiling water in a mug and stir until completely combined. Top with marshmallows and enjoy!

Chocolate Chip Cookies


Homemade cookies are the best, and way more impressive, but they can also be draining for people who are always on the go. Give your friends and family the gift of delicious, fast, and easy homemade cookies.

Ingredients for a one-quart jar:

  • 1 and 3/4 cups of flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon of baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon of salt
  • 1/2 cups of white sugar
  • 3/4 cups of (packed) dark brown sugar
  • 1 and 1/2 cups of chocolate chips

Combine flour, baking soda and salt in a small bowl and pour into your mason jar. Pack down with a spoon or fingers. Repeat with the white sugar, followed by the brown sugar-packing down each layer. Lastly, add the chocolate chips, seal the jar, and add a tag.

Instructions for the tag:

Preheat oven to 375. Remove the chocolate chips and set them aside. Beat 3/4 cup of softened butter, 1 large egg, and 3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract in a mixing bowl. Add the cookie mix and mix until smooth. Stir in chocolate chips and drop rounded dough onto pan. Cook for 9-11 minutes. Let cool before serving.

Peppermint Brownies 


Who doesn’t love brownies? Check out this holiday inspired peppermint brownie mix below.


  • 1 and 2/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 and 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup Andes peppermint baking chips
  • Additional ingredients:
  • 3/4 cup melted butter
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract


In a small bowl combine flour, baking powder, and salt. Layer granulated sugar, cocoa powder (wipe the inside of the jar after the cocoa layer), then flour mixture. Add baking ships and chocolate chips on top.


Preheat oven to 350 and grease 13×9-inch pan. Mix brownie mix with wet ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Spread into prepared baking pan. Bake for 18-25 minutes.

Hopefully these recipes have inspired you to get on the ball and try some fun and easy gifts. Happy Holidays.


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