One of my favorite things about the Christmas season is seeing just how many homemade gifts I can make. In today’s hectic and mostly technology based world, I think it’s a nice change to add some homemade goodness to the holidays. On that note, I have been obsessed with cookies in a jar for years. These adorable little homemade gifts are often my go-to when I need something quick and easy to give but want something special. This year I decided to forgo my normal chocolate chip cookie in a jar recipe and branch out to include more cookie types, as well as other food mixes that go great in a jar.
So, I compiled a list of my 30 favorite and really festive gifts in a jar recipes that you can use to give homemade gifts to your loved ones this season. From cookies and brownies to soups and even pancakes, there are just so many things that you can make from a few basic ingredients and a nicely decorated mason jar. You all know how much I love my mason jar crafts. Remember these 50 decorative mason jar projects? There are literally hundreds of ways to work those mason jars into your decorating and your gift giving.
Mason jars themselves are really inexpensive and when you add food ingredients, they become the perfect gift for friends, family and neighbors. Need something great for a coworker? These work perfectly and they are all really easy to put together. The gist of a food in a jar gift is to add all of the dry ingredients into a mason jar, include a recipe tag that tells them what else they need to add to actually bake or cook their gift and then add festive ribbons or bows to decorate. Easy! And, you can even color that mason jar. I’ve got a great tutorial on how to tint mason jars into any color you want. So, grab those mason jars…We’re going to make so many wonderful food gifts in jars for this holiday season!
1. Homemade Alphabet Soup In A Jar
Alphabet soup is a wonderful gift in a jar recipe for many reasons. Since it’s getting colder, any soup recipe is a great idea for a Christmas gift. This particular recipe has really colorful ingredients that make it a lovely looking gift and the ingredients are really easy to find at any grocery store. Just add alphabet pasta along with barley, a few dried vegetables and a few spices and you’ll give them the gift of a delicious and warming soup this Christmas.
2. Caramel Apple In A Jar
Caramel apples are my favorite part of fall and this delicious treat can easily be stretched out for Christmas. These caramel apples in a jar use smaller jelly sized jars. Just add M&Ms and individually wrapped caramels to your jar and then tie an apple on top. Add a tag that tells them to simply melt their caramels and then dip the apple into caramel and then M&Ms for a wonderful treat.
3. Chocolate Chip Cookies In A Jar
I simply had to include my go-to recipe for cookies in a jar. These are so easy and so very inexpensive to make. You can do several jars with one bag of chocolate chips and even add in a layer of walnuts or other flavored chips if you want. You just layer the dry ingredients, including your chips and other flavorings and then attach the recipe tag for whatever else they need to add to bake these delicious chocolate chip cookies.
4. Chocolate Peppermint Cookies In A Jar
These chocolate peppermint cookies are a wonderful idea for Christmas and they use ingredients that you may already have on hand…provided you bake a lot during the holidays. The cookie mix itself requires flour, cocoa, sugar and brown sugar and then you add in chocolate and peppermint baking chips. You only use two-thirds of a cup of each, so you could easily get three jars from each bag.
5. Delicious Christmas Mint Cookies In A Jar
These yummy Christmas mint cookies are a candy lover’s dream. They use M&Ms and peppermint hard candies for their flavorings and your gift recipients will only have to provide the eggs, butter and vanilla. You could really dress this one up by using Christmas colored M&Ms and even add it to a basket with cookie baking supplies.
6. Cinna-Bun Butter Cake In A Jar
There’s no rule that says your sweet treat has to be a cookie in a jar. These cinnamon flavored butter cakes are delicious and use ingredients that you likely already have in your pantry. What’s great about this one is they can bake their little cake right in the jar, which eliminates the need for added dishes.
7. Cinnamon Spice Muffins In A Jar
This cinnamon muffin mix is gorgeously colored and perfect for your holiday gift giving. The muffins have flour, sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger and cloves, which give them a wonderful Christmas flavor. Make this one extra special by adding some cupcake cups to the top and tying them in place with ribbon or twine. Then add your recipe and you’ve got a wonderful treat to give.
8. Homemade Cinnamon Sugar Pecans
Add these homemade cinnamon sugar pecans to a mason jar and you’ve got a wonderful gift for those on your gift list. Not only are these pecans delicious but they also make a gorgeous gift when you add them to your mason jar with some festive ribbon. You can give these as a snack gift or they can use them for baking if you want to add this to a basic cookie in a jar recipe basket.
9. Cinnamon Sugar Popcorn
Cinnamon is one of my favorite flavors, particularly around the holidays, which is why I love this cinnamon sugar popcorn gift idea. You add popcorn kernels to a mason jar and then include a baggie with the cinnamon sugar mixture so that they can flavor their own popcorn. You could also do this with other flavors and each jar that you prepare makes about eight cups of flavored popcorn. Give this in a basket with popcorn bowls (that you can get at the Dollar Tree…four for a dollar).
10. Friendship Soup Mix In A Jar
Soup is such a wonderful Christmas gift. Since winter hits full force right after the holiday, it’s a great time to give someone the gift of a warming and delicious soup. This friendship soup recipe is perfect. It’s filled with color…due to some delicious dry ingredients…and the only thing that your gift recipient has to provide is tomato soup and you can add a can of that, too if you want.
11. German Chocolate Brownies In A Jar
Brownies in a jar are a wonderful gift idea and these German chocolate brownies are absolutely delicious. They’re really easy to make and have wonderful flavors of coffee and German chocolate. They’re moist and the perfect size for gift giving. Add a few of these to your gift basket or just give them out as a small personal gift.
12. Gingerbread Buttermilk Pancake Mix In A Jar
Gingerbread pancakes would be wonderful for Christmas morning breakfast, don’t you think? You can make that happen for your loved ones with these gingerbread pancakes in a jar. The pancake mix makes about 30 pancakes and the only thing your gift recipient has to provide is the buttermilk and eggs. Add some maple syrup to a basket with this and you have the perfect Christmas morning gift.
13. Yummy Gingerbread Cookies In A Jar
I love the idea of adding a cookie cutter to your cookies in a jar gifts and you can use a gingerbread man for these gingerbread cookies. Just loop your ribbon through the cookie cutter and tie it around the top of your jar. These little cookies are so good and so easy to make. Your gift recipient will need butter, molasses, eggs and vinegar to complete the cookies.
14. Gingerbread Granola Jar Gift
Granola is always a good gift idea, particularly for those who seemingly have everything. This gingerbread granola in a jar mix is filled with cranberries, pistachios, white chocolate chips and delicious gingerbread flavor. It dresses up really nicely too and looks beautiful with all its Christmas colors. It also includes oats, coconut, almonds and a number of spices, including maple syrup and molasses to give it that great gingerbread taste.
15. Holiday Pie Trifle Jar Gifts
These little holiday pie trifle jars are gorgeously colored and perfect for gift giving. Just add a plastic or wooden fork that you can also decorate for the holidays and you’re all set. The trifle mixes include bits of already cooked pies along with whipped topping and they are sure to be a huge hit with anyone on your gift list. Note that these need to be refrigerated until you give them but you can make them ahead and even freeze them before decorating the jars.