Gifts in Jars (Pinterest Inspired)

One thing I enjoy more than gift giving is diy-gift giving.
I'm known to put far too much effort into planning gifts for people. Normally, I would whip up a loaf of bread or a batch of cookies myself and give them in a nice tin etc. But this year, Pinterest (of course) gave me the idea of preparing all the dry ingredients in a jar to give with instructions. This way, the recipient of the jar has an easy way to finish the homemade goods him or herself, gets to enjoy the aroma while they are baking, and steal that "fresh out of the oven" bite. 

This year, I did a trial run of this form of giving. I only made two jars. One for my mom (lover of bread and chocolate) and one for my aunt (lover of cookies and peanut butter). Hopefully I will receive a quick cell phone picture message to see how they turned out!



Chocolate Chip & Oatmeal Quick bread (In a Jar)
Recipe by: meandmydiy.com

Tools:
  • pint and a half-sized jar
  • wooden spoon
  • label/gift tag 
  • ribbon

Layer the following ingredients into the jar, packing after each layer with the bottom of a wooden spoon. If your jar is not a wide mouth, use a paper funnel to insert the ingredients. 

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • .....................................................
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • .....................................................
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • .....................................................
  • 3/4 cup rolled oats
  • .....................................................
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • .....................................................
  • 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts, optional


On the tag/label:
    1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
    2. In a large bowl, mix together the contents of the jar.
    3. Add & mix just until all ingredients are combined:
      • 1-1/2 cups buttermilk
      •  2 large eggs
      • 1/4 cup butter, melted 
    4. Pour batter into a greased 9" x 5" loaf pan and bake for about 50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the loaf comes out clean.
    5. Cool for 10 minutes before removing the loaf onto a wire rack. Once cooled, store covered for up to 5 days. 



Peanut Butter Chip & Oatmeal Cookies (In a Jar)

Tools:
  • pint and a half-sized jar
  • wooden spoon
  • label/gift tag 
  • ribbon

Layer the following ingredients into the jar, packing after each layer with the bottom of a wooden spoon. If your jar is not a wide mouth, use a paper funnel to insert the ingredients. 

  •  1/2 cup all-purpose flour 
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • .....................................................
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • .....................................................
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • .....................................................
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • .....................................................
  •  1/4 cup all-purpose flour 
  • .....................................................
  • 1/4 cup reese's pieces 
  • 1/4 cup peanut butter chips
  • 1/4 cup chopped peanuts 

On the tag/label:
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a large bowl, mix:
    • 1/2 cup butter, softened
    • 1 large egg
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  3.  Add the contents of the jar and mix until well combined. 
  4. Drop spoonfuls of dough onto a baking sheet and bake for 10-12 minutes or until edges are light brown. 
  5. Cool for 2 minutes on baking sheet. Then, transfer to a wire rack until completely cooled. Store in an airtight container for up to 1 week. 

1 comment

  1. Recipe in a jar, what a cool idea for a gift! The chocolate chip, oat bread: absolutely delish!! This one I will definitely be making again & again! Love, Mom xoxoxo

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