Recipes for a “gift in a jar” include snacks, sweets, hearty soups, treats for your four-legged friends or luxurious products for bath time pampering. If you’ve never made or received one of these thoughtful and inexpensive homemade gifts you may not know that the gift in a jar concept includes all of the dry ingredients needed for a particular recipe, layered neatly in a canning jar. A copy of the recipe and some simple decorations are attached to the jar so that the recipient will know exactly how to enjoy her gift.
Divide the ingredients evenly into the pint jars. Neatly layer each ingredient to make it attractive. Attach these directions: Stir 3 heaping tablespoons of (the flavor) cocoa mix into a mug of boiling water.
Mix these ingredients and pour them into a 1 qt. wide-mouth jar. Tamp the loose mixture down by tapping the bottom of the jar against the counter. Layer the following ingredients into the jar, pressing each layer firmly to make room.
Attach these instructions: Cream ½ cup of butter with 1 egg and 2 tbsp. water. Stir in the contents of the jar until all ingredients are well mixed. Drop the batter by rounded spoonfuls onto a cookie sheet and bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 10 to 12 minutes. Makes approximately 3 dozen cookies.
Whichever ingredients you decide to give in your gift in a jar, the recipient is sure to love this novel present!