Published February 19, 2010 by
A homemade gift is a great way to let someone know you are thinking of them. My favorite homemade gift is a jar mix - from cookies to soups - the possibilities are endless! Jar Mixes make great gifts for teachers, your child's bus driver, the postal worker who delivers your mail . . . anyone!
The most common jar to use is a canning jar (also called a Mason jar). Before filling your jars, wash them thoroughly and make sure they are completely dry before adding ingredients. Each jar will be filled with only the dry ingredients. Using a small funnel or a rolled up piece of paper can help with getting the layers to lay just right (don't tip the jar while filling). To pack down your layers, a great item to use is a tart tamper. Other things that may work is a small ladle, a spoon, mallet or spatula.
You may want to decorate your jar before filling. If the jar is filled to the top so that the contents don't move much, then decorating afterward is fine too. One of most important parts of your jar is the Mixing/Baking instructions. You can attach this with a ribbon to your lid or glue it to the jar itself. You can have fun with this too! Use stamps or stencils to create a one-of-a-kind personalized label. You can also use your computer to personalize your instruction labels and print them on sticker paper.
Here is one recipe to get you started!
Decadent Brownie Jar Mix Instructions
* 1 cup all-purpose flour
Filling the Jar:
Instructions to attach to jar:
1. Heat oven to 350 F.
Makes 16 Bars