DIY Christmas: Mix in a Jar

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Here's a top secret little fact about newlyweds....ssshhh...chances are we don't have any money. Yes, I spilled the beans. But, what can you expect after months upon months of spewing money just to create one special day?

One of the many downsides of being newly married and broke is not being able to give great gifts to friends and family during the holidays. After so many people have showered you with well wishes, not to mention pots, pans and gift cards, it feels kind of weak to show up for the holidays empty handed.

Never fear, I've got you covered: the jar o' baking mix!

There's no need for you to have a crafty bone in your body to create this do-it-yourself present. All you need is a 1-quart jar, some baking ingredients and a tag or sticker for instructions. If you really want to dress it up, add some fabric on top.

Have friends who don't bake? This gift is foolproof - dump contents of jar into bowl. Add a couple of other ingredients (most recipes I found call for eggs and butter or oil), mix together. Bake. And, voila! Your friends and family have homebaked goodies without even having to lift a measuring cup.

I picked up 12 1-quart Ball canning jars from Amazon for $11 plus shipping and used leftover wedding supplies (cardstock, fabric, string) to decorate.

Cranberry Walnut Bliss Cookies

5/8 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup rolled oats
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup packed brown sugar
1/3 cup white sugar
1/2 cup dried cranberries
1/2 cup white chocolate chips
1/2 cup chopped walnuts

Layer the ingredients in a 1 quart or 1 liter jar, in the order listed.

Attach a tag with the following instructions:
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  • Grease a cookie sheet or line with parchment paper.
  • In a medium bowl, beat together 1/2 cup softened butter, 1 egg and 1 teaspoon of vanilla until fluffy.
  • Add the entire jar of ingredients, and mix together by hand until well blended.
  • Drop by heaping spoonfuls onto the prepared baking sheets.
  • Bake for 8 to 10 minutes, or until edges start to brown. Cool on baking sheets, or remove to cool on wire racks.

These are so easy to whip up and you could really give them at different times of the year. You could really do mixes for anything (brownies, hot chocolate, quick breads, etc). Just keep some jars on hand and you will always have a gift on hand when you need it!

1 comment:

holly p said...

Cute! The cookies sound delicious.

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