Gifts in a Jar for Christmas

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We try to make some of the Christmas gifts that we give each year. It really helps keep the cost down and I like the feeling that I don’t need to run to the store for my every need.

One of the easiest gifts to make are gifts in a jar. Basically, this is a Mason jar (canning jar) that you layer the ingredients in for your favorite recipe. You add some pretty fabric & a ribbon or bow to the top, tie on a gift card and you have a great gift.

Gifts in a jar can be cookies, breads, cakes, dip mixes, drink mixes, seasonings, etc. They are a great gift for the man in your life who loves sweets but really doesn’t know how to cook. They also work well for a busy mom who doesn’t have time to make a lot of homemade goodies.

My favorite gift in a jar to make is:

Butterscotch Cookies

1/2 cup butterscotch chips
1/2 cup crispy rice cereal
1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup butterscotch chips
1/2 cup rolled oats
1/2 cup white sugar

To Make the Layered Jar Gift:

Layer ingredients in a one quart mason jar, in the order given. Screw the jar on the lid, and cover with a circle of fabric or a paper doily, held down with a rubber band. Cover the rubber band with yarn or ribbon and tie a bow.

Make a pretty label for the front of the jar and tie on a card with these directions:


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a large bowl, cream 1/2 cup butter or margarine. Add 1 egg and 3 to 4 tablespoons of water. Add entire jar of butterscotch cookie mix and stir until blended. Drop dough by spoonfuls onto an ungreased cookies sheet. Bake for 12 minutes in 350 degree F. oven. Remove from oven and cool.

These are a huge hit! I did a craft show two years ago where I made 8 different gifts in a jar and I sold almost every single one of them. I charged $9.00 each and no one batted an eyelash at the price.

This is one of my favorite gifts in a jar books:

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  1. I think these are great gifts. I did some one year at the farmer's market and they did well too!

  2. Confessions of an Overworked Mom says
    They really are popular and so easy to make too!
  3. Thanks for sharing the butterscotch cookie recipe. I don't have that one and am now planning to make some of yours for holiday gifts.
  4. Confessions of an Overworked Mom says
    Hi 2Tramps! They are truly yummy! Enjoy!

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