Saturday, March 8, 2008

Recipes for Gifts in a Jar

Cowboy Cookie Mix in a Jar

1 1/3 cups quick oats
1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup chopped pecans
1 cup chocolate chips
1 1/3 cups flour mixed with 1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt

Layer ingredients in order in a 1 quart, "wide mouth" canning jar. Press each layer firmly in place before adding the next ingredient. Decorate jar for gift giving and attach card with the following instructions:

Attach these directions to the jar:

Cowboy Cookies
Empty jar of cookie mix into large mixing bowl. Use your hands to thoroughly blend mix. Add 1 stick butter or margarine, melted, 1 egg, slightly beaten, and 1 teaspoon vanilla extract. Mix until completely blended. You will need to finish mixing with your hands. Shape into balls the size of walnuts. Place 2 inches apart on sprayed baking sheets. Bake at 350 degrees F for 11 to 13 minutes until edges are lightly browned. Cool 5 minutes on baking sheet. Remove cookies to racks to finish cooling.

Country Oatmeal Cookies Mix in a Jar

3/4 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1 cup rolled oats
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
1 cup chopped walnuts (optional)

Using a 1-quart or 1-liter jar, layer in the ingredients in the order given. Pack down the jar after each addition. Put the lid on, and cover with an 8 inch circle of fabric. Secure the fabric over the lid using a rubber band, then cover the rubber band by tying a nice piece of ribbon or raffia around the lid.

Attach these directions to the jar:
Country Oatmeal Cookies
Heat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). In a medium bowl, cream together 3/4 cup of softened butter, with 2 eggs and 1 teaspoon of vanilla. Add the entire contents of the jar, and mix by hand until combined. Drop dough by heaping spoonfuls onto an unprepared cookie sheet. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes.

Hot Cocoa Mix in a Jar

1 pkg (25 ounces) nonfat dry milk powder
1 1/2 cups non-dairy coffee creamer, about 6 ounces
3 cups (16 ounces) instant chocolate drink mix
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1 1/2 cups miniature marshmallows

Combine all ingredients and store in an airtight container. Give with directions below. Makes 16 cups. Enough cocoa mix for 4 1-quart jars to give, or split into small portions packed in decorative bags in mugs.

Attach these directions to the jar:
In a mug, combine 1/2 cup of mix with 1 cup of boiling water.

Bean and Pasta Soup Mix in a Jar

3/4 Cup dried onion flakes
1/2 ounce dried celery flakes
1/2 Cup dried parsley flakes
2 Tablespoons Dried basil
3 Tablespoons Dried oregano
3 Teaspoons Garlic powder
1 tsp pepper
12 Tablespoons Beef flavored bouillon granules
1 16 Ounce Pkg dried black beans (or beans of your choice)
1 16 Ounce Pkg dried kidney beans (or beans of your choice)
1 16 Ounce Pkg dried navy beans (or beans of your choice)
1 16 Ounce Pkg elbow macaroni uncooked (or pasta of your choice)

You take the spices and mix them together. Then you separate them into 6 equal portions. I use the snack size baggies to put them in. Add 2 tablespoon bouillon granules to each package. This is the seasoning packet that goes with each one. Combine black beans and next 3 ingredients; Split these into 6 even portions also. Place one bag spice mix, 1 bag with beans , and a 1 bag of pasta in a jar or tin.

Attach these directions to the jar:

Bean and Pasta Soup

1 package Bean mix (in Jar)
1 package Pasta Soup Mix (in Jar)
Spice mix (in Jar)
3 quarts water
1 carrot, chopped
1 medium onion, chopped
1 cup chopped cooked ham or kielbasa
1 (14-1/2-ounce) can diced tomatoes

Sort and wash bean mix; place in a Dutch oven. Cover with water 2 inches above beans; soak 8 hours or over night. Drain. Combine beans, water, spice mix, carrot, and chopped cooked ham in Dutch oven. Bring to a boil; reduce heat, and simmer 2-1/2 hours, stirring occasionally. Add tomatoes, undrained, and pasta; cook 20 minutes.makes about 9 cups.

You'll find some gift tags to print here:

Gift Tags to Print

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This web site is from my years of collecting recipes that I have enjoyed. You will find recipes I've clipped from newspapers, copied out of cookbooks, recipes from relatives and friends. I've given credit when I remembered from whom or where I got the recipe. The recipes that say "Julie's" in front of them, do not mean I created it. I've just made it so many times, I now claim it as my own. Others' names in front of the recipes only mean they gave me the recipe. They may not be the original creator. I have not tested all of these recipes except the ones with my name in front of them, but I'm sure they are GREAT!


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