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YumSugar Gift Guide: Jars of Joy

When I was a wee little kid, I remember our neighbors bringing us jars full of flour, sugar, and other dry ingredients as a Christmas present. They were wrapped with beautiful bows and ribbons, but I didn't understand how a jar full of dry ingredients equaled an awesome Christmas gift. Then, a few days later when my dad turned that jar into a batch of fantastic cookies I figured it out. They gave us the ingredients and the recipes needed to make something tasty.

If you were hoping to handout holiday cookies this year, but didn't quite get around to it, why don't you do the next best thing and give them the ingredients they'll need to make their own? It doesn't have to be cookies either, you could do pancake mix, soup mixes, cakes, or hot chocolate. To help you figure out where to begin I've rounded up some recipes, as well as tips on how to prepare them. To get inspired,


Be sure to start with a clean, dry jar. Apply one layer at a time, packing each down tightly before adding the next. Decorate with a ribbon or bow, attaching wooden spoons or spatulas if desired. Make sure to include the recipe with your jar!


lexichloe lexichloe 9 years
this is great! thanks
equitas equitas 9 years
sweet idea. and it doesn't look like it bust into my piggybank to give a gift.
veronicaraye veronicaraye 9 years
adorable gifts
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
I've done this before, I love it!!
mamaseacat mamaseacat 9 years
This was what I was talking about that a student gave me for Christmas rather than baked cookies.
emalove emalove 9 years
I've gotten a jar of chocolate chip cookie ingrediants as a gift before...very cute.
sumnboutme sumnboutme 9 years
These are great. I wish this was posted earlier. :( Maybe for next year...thanks Yum!
RobinFabulous RobinFabulous 9 years
I love these! I already did my teacher gifts, but this is going on my list of go-to-gifts.
I love this idea. It makes recipes so easy!
nancita nancita 9 years
This is such a good idea. I had totally forgotten about these but my family got them when I was a kid too.
tshellyedwards tshellyedwards 9 years
Oooh - megmarmor, that sounds delish! Thanks for posting :)
tshellyedwards tshellyedwards 9 years
Yum!! I have always wondered how to make these! My hubby and I got a chocolate chip muffin mix for our wedding two years and I loved it! So thanks for digging up these links for us... I think a few people in my fam will be receiving these gifts ;)
megmarmor megmarmor 9 years
I just did this last night for my coworkers and filled it with Spiced Tea! Here's the recipe if anyone's interested: Holiday Spiced Tea 2 C. Tang 1 C. Instant Tea (I use Lipton decaf) 1 C. Sugar (I use ½ c. sugar) 1 tsp. ground cinnamon 1 tsp. ground cloves Mix ingredients well in a large bowl. Pour into airtight jars. To serve, place 2 to 3 rounded teaspoons of mix in mug, or to taste. Add boiling water. Stir and enjoy!
Linda-McP Linda-McP 9 years
I've made cookies in a jar before, but never thought about making soups to give as gifts. Awesome. Thanks, Yum!
kia kia 9 years
I just did a fabric decorated mason jar last night filled with herbal scented bath salts and my fiance thought it was so cool. I'll have to show him this post because he doesn't have all his holiday stuff done yet. This would be great for his co-workers.
syako syako 9 years
This is a perfect idea. thanks!!
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