Saturday, December 13, 2008

Gifts In A Jar. . .

I'm almost finished with my homespun gifts for Christmas 2008. I've sewed & monogrammed some gifts & made gifts in a jar. I won't be showing the monogrammed gifts until after Christmas because I don't want to spoil the surprise for the recipients. I will be showing the jar gifts & recipe.

Jar Gifts. . .
Chocolate Chip Cookies

Here's the recipe. . .

Cookies in a Jar Project

Jar Ingredients:
·2 cups flour
·1 tsp salt
·1 tsp baking soda
·3/4 cup brown sugar
·3/4 cup white sugar
·1 1/4 cups chocolate chips

Use regular or wide mouth quart canning jars.
Layer ingredients in the order listed above.
Be sure to pack each ingredient after adding it to the jar or else you won't have room for everything.
Place lid securely on jar.
Cut a 9 inch circle of fabric, place on lid with rubber band.
Add *ribbon & baking instruction tag.
*I used thin wire star garland instead of ribbon.
Baking instruction tag. . .

Chocolate Chip Cookies
1 cup butter or margarine softened
1 egg, slightly beaten
1 tsp. vanilla
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Thoroughly blend together the butter or margarine, the egg, and the vanilla. Empty jar of cookie mix into the butter mixture.
Mix until completely blended.
Drop teaspoons full of batter about 2 inches apart on cookie sheet.
Bake for 8 - 10 minutes, or until lightly browned.
Today I'll be making Spicy Pecans for more jar gifts. I've never made this recipe before, but it looked like a perfect gift for some manly men on my list who like spicy food. I found it on a blog a few weeks ago, sorry I can't remember whose blog it was. Here's the recipe. . .
Spicy Pecans
1/3 cup butter melted
1 Tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1/2 teaspoon hot sauce (such as Tabasco)
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
1 teaspoon salt
1 pound pecan halves
Heat oven to 300 degrees F.
Melt butter, add Worcestershire sauce, hot sauce, salt and pepper, and mix well.
Place pecans in mixing bowl and pour the liquid on top, then stir to thoroughly coat. Spread onto a cookie sheet or jellyroll pan in a single layer.
Bake for 20-30 minutes, stirring and re-spreading every 10 minutes or so.
Take out of oven and place on paper towels.
When cool, store in an airtight container.


Confessions of a Plate Addict said...

Oh Carol...What a great idea...especially for people with children or people who don't bake often. It's a way to get homemade goodies without all of the trouble. Your jars are attractive, too! Thanks for the recipe...Debbie

Anonymous said...

Well, if you don't mind I will copying these into my Blog recipe folder. I've always wanted to do this, just never got around to it. You make it sound so simple to do, think I'll try and tackle it this year. Thanks so much for sharing.


Shelley said...

You have inspired me - these gifts in the jar will make some great xmas presents for a few family members. Thank you!!

Patsy said...

I always wanted to do the gifts in a jar but never have . Yours look so pretty.

Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria said...

Carol very clever idea girl..I love the way you did the jars also very pretty..thanks for sharing them..hope you have a great day hugs and smiles Gloria

Bargain Decorating with Laurie said...

I love spicy pecans. Can't wait to try your recipes. I'd love to receive one of those pretty jars of cookie mix for Christmas. Lucky friends! laurie

Tootsie said...

these are great! thanks for the idea! and the directions!

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Stacey said...

Lucky recipients!! You have been a busy girl!

Kim @ Home Is Where The Heart Is said...

What a lovely gift idea!

Lynne (lynnesgiftsfromtheheart) said...

Carol.. what a wonderful idea. I think the grandson will enjoy working on some of these tomorrow afternoon.. Thanks for sharing..
hugs ~lynne~

valerie said...

I made those spicy pecans recently. They are so good.

The recipients will be so happy! You are one talented, crafty lady!

Bo said...

Hi Carol...thanks so much for these wonderful gifts from the heart ideas & recipes...These are the best kind! ;-) Bo