MIM: Made It Myself! ~ Ingredient Jars

Dear Mimi,

So recently (aka for the last 2-3 years), mason jars have been all the rage. And since I am late to practically all the ~*trendz*~, I am just getting into them now and they are preeetty darn cute. Plus, ever since I switched to glass water bottles 3 years ago, I love anything glass; one of my (many) weaknesses.

The other day, one of my dear friends dropped off some coffee for me (remember what I said about my weaknesses) and I had to repay the favor, obviously. That is how you do friendship, Mimi. Instead of going out and doing the same thing though, I thought I would do something a little more personal and fun. I had seen this idea floating around and since I have had quite the baking craze lately, it seemed like a great and easy gift!

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I used the chocolate chip cookies recipe for this, but substituted caramel chips for the chocolate chips, and both light and dark brown sugars.

The idea behind these is simple. You fill the jar with all the dry ingredients needed to make some sort of dessert, usually cookies or brownies, and the receiver will add the remaining ingredients and make the dessert. Most of the ingredients you will need the fill the jars are essentially the same, so it’s super uncomplicated to make, and it’s fun for the person you give it to as they get to bake some homemade desserts! Plus, it looks so elegant and chic and, they get a jar to use afterward!

The Jar:

I usually use quart size mason jars since they hold about 4 cups worth of ingredients, which is plenty. It’s also just the right size to layer the ingredients in an eye-catching way, and it feels like you’re giving/getting a good sized gift. Anything smaller is too small, in my opinion, and anything bigger is way too much. But, feel free to modify them any way you wish. It’s your gift and your friend/parent/co-worker/boss/neighbor/cousin/grandparent/lawn mower/grocer/mailman/brother/sister ( 🙂 ).

What to Put Inside the Jar:

I have included 3 recipes that I use the most whilst making these jars and the dry ingredients you put inside are all basically the same.

~Warning: Since these jars only hold about 4 cups, a lot of these recipes and ingredient amounts had to be modified, so things do get a tad specific.~

*Another Word of Advice* After you’re done making the jars in its entirety, write a little note to the receiver explaining what’s in the jar, what they will need to add, and baking directions.

Blondie Bars:

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What You’ll Need:

  • 3/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated (white) sugar
  • 1.5 cups flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup and 2 tablespoons chocolate chips

How To Assemble in the Jar:

  1. Pour the white sugar (1/2 cup) in first.
  2. Pour half of the brown sugar (3/4 cup ÷ 2).
  3. Pour the chocolate chips in (1 cup & 2 tablespoons).
  4. Pour the remaining half of the brown sugar in (3/4 cup ÷ 2)
  5. Mix the flour (1.5 cups) and salt (3/4 teaspoon) together.
  6. Pour the flour and salt mixture in.

What They Will Need:

  • 3/4 cup (1.5 sticks) unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 8-inch pan

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F
  2. Grease 8-inch pan with butter/shortening/wax paper
  3. Melt the butter (3/4 cup) and combine with the 2 eggs.
  4. Mix in all the ingredients in the jar.
  5. Add the vanilla extract (1 tablespoon).
  6. Mix well, until smooth.
  7. Pour in the 8-inch pan.
  8. Bake for 25-30 minutes.

Chocolate Chip Cookies:

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What You’ll Need:

  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup and 2 tablespoons granulated (white) sugar
  • 1.5 cups flour
  • 1/4 + 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 + 1/8 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1.5 cups chocolate chips

How To Assemble in the Jar:

  1. Pour the white sugar (1/4 cup and 2 tablespoons) in first.
  2. Pour half of the brown sugar (3/4 cup ÷ 2).
  3. Pour in 1.25 cups and 2 tablespoons of chocolate chips .
  4. Pour the remaining half of the brown sugar in (3/4 cup ÷ 2)
  5. Mix the flour (1.5 cups), baking soda (1/4 + 1/8 teaspoon) and salt (1/4 + 1/8 teaspoon) together.
  6. Pour the flour, baking soda, and salt mixture in.
  7. If there is extra room, pour the remaining chocolate chips (2 tablespoons) on top.

What They Will Need:

  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) and 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 large egg
  • 3/4 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • Baking Sheet

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 325°F.
  2. Prepare baking sheet with butter/shortening/wax paper.
  3. Melt the butter (1/2 cup and 2 tablespoons) and combine with the egg.
  4. Mix in all the ingredients in the jar.
  5. Add the vanilla extract (3/4 tablespoon).
  6. Mix well, until smooth.
  7. Place 1/4 cup dough balls onto baking sheet, 3-inches apart.
  8. Bake for 15-17 minutes.

M&M Cookies:

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What You’ll Need:

  • 3/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup and 2 tablespoons granulated (white) sugar
  • 3/4 cup and 2 tablespoons flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup and 2 tablespoons M&M’s

How To Assemble in the Jar:

  1. Pour the white sugar (1/4 cup and 2 tablespoons) in first.
  2. Pour half of the brown sugar (3/4 cup ÷ 2).
  3. Pour in 1 cup of M&M’s.
  4. Pour the remaining half of the brown sugar in (3/4 cup ÷ 2)
  5. Mix the flour (3/4 cup and 2 tablespoons), baking soda (3/4 teaspoon) and salt (3/4 teaspoon) together.
  6. Pour the flour, baking soda, and salt mixture in.
  7. If there is extra room, pour the remaining M&M’s (2 tablespoons) on top.

What They Will Need:

  • 3/4 cup (1.5 sticks) and 1.5 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1 and 1/8 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Baking Sheet

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Prepare baking sheet with butter/shortening/wax paper.
  3. Melt the butter (3/4 cup and 1.5 tablespoons) and combine with the egg and egg yolks.
  4. Mix in all the ingredients in the jar.
  5. Add the vanilla extract (1 and 1/8 teaspoon).
  6. Mix well, until smooth.
  7. Place teaspoon-sized dough balls onto baking sheet, 2-inches apart.
  8. Bake for 10-12 minutes.

After Filling the Jar:

Screw the lid back on to the jar. Now, you can decorate it any way you like.

I usually take a 6×6 inch square of some kind of fancy paper and place it on top of the lid, folding it over. Then I take a rubber band to secure the paper.

I also like to write what the recipe makes, what is in the jar, what the receiver will need, and the directions on a little note card. Then, I take ribbon and slide it through a hole punch that I made in the corner of the note card. Position the ribbon on top of the rubber band, so that the rubber band doesn’t show, and tie a bow!

So easy, that I made it myself!

Love,

Didi

P.S. I’ll try to update this post with more recipe ideas as I find more/create them. But, in the meantime, if anyone has any ideas or recipes that may work, leave them below!

Creativity is intelligence having fun. ~Albert Einstein

 

 

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