Homemade Gifts in Weck Jars

 

A homemade gift is a thoughtful way to show someone you care.   It is a gift from the heart. I love it when someone gifts me something they have made themselves.  You know they spent time crafting something with you on their mind.  With all the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, its nice to receive something that required such dedication, however simple or small it may be.  Homemade gifts are wonderful to share with family and friends, neighbors, teachers, coworkers, even your mail/parcel carriers.

Looking for homemade gift ideas? Let me help elevate your homemade gift giving this holiday season! 

A delicious cookie dough mix (like the ever classic Toll House Cookie recipe here) or a soup/chili mix layered in a Weck jar makes for a thoughtful, easy, tasty treat for the recipient, and the included jar will prove itself useful the whole year through.  Add a cute label with the instructions on the back and a pretty ribbon to top it off!

 

Cookie mix in weck jar
   The process isn't hard, and it is fun to       make.  Even kids can help out!  Ingredients are layered one by one, and packed down.  The featured recipe here is the classic Toll House Cooking recipe.  Dry ingredients are placed in the jar and the recipient just adds butter and eggs then bakes.  Soup or chili mixes would be layered in a similar fashion, and then hot water added to a sauce pan with the mix.  
Thoughtful and practical, and with an added bonus of a Weck jar that can be used over and over again later.  You could even include a snippet about Weck jars for their later use!

 

Toll House Cookie in a Jar:

1 3/4 cups flour
3/4 tsp baking soda
3/4 tsp salt

1 1/2 cups chocolate chips (I like chunk or a mix of shapes)

3/4 cup brown sugar

1/2 cup white sugar

 

Combine flour, salt and baking soda in a bowl.  Layer into jar, flour combo, then chocolate chips, then brown sugar and finally white sugar.  Pack down between layers.

 

On the card write:

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  Beat 3/4 cups softened butter (1 1/2 sticks) with 1 large egg and 3/4 tsp vanilla extract in a large bowl.  Add contents of jar and mix well, breaking up any clumps.  Drop by rounded tablespoon onto an ungreased baking sheet.  Bake 9-11 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on sheet for 2 minutes, then move to a wire rack to cool completely.  Makes about 2 dozen cookies.

Enjoy! 

 

Other possibilities:

I have also gifted jellies, jams, and condiments in various containers.  Cocoa mix with a few home made marshmallows would be another great idea!  If you have an abundant garden, homemade dried spice in a mini mold jar would be adorable, or even an herb finishing salt.  Lots of options!

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