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Giving Homemade Mixes in a Jar
By Monica Resinger

Mixes in a jar are thoughtful and inexpensive gifts to give to anyone for any 
occasion. The idea is to layer dry ingredients of a cookie, cake, biscuit, 
muffin, beverage or other recipe decoratively in a jar and add directions of 
to complete the recipe. The jar can be a mason jar or a recycled, clean 
mayonnaise or other large jar that has a lid and can then be decorated with 
ribbons, paint, etc. 

I have seen these jars of mixes sell in retail stores for around $8.00! 
Imagine the savings if you were to make your own! A few inexpensive ingredients 
like flour, brown sugar, chocolate chips and a jar don't cost very much! Gift 
recipients will love receiving a homemade mix from you so they can easily 
a treat to enjoy and when they prepare the treat, they'll be thinking of how 
thoughtful you are. 

Mixes in a jar are excellent for gifts that need to be shipped because you 
don't have to worry about baked goods getting smashed or getting stale. A mix 
will allow the gift recipient to freshly prepare the treat when it is craved or 
needed. They are also great to give to children's teachers, neighbors and 
acquaintances because of the ease and money savings involved. 

Here is a delicious mix recipe for you to try:

Peanut Butter Chocolate Cookie Mix in a Jar

1 cup packed brown sugar
1 1/2 cups packed confectioners' sugar
3/4 cup cocoa
1 1/2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt

In a separate bowl, mix together the flour, baking powder and salt. Layer
ingredients in order given in a 1 quart wide mouth canning jar. Clean the 
of the jar with a dry paper towel after adding the confectioners' sugar and
after adding the cocoa powder. Be sure to pack everything down firmly before
adding the flour mixture, it will be a tight fit. Store in a cool dry place 
from a heat source so condensation and clumping does not occur.
Instructions to attach to Jar:

Peanut Butter Cookies

Empty jar of cookie mix into large mixing bowl. Thoroughly blend mix.
1/2 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
1 egg, slightly beaten
1 teaspoon vanilla.

Mix until completely blended. Shape into walnut sized balls and place 2 inches
apart on a parchment lined baking sheets. Press balls down with a fork. Bake 
at 350F degrees for 9 to 11 minutes until edges are browned. Cool 5 minutes on 
baking sheet then transfer to a cooling rack to finish cooling. Makes 3 dozen

If you'd like more mix recipes, find out about our Creative Mix Recipe E-book 

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