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If you are a terrible procrastinator like me, then you understand what is the desperate feeling of being pressed for time and having no gift prepared for someone (yet!). This is why I love mason jar gift ideas - they are awsome last-minute homemade gifts of food, that are never unappreciated!

Moreover, they are great option for the "extra" people on your gift list who somehow tend to be overlooked (yep, until the last minute). Each sweet recipe can be presented inside a jar – just layer the dry ingredients, attach cooking instructions, a pretty ribbon and a holiday note to the recipient. That's it! (see full instructions here)

I've already presented you the first 6 of my favorite gifts in a jar recipes here. See how charming mason jar gift ideas look like  in the next selection of recipes in a jar.

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#7 Mason Jar Gift Ideas for Cape Code Blondies with Dried Cranberries and White Chocolate Chips

mason jars recipes

Cape Code Blondies - Via Obviously Sweet

The products to put into the jar are:

  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • Pinch salt
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 3/4 cup white chocolate chips

You'll need also:

  • 8 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

To prepare this yummy dessert you need mixing: first all the wet ingredients in a large bowl, then add the content of the jar and mix thoroughly again. The "blondie" should be baked at 350 for 20-25 minutes. Don't forget to grease the pan (you can always use bakery paper).

Full recipe you can find at SmittenKitchen.com.

# 8 Sand Art Brownies 

mason jar gift recipe

Sand Art Brownies - via BoyCheeseSandwitch Right image source: TasteOfHome

Layer in a large Mason jar: (12 portions)
 2/3 cup all-purpose flour
3/4 tsp. salt
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
2/3 cup packed brown sugar
2/3 cup white sugar
1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup white (vanilla) baking chips
Grease a 9 x 9" square baking dishPreheat oven to 350 degrees F (175° C).  Pour the contents of the jar into a large bowl and mix well. Stir in the wet ingredients as follows:
  1. 1 tsp. vanilla
  2. 2/3 cup vegetable oil
  3. 3 eggs

Mix thoroughly until ingredients are combined perfectly. Then pour into the pan and bake for 25-30 minutes. An easy trick to check if the dessert is ready is to insert a toothpick in the center of the brownie - if it comes out without any  moist crumbs, then it's ready.

Full instructions here.

# 9 Funfetti Cookie Mix in a Jar

mason jar cookie gift ideas

Funfetti Cookie Mix in a Jar - via TheFrugal Girls

This is really quick recipe and one of my favorite mason jar gift ideas (I love M&M!). The ingredients for the jar are:

Optional for a decoration you can buy 6 inch round paper doilie ( or why not handmade textile crochet if it's thin enough) and holiday themed ribbon.

Carefully empty entire contents of the cookie mix  into your quart-sized wide mouth Mason Jar. Follow the tips for layering gift in a jar ingredients. Pour in Mini M&M’s. Put the silver jar topper on top, place a doilie on top, then screw on the jar’s lid. Wrap some fun ribbon around the silver lid.

The full recipe includes also 2 eggs and 1/2 cup Vegetable  Oil, which must be beaten together in a bowl. Pour in the content of the jar, and stir well with spoon. Shape small rounded balls. Bake for approx. 8 – 9 minutes at 350 degrees.

You'll find full directions plus some useful printables here.

 # 9 Marshmallow Muffins

marshmallow muffins gift in a jar

Marshmallow Muffins - via KeyIngredient

What is better than a muffin?A chocolate muffin with a marshmallow surprise.:)

You'll need to put in the 1-quart wide-mouth canning jar:

Layer the dry ingredients in the jar as listed above starting with the flour, baking powder, cocoa powder, sugar, marshmallows and then chocolate chips. Press firmly with a flat bottomed object after each layer. Secure the lid and decorate as desired. Attaching the instructions tag is the final step.

For the final yummy result, the recipient should add 1¼ cups milk, 5 tablespoons butter melted and just 1 egg (and some muffin paper cups that are the perfect additional gift item for this recipe in a jar). The oven should be preheated to 375. It's so easy - wet ingredients (stirred together in a large bowl) should be mixed with the jar content. Each muffin cup should be filled with the muffin mixture two-thirds or it's size. Baking takes 20-25 minutes. (use the same trick with the toothpick). The great thing is that once prepared, muffins can be stored in an airtight container for up to 1 week.

You can find the full instructions here.

#10 Gluten-Free Cookies

gluten-free cookies in a jar

Gluten-Free Cookies in a Jar - via Elana'sPantry

Great mason jar gifts idea for your gluten-free friends. This unconventional cookie recipe shows people how easy it can be to eat gluten-free delicacy. The ingredients for this high-protein recipe are organic and as follows:

You've already know the procedure. It's quite the same: place the dry ingredients in the 16 ounce mason jar ending with chocolate chips on top. The 4 ounce mason jar is for the wet ingredients (I like it! It's making the things even simplier for your recipient!). Place the tag with baking instructions  and tie a ribbon.

For the final result just mix the wet and dry ingredients in separate bowls.  Then mix well both to combine. Roll small cookies (with hands) and place them on a parchment paper. To shape the cookies, press the balls to flatten. Bake at 350° for 7-10 minutes and let them cool for 20 minutes before serving. Crunchy gluten-free cookies - healthy and also perfect for children! Can't miss this recipe!

You can find printable instructions for the tags here plus video tutorial.

# 12 Best Ever Walnut Cinnamon Cocoa Brownies

mason jar gifts brownie

Via ObviouslySweet

Rich cocoa taste which could never be forgotten (if you dare to bake this best ever brownie!). Such a delight is only for sugar-addicts. So choose carefully who of your sweet-toothed friends deserves the most this adorable gift in a jar.

For the Mason Jar:
1 1/4 cups sugar
3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons (optional - unsweetened) cocoa powder
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
2/3 cup walnut pieces, toasted
1/2 cup good dark chocolate chips

Wet ingredients: 
10 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
2 large eggs, cold

Find full instructions here. 

Baking sweets has never been easier with these 12 awsome Mason jar gift ideas! They are charming, budget friendly, thoughtful, fit perfect into the Christmas spirit,  and would definately make someone's day happier (and sweeter!) this season. Enoy! 

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