Gifts in a Jar: Fun and Simple Baking Mix Recipes

Gifts in a Jar Life can get hectic, and constantly thinking of gift ideas that are unique, simple and cost-effective can be challenging. As you prepare for the holidays or another upcoming festivity, consider putting a new spin on...

Gifts in a Jar
Gifts in a Jar

Life can get hectic, and constantly thinking of gift ideas that are unique, simple and cost-effective can be challenging. As you prepare for the holidays or another upcoming festivity, consider putting a new spin on Mason jar baking mixes by trying one or more of the following recipes.

Eggless Chocolate Cake

It’s hard to find someone who doesn’t like cake, but most people could do without the hassle of making it from scratch. The following recipe makes baking a cake a piece of cake, and is sure to be a hit among your family and friends. Combine the following dry ingredients into your Mason jar:

  • 1½ cups flour
  • 3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder, sifted
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup sugar
  • ½ teaspoon salt

Complete the gift by attaching these instructions:

Combine cake mix with 5 tablespoons of oil, 1 tablespoon of white vinegar, 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract and 1 cup of cold water. Mix ingredients with a hand blender until smooth. Pour batter into a greased 9-by-9-inch baking pan, 2 inches deep. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.

Pizza Dough Mix

Win over your family and friends by giving the gift of pizza. You can put this dry mix together by combining the following ingredients in a Mason jar:

  • 2¾ cups bread flour
  • 1 package (1 tablespoon) active dry yeast
  • 2 teaspoons salt

This is a great gift to give on its own, or consider pairing the mix with a new cast-iron pizza pan for that person on your list who loves to cook. Attach some pizza topping suggestions to inspire your recipient.

Cinnamon and Brown Sugar Pancake Mix

There’s nothing like a delicious pancake breakfast on a lazy weekend morning, especially during the winter season. Your friends and family will love this cinnamon and brown sugar pancake mix, complete with simple baking instructions. Combine these ingredients in a jar for the mix:

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons baking powder
  • 1½ teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon salt

After mixing thoroughly and placing in the jar, attach the following instructions:

Beat 1 egg in a mixing bowl, adding in ¾ cup milk and 3 tablespoons vegetable oil. Add 1 ¼ cups of the pancake mix and combine until the mix is moist. Cook over a medium-heat griddle until pancakes are golden brown.

Eliminate the stress and financial worry of gift-giving this year by creating these simple and fun jar mixes. Your friends and wallet will thank you for putting together these unique and tasty creations.