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« on: June 13, 2006 12:05:37 PM »

Hello, newbie here, I've been a lurker for a while everyone here is so inspiring and seems super nice.  It's a pleasure to finally post here.  I digress...

I make several of these cookies in a jar and keep them for unexpected guests that pop into the house (aren't there always some that don't call before they come?!?)  I set them up like an assembly line and can get several done at once. 

In a 32 ounce wide mouth clean mason jar layer:

3/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup brown sugar
1 cup oatmeal
1 1/2 cups flour (plain)
1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup raisins

Screw on lid and ring to jar, cut 10 inch circle of fabric with pinking shears or a rotary blade on the rotary cutter.  Secure with rubber band around neck of jar then tie off with coordinating ribbon.

Write directions for cookie baking and attach to ribbon:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Cream 3/4 cup softened butter with 2 eggs and 1 teaspoon vanilla.  Add entire contents of jar and mix by hand to combine.  Drop by spoonfuls onto ungreased cookie sheets and bake for 12 minutes.  ENJOY!

In order to pack this fully I wrap a CLEAN white dishtowel around my fingers and pack in tightly after each layer.  Now you might want to put the raisins towards the bottom but believe me you will have a mottled mess they work out much better on top. 

if I make one of these I'll update with a picture! 

I wish I had one of these left but they all have been given away.
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« Reply #1 on: June 17, 2006 12:39:12 AM »

That's a great idea. Do you think the recipe would work with choc chips instead of raisins, or would it be too sweet?
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« Reply #2 on: June 17, 2006 06:07:23 AM »

oooh choco chips would be great.  My little girl is allergic to chocolate so I don't make or keep anything in the house like that.  I try to find things that she can have too, I feel so guilty if I am eating chocolate and she can't.  Also instead of oats and raisins you can do chocolate chips and butterscotch chips or peanut butter chips.  Or white chips and macadamia nuts.  This recipe is great because it can be tweeked so many different ways. 
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« Reply #3 on: June 17, 2006 01:01:12 PM »

Allergic to chocolcate!?! I would starve if I couldn't eat chocolate. I gave it up for a week (my friend had done a fast for a day for charity so I decided I would go off chocolate for a week to support her as my mum wouldn't let me fast). I was having cravings for it by the second day and finding substitutes (caramel bars and high sugar foods) by the third.

White choc chips sounds tasty.
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« Reply #4 on: June 01, 2007 10:36:08 AM »

Where do you find such large jars?
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« Reply #5 on: June 01, 2007 04:42:37 PM »

oooh choco chips would be great.  My little girl is allergic to chocolate so I don't make or keep anything in the house like that.  I try to find things that she can have too, I feel so guilty if I am eating chocolate and she can't.  Also instead of oats and raisins you can do chocolate chips and butterscotch chips or peanut butter chips.  Or white chips and macadamia nuts.  This recipe is great because it can be tweeked so many different ways. 

Eek! Allergic to chocolate?! The horror! Shocked

Where do you find such large jars?

My parents get them at Ikea. But Ikea's aren't everywhere, so I don't know.

I love these "in a jar" recipes. Recently on craft, they posted these delicious hot cocoa recipes. Check it out!
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« Reply #6 on: June 01, 2007 05:25:38 PM »

Yea we dont have one here. That sucks. BUt thanks for the help.
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« Reply #7 on: August 31, 2007 07:48:28 AM »

Walmart and craft stores also sell the 32 oz jars.  The markings on the side stop at 24 oz but if you fill the jar to the top it is 32 oz  I just double checked.
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« Reply #8 on: August 31, 2007 04:57:25 PM »

A typical quart canning jar works great for this.  You can get them at any grocery store, yard sale, second-hand store, etc.  You can buy the rings and lids to go with them and they are not all that expensive.  If you buy them at a craft store, they cost more.
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« Reply #9 on: August 31, 2007 05:06:37 PM »

I've made these before!  They were a huge hit, everyone loved them.

I used smaller jars but my recipe was smaller.


You can also make "cake in a jar" or "muffins in a jar"!
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« Reply #10 on: September 01, 2007 06:43:50 AM »

I have made these and given them as gifts and sold them at craft shows.  You can also make the soups in a jar.  Wal-Mart sells them already made up.  I imagine they would be easy to make.
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« Reply #11 on: October 07, 2007 04:52:10 AM »

Hi,

I thought I would share the free in a jar recipes on my website.
http://www.craftbits.com/viewCategory.do?categoryID=REC

there are heaps of different recipes to choose from.

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« Reply #12 on: October 09, 2007 03:31:10 PM »

Those recipes are so cool!  So many different ideas!  I'll have to try some of them.
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« Reply #13 on: October 15, 2007 03:03:04 PM »

I was thinking about making a load of these and handing them out to my boyfriend's family for Christmas. Great website too. Thanks a bunch! <3
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« Reply #14 on: October 20, 2007 05:29:44 PM »

I'm actually planning to do soup in a jar...between the husband and I we have 5 sets of grandparents and half of them are diabetic so we figured soup would work instead of sweets. 

I found this recipe and I made it at home to try it before gifting it.
http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Love-Soup-Mix-in-a-Jar/Detail.aspx

I thought it was pretty good, the only thing it is missing is sage. 

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« Reply #15 on: October 20, 2007 07:40:21 PM »

I've done quite a few "gifts in a jar" and think they are lots of fun.  My favorite is S'mores in a jar with Peeps (you can also use mini marshmallows - especially the holiday colored ones - but I like Peeps).  I used Christmas Snowman Peeps last year.

Here's a website that shows how to do this with Easter and July 4th options (very cute):
http://www.treasuresfromdj.net/smores.html

That recipe is slightly different than the one I used:

S'Mores in a Jar

Ingredients:
One "sleeve" of graham crackers or chocolate graham crackers
8 Peeps
1-1/4 C holiday M & Ms
1/3 cup brown sugar

1. Use food processor or rolling pin to reduce 1 sleeve of graham crackers to crumbs.
2. Layer 2/3 of the crumbs in a 1 qt jar.
3. Squeeze 8 Peeps standing up, facing out around the inside of the jar.
4.  Spoon remaining crumbs into center of the jar to support the Peeps, press down hard on crumbs.
5. On top of this pour M & M's.
6. Spoon brown sugar into center of M&M's, gently pressing with a spoon.

Recipe can be adapted using holiday Peeps and colored M & Ms for any occasion.

Attach recipe / instructions to jar: 

Christmas S'MORES

Preheat oven to 350 F

Ingredients:

Contents of Jar
1/2 cup butter
1 teaspoon vanilla

Empty jar contents into medium sized bowl.

Snip peeps into bite sized pieces with kitchen shears* and add to mixture. Mix well.

3. Melt 1/2 cup butter; add 1 teaspoon vanilla.  Pour over the dry ingredients and mix well.

4. Pat into a greased 9" square pan.

5. Bake at 350 degrees F for 15 minutes.

6. Cool and cut into bars.

*Option - leave peeps whole; combine remaining ingredients and place the peeps on top; then bake as directed.

PEANUT BUTTER SMORES

Layer in jar:
1/2 cup milk chocolate chips
1/2 cup peanut butter chips
1 1/2 cups mini marshmallows
1/3 cup brown sugar
1 sleeve of chocolate grahams or regular grahams; reduced to
crumbs(you choose)

Instructions should read:
Empty Contents of jar into a bowl. Melt 1/2 cup butter, add 1 teaspoon vanilla. Pour over dry ingredients, mixing well. Pat into a greased 9" square pan. Bake at 350 for 15 minutes. Makes 9 to 12 bars.
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« Reply #16 on: October 23, 2007 10:45:29 AM »

I love your post with the peeps...I think i'm going to have to do that for my friends! 
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« Reply #17 on: November 03, 2007 11:22:02 AM »

Does anyone know how long these "gifts in a jar" last?  I'd like to get them made before the holiday rush but I'm not sure if they are only good for like a month??? Any thoughts?

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« Reply #18 on: November 03, 2007 04:31:24 PM »

Probably just figure the ingredient with the shortest shelf life and go from there?  (Nothing in the jar is particularly perishable - heaven knows Peeps last forever!)

One thing I try to do (if I can find it) is use "brownulated" sugar.  It's a brown sugar that's granulated - so it doesn't get all hard and clumpy.  But even if that happens it's easy enough to soften it in the oven.
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« Reply #19 on: November 07, 2007 05:58:25 PM »

I am so making the smores in a jar-I have a sis who is peep crazy! Last year I gave her a bunch of easter peeps(for her,the more stale the better) with a staleness certificate instead of  a freshness guarentee.She loves them for smores,and totally flipped.Thanks for the in a jar recipie!
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« Reply #20 on: November 07, 2007 06:49:58 PM »

I was thinking of doing this as part of my family gift baskets.  Hmm...  Now I have to decide which one to use!
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« Reply #21 on: November 08, 2007 10:43:06 AM »

So many yummy ideas! I keep meaning to do this, and by the time Christmas rolls around every year I've gotten something else going... maybe next year Wink
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