Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Give The Gift Of Blondies

Looking for a last minute Christmas gift for someone? Instead of braving the mall, just give the gift of food.

The food-in-a-jar gift idea is a universal present since everyone has to eat, plus you can add a piece of fabric and ribbon at the top to make it more festive. The dry ingredients look like little sand sculptures, and different ingredients or recipes provide a different look. I'm sharing a simple Blondies recipe since the items are most likely to be in your pantry - and I've included a printable recipe card! Remember to set your print settings to landscape and you'll have four recipes printed onto one piece of card stock. Slip the recipe into a Christmas card or add a hole punch and attach it to the jar's rim with a tied ribbon.

You'll need the following materials (available at a local hobby shop):

1 quart mason jar
Card stock paper
Fabric (optional)
Ribbon (optional)

Dry Ingredients (per jar, in order of bottom to top):

1 cup all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp kosher salt
1 cup brown sugar, packed
1/2 cup turbinado
1/3 cup butterscotch chips
1/3 cup white chocolate chips
1/3 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/4 cup walnuts, roughly chopped

I found that taking a piece of paper and making a funnel prevented any of the ingredients from spilling, as a regular funnel would get clogged. You will also need to pack down the brown sugar really tight to ensure the other ingredients will fit into the jar.

This gift allows you to share a delicious recipe with others without the worry of finding time to cook and wrap a baked good.

Happy Holidays!


  1. I love giving jars of baking mixes like this. They look nice and everyone loves them. Your printable recipe cards make them especially easy to put together!

  2. Such a quick and easy homemade gift to share with a friend! I did this last year for a co-worker and it was a hit. Merry Christmas :)

  3. I love this gift - it's thoughtful, homemade, and delicious. I hate malls and avoid them like the plague! Homemade stuff and internet shopping for me! Hope you're feeling better. xoxo

  4. I love food in a jar and I love blondies! Great post!

  5. Feel free to add me to the gift list!

  6. This is a great idea... will have to use this next year.

    Merry Christmas lovely!

  7. What a wonderful idea! I'm all done with the Christmas gifts for this year, but I'll have to keep it in mind for next year... there's always someone on the list who doesn't really want or need anything, but that still deserves to get a special gift. Perfect.

  8. I seriously think I'll do this next Christmas! Great idea.

  9. That's a lovely idea...a smarter idea! I should do that next time. Thanks very much for sharing. Happy Holidays!

  10. I LOVE this idea and wish I had seen it before Xmas! Not only does it save you the trouble of baking, but it allows the recipient to indulge whenever they feel like it, instead of being overrun with sweets at Xmas. A brilliant and beautiful gift!