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Jar Mixes

These mixes are great Christmas food gifts, teacher's gifts or anytime presents because the receiver can make them whenever the craving or time allows. Mixes in a jar are also appealing to look at when all the different ingredients and colors are layered in the jar.

The key to making jar mixes is to layer the ingredients in order in a clean and dry quart jar. Make sure you pack down each ingredient or tap the end of the jar with your hand to pack ingredients in tight. Then screw on the lid and decorate with a piece of fabric. Attach the fabric with a rubber band and cover with a ribbon or piece of raffia. Include a tag with directions to make the recipe. We've included gift tags with each mix below.

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Jar Mixes

jar mix Crunchy Cookies Jar Mixes
1 Cup flour
½ teaspoon baking powder
¾ teaspoon baking soda
¼ teaspoon salt
½ cup white sugar
¾ cup brown sugar, packed tightly
1 Cup crushed cornflakes cereal
¾ Cup semisweet chocolate chips
2 tablespoons flaked coconut
Attach a label for your Christmas food gift.
Crunchy cookies
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In large mixing bowl stir ½ Cup melted butter, 1 egg and ¼ teaspoon vanilla. Add contents of jar and mix until well blended. Roll dough into balls and place on cookie sheet. Bake for 8-10 minutes.

Crunchy Peanut Butter Cookies Jar Mixes
¾ Cup chopped peanuts
¾ Cup packed brown sugar
¾ Cup white sugar
¾ Cup peanut butter chips
1 ½ Cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
¼ teaspoon salt
Attach a label for your Christmas food gift.
Crunchy peanut butter cookies
In mixing bowl add contents of jar with ½ Cup soft butter, ½ Cup creamy peanut butter, 1 egg and 1 teaspoon vanilla. Mix until well blended. Form into balls and place on cookie sheet. Bake at 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes.

Sand Art Cookies Mix in a Jar
½ Cup white sugar
½ Cup rolled oats
½ Cup raisins
½ Cup brown sugar
1 ¼ Cups flour
½ teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
½ Cup crisp rice cereal
½ Cup mini chocolate chips
Attach a label for your Christmas food gift.
Sand art cookies
In mixing bowl stir contents of jar with 1 egg and ¼ Cup melted margarine. Form into balls and bake at 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes.

Pasta and Bean Soup Jar Mixes  
½ Cup barley
½ Cup split peas
½ Cup uncooked rice
½ Cup dry lentils
2 Tablespoons dried minced onion
2 Tablespoons dried parsley
2 teaspoons salt
½ teaspoon lemon pepper
2 Tablespoons beef bouillon
½ Cup uncooked alphabet pasta
1 Cup elbow macaroni
Layer in a quart jar and attach a label for your Christmas food gift.
Pasta and Bean Soup mix
Add contents of jar to 3 quarts water, 2 stalks of celery, 2 sliced carrots, 1 cup shredded cabbage, optional, 1 lb. ground beef cooked and 2 Cups diced tomatoes. Cover and simmer for 45 minutes. Add in pasta and cook until vegetables are tender and pasta is done.

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Ultimate Bean Soup Mix in a Jar
This recipe will make a large amount that you can create at least 10 Christmas food gifts with. For a smaller amount you can take away some bean varieties.
1 pound dried navy beans
1 pound dried pinto beans
1 pound dried Northern beans
1 pound dried split peas
1 pound dried yellow split peas
1 pound dried black eyed peas
1 pound dried lentils
1 pound dried Lima beans
1 pound dried soybeans
1 pound dried pearl barley
1 pound dried red beans
In large bowl stir beans together until well mixed. Fill quart jars and attach a label for your Christmas food gift.
Ultimate bean soup
To prepare Ultimate Bean Soup soak beans in water overnight. In a large soup pot bring 2 quarts of water and a ham bone to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer 20 minutes. Add beans, 1 ¼ teaspoon salt, ¼ teaspoon pepper, large can of diced tomatoes, 1 onion chopped and 1 clove of garlic. Bring to a boil and skim foam off the top. Turn to medium-low and simmer 1 hour until beans are tender.
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Apple Cake Jar Mixes
3 Cups flour
1 ½ Cups sugar
1 ½ teaspoon baking soda
1 ½ teaspoon cinnamon
¼ teaspoon cinnamon
¼ teaspoon nutmeg
1 Cup chopped nuts
½ Cup raisins
Attach a label for your Christmas food gift.
Apple cake mix
Add contents of apple cake mix to mixing bowl. Add 1 ½ Cup oil, 1 teaspoon vanilla, 3 eggs, and 3 cups chopped apples. Blend together and pour in tube or bundt pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.

Cinnamon Pancake Mix in a Jar
3 Cups flour
2 Tablespoons white sugar
2 Tablespoons baking powder
4 ½ teaspoons cinnamon
1 ¼ teaspoon salt
Add ingredients in order if there is room in the top add dried apples or other fruit to fill up to the top.
Attach a label for your Christmas food gift.
Cinnamon pancake mix
In mixing bowl add ¾ Cup milk, 1 egg, 2 tablespoons oil, and 1 1/3 Cup pancake mix until moistened. Cook on griddle. Makes about 10 pancakes.

Ginger Spice Muffin Mix
1 ¾ Cup flour
2 Tablespoons sugar
3 teaspoons baking powder
½ teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon cinnamon
½ teaspoon nutmeg
¼ teaspoon ginger
¼ teaspoon cloves
½ teaspoon salt
Attach a label for your Christmas food gift.
Ginger spice muffin mix
In a mixing bowl, add contents of jar with ¼ cup butter, melted, 1 egg, 1 teaspoon vanilla and 1 cup milk. Blend together. The batter will still be lumpy don't over mix. Fill muffin tins and bake for 15 minutes at 400 degrees.
You can also add some fun holiday muffin cups with this jar mix.

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