Share the love with friends, family, and neighbors near and far with a jar of muffin mix!
So even though I am a self proclaimed Grinch around the holidays there is one undeniable thing about me that all my friends and family know. I love giving gifts. I used to love buying gifts but then my wallet didn’t love that so much so I started making gifts. Generally I knit something because 1) knitting is relaxing for me and 2) hand knitted gifts are awesome. But even when you can sit down and make a custom, one of a kind gift for someone you still have those people who leave you scratching your head. My sister for instance. She is THE hardest person to shop for because she’s so picky! I’ve knitted her a few scarves in the past that go largely unworn 🙁 It’s always a little disappointing because I want to give gifts that are equal parts thoughtful, beautiful, and useful. So those difficult people end up getting baked goodies!
Since I won’t actually get to see my sister for Christmas this year (which is SO WEIRD and makes me tear up each time I think about it) and mail can be slow around the holidays I decided the best way to gift her with a homemade treat was to add all the ingredients for my favorite chocolate chocolate chip muffins to a large quart sized mason jar and mail it. I slipped in a little note that includes the list of wet ingredients to add to the muffin mix and the baking instructions. That way when she bakes and eats these muffins she’ll think of me <3. And also when I FaceTime her later while eating a muffin of my own.
You can layer pretty much any of your favorite recipes inside a jar as long as you include the directions for the wet ingredients and baking instructions. I know that cookies are a really popular jarred mix to gift. If you are mailing this to far away friends and family I suggest investing in a plastic mason jar or two just to keep it safe from shattering. I’ve sent plenty of glass jars through the mail to soldiers serving overseas and never had an issue but it’s not a bad idea to be better safe than sorry.
Gifts like this are also a great way to share recipes. I LOVED the jar of brownie mix my step mom gave me a couple years ago. I even got permission from my brother to make his jar and add some different flavors. Cause that’s how I roll. Like when I didn’t have regular chocolate chips in the house so I subbed a peanut butter chocolate chip combo for this muffin mix and they were soooooo good. To the person who invented the peanut butter/chocolate combo thing. You are a genius.
Do you prefer to give homemade or store bought gifts?
- 1 3/4 cups flour
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1/4 tsp kosher salt
- 1 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 2/3 cup cocoa powder
- 1 cup chocolate chips any flavor
- 1 quart sized mason jar
- 2 large eggs
- 3/4 cup milk
- 2 tsp vanilla
- 1/2 cup vegetable oil
- Add dry ingredients to a quart sized mason jar in the order listed, packing down well as needed to make sure all the ingredients fit inside the jar.
- Top jar with lid, rim, and a decorative fabric square if desired.
- Attach gift tag with ingredients and directions with a ribbon.
- Mix together eggs, milk, vanilla, and oil until well blended.
- Add dry ingredients and stir until completely combined.
- Fill lined muffin tins 3/4 full and bake at 350 degrees for 15-20 mins.