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Share the love with friends, family, and neighbors near and far with a jar of muffin mix!

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!

Share the love with friends, family, and neighbors near and far with a jar of muffin mix!

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.

Share the love with friends, family, and neighbors near and far with a jar of muffin mix!

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.

Share the love with friends, family, and neighbors near and far with a jar of muffin mix!

Do you prefer to give homemade or store bought gifts?

Meaghan

Share the love with friends, family, and neighbors near and far with a jar of muffin mix!

Muffin Mix in a Jar

Yield: 12
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

Share the love with friends, family, and neighbors near and far with a jar of muffin mix!

Ingredients

For the Jar

  • 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

For the Gift Tag

  • 2 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil

Instructions

  1. 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.
  2. Top jar with lid, rim, and a decorative fabric square if desired.
  3. Attach gift tag with ingredients and directions with a ribbon.

For the Gift Tag

  1. Mix together eggs, milk, vanilla, and oil until well blended.
  2. Add dry ingredients and stir until completely combined.
  3. Fill lined muffin tins 3/4 full and bake at 350 degrees for 15-20 mins.

 

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Stephanie

Wednesday 11th of September 2019

Hi! I Want to make these regular chocolate chip muffins. If i take out the cocoa powder do i have to substitute for something else?

Meaghan

Monday 16th of September 2019

You'd need to make several substitutions if you decided to remove the cocoa powder from this recipe. Most muffin recipes use baking powder as their leavening agent, but in this recipe, the cocoa powder reacts with baking soda to make the muffins rise. If you want to make just regular chocolate chip muffins I highly suggest you try this delicious recipe from Marsha at Marsha's Baking Addiction: https://marshasbakingaddiction.com/chocolate-chip-muffins/

Katherine

Friday 4th of March 2016

Hello, thanks for the delicious recipe. I am wondering though - no baking powder. I haven't ever made muffins without baking powder.

Meaghan

Wednesday 9th of March 2016

No baking powder required for this one :) The baking soda reacts with the brown sugar and the chocolate to made beautifully risen muffins every time!

~Meaghan

Hillary Reeves

Thursday 24th of December 2015

If everyone gave me muffins for Christmas I would be a seriously happy camper tho...

Meaghan

Sunday 27th of December 2015

Haha! I got so many socks for Christmas and I just thought....my friends know me so well. But muffins are good too ;)

~Meaghan

Paige

Tuesday 22nd of December 2015

I love giving gifts in a jar, and I've never even thought to gift muffin mix like this! These are beautiful!

Meaghan

Wednesday 23rd of December 2015

Thank you! Gifts in a jar are my last minute go to and they never disappoint!

~Meaghan

Brian Jones

Monday 21st of December 2015

I love making homemade gifts although got caught out on shipping on our first year in Hungary, we made hampers for each of our families and had no idea that they would cost the equivalent of $75 each to send home :o This is a wonderful idea and the muffins look wonderful!

Meaghan

Wednesday 23rd of December 2015

Oh man! I just mailed gifts home to my family, luckily in the same country though, and they weren't as expensive as I thought they would be. These make really great last minutes gifts for local friends, too :)

~Meaghan