Merry Mason Jar Gifts

Photos and Recipes by Laura Sears

There’s nothing like a gift that comes in a jar and by that we mean a Mason jar! From cookies to pancakes, to mulled spices for cider or wine, the following Mason jar recipes make gift giving easy and delicious.

For downloadable, printable recipes, click here

Mulling Spices

While the sights of the holidays catch our attention, it’s the smells of the season that make everything come to life. This mix makes a great gift. It comes together easily and can be placed in cider or wine. It can also simmer stovetop and fill the house with the warm, happy scents of the holidays.

Ingredients for One 4-ounce Mason jar:
2 tablespoons Whole Allspice
2 tablespoons Cloves
1 tablespoon dried orange peel
1 tablespoon crystalized ginger
1 cinnamon stick, broken to fit

In a 4-ounce Mason jar combine all the ingredients. When adding them to cider or wine, start with 1 tablespoon of the mix and increase depending on how strong you like your beverage. For less cleanup you can put your spices into a cheesecloth and tie with some kitchen twine. If you aren’t using them in a drink, you can make your home smell lovely by simmering them in 2-4 cups of water with a freshly sliced orange and a handful of cranberries.

To gift them, simply tie ribbon and a gift tag with the instructions for adding the mulled spices to wine or cider and for simmering them on the stovetop.


Make a big batch of these pancakes because they not only make great gifts, but your family will love them, too!

8 quart-size Mason jars
1 12 oz container dry buttermilk
8 cups all-purpose flour
½ cup baking powder
1 ½ teaspoons kosher salt
1 ¼ cups sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup water

Combine the buttermilk through the sugar in a large bowl and then distribute 1 ½ cups of mix into each jar. When you’re ready to make pancakes simply add the vanilla and water to the jar and shake well. Pour desired amount of batter on a buttered skillet and flip once the pancakes begin to bubble, about 2-3 minutes per side. Each jar yields 12-14 pancakes.

To gift them, simply tie ribbon and a gift tag with the instructions for adding vanilla and water, buttering the skillet, and flipping them when they begin to bubble.

Cocoa Cookies

Make these delicious cookies as sweet gifts to give teachers or friends, or opt to make some for yourself and keep them on hand for snow days ahead. They’re great with coffee or tea!

1 quart-size Mason jar
1 ½ cups of flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon baking soda
3 tablespoons cocoa powder
1 cup dark brown sugar
½ cup white chocolate chips
¼ cup mini semi sweet chocolate chips
¾ cup melted butter, cooled
2 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla

In a quart-size mason jar, use a funnel and add the flour through the chocolate chips in the order listed here. Tap the jar in between additions so everything is level and press the brown sugar down so it all fits. When you’re ready to make the cookies, melt the butter and allow it to cool slightly. Whisk in 2 eggs, vanilla, and then add the ingredients from your mason jar. Slowly mix with a spatula until incorporated and then bake at 350 for 10-11 minutes. You don’t want these to overbake, so check them at 10 minutes. Allow them to cool for 2 minutes and then transfer to a wire rack.

To gift them, simply tie ribbon and a gift tag with the instructions for baking and additions of butter, eggs, and vanilla.

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Laura Beth Sears
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Haymarket resident Laura Sears has been blogging at LB’s Good Spoon since 2008. There she dishes up her love of food, family, and more. Pay her a visit at

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