What We’re Gifting for Christmas This Year: Edible Homemade Gifts in Jars

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It’s gift giving season! For those on your list who already have everything, or say they don’t want anything–edible gifts in jars is a great way to show them how much you care (without breaking the bank). In our test kitchen a couple of weeks ago, Alysia and I played with a few of the different jars that we carry at Cook Culture to create some fun and edible gifts in jars. We had a lot of fun in the kitchen coming up with different recipes, and different ways to style the jars. These are the types of gifts that would look great under the Christmas tree, or would work great as a hostess gift.

All in all, we created 5 different jars that are sure to suit anyone on your list. And when they’re done baking, cooking, or eating your creations… they have a stylish jar!

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These are the 5 recipes we made:

  1. Chai Sugar
  2. Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies with Dried Cherries Mix
  3. Lentil Coconut Curry Soup Mix
  4. Gingerbread Cookies Mix
  5. Chocolate Truffles

 

Chai Sugar

chai sugar

Recipe inspiration from Dessert For Two.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup loose-leaf black tea
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cardamom
  • 1 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 teaspoon ground allspice

Directions:

  1. In the bowl of a food processor (or with your Bamix), add all ingredients. Pulse until the tea is finely ground, about 1 minute.
  2. Divide between jars, seal, and label.

 

Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies with Dried Cherries Mix

chocolate chip cookies in a jar

Recipe inspiration from Call me Cupcake.

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/3 cup (185 g) all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 cup (90 g) rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup (75 g) dried cherries
  • 1/2 cup (100 g) + 1/4 cup (40 g) chocolate chips (I used a mix of dark chocolate and milk chocolate)
  • 1/2 cup (100 g) brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup (100 g) granulated sugar

To make jar:

1. Mix flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a bowl.
2. Layer in the following order in a 1L jar, making sure to pack each layer down tight:

  • Flour mixture
  • Oats
  • Dried cherries
  • Chocolate chips
  • Raw turbinado sugar
  • Granulated sugar
  • More chocolate chips

To make cookies:

Additional ingredients needed:

1 slightly beaten egg
1 stick (113 g) butter (melted slightly in the microwave)
1 tsp vanilla extract


1.Preheat oven to 175°C (350F)
2. Mix wet ingredients with the contents of the jar. Roll dough into 1 1/2 inch (3 1/2 cm) balls, place on a baking sheet covered with baking paper and bake for about 12-14 minutes.

 

Lentil Coconut Curry Soup Mix

lentil curry soup

Recipe inspiration from Wholefully

Ingredients:

  • 2/3 cup orange lentils
  • 2/3 cup green lentils
  • 1 tablespoon curry powder
  • 1 tablespoons dried chopped onions
  • 1 tablespoon dried minced garlic
  • 2 veggie bouillon cubes
  • 1 chile pepper

To make jar:

  1. Layer all ingredients in a clean glass jar in the order listed. Close lid, add tag, and gift.

To make soup:

  • Add all ingredients from jar to a saucepan
  • Additionallly, add four cups of water and one 14-ounce can of full fat coconut milk to the saucepan
  • Bring to a boil over high heat
  • Reduce heat to low, and simmer until the lentils are tender, about 20 minutes
  • Remove and discard the chile pepper before serving
  • Season to taste

 

Gingerbread Cookies Mix

gingerbread cookies

Recipe inspiration from Food For My Family

Ingredients:

  • 1 liter-sized glass jar with a lid
  • 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, divided
  • 1 tablespoon ground ginger
  • 3 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup packed  brown sugar

To make jar:

  • In a small bowl, mix together 1 3/4 cups flour and the ginger, cinnamon, baking soda, cloves and nutmeg
  • Add in an even layer to the jar.
  • Layer the brown sugar, followed by the remaining 1 3/4 cups flour.
  • Top the jar with the lid and decorate with a cookie cutter.

To make cookies:

Additional ingredients needed:

  1. 1/2 cup butter, softened
  2. 2 large eggs
  3. 1/4 cup molasses
  • Mix together butter, eggs and molasses
  • Stir in the contents of the jar until incorporated
  • Chill the dough for 1 hour
  • Preheat oven to 350º F
  • Roll out gingerbread dough and cut into shapes and then place on a parchment-lined baking sheet
  • Bake for 8-10 minutes until edges just start to brown
  • Allow to cool completely
  • Decorate with icing and sprinkles

 

Chocolate Truffles

chocolate truffles

Recipe from The Well-Tempered Chocolatier

Ingredients needed:

  • 100g dark chocolate (60–70% cocoa solids)
  • 100g whipping cream
  • cocoa powder or icing sugar for rolling

Directions:

  1. Place the chocolate into a medium mixing bowl.
  2. Into a small saucepan, heat the whipping cream just until it’s steamy and bubbles break the surface.
  3. Pour one-third of the cream over the chocolate.
  4. Holding a whisk upright, stir the mixture in the middle of the bowl, making small circles without incorporating too much air, until you see a shiny dark “core” begin to appear.
  5. Add half the remaining cream and continue to stir until the core re-emerges.
  6. Add the last portion of cream and stir until the core re-emerges.
  7. Gradually widen the circles, continuing to stir, until you have incorporated all the cream.
  8. This may take a few minutes.
  9. Pour the ganache into a container lined with plastic wrap and allow to cool to room temperature.
  10. Wrap and store at room temperature for 24 hours before using.
  11. Use a teaspoon to scoop loonie-sized balls of ganache (8 g each).
  12. With clean, coolhands, quickly roll the truffles into balls, and then roll in cocoa powder or icing sugar to finish.
  13. Over time, the dusting may become slightly darker; this is perfectly normal, so don’t be alarmed.
  14. Store for up to a week at room temperature.

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