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Dec 11 / admin

Recipe Jars

Yes, I know – the jar gift. Sold ubiquitously across every gift store around the holidays. But these were so fun to make, and I heard the result was delicious. I followed a traditional coca brownie recipe and basic blondie recipe for the base, and then added a little spin to make toasted walnut cinnamon dark chocolate chip brownies and cranberry white chocolate blondies.

The tags and labels were fun and fast to design – I had to test the recipes before giving them as gifts, so I photographed the resulting product and whipped up a little branding for the jars. The tag and label for the top are just simple paper that I applied so that it could be removed and the jar could be reused.

I tied the tags with twine, which I thought was a cute addition. Next time I make these I plan on using vintage canning jars and just replacing the rubber seal – I think they would be slightly more appealing. But these were a fun first shot! Careful, though, they don’t travel all that well!

The recipes for the base brownie mix and blondie mix are adapted from smitten kitchen

Toasted Walnut Cinnamon Dark Chocolate Chip Brownie Mix

(yes, it is a mouthful of a title, but it just gets better with each word!)

Into the Jar

1 1/4 cups sugar
3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
2/3 cup walnut pieces, toasted
1/2 cup good dark chocolate chips

To include in the attached recipe
10 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
2 large eggs, cold

Details to be included in the recipe for the jar
Combine wet ingredients listed above

Pour contents of jar into a bowl, mix to combine, and add to the wet ingredients.

Pour batter into greased 8×8 inch pan, bake at 325 for 20 to 25 minutes

Let cool completely before slicing

Cape Cod Blondies

(blond brownies with dried cranberries and white chocolate chips)
Into the jar
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
Pinch salt
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup dried cranberries
3/4 cup white chocolate chips

To include in the attached recipe
8 tablespoons butter, melted
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla

Details to be included in the recipe for the jar
Combine wet ingredients in a large bowl

Stir together contents of jar

Add contents of jar to wet ingredients. Mix until just combined

Pour into a greased 8×8 inch pan, bake at 350 for 20 to 25 minutes

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  1. Jenya / Dec 13 2011

    Great idea, images and recipes :)

    I am doing lots of this type of gifts this year. Though, it’s very hard to find this type of recipe card templates. Would you be so kind to post yours?

    Thank you very much

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