Sealed & Delivered: Recipes in a Jar

Surprise your friends this year with a homemade gift: a recipe-in-a-jar.

Christmas, Baking, Winter

Attach instructions for preparing each mix to its gift jar.
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Curried Lentil Soup Ingredient List
2 bay leaves
1 dried chile pepper
2 teaspoons turmeric
1 1/2 teaspoons curry powder (sealed in a plastic bag or sachet)
5 sun-dried tomatoes (not oil-packed)
1/2 cup red lentils
1/2 cup yellow lentils
1/2 cup red lentils
1/2 cup yellow lentils
3/4-liter glass jar

See the soup recipe


Blue Cornbread with Pineapple Ingredient List
4 chopped dried pineapple rings
1 cup dried blueberries
1/2 cup fine yellow cornmeal
1 cup blue cornmeal
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
2 teasopoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1-liter glass jar

Tip: Layer finer ingredients like flour and sugar at the bottom of the jar.

See the cornbread recipe 


Super-Chunky Christmas Cookies Ingredient List
1 cup toasted shredded coconut
1 cup semisweet chocolate chunks
1/2 cup chopped cashews
1 cup white chocolate chips
3/4 cup red and green M&M's
1/2 cup Dutch-process cocoa powder
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/2-liter glass jar

See the cookie recipe


Holiday Panettone Ingredient List
1/2 cup diced candied orange peel
3/4 cup dried cherries
3/4 cup golden raisins
3/4 cup diced dried apricots
1/2 cup sugar
1 tablespoon active dry yeast
3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/4 teaspoons salt
2-quart glass jar

If you're giving this mix to a nut lover, add 1/4 cup toasted pine nuts in place of some of the dried fruit.

See the panettone recipe


Spiced Hot Cocoa Ingredient List
2 cups confectioners' sugar
1 teaspoon ground cardamom
2 cups Dutch-process cocoa powder
2 cups confectioners' sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla powder (available at baking-supply stores)
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
50-ounce glass jar

Wrap up some homemade marshmallows to go with the cocoa mix.

See the cocoa recipe

Photographs by Levi Brown