DIY Mason Jar Baking Mixes

 

WebWhat could be more adorable than a sweet treat in a jar? Mason jar baking mixes are a fun, budget-friendly way to give the joy of baking as a holiday gift. The best part – it’s so easy to personalize. Get the kids involved for a fun afternoon project they can give their teachers or servicemen and women. Does your boss love chocolate chip cookies? Is your best friend a pumpkin bread fiend? These gifts show off your creativity, and your thoughtfulness. Download our mason jar gift idea graphic and full tag recipes.

Pecan Pancake Mason Jar Mix

With this recipe you’ll be dreaming about these fluffy pancakes long before you even wake up. Layer the dry ingredients in a jar, add a colorful ribbon and a thoughtful tag. Want to dress it up even more? Put wrapping paper on the removable metal disk on the lid to give the jar that extra dash of holiday spice.

Jar Ingredients:
1-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons Clabber Girl Baking Powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons sugar
1/2 cup chopped pecans

Don’t forget to write down additional ingredients and instructions on a creative label or tag:
1 egg
1-1/4 cups milk
1/2 cup vegetable oil

For each pancake, pour 1/4 cup batter on a hot, lightly greased griddle. Cook until tops of pancakes are covered with bubbles and edges appear slightly dry. Turn and continue cooking until bottom sides are browned. Yield: 12 (4-inch) pancakes.

Brownie Drop Cookies

Nothing says “I love you” like the sweet, savory explosion that comes from blending brownies and cookies. That’s right — brownies AND cookies. Just the name of this recipe is a gift in and of itself.

Jar Ingredients:
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 cup semi sweet chocolate pieces
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon Clabber Girl Baking Powder
One (4-ounce) bar white chocolate, coarsely chopped

Don’t forget to write down additional ingredients and instructions!

This mason jar baking mix makes a great centerpiece to a homemade gift basket – add it to a handmade kitchen towel, a pair of oven mitts and a batch of fresh baked brownie drop cookies.

Cranberry Orange Nut Bread

Cranberry and orange give this quick bread  bright flavor. Decorate it by adding a paper poinsettia to the lid or wrapping a red and black Santa belt around the jar. Add a little green glitter to the lid or tag, and you have the perfect DIY holiday gift.

Jar Ingredients:
2 cups flour
1 cup sugar
1 1/2 teaspoon Clabber Girl Baking Powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon Rumford Baking Soda
1/2 cup walnuts, chopped

Include additional ingredients and instructions with each jar.

Remember, what’s outside is almost as important as what’s inside. You can dress up your mason jar in a number of clever, colorful holiday themes. Let your love of baking be a gift that keeps on giving. Mason jar baking mixes make gifts that are both fun to make and fun to give.

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Host a Profitable Pancake Fundraiser

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What’s not to love about a pancake fundraiser? It’s filled with warm flapjacks drenched in maple syrup, chilled glasses of sweet orange juice and people gathered to support a worthy cause. From small nonprofits to large community organizations, pancake breakfast fundraisers raise both money and awareness. They bring together individuals and the community, shine a spotlight on a need and give people an opportunity to dig into giving back.

On the flip side, for those running the event, the day can get hot, sticky and stressful. Too many people can be both a blessing and a curse. The last thing you want is to cook up bad PR because your team was rushed, stressed and underprepared. Here are some tips to ensure both you and your guests enjoy a fantastic breakfast fundraiser.

Pick a Date

Make sure the date for your flapjack fundraiser doesn’t conflict with any events that also appeal to your target audience. Try to avoid scheduling the fundraiser on the same day as local school or church events, along with any fairs and festivals.

Choose the Room

Find an ideal location by considering both your needs and your guests’ needs. You’ll want a spacious location with a full kitchen, ideally donated for your cause. Church basements and school cafeterias are great places to start looking.

Advertise the Event

Create flyers to hang up in local coffee shops, restaurants, churches, community centers and grocery stores. Be sure that all promotional materials highlight the cause it will support! Submit the details to calendars on television and radio station websites, as well as newspapers. Connect with local media personalities for pre-event interviews, which not only highlights your event, but your organization’s mission, too.

Continuous Serving vs. Reservations

Decide among your team which system works best for your audience and location. Continuous serving allows people to come in whenever they want, right off the street even, to enjoy a hot plate of fresh pancakes. However, you’ll need manpower for constant cooking and cleanup, along with extra ingredients to feed the masses. Reservations allow you to break up the serving into chunks, with breaks in between for cleanup and trips to the store, if needed. However, this style is more structured and may ward off those last minute noshers. Either way, consider selling tickets ahead of time so that you can get a ballpark headcount to prevent any last minute headaches.

Click here for ticket inspiration, and then create your own!

Don’t forget the main ingredient!

With all this planning and preparation, don’t forget the main ingredient – the pancakes! You’ll want a perfect recipe, one simple enough to feed everyone, but unique enough to make your event so memorable that people will beg for it year after year. Try one (or all) of these delectable pancake recipes for your next flapjack fundraiser:

  • Orange Blossom Pancakes: Vanilla and orange combine to transform your ordinary pancake into an extraordinary breakfast. Cooking the batter till the edges are slightly crispy and light brown makes the flavor all the better.
  • Pistachio Orange Pancakes: The secret to deliciousness? Substitute milk with orange juice! The subtle saltiness and crunch of the chopped up pistachios add texture and flavor – as well as additional protein!
  • Blueberry Pancakes: Go for something simple but delicious with this long-time family favorite. Tart blueberries and the light, spongy texture taste even better when slathered with butter and topped with maple syrup.

Pancake breakfast fundraisers are a wonderful way to make people excited to support a worthy cause. And feeding their appetite for pancakes will no doubt fuel their passion for your organization.

Check out more sweet and savory pancake recipes here!

How to Infuse Maple Syrup

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Few things are as satisfying as made-from-scratch breakfasts on weekend mornings. A sizzling griddle, the smell of coffee enveloping the kitchen, shamelessly wearing pajamas until noon – what’s not to love? Whether your go-to breakfast is pancakes, waffles, or some sweet, magical hybrid (Handle the Heat combines waffles and doughnuts!), the common ground is passing the maple syrup around the table.

We know it and love it as a sweet and pourable pancake topper, but have you considered getting out the maple syrup bottle past 10 am? The syrup is a surprisingly versatile ingredient, lending itself well to sweet pastries (like these smoked bacon biscuits!), as well as savory main dishes.

We recently caught up with Tim Burton, the mastermind behind the maple syrup production hub, Burton’s Maplewood Farm. The company has given traditional maple syrup a twist that transcends breakfast, encouraging customers to think beyond the waffle. Burton’s method? Aging maple syrup for twelve months in liquor barrels that formerly held whiskey, bourbon, rum and brandy. The company will even partner with bourbon-producing giant Pappy Van Winkle this fall to develop a high-end, unique barrel-aged syrup that whiskey aficionados can’t wait to taste!

We’re taking a hint from Burton’s and trying our hand at homemade maple syrup infusions. You can try it, too! As Burton advises, pick out your favorite herbs, spices, or flavors (think cooked pieces of bacon or chopped rosemary). Put them in a small saucepan, adding however much maple syrup you’d like to infuse. More spice equals more intense flavor. Cook the mixture on medium heat until the desired intensity is achieved. It’s as simple as that!

Try some of these flavor infusions to get started:

  • Bacon – The smoky flavor will enhance the maple, making it an excellent choice for breakfast dishes, BBQ sauces or even atop roasted Brussels sprouts!
  • Dill – Burton recommends finely chopping dill and heating it with maple syrup to glaze both sides of salmon filets before cooking.
  • Citrus – Add orange rind and cinnamon sticks for syrup that’s divine drizzled over cinnamon rolls or peaches for a simple dessert.

The options are endless! So get in the kitchen and start experimenting with your favorite herbs and spices. If you’re intrigued, but not as confident developing your own combinations yet, then stick to these tried and true maple recipes from Clabber Girl.

Maple Bourbon Pecan Tart

The nuttiness of the pecans, paired with brown sugar, bourbon and sweetness of the maple makes this a winning fall entertaining dessert.

Sweet Potato and Sausage Pancakes

Sweet potato, sausage and syrup IN the pancakes? Hearty enough for breakfast at dinnertime!