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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Beer Bread: Baking in the Spirit of Fall

 

Even though Oktoberfest celebrations around the world came to a close, we’re still inspired to raise our glasses to new ways to enjoy beer – in our bread! From afternoon tailgating to Halloween parties and fall festivals, we welcome beer’s rich malt in the fall, often accented by seasonal flavors like pumpkin or warm vanilla.

Whether you’re hosting your own fall gathering, or just want to get into the spirit of things, beer bread is incredibly tasty and easy.

Ingredients:

3 c. all-purpose flour
4 1/2 tsp. Clabber Girl Baking Powder
1/4 c. sugar (may substitute with 3 tbsp. honey)
12 oz. beer (your preference)
1/2 tsp. salt

Instructions:

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Prepare a 9 X 5-inch loaf pan by lightly wiping with oil or spraying with non-stick spray.

2. In a medium bowl; combine the flour, sugar or honey, Clabber Girl Baking Powder, and salt. Add beer to bowl with dry mixture and stir just until combined.

3. Pour batter into the prepared loaf pan and bake for 45 to 55 minutes, or until the top is lightly browned and the middle is set.

That’s not a mistake; beer bread really is that simple. The beer’s yeast assists the baking powder in the leavening, so all you have to do is mix the ingredients and bake.

If you’re worried about alcohol content — don’t be! The alcohol evaporates during the baking process, making beer bread a fast and simple family-friendly seasonal side. And don’t be afraid to experiment. Try a pumpkin beer for an extra layer of savory flavor in every bite.

You can also try these Cheesy Beer Biscuits, made with tangy cheddar and hearty oats. And for those intrigued by the concept but don’t want to make beer the star, Herb Cheese Quick Bread includes enough to enhance the flavor without overpowering the herbs.

But don’t limit your brew to just bread. Even beer that’s gone flat can make a flavorful batter for your onion ring fix. Or try it in dessert! The richness of beer pairs well with these dark, chocolate brownies with buttercream frosting.

Cheers!

5 Ways to Get More Veggies in Your Diet

 

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We all know that veggies are good for us, and many of us probably don’t get the recommended two cups per day like we should. So how can we “veg-load” our meals? A person can only eat so much salad, right? Fortunately, there are many options for increasing your vegetable intake. These are some of our favorites.

1. Shred Your Veggies

We like to shred squash, eggplant, and other vegetables and mix them into hamburgers for summer cookouts. The veggies will keep the meat moist and juicy, while also bringing added nutrition and fiber to the dinner plate.

2. Multiply Your Measurements

One super easy way to get more veggies in your diet is to bump up the amounts of veggies in your recipe. Making minestrone? Why not double the spinach and carrots? Pizzas, casseroles and pasta are also ideal candidates for extra veggies, like this Whole Grain All Star Pizza.

3. Veg Up Your Smoothies

One of the great things about smoothies is that they are so flexible. You can combine any number of fruits to make a delicious smoothie, but you can also load them up with veggies without losing that fruity flavor! A handful of spinach, kale, arugula, chard or even celery leaves into a fruit smoothie pumps up the nutrients in your glass.

4. Prep Your Snacks

Make snacking on the good stuff easy with a little preparation. Wash and cut several days’ worth of your favorite veggies into snack-size pieces, and store in the refrigerator next to your favorite dip. Try Clabber Girl blogger Savory Simple’s recipe for Roasted Garlic White Bean Hummus. Be sure to stash the veggies at eye level so this healthy option is the first thing you see when the munchies strike!

5. Supercharge Your Sweets

Bake your way to more vegetable servings. Quick breads made with pumpkin, zucchini and sweet potato are great options. We love these Chocolate Zucchini Muffins and this recipe for Sweet Potato Walnut Bread. You’ll find other delicious variations, as well as treats like our Carrot Cheesecake Sheet Cake in the Clabber Girl Recipe Box.