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Zero Waste Christmas Gifts: Mason Jar Recipes

Mason jar recipes are the perfect gift for nearly anyone on your list. Download this Zero Waste Christmas Gifts: Mason Jar Recipes file for the mason jar lid labels and recipes cards  to hand out with each jar.

In the past few years, I have worked with 10 to 25 co-workers and during the holidays and I love to show my appreciation for their friendship and hard work. When gifting for so many people it’s important that the gifts are something they can use and it won’t get tossed with the majority of the other gifts. In the past I’ve made cookies and Christmas ornaments, but I wanted to do something different this year. Check out my other waste less gift ideas for co-workers.

I love mason jar recipes because they’re easy to make for you and for the person you gift it to. They usually use common ingredients that the average person has. The best part is they don’t have to be used right away and will wait until they’re ready to use them. Check out these ideas to go green during the holidays.


Mason jar recipes are the perfect gift for nearly anyone on your list. Check out this list and get your free jar labels and recipe cards.

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General Tips

Most of these recipes fit in a 1 1/2 quart or 48 oz mason jar. For each mason jar recipe mix, layer ingredients attractively in any order into mason jars with a tight fitting lid. Pack ingredients down slightly before adding another layer.

Once the mason jar recipes are completed, cover the top of mason jars with fabric, attach a gift tag with ribbon.

Sweet Mason Jar Recipes

Decadent Blonde Brownies

Mix

Makes 1 1/2 quart

  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 10 oz or 1 1/2 cups of chocolate chips
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup coarsely chopped macadamia nuts
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Mason Jar Recipe

Makes 2 dozen brownies

  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 jar Decadent Blonde Brownies Mix
  1. Preheat oven 350 F. Lightly grease 13 x 9-inch baking pan.
  2.  Beat butter in large bowl until smooth. Beat in eggs and vanilla until blended.
    (Mixture may appear curdled. Add brownie mix to butter mixture; stir until well blended).
  3.  Spread batter evenly in prepared pan. Bake 25 to 30 minutes or until golden brown. Cool in pan on wire rack.

Cocoa Brownies

Mix

Makes 1-quart jar

  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 2/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Mason Jar Recipe

Makes 2 1/2 dozen brownies

  • 3/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 jar Cocoa Brownie Mix
  1. Preheat oven 350 F. Lightly grease 13 x 9-inch baking pan.
  2. Beat butter in large bowl until smooth. Beat in eggs and vanilla until blended.
    (Mixture may appear curdled. Add brownie mix to butter mixture; stir until well blended).
  3. Spread batter evenly in prepared pan. Bake 25 to 30 minutes or until brownies spring back when lightly touched. Do not overbake.
  4. Cool in pan on wire rack.

Cowboy Cookies

Mix

Makes 1 quart jar

  • 1 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup uncooked old-fashioned oats
  • 3/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup chopped nuts
  • 1/2 cup seedless and/or golden raisins
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda

Mason Jar Recipe

  • Makes 2 1/2 dozen cookies
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 egg
  • 1 jar Cowboy Cookies Mix
  1. Preheat oven to 350 F. Lightly grease cookie sheets.
  2. Beat butter in large bowl until smooth. Beat in egg and vanilla until blended. (Mixture may appear curdled.) Add cookie mix to butter mixture, stir until well blended.
  3. Drop rounded tablespoon full of dough 2 inches apart onto prepared cookie sheets. Bake 12 to 14 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Remove to wire racks to cool completely.

Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

Oatmeal Raisin Cookies Mason Jar Recipes

Mix

Makes 1 1/2 quart jar

  • 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup uncooked old-fashioned oats
  • 3/4 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1 cup seedless and/or golden raisins
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda

Mason Jar Recipe

Makes 3 1/2 dozen cookies

  • 3/4 cup butter, softened
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 egg
  • 1 jar Oatmeal Raisin Cookies Mix
  • 2 Tablespoons milk
  1. Preheat oven to 375 F. Lightly grease cookie sheets.
  2. Beat butter in large bowl until smooth. Beat in egg, milk and vanilla until blended. (Mixture may appear curdled.) Add cookie mix to butter mixture, stir until well blended.
  3. Drop rounded tablespoon full of dough 2 inches apart onto prepared cookie sheets. Bake 10 to 12 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Let cookies stand for 2 minutes. Remove to wire racks to cool completely.

Oatmeal Raisin Cookies and Taco Soup Mason Jar Recipes

Strawberry Oat Bars

Mix

Makes one 1-quart jar

  • 2 1/4 cups uncooked quick oats
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Mason Jar Recipe

Makes 2 1/2 dozen bars

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 3/4 teaspoons almond extract
  • 1 can (21 oz) Strawberry pie filling
  • 1 jar Strawberry Oat Bars Mix
  1. Preheat oven 375 F.
  2. Beat butter in large bowl until smooth. Add cookie bar mix to butter mixture;
    beat until well blended and crumbly.
  3. Press 2/3 of crumb mixture onto bottom of ungreased 9 x 13 inch baking pan. Bake 15 minutes; let cool 5 minutes on wire rack.
  4. Place pie filling in food processor; process until smooth. Stir in almond extract.
  5. Pour filling mixture over crust. Sprinkle remaining crumb mixture evenly over filling. Return pan to over; bake 20 minutes or until topping is golden and filling is slightly bubbly. Cool completely on wire rack.

Mystical Bars

Makes 1 quart jar

Mix

  • 1 cup graham cracker crumbs
  • 1 cup coarsely chopped pecans
  • 3/4 cup flaked coconut
  • 3/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup uncooked old-fashioned or quick oats
  • 1/2 cup raisins

Mason Jar Recipe

Makes 2 1/2 dozen cookies

  • 1/3 cup butter, softened
  • 1 jar Mystical Bars Mix
  • 1 Can(14 oz sweetend Condensed Milk
  1. Preheat oven 350 F. Melt butter in 13 x 9-inch baking pan. Remove from oven.
  2. Place bar cookie mix in large bowl. Add sweetened condensed milk; stir with spoon until well blended.
  3. Spread batter evenly in prepared pan. Bake 22 to 25 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool in pan on wire rack for 5 minutes. Cut into bars. Cool completely in pan on wire rack.

Oatmeal Candied Chippers

Mix

Makes one 1 1/2 quart jar

  • 2 1/4 cups uncooked old-fashioned or quick oats
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup all-purposed flour
  • 3/4 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup candy-coated semi-sweet chocolate chips or candy-coated chocolate pieces
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda

Mason Jar Recipe

Makes 4 dozen cookies

  • 3/4 cup butter, softened
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 egg
  • 1 jar Oatmeal Candied Chippers Mix
  • 3 Tablespoons milk
  1. Preheat oven to 375 F. Lightly grease cookie sheets.
  2. Beat butter in large bowl until smooth. Beat in milk, egg and vanilla until blended. (Mixture may appear curdled.) Add cookie mix to butter mixture, stir until well blended.
  3. Drop rounded tablespoon full of dough 2 inches apart onto prepared cookie sheets. Bake 10 to 12 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Let cookies stand on cookie sheets 2 minutes. Remove to wire racks to cool completely.

Super Chocolate Cookies

Mix

Makes one 1-quart jar

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purposed flour
  • 1 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1/4 candy-coated chocolate pieces
  • 1/2 cup salted peanuts, coarsely chopped
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Mason Jar Recipe

Makes 2 dozen cookies

  • 2/3 cup butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 jar Super Chocolate Cookies Mix
  1. Preheat oven 350 F.
  2. Beat butter in large bowl until smooth. Beat in eggs and vanilla until blended.
    (Mixture may appear curdled.) Add cookie mix to butter mixture; stir until well blended.
  3. Drop heaping tablespoon full of dough 2 inches apart onto ungreased cookie sheets. Bake 11 to 12 minutes or until almost set. Remove to wire racks to cool completely.

Mason jar recipes are the perfect gift for nearly anyone on your list. Check out this list and get your free jar labels and recipe cards.

Savory Mason Jar Recipes

Spicy Chili Mac

Makes 1 quart jar

Mix

  • 3/4 cup dried pinto beans
  • 3/4 cup dried red kidney beans
  • 1 package (about 1 1/4 ounces) chili seasoning mix
  • 2 tablespoons minced onion
  • 2 teaspoons beef bouillon granules
  • 1/4 red pepper flakes
  • 1 1/2 cups uncooked rotini pasta

Mason Jar Recipe

Makes 6 to 8 servings

  • 1 jar Spicy Chili Mac Mix
  • 2 cans (14 1/2 oz) tomatoes with green chilies, undrained
  • 4 to 5 cups water
  • 1 pound ground meat, browned and drained
  • Shredded Cheddar
  1. Remove pasta and seasoning from jar; set aside
  2. Place beans in large bowl; cover with water. Soak 6 to 8 hours overnight. (To quick soak beans, place beans in large saucepan; cover with water. Bring to a boil over high heat. Boil 2 minutes. Remove from heat; let soak, covered 1 hour.) Drain beans; discard water.
  3. Combine soaked beans, water, tomatoes, ground meat and contents of seasoning packet in Dutch Oven. Bring to a boil over high heat. Cover; reduce heat and simmer 1 ½ hours.
  4. Add pasta and simmer 30 to 45 minutes. Serve with cheddar cheese, if desired.

 

Taco Bean Chili

Mix

Makes 1 quart jar

  • 1/2 cup dried kidney beans
  • 1/2 cup dried pinto beans
  • 1/2 cup dried red beans
  • 1 package (1 1/4 oz) taco seasoning mix
  • 1 tablespoon dried minced onion
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder or chipolte chili powder seasoning
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 1/2 cups tortilla chips

Taco Bean Soup Mason Jar Recipe

Mason Jar Recipe

Makes 6 to 8 servings

  • 1 jar Taco Bean Chili Mix
  • 2 cans (14 1/2 ounces) tomatoes with green chilies, undrained
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 pound ground meat, browned and drained
  • 1 can (8 oz) tomato sauce Shredded Cheddar, chopped lettuce, sliced black olives

Taco Bean Soup Mason Jar Recipe

  1. Remove chips and seasoning from jar; set aside
  2. Place beans in large bowl; cover with water. Soak 6 to 8 hours overnight. (To quick soak beans, place beans in large saucepan; cover with water. Bring to a boil over high heat.
  3. Boil 2 minutes. Remove from heat; let soak, covered 1 hour.) Drain beans; discard water.
    Combine soaked beans, water, tomatoes, ground meat and contents of seasoning packet in Dutch Oven. Bring to a boil over high heat. Cover; reduce heat and simmer 1 ½ hours or until beans are tender.
  4. Crush tortilla chips. Stir into chili and cook 5 to 10 minutes to thicken.
  5. Serve with accompaniments.

Taco Bean Soup Mason Jar Recipe

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