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Category: Gifts in a Jar – Dry Mixes

Pizza Dough Mix
 

2 +3/4 cups bread flour
1 package (1 tablespoon) active dry yeast
2 teaspoons salt
In a medium bowl, combine all the ingredients. Place the mix in an airtight container.

Attach this to the jar:

Pizza
Makes 2 12 inch pizzas
1 package Pizza Dough Mix
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 cup warm water
1 cup tomato sauce
1/2 cup grated mozzarella cheese
1/3 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese
1 teaspoon crushed oregano

Place the Pizza Dough mix in a large bowl and add the oil and water. Beat with a wooden spoon or dough hook until the mixture forms a ball. Turn out onto a floured board and knead for 5 minutes. Transfer to a greased bowl and let the dough rise for 90 minutes. Divide the dough in half and pat into two 12 inch circles. For thin crust, fill and bake the pizzas now. For thicker crust, let pizzas rise 30-45 minutes.

Top the pizza dough with tomato sauce, cheeses of your choice, crushed oregano and olive oil drizzles over the pizzas. Preheat the oven and bake at 425 degrees F for 20-25 minutes. Let stand 5 minutes.

You may have heard about cookie recipes in a jar and be wondering what in the world are these? They are pretty much what they sound like! They typically contain all of the dry ingredients that are needed to make a batch of cookies. All the user has to do is follow the directions provided by the seller, add a few wet ingredients (ex. egg, water, etc.), bake the mix and voila you have delicious homemade cookies! You can find pretty much any type of cookie mix ranging from the popular Chocolate-Chip, all the way to a tasty Cranberry Biscotti.

So where can you find a Cookie in a Jar?

Typically you can search for wide varieties online, or make your own. There are plenty of recipes offered online to make your own Cookie in a Jar. But for those not wanting to mess with the hassle of buying the ingredients, the right size of jar, and the appropriate décor to make the jar look good, just buying a pre-made Cookie in a Jar is the route to take.

What Kind of Cookie in a Jar Can I Find?

A Cookie in a Jar is usually decorated, with the ingredients contained in the jar layered one on top of the other to give it more of a fun look. The lids of the glass jars can have anything from beads, fun material wrapped around it, and/or ribbon tied according to the theme of that particular jar. The jars usually come in various shapes and sizes, depending on how many cookies you can get from the recipe contained in the jar. Sometimes you will get a small jar just able to contain the ingredients for a small batch of cookies. Other times you’ll find jars much larger; possibly enough for several batches of cookies. The sizes vary, depending on the need for the Cookie in the Jar. However, the seller generally will always include how many cookies that batch in the jar will make.

Speaking of “needs” for a Cookie in a Jar, here are a few different ideas as to how you could use them. First of all, you might just want some delicious homemade cookies all for yourself! Or, you might want to buy some because they catch your eye with their decorated glass jars. Another popular idea for purchasing a Cookie in a Jar mix is the fact that they make wonderful party favors! They are typically very affordable with an average price range of $5 to $10 a jar. Many online stores and sellers of cookies in a jar can theme any jar to your preference.

What Are the Cookies in a Jar Used For?

For example, if you are throwing a Baby Shower and would like to give homemade Cookies in a Jar as party favors, the seller would decorate the jars with a themed Baby Shower look to give them that extra special touch. Another idea is to give them away for Teacher Appreciations, or Holiday gifts. They’re a great, inexpensive, way to tell somebody thanks. Not to mention they look great too!

Find out more about Wendy and her famous cookie in a jar mix recipes. You can find all her delicious recipes and cutely decorated jars for all occasions including Weddings, Birthdays, Christmas, Valentines Day, Halloween and Thanksgiving at HappyLittleJars.com. Bon Appetite!

Christmas Biscotti
 

3/4 cup dried cranberries or dried cherries
3/4 cup chopped shelled green pistachios
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom
2 teaspoons baking powder
2/3 cup Vanilla Sugar (recipe at bottom)

Quart jars come in a range of shapes with varying amounts of headroom. The best mix recipes are flexible enough to allow you to add a few extra pieces of fruit, candy or nuts if necessary to tightly pack the contents and keep the layer
distinctive.

Layer the ingredients in a 1-quart canning jar. Tap jar gently on the counter to settle each layer before adding the next one. Add additional dried fruits or pistachios to fill small gaps, if necessary. Makes 1 jar.

Gift Tag Directions:
Beat 1/3 cup butter (no substitutes) in a large mixing bowl with an electric mixer on medium speed for 30 seconds.
Beat in 2 eggs. Stir in jar contents just till combined using a wooden spoon. Divide dough in half. Cover and chill till easy to handle, if necessary. Shape each portion of dough into a 9 inch loaf. Place loaves 4 inches apart on a lightly greased cookie sheet, flattening slightly till 2 inches wide. Bake in a 375 oven for 25 to 30 minutes or till a wooden toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool loaves on the cookie sheet for 1 hour. Cut each loaf diagonally into 1/2 inch thick slices using a serrated knife. Place slices, cut sides down on an ungreased cookie sheet.
Bake in a 325 oven for 8 minutes. Turn slices over; bake 8 to 10 minutes more or till dry and crisp. Cool on wire rack. Makes 32.

Vanilla Sugar -
Fill a quart jar with 4 cups sugar. Cut a vanilla bean in half lengthwise and insert both halves into sugar. Secure lid and store in a cool dry place for several weeks before using. Will keep indefinitely.

Cobbler Mix
 

1 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 cup sugar

Combine ingredients in a small bowl. Store in an airtight container.

Attach this recipe to the jar:

Berry Cobbler

4 cups fresh berries (blueberries, raspberries or boysenberries)
1/4 cup orange juice
1/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 cup unsalted butter, melted
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Mix from jar

Preheat oven to 375F. In large mixing bowl combine berries, juice, sugar, and cinnamon. Place berries in a greased 13 x 9-inch pan. In small mixing bowl blend the butter with the egg and vanilla. Add the jarred mix and stir until dough sticks together. Drop the cobbler topping by tablespoonfuls on top of the berry filling. Bake for 35 to 45 minutes or until the topping is golden brown and the filling is bubbling. Allow to cool for 15 minutes before serving.

Chewy Butterscotch Nut Bars
 

1/2 cup butterscotch chips
1/2 cup pecan pieces or coarsely chopped pecans, toasted (see Note)
and cooled completely
1/2 cup packed light brown sugar (see Note) 1 cup buttermilk biscuit
and baking mix
1/2 cup packed dark brown sugar (see Note)
1 cup buttermilk biscuit and baking mix

In 1-quart wide-mouth glass jar, gently layer and pack ingredients in the order listed, beginning with butterscotch chips. If there is any space left after adding the last ingredient, add more butterscotch chips or pecans to fill jar. Place lid on top. Cut an 8-inch circle of fabric to cover lid. Place fabric over lid; secure in place with ribbon or raffia. Attach gift tag with preparation instructions and decorate as desired.

Gift Tag: To make Chewy Butterscotch Nut Bars: Empty contents of jar into medium bowl. Stir in 1/2 cup (1 stick) melted butter, 1 large egg and 1 teaspoon vanilla. Press into an 8-by-8-by-2-inch baking pan coated with cooking spray. Bake at 350 degrees for 18 to 22 minutes or until bars are light golden brown and center is almost set. Makes 16 bars.

Note: To toast pecans, place in a microwave-safe dish and microwave on High for 4 to 5 minutes, stirring every minute.

After measuring the brown sugar, crumble it between your fingers for uniform texture. Be sure to pack the brown sugar firmly in the jar to prevent the baking mix from sifting down through it. Source: Pioneer Brand

Almond Pancake Mix
 

3 cups nonfat dry milk
2 +1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup whole-wheat flour
1 cup finely ground almonds
2/3 cup baking powder
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1 tablespoon salt

In a large bowl, stir all ingredients together until well blended. Store in a resealable plastic bag. Give with recipe for pancakes.

Yield: about 7 1/2 cups pancake mix, enough for 3 batches of pancakes.

To make pancakes: In a medium bowl, combine:
2 +1/2 cups pancake mix
1 +1/4 cups water,
1 egg
2 tablespoons vegetable oil

Stir just until moistened. Heat a greased griddle over medium heat. For each pancake, pour about 1/4 cup batter onto griddle and cook
until top of pancake is full of bubbles and underside is golden brown.

Then turn with a spatula and cook until remaining side is golden brown. Regrease griddle as necessary. Serve with butter and syrup. Yield: about 1 dozen 5-inch pancakes.

You can make this fabric bag to put bag of mix in for gift giving: For fabric bag, use a 10-1/2″ by 40″ fabric piece of your choice. With right sides of cloth together and matching short edges, fold fabric in half; finger press folded edge (bottom of bag). Using a 1/4″ seam allowance and thread to match fabric, sew sides of bag together.
Press top edge of bag 1/4″ to wrong aide; press 1/2″ to wrong side again and stitch in place. For a bag with a flat bottom, match each side seam to fold line at bottom of bag; sew across each corner 1″ from point. Turn bag right side out. Put pancake mix in bag and close the top of bag with a pretty ribbon. Attach the recipe for the pancakes to the bag. You can also use a pretty jar if you don’t care to make the bag. Be sure and attach the recipe for the pancakes to
your gift.

M&M Oatmeal Cookies
 

1/2 cup old-fashioned oats
1/2 cup mini M&M’s candies
1/2 cup packed light brown sugar (see Note)
1 cup buttermilk biscuit and baking mix
1/2 cup packed dark brown sugar (see Note)
1 cup buttermilk biscuit and baking mix

In 1-quart wide-mouth glass jar, gently layer and pack ingredients in the order listed, beginning with oats. If there is any space left after adding the last ingredient, add more candies to fill the jar. Place lid on top. Cut an 8-inch circle of fabric to cover lid. Place fabric over lid; secure in place with ribbon or raffia. Attach gift card with preparation instructions and decorate as desired.

Gift Card: To Make M&M Oatmeal Bars: Empty contents of jar into medium bowl. Stir in 1/2 cup (1 stick) melted butter, 1 large egg and 1 teaspoon vanilla. Press into an 8-by-8-by-2-inch baking pan coated with cooking spray. Bake in preheated 350-degree oven for 18 to 22 minutes or until bars are light golden brown and center is almost set. Makes 16 bars.

Note: After measuring the brown sugar, crumble it between your fingers for uniform texture. Be sure to pack the brown sugar firmly in the jar to prevent the baking mix from sifting down through it.

Holiday Oatmeal Cookie Mix
 

2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 cups firmly packed brown sugar
1 cup granulated sugar
2 cups solid vegetable shortening
1 18-ounce container (6 cups) Quaker oats (quick or old-fashioned, uncooked)
4 1-quart jars with lids
4 cups “Add-Ins”

“Add-Ins”

Confetti: 1 cup candy-coated chocolates, divided
Cherry-Berry: 1/2 cup dried cherries, 1/2 cup dried cranberries
Chocolate-Cherry: 1/2 cup dried cherries, 1/2 cup chocolate chips
Nutty Chocolate: 1/2 cup chocolate chips, 1/2 cup chopped nuts

Stir together flour, salt and baking soda in a very large bowl. Add sugars; mix well. Cut in shortening with pastry blender or two knives until mixture is crumbly. Stir in oats.

In each 1-quart jar, layer 1 1/3 cups cookie mix, 1/2 cups “Add-Ins,” 1 cup cookie mix, 1/2 cup “Add-Ins,” 1 cup cookie mix. Place lid on jar; seal tightly.

Makes 4 1-quart gift jars. Include the following directions with each gift:

Preparation instructions:

1 egg
1/4 cup water
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 jar Holiday Oatmeal Cookie Mix

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly spray cookie sheets with cooking spray. In a large bowl, combine eggs, water and vanilla; mix well. Add entire contents of one jar of Holiday Oatmeal Cookie Mix; stir with fork until all dry ingredients are moistened and a stiff dough forms.

Drop by rounded tablespoonfuls onto cookie sheets. Bake 14 to 16 minutes or until light golden brown. Cool one minute on cookie sheets;
remove to wire cooling racks. Cool completely.
Makes about 3 dozen.

Cranberry Hootycreeks Cookie Gift Mix
 

5/8 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup rolled oats
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup white sugar
1/2 cup dried cranberries
1/2 cup white chocolate chips
1/2 cup chopped pecans

Directions:

1. Layer the ingredients in a 1 quart or 1 liter jar, in the order listed. Attach a tag with the following instructions:

2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a cookie sheet or line with parchment paper.

3. In a medium bowl, cream together : 1/2 cup butter or margarine, softened, 1 egg, and 1 teaspoon of vanilla until fluffy. Add the entire jar of ingredients and mix together by hand until well blended. Drop by heaping spoonfuls onto the prepared baking sheets. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes, until edges start to brown. Cool on baking sheets or remove to cool on wire racks. Makes 18 cookies.

Caramel Popcorn Kit
 

1 can Sweetened Condensed Milk
1 1/3 cups un-popped Popcorn
1 cup Sugar
1 cup packed Brown Sugar

Set aside can of milk. Layer sugar and brown sugar in a one quart canning jar. Next, place popcorn into a small zip baggie. Seal baggie and place on top of sugar. Place lid on jar, then using clear packaging tape, attach the can of milk to the bottom of jar so they are firmly connected for storage purposes & store in a cool dry place until ready to use. Attach the following instructions for later use, or for gift giving:

***Caramel Popcorn**(written on a note card or recipe card)

Remove popcorn from jar and using your preferred method, pop corn until you have about 12 cups or 3 quarts of popped corn. Remove unpopped kernels from corn, and set aside. In a large saucepan, mix sugar from jar with 1/2 cup butter or margarine and the can of sweetened condensed milk. Stirring constantly, bring mixture to a boil. Boil for one minute and remove from heat. Working quickly, pour mixture over popped corn, coating as much as possible while pouring, then using a large wooden spoon, mix popped corn and caramel until all corn is well coated. Spread onto cookie sheets which have been prepared with non-stick cooking spray, or eat directly from bowl.

Candy Coated Chocolates
 

This cookie jar makes a colorful homemade gift for any
occasion. You can use regular sized candies instead of the
mini’s if you like. Prep Time: approx. 15 Minutes. Cook

Time: approx. 12 Minutes.

Printed from Allrecipes, Submitted by Michelle

3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
1 cup mini candy-coated chocolate pieces
1/2 cup raisins
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1-1/4 cups quick cooking oats

1 In a medium bowl, stir together the flour, baking soda, salt and cinnamon. In a 1 quart glass jar, layer the ingredients in the following order: Flour mixture, walnuts, 1/2 cup of the mini candy
coated chocolates, oats, remaining candies, and brown sugar. pack down well after each addition and attach a tag with the instructions.

2 Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease cookie sheets.

3 In a large bowl, cream together 3/4 cup of butter, 1 egg and 3/4 teaspoon of vanilla until light and fluffy. Stir in the contents of the jar until well blended. Roll dough into 1 inch balls and place them 2 inches apart onto the prepared cookie sheets.

4 Bake for 8 to 10 minutes in the preheated oven. Allow cookies to cool on baking sheet for 5 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.

Makes 4 dozen ( 48 servings).

Butterscotch Brownie Mix
 

1/2 cup firmly packed flaked coconut
3/4 cup chopped pecans
2 cups firmly packed brown sugar
2 cups flour — mixed with
1 1/2 Tbsp. baking powder — and
1/4 tsp. salt

Layer ingredients in order given in a 1-quart wide-mouth canning jar. Press each layer firmly in place before adding next ingredient.

Attach this to the Jar:

Butterscotch Brownies

Makes 2 dozen brownies. Empty jar of brownie mix into large mixing bowl. Use your hands to thoroughly blend mix. Add: 3/4 cup butter or margarine, not diet, very soft 2 eggs, slightly beaten 2 tsp. vanilla (optional) Mix until completely blended. Spread batter into a sprayed 9×13 metal pan. Bake at 375 degrees F for 25 minutes.

Cool 15 minutes in baking pan. Cut brownies into 1 1/2 inch squares.

Tortilla Soup Mix
 

1 cup converted long grain rice
2 to 2-1/2 cups crushed tortilla chips
1 (5 oz.) can chicken

Seasonings: Mix the following and place in a thin zipper sandwich bag.

2 T. chicken bouillon granules
2 t. lemonade powder with sugar
1 t. lemon pepper
1 t. dried cilantro leaves
1/2 t. garlic powder
1/2 t. ground cumin
1/2 t. salt
1/4 cup dried minced onions

Size of jar: Quart

Place ingredients in jar in this order:

1. Place rice in jar first.
2. Place seasoning packet into jar next. Gently flatten bag so it is visible from all sides of jar.
3. Fill jar with tortilla chips.
4. Put lid on jar.
5. Attach can of chicken to top of jar.
6. Decorate jar.
7. Attach the following recipe to jar.

Recipe To Attach:
Tortilla Soup

1. Carefully empty tortilla chips from jar into a dish. Set aside.
2. Remove seasoning packet. Set aside.
3. Place rice in large pan. Add 10 cups water and 1 (10 oz.) can diced tomatoes and green chilies and seasonings from packet.
4. Bring to a boil. Lower heat, cover and simmer 20 minutes.
5. Add tortilla chips. Cover and simmer 5 more minutes. Serve immediately.

Makes 12 cups soup.

Texas Two Step Soup
 

1 (1.61-ounce) package brown gravy mix (regular or no-fat)
2 tablespoons mild red chili powder
2 teaspoons dried oregano leaves
1 teaspoon ground cumin (optional)
1 teaspoon dried minced onion
1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
10 to 12 regular-size tortilla chips, coarsely crushed
1 to 1 1/4 cups uncooked small to medium-size pasta (such as wheels, shells, macaroni)

Pour gravy mix into wide-mouth pint jar. In small bowl, stir together chili powder, oregano, cumin, onion and garlic salt. Pour into jar to make second layer. Add layers of tortilla chips and pasta to fill jar. Seal with lid. Attach gift tag with preparation instructions and decorate jar as desired.

Gift Tag: Brown 1/2 pound ground beef in a large saucepan or Dutch oven. Add contents of jar and 7 cups water; heat to boiling. Stir in 1 (15-ounce) can corn with red and green bell peppers and 1 (16-ounce) can chopped tomatoes. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 20 to 25 minutes or until pasta is tender, stirring occasionally. Serve with additional crushed tortilla chips and shredded Monterey Jack cheese, if desired.

Makes 8 servings.

Creamy Wild Rice Mushroom Soup
 

1 (2.75-ounce) package country gravy mix (regular or no-fat)
1 tablespoon chicken bouillon granules
2 teaspoons dried minced onion
2 teaspoons dried celery flakes
1 teaspoon dried parsley flakes
1/4 cup uncooked wild rice
1 cup uncooked white rice
2 tablespoons coarsely chopped dried mushrooms (shiitake, chanterelle or oyster)

Pour gravy mix into wide-mouth pint jar. In small bowl, stir together bouillon granules, onion, celery and parsley. Pour into jar to make second layer. Add layers of wild rice, white rice and mushrooms. Seal with lid. Attach gift tag with preparation instructions and decorate jar as desired.

Gift Tag: Empty contents of jar into a large saucepan or Dutch oven. Add 7 cups water; heat to boiling. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 25 to 30 minutes or until rice is tender, stirring occasionally. Garnish with chopped fresh parsley.

Makes 6 servings.

Note: You can find dried mushrooms in the produce section of your grocery store.

Dog Biscuit Mix
 

1 quart wide-mouth canning jar
1 dog biscuit cookie cutter
16 inches pretty ribbon
1 large envelope
–(punch a hole in the upper left hand corner
1 cup all-purpose unbleached flour
1 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 cup yellow cornmeal
1/2 cup instant nonfat dry milk powder
1 teaspoon brown sugar or white sugar
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1 Pinch salt

1. Type baking instructions (see below) on a pretty piece of paper or card and tuck inside the envelope.

2. In a medium mixing bowl, combine: 1 cup all-purpose unbleached flour, 1 cup whole wheat flour, 1/2 cup yellow cornmeal, 1/2 cup instant nonfat dry milk powder, 1 teaspoon brown sugar or white sugar, 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder, pinch of salt .

3. Using a funnel, pour dry ingredients into the jar. Close jar tightly.

4. Tie dog biscuit cookie cutter and instruction card around the top of the card with a pretty ribbon.

Instruction Card:

Make Your Own Dog Biscuits

1. Position a rack in the center of the oven. Preheat it to 250 degrees F. Place Dog Biscuit Mix ingredients in a medium sized bowl. Add in 1 large egg, 1/2 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese, 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese, 1/4 to 1/2 cup (or more) hot chicken broth, beef
broth or very hot water.

2. Make a dough that’s very heavy, but not sticky. Add more flour or water, 1 teaspoon at a time if dough is too moist (use flour) or too dry (use hot water).

3. Turn out dough onto a floured pastry cloth and knead 8-10 times until elastic. Let dough rest for 5 minutes. Roll out dough 1/2 of an inch thick and cut with a dog-bone shaped cutter. Place cookies close together as they will not spread.

4. Bake for 1 hour, rotate the baking trays in the oven (turn tray around 180 degrees), and bake them another half hour. Cool the cookies in the pan for 1 minute, then transfer to a wire cake rack to cool completely.

Healthy Heart Muffin Mix
 

1 quart wide-mouth canning jar
1 small Ziplock bag
16 inches a pretty ribbon
1 tiny wire whisk
1 large rubber band
1 large envelope
–(punch a hole in the upper left corner
2 cups all-purpose unbleached flour –(spoon into measuring cup and level top)
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
1/8 teaspoon salt
2/3 cup packed dark brown sugar

1. In a medium mixing bowl, combine 2 cups all-purpose unbleached flour, 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder, 1/2 teaspoon baking soda, 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon, 1/2 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg and 1/8 teaspoon salt

2. Using a funnel, pour ingredients into the jar. In a small Ziplock bag, place the dark brown sugar in and completely close. Push bag into the mason jar. Close jar tightly. Secure the small wire whisk with a rubber band around the lid.

3. Type baking instructions (see below) on a pretty piece of paper or card, and tuck inside the envelope. Tie instruction card with a pretty ribbon covering the rubber band.

Instruction card:

Heart Smart Muffin Mix

Per muffin: 158 calories, 30 grams carbohydrates, 3 grams fat (less than 1 gram saturated fat), 18 milligrams cholesterol, 1 gram fiber. Makes 12. Dry mix keeps for 3 months. Store in a cool, dark cupboard

1. Position a rack in the center of the oven and preheat it to 350 degrees F. Lightly spray twelve 2 3/4-by-1 1/2 inch nonstick muffin cups with oil.

2. Empty the Heart Smart Muffin Mix ingredients into a medium bowl. Set aside.

3. In another medium bowl, using a handheld electric mixer set at medium speed, beat the 3/4 cup low-fat (or regular) buttermilk, 3/4 cup unsweetened applesauce, 2/3 cup packed dark brown sugar (from the Ziplock bag), 1 large egg, 1 1/2 tablespoons canola or vegetable oil and 1 teaspoon vanilla extract until frothy, about 2 minutes. Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients and pour in the buttermilk mixture. Using a spoon, mix just until moistened.

Batter will be thick. Do not overmix.

4. Divide the batter equally among the prepared muffin cups. Bake until the tops spring back when pressed gently in the center, about 20 minutes. Do not overbake. Cool in the pan on a wire rack for 10 minutes before removing from the cups. Serve warm or cool completely on the rack.
Variations:

Do Your Own Thing Muffins: Stir in 1/2 cup fresh or frozen (do not thaw) blueberries, raspberries, chocolate chips, raisins, currants or walnuts.

Bran Muffins: Stir in 3/4 cup unprocessed bran flakes with the dry ingredients. If batter is too thick, add in 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce.

Cranberry-Pumpkin Muffins: Substitute 1/2 cup solid pack pumpkin for 1/2 cup of the applesauce and 1/2 cup dried cranberries.

Dairy-Free Muffins: Replace the buttermilk with soy or rice milk. Add in 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice.

Ginger Spice Muffin Mix
 

1 +3/4 cups flour
2 tablespoons sugar
3 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1/2 teaspoon salt
Combine all ingredients in a medium bowl. Store the mixture in an airtight container.

Attach this to the jar:

Ginger Spice Muffins
Makes 1 dozen
1 package Ginger Spice Muffin Mix
1/4 cup butter or margarine, melted
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup milk

Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit and grease 12 muffin tins. In a large bowl, combine the muffin mix with the butter, egg, vanilla and milk. Stir the mixture until the ingredients are blended. Do not over mix. Batter will be lumpy. Fill muffin tins 2/3 full. Bake for 15 minutes.

Cinnamon Pancake Mix
 

3 cups all-purpose flour
3 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons baking powder
4 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 1/4 teaspoons salt

In medium bowl, combine all ingredients; seal in jar. Attach the following recipe to the jar:

In medium bowl, combine 3/4 cup milk, 1 egg, and 2 tablespoons salad oil. With fork, blend in 1 1/3 cups pancake mix until moistened, but still lumpy. Cook on lightly greased griddle or skillet.
Yield: Ten 5″ pancakes

Cinnamon Oat Pancake Mix
 

4 cup quick cooking oats
2 cups whole wheat flour
2 cups flour
1 cup non-fat dry milk powder
2 Tablespoons cinnamon
1 1/2 Tablespoons salt
3 Tablespoons baking powder
1/4 tsp. cream of tartar

Combine all in a large airtight container. This makes a nice gift. Make a simple gingham or calico fabric bag and place a baggie with 2-4 cups mix in bag. Tie plastic bag with twist-tie and cloth bag with raffia or ribbon Attach recipe card with instructions for making pancakes:

Pancakes

2 eggs
1/3 cup vegetable oil
2 cups pancake mix
1 cup water

In a mixing bowl, whisk eggs, Gradually whisk in oil. Alternately add mix and water. Heat a lightly greased skilled or griddle to med-high heat. Pour a heaping spoonful of batter onto hot surface. Cook until bubbles appear on top side (about 2-3 minutes) then flip and cook 2 minutes more or until golden brown. Serve buttered, hot and with warm syrup or Cinnamon Cream Syrup.

Cinnamon Cream Syrup

5 T margarine
1 cup fresh whipping cream
3 T. brown sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
1/3 tsp vanilla or maple extract

Melt margarine in small saucepan over med. heat. Stir in remaining ingredients. Cook and stir with wire whisk constantly until sugar dissolves and mixture thickens slightly (3-4 minutes.

Serve warm. Store remainder in refrigerator. Makes 1 cup of homemade syrup. (Can give with gift packed in an 8 oz. jar)