This layered brownie-in-a-jar is a decadent treat for any gluten-free friend. The secret to making the brownies so chewy and moist? A high sugar-to-flour ratio—and a substantial amount of cocoa powder. Rice and almond flours replace traditional all-purpose, and chopped walnuts add a nice crunch. The only ingredients it needs are butter, eggs, and vanilla, which are staples your recipient likely has on hand.
This hot cocoa jar requires a bit of crafting, but the result is so cute it’ll be worth the extra effort. Begin by scooping cocoa mix into each jar, followed by peppermint squares and a spoonful of mini marshmallows. Use pretty pink fabric to make the ruffled covers, then tape on a label, add candy cane hearts, and attach a mini bottle of Kahlua for a fun, boozy twist. These would be adorable for Valentine’s Day, as well.
Gifting biscotti mix instead of the bars themselves means you don’t have to worry about them breaking in transit. Stone-ground cornmeal is the key to crunchy cookies, and the cherry-coconut combo is nothing short of perfection. Your lucky friends will add eggs, olive oil, and lemon zest, then shape the dough and bake until golden around the edges.
The addition of pink M&Ms and a brown suede bow gives traditional cowboy cookies a sweet upgrade. Each 1-quart jar yields about 28 cookies, which means if you’re lucky, there might be an extra for you to eat. Add the nuts to the jar last in case they don’t fit—you’ll want to ensure all of the chocolate makes the cut.
Everyone loves a loaf of freshly-baked banana bread—especially when the dry ingredients are already pre-measured. The mix only needs five ingredients (including the ripe bananas), and can be enjoyed with family and friends throughout the holiday season. Feel free to tweak the recipe as needed, such as swapping nuts for chocolate or adding a peanut butter swirl.
Though your friends may be tempted to put this jar out on display, they’d be missing out on a plateful of warm and fudgy brownies. Create the festive presentation by layering the flour, cocoa powder, and sugar, then top it all off with three types of chocolate chips. It’s the perfect gift for anyone with a sweet tooth.
Anyone with a sweet tooth would be grateful for this mix, which bakes into warm, gooey cookies that beg for a glass of milk. Each bite is filled with oats, coconut flakes, and chunks of rich dark chocolate. The hearty heaping of brown sugar pairs perfectly with the peanut butter.
Want a gift that doesn’t require any extra prep work? This delicious curd is the perfect option. Although many people think of raspberries as a summertime fruit, the berry’s peak season is actually November. After grabbing a few pints, whip up multiple batches of curd, which you can swirl into baked goods and, of course, give to friends. Pairing the present with a tiny wooden spoon will guarantee you have the cutest gifts this season.