Layered Baking Mix In A Jar {Blondie Bars}

A recipe for a layered baking mix in a canning jar can come in really handy when you need a little extra something to give as a gift around the holidays. They go together fast and often use frugal ingredients too. When my husband taught Sunday school for several years, he would receive these every so often as a teacher gift – and I was happy to get them!

OK, I suppose it was his gift, but he was happy when I baked them up. So it was all good. ๐Ÿ™‚

A layered baking mix in a canning jar is a perfect quick and simple gift - This recipe makes delicious Blondie Bars and includes free printable tags too!

So for the last installment in this holiday series of ideas for jars (here’s Idea #1 and Idea #2), I’m sharing this recipe for a layered baking mix in a quart size canning jar that let’s the recipient of your gift bake up some Holiday Blondie Bars.

If you’re not familiar with Blondies, they got their name because they are bars sort of like brownies . . . only not fudgy and brown . . . so you can’t call them brownies. So Blondies it is instead!

This layered mix only has three layers, but I still think it can look festive depending on what kind of baking chips or M&M’s you use for the top layer. I use the Nestle Winter Mix chocolate chips that includes some green mint flavored chips in the bag and adds to the festive look of the jar. (The mint flavored chips also make for a very tasty, holiday-ish kind of bar). You can also use the red and green M&M’s for a nice Christmas look. Of course you can also just use plain chocolate chips – OR – a 1/2 cup of chips and a 1/2 cup of chopped nuts.

How to make a layered baking mix in a jar

I prefer to use the wide-mouth quart canning jars for these layered mixes too because it gives me a little more room when scooping in the ingredients. However regular-mouth jars work too if that’s what you’ve got on hand. I finish up my jars by covering the top with a circle of fabric, I tie a ribbon around it, and include a tag with instructions for using the baking mix.

I’ve included free printable tags below for you too!

Here’s how to do it:

A layered baking mix in a canning jar is a perfect quick and simple gift - This recipe makes delicious Blondie Bars and includes free printable tags too!

Layered Baking Mix {Blondie Bars}

  • 1 cup Flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon Baking Powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon Salt
  • 1 cup Brown Sugar
  • 1 cup Chocolate Chips*- OR – M&M’s
  • Quart size Canning Jar (I like to use wide mouth jars)

*I like to use the Nestle Winter mix of chocolate and mint chips

First Layer:  Combine the flour, baking powder, and salt in a bowl.  Then put the flour mix in the jar.

Second Layer:  Next add the cup of brown sugar

Third Layer: Finally, add the cup of whatever type of chocolate chips, or other baking chips, or M&M’s that you are using.

Note: I use the bulb end of my turkey baster to gently pack down the layer and make it more even. It works good! Before adding the next ingredient, you can also wipe the inside of the jar as needed with a piece of dry paper towel to keep things looking clean and neat.

How to make a layered baking mix in a jar

Put the lid on your canning jar. You can use the lids and rings most often used for canning jars, but I really like to use these plastic screw-on storage caps for this type of project (or for any time I’m storing something in a canning jar!)

To add the final finishing touches to make your layered jar mix ready for gift giving, cut a circle of fabric about 8″ wide and place it over the top of the jar. I usually then secure the fabric around the top with a rubber band. I then tie a ribbon around the top of the jar (covering the rubber band) and add a tag with the additional ingredients needed and baking instructions.

How to make a layered baking mix in a jar

I’ve made a couple different printable pdf label options you can use with this mix. One labels says “Holiday Blondies” if your jar uses chips or M&M’s that are colored for the Christmas holiday. One link is for a single tag, and the next link is for 4 tags on a page (in case you’re making lots of jars!)

The third link is for a tag that simply says Blondie Bars (with no red and green borders) and can be used any time of the year or for those times you are just using plain chocolate chips.

Holiday Blondies Baking Mix Tag – 1 per page

Holiday Blondies Baking Mix Tag – 4 per page

Any Season Blondie Bars Baking Mix Tag – 1 per page

If you are making your own label, include the following instructions:

You will also need:  6 tablespoons of melted butter, 1 egg, and 1 teaspoon vanilla extract.

To make the bars: Place melted butter, egg, and vanilla in a mixing bowl. Add the contents of the jar and stir until mixed. Spread the batter in a greased 8×8 or 9×9 baking pan and bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes.

A layered baking mix in a canning jar is a perfect quick and simple gift - This recipe makes delicious Blondie Bars and includes free printable tags too!

As has been my practice for the last few years, I will be taking a little blogging break during the week of Christmas and the week of New Year’s.

I wish you all a very merry and blessed Christmas and we’ll see you all again in the New Year with more bright ideas for homemade living!

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