Edible Gifts You Can Bake in a Jar – Great Food Gifts to Make

Edible Gifts
Edible Gifts

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Edible food gifts are always a hit.  Whether you’re looking for some edible Christmas gifts, edible birthday gifts, or food gifts to make for any holiday or occasion, these recipes for gift giving are sure to please.

These aren’t just edible gifts to make either.  These are homemade edible gifts you have put together (easily) and baked (quickly) and given to someone to enjoy immediately (if desired) or a little later (if preferred).

Edible gifts you can bake in a jar are simply just great food gifts to make!

Want to see some people smile?

Then check out our gift giving Mason Jar recipes to bake here!

Mason Jar Apple Crisp with Oatmeal and Cinnamon

These are very quaint edible gifts from the kitchen that are a tribute of the joys of country living and the natural blessings of life.


  • 5 cups apples, peeled, cored, and sliced (probably 5 to 6 larger apples, depending on size)
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp. all purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 6 pint-size mason jars
  • 1/2 cup quick cooking oats
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1/4 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • Ground cinnamon to sprinkle on top


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Placed the sliced apples in a large bowl.
  3. Add the 1/2 cup white sugar, 1 1/2 tsp. all purpose flour, and 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon.  Stir with apple slices to combine.
  4. Pour 1/4 cup water over the apple-sugar-flour-cinnamon mixture, and stir gently to combine.
  5. Spray jars with a little cooking spray.
  6. Divide apple mixture between 6 pint size mason jars, and set aside.
  7. In another large bowl, combine 1/2 cup quick oats, 1/2 cup all purpose flour, 1/2 brown sugar, 1/4 tsp. baking powder, 1/4 tsp. baking soda and melted butter.  Stir until mixture is crumbly.
  8. Crumble evenly over the 6 mason jars filled with the apple mixture, and sprinkle a little ground cinnamon  on top each apple crisp jar.
  9. Pour 1 cup water in a 9 x 13 inch baking pan, and place mason jars filled with apple crisp mixture and topping into the pan.
  10. Bake a 350 degrees for 45 minutes.
  11. When cool, top with a mason jar lid if giving as a gift or traveling.

Makes 6 mason jar gifts.


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Pineapple Banana Bread With Coconut in a Jar

These are nice enough to be edible Christmas gifts but are also perfect gifts for a man or woman any time of the year.   Their sturdy, compact nature also make them edible gifts to mail across country or across the sea.


  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 cups white sugar
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 1 (8 ounce) can crushed pineapple, drained
  • 2 cups very ripe bananas, mashed
  • 6 pint size mason jars
  • 1 cup unsweetened coconut


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a large bowl, add flour, white sugar, salt, baking soda, and baking powder.  Stir until combined.
  3. In another large bowl, combine eggs, vegetable oil, and vanilla extract.  Beat until frothy.
  4. Add drained, crushed pineapple and mashed bananas, and stir to mix.
  5. Pour liquid-fruit mixture until the dry ingredients, and stir just until ingredients are combined.
  6. Spray the quart-sized mason jars with cooking spray, and pour pineapple banana bread batter equally between the  jars.
  7. Place jars into a 9 x 13 inch baking pan, and bake uncovered for about 25 to 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean.
  8. About 5 minutes before done, pull bread out long enough to sprinkle the flaked coconut equally on top of the bread jars so that it can bake on top of the bread loaves for the last five minutes.

Makes 3 large quart size or 6 pint size mason jar pineapple banana bread loaves.

Monkey Bread in a Mason Jar


  • 4 pint size mason jars
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup dark brown sugar, packed
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 10 refrigerated biscuits, cut into quarters


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Spray jars with cooking spray.
  3. In a medium to large size bowl, mix white sugar, brown sugar, and cinnamon.
  4. Cut biscuits into quarters, tossing each biscuit piece into sugar-cinnamon mixture until well coated.
  5. Put sugar-cinnamon coated biscuit pieces into the mason jars, filling to only about 3/4 of the way full to allow room for the  bread to expand.
  6. Sprinkle any remaining sugar-cinnamon mixture onto the top of the filled jars.
  7. Bake for 10 – 15 minutes at 350 degrees.
  8. Allow jars time to cool completely.

Makes 4 gift jars.


Oreo Layered Chocolate Chip Cookies in a Jar


  • 2 sticks (1 cup) butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 1 cup white granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 Tbsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 3 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 10 ounce bag semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 (15 – 16 ounce) bag Oreo Double Stuf Sandwich Cookies (or other double stuffed chocolate cream cookies)
  • 9 pint mason jars


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a large bowl,  combine softened butter, brown sugar and white granulated sugar, and beat with an electric mixer until smooth.
  3. Add eggs and vanilla until well combined.
  4. In a separate bowl, mix flour, salt, and baking soda.
  5. Slowly add wet ingredients to flour-salt-baking soda mixture.
  6. Stir in chocolate chips until just combined.
  7. Spray jars with cooking oil spray.
  8. Using an ice cream scoop or similarly sized scoop or spoon, place some cookie dough into the bottom of each jar, using about 1/2 of the dough to cover the bottoms of the 9 jars.
  9. Then drop two double stuffed chocolate cream cookies into each jar.  (You may place them there in whole or broken, but even if broken, keep them in large pieces for the best appearance.  Complete, full cookies have the most fun and unique look.
  10. Top each cookie jar with the rest of the chocolate chip cookie dough.
  11. Place the jars on a cookie sheet, and bake at 350 degrees for 15 to 17 minutes.
  12. Remove from oven while still on cookie sheet, then move the jars to a cooling rack to cool completely there.

Makes 9 jars.

Baking Brownies in a Mason Jar

If you don’t know how to bake brownies in a mason jar, relax!  It’s easy to do, and these favorite chocolate treats are so easy to pack and mail, you may want to send brownies in the mail all the time!  Here’s a quick overview on making and sending Mason Jar Brownies.

Any homemade or store purchased brownie mix can be baked in a mason jar for a gift.

Just make the brownies as instructed on the package (or by your recipe); butter small, wide mouth half pint mason jars, and fill those jars one quarter full with brownie mix, tapping lightly to remove any air bubbles.

When that’s done, just place the jars on a baking sheet, and bake in a 350 degree oven for 35 to 40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.

Brownies are one of those best edible gifts to send in the mail to homesick college students or overseas to family, friends, missionaries, and military stationed away from home.

If you’re planning on sending some brownies to a far-away family member or friend, you can protect your gift even a little more by slightly undercooking the brownies in the oven by a couple of minutes, then boiling mason jar lids and bands in boiling hot water for 10 to 15 minutes, drying them WELL  and then immediately placing them on the brownie jars while they are still a little hot and the brownies are still a little warm.

The brownies will continue baking in the jars ever so slightly, so they will be cooked just right, and the hot lids will form a seal right on the jar, giving them a little longer “shelf” life to mail longer distances.

Who might enjoy edible gifts?

Homemade edible gifts in a mason jar are wonderful to  make, give, or send in the mail when necessary for any reason or occasion.  Because they are useful, special, and made with love, almost everyone who receives an edible gift loves what they receive too!

They make great thank you gifts, thinking of you gifts, gifts for college students or military family members far from home, even as homemade birthday gifts for Grandma or gifts for Grandpa.

They are cheap gifts and are quick and easy to make, yet they are also nice enough to be given as Christmas presents, housewarming gifts, new mom gifts, or even as corporate gifts to business partners.

They are  simple enough for kids to make, or at least help with, making these nice gifts for Dad on Father’s Day, for Mom on Mother’s Day, or a teacher at the end of the school year.

Additionally, you can personalize them with custom mason jar labels or tags, or decorate the lids with specific holiday, seasonal, patriotic,  sports, baby shower, kid friendly, hobby-oriented, funny, or other personalized fabric (even as simple as just cutting a fabric circle a couple inches larger than the rim and placing it on the lid before you screw the ring on)… or you can leave them as is for a natural, country look.

The possibilities, occasions, and recipients are endless!

With so many purposes and so many benefits, edible gifts in a jar are simply the best food gifts around!

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