I’ve been trying to think of different last-minute gifts I can give to a few ladies in my neighborhood who I’ve been forgetting to visit – and then this idea popped in my head. I’ve seen loads of recipes in jars, but I thought this cocoa crinkle recipe would look cuter in the jar because the cocoa could add a nice layer of color.
I tried making it myself, and I was pleasantly surprised at how cute this looked when it is all finished.
What You Need
Ingredients for the Jar
- 1 Cups Granulated Sugar
- 1/4 Cup Hershey’s Cocoa
- 1 1/4 Cups All-Purpose Flour
- 1 Teaspoons Baking Powder
- 1/4 Teaspoon Salt
- 1 Pint Mason Jar
- Flat Spoon (or other tool to press down the ingredients)
- Decorative Ribbon and Tissue Paper (Optional)
- Canning Funnel (optional)
Assembling Your Jar
Technically, you could just toss all the dry ingredients into a jar and call it good. In fact, that’s what I did with the first jar I made – it didn’t look pretty the first time around.
However, if you want to make something that looks more original and decorative, then you’ll want to follow these steps.
- Measure out the flour, make sure it’s sifted before you put it in so you don’t overdo it. Pack the flour firmly at the bottom of the jar.
- Measure the salt and baking powder. Add these on top of the flour. Pack them down if needed.
- Measure the cocoa. Firmly pack it down.
- Measure the sugar. Pack it down.
- Decorate your jar as needed. Make sure you print out recipe instructions and note that the recipe still needs vegetable oil and eggs and powdered sugar.
- If you like, divide the cocoa into 3 quarter cup sections so you can add additional stripes of color between ingredients.
- If you want, you can include extra powdered sugar in your jar as well, but make sure it’s wrapped in plastic wrap to keep it separate.
Additional Tips for Other Jars
- Layer ingredients from small to large. The smaller ingredients tend to fill in the gaps and sink to the bottom, so keeping the finer, more powdery ingredients at the bottom helps keep them separate.
- When cooking from jar recipes, make sure all the ingredients are mixed thoroughly.
- As a rule of thumb, most ingredients like brown sugar and marshmallows (not included in this recipe) will start to harden within two or three weeks, so these gifts are not recommended for long-term storage.
Cooking Instructions for Finished Jars
When you have a jar all finished, feel free to give it away with these instructions:
- Mix jar ingredients into a large bowl.
- Add 2 eggs and 1/4 cup vegetable oil and mix thoroughly.
- Allow mixture to chill for at least an hour. This makes the dough easier to work with.
- When ready to cook, preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Roll dough into balls.
- Dip balls into powdered sugar.
- Place on greased baking tray about 2 inches apart and cook for 11 to 13 minutes until tops don’t indent when touched slightly.
- Allow to cool before placing on a wire rack or serving.
It should yield about 24 cookies per jar.
My Jar Step-by-Step
I actually needed to make this gift for three different women in my area, so I experimented with different layering effects.
Here’s what I did for the first jar.
First, I added the flour. With this first jar, I didn’t have anything to pack it down. So, everything stayed pretty fluffy and messy.
Next I added the cocoa – still pretty messy.
When I added the sugar, I realized I had done my math incorrectly. The recipe didn’t fill up the jar completely, so I doubled it and repeated the layers. But…Well, it overflowed and didn’t turn out well.
I decided the prettiest way to handle this mistake was to dump it out, stir it all together, and put it back in the jar. I’ll keep this jar for myself rather than giving it away, just so someone else doesn’t have to deal with it.
Here’s what I did for the second jar.
The second jar started out like the first: I added the flour, the baking soda, and the salt. But, when I got to the cocoa, I realized my water bottle fit inside the mason jar. I used the bottom of it to pack down the cocoa.
It’s amazing how much more you can fit in the jar when it’s all packed tightly. I was able to fit in the sugar and have plenty of space to include a baggie of powdered sugar, too.
Things still got a little messy, but I thought I’d go ahead and wrap it up in tissue paper to make it pretty.
Here’s what I did for the third jar.
The third jar went a lot more smoothly than my first two jars. I used the water bottle to pack things in tightly, and then, feeling particularly artsy and inspired, I used a napkin to clean up any flour and cocoa sticking to the sides of the bottle. This gave my jar much cleaner lines when it was finished.
The one on the left is what happens when I keep things clean and pack them down. The one on the right is the second jar I made – see the difference?
I still plan on making one more jar (I have 3 ladies I need to visit) since I messed up the first jar. I’m sure a funnel would work wonders when it comes to making these jar gifts, but the funnel I used had too narrow of a spout so the flour got stuck.
Anyways, I definitely had a lot of fun with these, so I hope you do too!
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