I’m not a great baker – it’s just not my thing. So unless I’m going to give the precut square Pillsbury cookies (not that there’s anything wrong with that!), it rules out gifting cookies as Christmas gifts to friends, coworkers, teachers, and neighbors.
For a few years, I’ve had a couple recipes on my Christmas-y Pinterest board that will make your entire house smell like Christmas; you just simmer the ingredients all day and the deliciousness permeates the house. Instead of buying a bunch of useless gifts or making bad cookies, I decided to make one of the recipes from Pinterest but package it in a mason jar to create a Christmas in a mason jar gift for everyone on my list. And it. was. a. hit! So easy to just tie a gift card around the neck of the jar for a great thoughtful, homemade gift.
I used wide mouth quart sized mason jars (32 oz) – the wide mouth makes it easier to get the goodies into the jar but any type would work. The ingredients are gorgeous together and the jars make a great accessory to hold a gift card or as a pretty little standalone gift.
How it Works + Recipe
Pour the whole jar into a saucepan, add a jar or two full of water, and simmer all day on the stove. Keep adding water from the sink as the contents of the pan evaporates so that the ingredients don’t actually cook, they just stay hydrated. You can even let the mix cool for the night and then added more water and reheated it and simmered the next day as well. Voila: Christmas in a mason jar!
- 1 1/2 cups fresh cranberries
- 3 tangerines with peels, quartered
- 3 whole cinnamon sticks
- 1 tablespoon whole cloves
- 1 inch piece fresh ginger
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- 1 small branch fresh pine
- 1 cup apple cider
- Add all ingredients besides water to a quart sized mason jar - it doesn't matter what order. Fill remaining space with water and seal. Store in the fridge until you're ready to gift.
You’ll need to grab fresh cranberries, tangerines, pine sprigs (I borrowed from our Christmas tree), ginger, and apple cider.