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Muffin mix in a jar is the great alternative present idea for everything from a last minute housewarming present to Secret Santa.
Homemade food gifts like this muffin mix in a jar are fun, cheap and really show the recipient you care. We've made a chocolate muffins (opens in new tab) mix here as they're the most classic and easiest muffin idea, loved by many. Just add a pretty ribbon and write the recipe on a tag for the Christmas muffin mix, so the recipient knows how to turn the dry mix into deliciously tasty chocolate muffins. You could also make a mix for blueberry muffins (opens in new tab) by adding dried fruit and banana muffins (opens in new tab) by similarly adding dried bananas to the recipe.
- 400g self-raising flour
- 275g soft brown sugar
- 40g cocoa
- 2tsp baking powder
- 100g chocolate chunks
Take a 1l sterilised Kilner jar and place on a flat, stable surface.
Mix together the flour and baking powder and pour them into the jar.
Pat down the flour with the end of a rolling pin to get a flat surface and to pack the flour down tightly.
Pour the cocoa powder on the top of the flour. You may find this easier (and less messy) from a jug rather than a bowl.
Pat the cocoa powder with the end of a rolling pin to get a flat surface and to pack it down tightly.
Pour the light brown sugar into the jar.
Pack the sugar down with the end of a rolling pin to get an even surface.
Add enough chocolate chunks to fill the jar right to the top.
Seal the jar tightly: the mix will last for a couple of months in a tightly sealed jar stored in a cool, dry place.
Wrap the jar with a ribbon and attach a label with our muffin recipe (opens in new tab)so the recipient knows how to turn them into muffins.