Do it yourself Christmas gifts aren’t only fun to make, they come with other benefits as well. “Cookies in a jar” are unique, delicious, and simple to make. Taking a trip to the mall to tackle last-minute Christmas shopping can turn us into bah hum bugs. It seems as if everybody in the world is out and in a hurry; long lines, getting bumped in aisle 7, screaming kids, and jingle bells. The inevitable question of, “why didn’t I do this months ago?!” just fuels our fury when we are stressing to get it done. In addition, there is always the hard-to-shop-for family member of friend. This solves it all! A homemade Christmas gift that is simple, fun, and stress-free.
Do It Yourself “Cookies in a Jar”
This is a great gift idea for several reasons. Once you purchase the items needed for this clever cookie jar, you can make more than one. This homemade cookie jar also can be given to a man or a woman. All they have to do is pour the ingredients in to a bowl and the cookie practically makes itself. This do it yourself cookie jar may also help someone who has been in a pinch with time; someone had no time to make cookies and now has a batch in their hands waiting to be made! This is very simple. Once you buy the ingredients, you can make several jars; That is where the “bang for your buck” steps in.
I recommend using glass jars. When you combine all of the ingredients it looks lovely. I remember the first time I received “cookies in a jar” as a gift, I never baked the cookies. The jar was so cute I placed it on a kitchen counter-top and it was part of my kitchen decor. When you present this gift, you can let them know the cookies in a jar are delicious but can also be used for display.I use Mason jars, but any jar that includes a sealed lid will do. Mason jars are usually found at hardware stores and craft stores (I Buy mine at Michaels’ craft store). These gifts look better unwrapped. You can add a personal touch by tying a green and red ribbon around the top of the jar, with a sticker placed on the glass.
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 cup chocolate-covered candy (I use holiday M&M’s or Hershey’s Holiday Candy Coated Bits)
1/2 cup oats
1/2 cup Rice Krispies (or Cocoa Krispies)
1/2 cup white chocolate chips
In a 1-quart glass jar, add the ingredients in the order listed. Pack them down firmly after each addition. I recommend using a funnel for a smooth transition, (not necessary, just a recommendation). Seal lid tightly.
Once your jar is made you can attach the recipe. There are tags with strings attached available -OR- you can write the directions on an index card and slip in a Christmas card.
You will need to write this in the instructions for baking:
Combine 1/2 cup of butter or margarine, 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract, and 1 egg in a large bowl
Add the contents of the jar, stir until well blended.
Drop by rounded teaspoonfuls onto an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake at 350° for 10 to 12-14 minutes.
**Makes approximately 48 cookies