I love making hand-made gifts, especially at Christmas time. I just think they're heart-felt, and people seem to really like them. From a budget perspective, they're usually more cost-effective too.
I also think mason jars are totally adorable. They are starting get overused, but I still love them. So, I decided to make our friends Cookies In A Jar. I used this recipe as a starting off point: somethingturquoise.com. They turned out really cute, so I thought I'd share them with you!
Here's what you'll need:
(This is for one mason jar. Multiply by how many of these you're making.)
1 12 oz. mason jar (with lid)
3/4 cup packed flour
1/3 cup sugar
1/3 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup chocolate chips (you could use any kind of chocolate candy or nuts you'd like)
(Tip: Even though it might be tempting to measure out all the ingredients for all the jars, you should do each jar individually.)
1. Measure out 3/4 cup flour, 1/4 tsp baking soda and 1/4 tsp salt into bowl. Gently mix together. Pour into bottom of jar. (Tip: You can make a funnel out of paper to make it easier, and not get on the sides.) Pack down.
2. Measure out the 1/3 cup brown sugar. Pour into jar, and pack down.
3. Measure out 1/3 sugar. Pour into jar and pack down.
4. Measure out 1/2 cup chocolate chips. Pour into jar.
(Tip: you could use red and green M&Ms, or other colored ones, if you're making these for a baby shower, or party. You could add nuts too.)
(Tip 2: If it doesn't fill the jar to the top, add a little more.)
5. Screw on lid, and voila! :)
Okay now for the baking instructions. I made labels, that I cut out, and glued to the top of the lid. Here's what they said:
Empty contents of jar into mixing bowl. Add 4 tbsp of butter (room temperature), 1 egg and 1/4 tsp vanilla extract. Beat until smooth. Put batter in freezer for 15 minutes before baking. Preheat oven to 350 F. Roll dough into balls (makes 10 cookies), and place on ungreased cookie sheet. Bake for 13-15 minutes, until golden brown.
Now for decorating. You could cut out a piece of fabric, put it on the top, and wrap baker's twine around it. Or, you could do what I did:
I made little labels out of Crayola air dry clay. Once they dried, I stamped the word "joy" on it, and wrote our friends' name on the back with a Sharpie.