For that someone who has everything, for the un-baker, for the person who loves homemade gifts from the heart, I’ve got a great and easy gift for you to make – Christmas Cookies in a Jar! I am just so thrilled with how these turned out, especially because I am not typically your DIY-type of blogger. I bought the biggest mason jars I could find online, 24 oz from *Greenmunch and this size was PERFECT for this recipe. If you have 32 oz or 1 quart jars you can find, you could double the recipe but it might be a tight squeeze. An easy way to pack the ingredients into the jar is to tap the bottom of the jar with the heel of your hand, but for the jars and recipe I used, no packing was needed.
Here’s what you’ll need (recipe to follow):
- Baking soda
- Brown sugar
- White sugar
- Red & green Smarties (or M&M’s…but I prefer Smarties!)
- 24 oz mason jars (for 1 recipe) or 32 oz/1 quart (for double)
- Christmas ribbon or baker’s twine
- Christmas fabric
- Cardstock for printing labels
One tip I would tell the recipients of this lovely gift is that when you mix the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients, you can use a wooden spoon or spatula at first, but then just get right in there with your hands to incorporate it better! You need to roll these into balls with your hands anyway, so just get right on in there. It might seem like they won’t mix or hold, but keep mixing – I promise they will!
- 1 cup flour
- ½ tsp baking soda
- ½ tsp salt
- 1 cup red & green Smarties (or M&M's)
- ½ cup brown sugar
- ¼ cup white sugar
- ½ cup butter, slightly melted
- 1 egg, slightly beaten
- 1 tsp vanilla
- Pack ingredients in order above into jar.
- Add Christmas fabric, if desired on top of jar lid.
- Add label on top & screw on lid.
- Decorate with ribbon or baker's twine if desired.
- Beat butter, egg, and vanilla until well mixed in medium mixing bowl.
- Add dry ingredients from jar into bowl and mix well (use your hands!)
- Roll into balls, place on baking sheets, bake at 350 for 10 minutes.
Decorating the Cookie Jars
If you have Christmasy fabrics at home – great! I don’t have much option where I live (or a stash to pick through) so I just bought little fabric palettes from Walmart for $2.47 each that are 18″x21″. I found that a 6.5″x6.5″ piece of fabric was right for me, so I cut a bunch of squares, secured them over the Mason jar lid with the screw lid and then cut my labels (see below!) and screwed on the top! Alternately you can attach the labels with baker’s twine or ribbon and tie it around the lid of the jar. I found these free printables here and here and then just added my recipe in Photoshop Elements using my favorite free font site for some new Christmas fonts! If you don’t have an editing program there’s lots of free ones like PicMonkey around or go old fashioned and use your handwriting! Please feel free to download and print my Christmas Cookies in a Jar Labels, but they are for personal use only, not commercial. You should be able to click on this image to get the original size, right click and save it. If you have found the bigger jars and would like the labels for double the recipe, just let me know!
Mason Jar Top Labels
Aren’t they pretty!? I am giving myself a pat on the back AND tooting my horn – this is way out of my comfort zone, but I had a lot of fun doing it and I’m already looking at more hommeade gifts I can make in mason jars! Then of course, you pour yourself a cold glass of milk, decorative paper straw optional, and enjoy!
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