It’s time for Christmas again which means that it’s time to find the perfect gifts for everyone. But what can you do when your list is a little too long and your budget is a little too small? Make homemade gifts of course! This year I decided that everyone was going to get homemade cookie mix in a jar! Here’s how it works: I put together all the dry ingredients in cute little packages and all my friends have to do is add butter, an egg, and some vanilla! Easy! Hopefully these cookies will serve my beloved friends well during the semester when a cookie craving suddenly kicks in.
This awesome recipe came from Bakerella! I’ve re-written it below with a few of my own notes.You’ll notice that I use less chocolate, this is because I had trouble fitting everything into the jars. I also omitted the nuts because I have some friends who are a little picky (hi guys!). Enjoy!
Cookie Mix in a Jar (Adapted from Bakerella)
Time: 15 minutes of assembly, 20 minutes to make the cookies
Ingredients (for one jar/batch of cookies)
For the dry mix in jars:
- 1 1/3 cups flour
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1 cup old fashioned oats
- 1/2 cup M&M’s
- 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
- 1/2 cup white sugar
- 1 lightly beaten egg
- 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
To assemble the jars:
Buy new quarts-sized jars (you can find them at most grocery stores). Wash them well and make sure they are dried completely, I stuck mine in the oven for a few minutes to make sure that the water was completely gone.
Then, place in the ingredients in the following order: flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, oats, M&M’s, chocolate chips, brown sugar, white sugar. With each layer stick in your (clean) hands and really push the ingredients down so that they all fit. If you are doing multiple jars at once put in all the flour, then all the baking powder, all the baking soda etc (i.e. do one ingredient for all of the jars before you move onto the next). This will make the process go faster.
When you are ready to make the cookies preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Put the butter into a microwave safe bowl and heat for 20-30 seconds or until soft. If you don’t have a microwave you can do this in a small pot on the stove. Add the vanilla to the butter and mix. Make sure that the butter is well cooled before you add the egg (you don’t want the egg to cook).
Add the egg and mix well. Open the jar and add the top half (all the sugar and some of the chocolate chips). Mix this in well with the eggs and butter until smooth.
Then dump in the rest of the ingredients. Mix together: you can use a mixer, a big spoon, or your hands.
Take the dough and roll into balls that are 1 to 1 1/2 inches in diameter. Place onto a cookie sheet.
This makes 20-30 cookies which are probably too much to eat at one time so I froze most of them. To do this, place the rolled cookies into a sheet or plate into the freezer. Let them sit for at least 30 minutes or until nice and frozen. Make sure that they are not touching so that they don’t get stuck together. Once they are frozen put them into a plastic bag. Get as much of the air out of the bag as you can, seal and place back into the freezer. When you want to eat them take them out to unthaw while the oven is heating, then cook like normal.
Once you’re ready to bake the cookies pop them in the oven for at least 10 minutes, I found that mine needed closer to 15. Let cool slightly and then enjoy with a glass of milk!
If you plan to give the cookie mix jars as gifts you can tie a little ribbon around them and add instructions