I know the holiday season is the busiest time of year for a lot of us. But color me surprised to see that big box stores are selling “handmade” gifts for giving. My head might have exploded a bit when I saw a cookie mix in a jar, ready made for giving.
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Cookies in a jar are so easy to make! They’re cute and perfect for giving a little something to your postal carrier, your kid’s teacher, or as a hostess gift. And you can get ingredients to make several of these homemade gifts for the same price as buying one ready made. Use the tips below to make a bunch all at once!
Cookies in a jar
I have some tricks for making this easy gift even easier. Making many at one time means in just a hot minute you’ll have half a dozen (or a dozen) gifts ready for giving. This is a fabulous gift to have kids make!
Canning jars are certainly a cute option, but you don’t need to go out and buy new jars. Because you’re not actually sealing the ingredients in the jar, this is a great opportunity to repurpose glass jars. As long as they have a volume of one-quart, these cookies in a jar will fit. You could even decorate the jars like this.
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Filling the jars
Once you’ve got your jars ready, line them up on the counter. A canning funnel makes filling the jars a snap if you have one. Alternatively, you can make a quick paper funnel. Place your funnel in one of the end jars and measure the dry ingredients in. Move the funnel to the next jar and repeat. Continue down the line until each jar has the dry mix in place. Shake the jars a bit to level the ingredients. Now do the same for the brown sugar layer. Add the white sugar, macadamia nuts, and white chocolate chips in the same manner.
When the jars are fully assembled, twist on a lid. Print out labels and tie one on each jar. Tada! Cookie mix in a jar ready for giving.
Once you have the ingredients out, assembling a number of these cookies in a jar gifts at once won’t take much longer than doing a single one! Might as well do several. (I like to keep a couple of these on hand for unexpected holiday drop ins, too!)
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- 1 ¼ cup flour
- ⅛ teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- ½ teaspoon baking powder
- ½ cup brown sugar
- ⅓ cup sugar
- 1 cup white chocolate chips
- ¾ cup macadamia nuts, chopped
To make the cookies you will also need:
- ½ cup butter, (1 cube)
- 1 egg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
To assemble the cookies in a jar:
- Whisk together flour, salt, baking soda, and baking powder. Place in the bottom of the jar.
- Measure brown sugar into jar on top of flour mixture. Add white sugar, macadamia nuts, and white chocolate in that order.
- Seal and attach gift tag.
To make the cookies:
- Preheat oven to 350ºF.
- Pour contents of jar into a mixing bowl; stir to blend.
- Whisk egg, softened butter, and vanilla together in a separate small bowl.
- Add wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and stir until combined.
- Form cookie balls and place on a baking sheet. Bake for 8-10 minutes or until edges begin to brown.
- Cool on baking sheet for 5 minutes then transfer cookies to a wire rack.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 12 Serving Size: 1 grams
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 319Total Fat: 19gSaturated Fat: 9gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 37mgSodium: 160mgCarbohydrates: 35gFiber: 1gSugar: 24gProtein: 3g