Monday, November 16, 2009

Christmas Project #1- Cookie Jars

I worked for a daycare for 7 years before I went back to school and started a family. It was during those years that I learned to really appreciate handmade gifts. One year, I received a cookie jar for Christmas. The kind with all the ingredients, you had to bake them yourself. It was a yummy gift indeed! So, imagine my surprise when I found the recipe for these jars on Bakerella.
It is the perfect gift for a neighbor, a friend, teacher or for yourself, because really, who doesn't love cookies!!!? You can customize your jars with organic ingredients, or gluten free flour. It really is the perfect gift.

Supplies Needed:
Fabric (I found very cheap Christmas fabric at Joanns).
Ribbon (3 yards for 99 cents at Michaels)
1 quart Mason Jar
Greeting Tag (I used one from our Greetings set).

1 1/3 cup all purpose flour, spooned into measuring cup & leveled
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup cooking oats
3/4 cup m&ms (Christmas)
3/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
1/2 cup white sugar
1/3 – 1/2 cup chopped pecans
Here is the order that the ingredients should be in (see picture),
First: (mix in a bowl) flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt- that is your bottom layer.
Second: oats
Third: m&ms
Fourth: chocolate chips
Fifth: brown sugar
Sixth: white sugar
Seventh: chopped pecans or walnuts (I used walnuts)
You will need to type or hand write on a tag the directions:
1 slightly beaten egg
1/2 cup butter (melted slightly in the microwave)
1 teaspoon vanilla
Mix wet ingredients into dry ingredients, roll the cookie dough into 1 1/2 inch balls, place on a parchment covered baking sheet and bake for about 10 minutes in a preheated 350 degree oven. Makes 26-28 cookies. ENJOY!!
Make sure your ingredients are packed super tight. I pushed down on each ingredient to make room for the next. Once you have all your ingredients in, close the jar tightly. Try not to shake your jar, because the ingredients will blend a bit.
Next, I cut a square piece of fabric with my pinking scissors to add a cute border to the fabric. I tied the fabric on with a piece of ribbon and attached a tag to the jar. Add your tag with the note at the top of the jar or you can get fancy and wrap it with the ribbon. :)
These are simple and useful gifts for anyone! Have fun creating!! :) Cookies..yum!
See you tomorrow!
xoxo, Veronica


sandra said...

so cute!
did this for coworkers last year and it went over well. i think i'm using this recipe this year, thanks!

Katie said...

Thanks for posting this cuteness! What a great gift idea.

Lori said...

I'm thinking about using this for my daycare kiddos!! Thanks for the idea!!!

Beth Perry said...

I love it!

Angela said...

Thanks!! I am going to make some of these!

Cynthia B. said...

My LSS that closed a few years ago made these for their customers, and it went over fabulously! I think I lost their recipe a while ago - thanks for this idea - it's a great one!!

Uniflame said...

What a great idea. I thought it was so great that I linked this post in my own blog ^^

Liette alias Pixelle said...

oh I like it, so good idea...thanks a lot...I just dicovered your blog, it is so cute!!! I will come back as soon as possible...from Quebec, canada...bye x x x

SnapWhiz said...

Such a great gift and I love how it presents itself too! Thanks for the idea - we will be making a few!

LearnHowToMakeBows said...

Great gift idea! These are perfect to make and have in your house for surprise visits from guests! :)

Love it! Thanks so much for sharing!
Merry Christmas!!
Jenn (free Christmas crafts ebook "Christmas Decorating Made Easy")

Vanessa said...

I added a link to this project on my facebook fan page:

Great project!!

Nathalie said...

I am making 20 of these this weekend! :) Trying to figure out the size of the fabric!