When making home-made holiday gifts on a boat I have limited options since I don’t have much space to spread out. I also have to be able to complete them in a day so we can change our “craft area” back into usable space.
Making the cookie jars doesn’t require a lot of space or time, so they are perfect for an on-board project. These would work great in a tiny house too!
We made a dozen in one afternoon and then spent a couple more hours designing the labels. For a dozen jars we used nearly 5 pounds of flour, 2 pounds of sugar and 2 pounds of brown sugar. We had three bags of M&Ms and four of chocolate chips. That was one bag of chocolate chips too many (which is not really a problem). Each jar makes about a dozen cookies.
Dry Ingredients for a PINT sized mason jar
3/4 cup and 1 tablespoon and 1 teaspoon all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 cup white sugar
1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup Christmas M&Ms
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
Combine the flour and baking soda. Pour flour and soda mixture into a clean pint-sized glass mason jar, and pack firmly. Add sugar and pack firmly. Add brown sugar and packing firmly. Layer with chocolate chips and/or M&Ms.
TIPS and more GIFT IDEAS
- Getting the flour into the jars made a huge mess and you want the inside of the jar above the flour to be clean for the following layers. What ended up working best was a wine glass with a paper towel wrapped around the base to make a sort of seal.
- For a fun twist pick up some of these mason jar fairy lights to make the jar serve more than one function after the cookies have been eaten!
- No time to make your own labels? Check out these pre-made mason jar Merry Christmas labels for the lids or these pre-made Happy Holiday labels
Attach the following directions: Empty contents of jar into a large bowl. In a separate bowl, combine 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons of butter, 1 egg and 1/2 teaspoon vanilla. Beat until creamy. Add to dry mixture and mix well. Drop by tablespoonful onto an un-greased cookie sheet and bake in a preheated 375 degree oven for 6 to 10 minutes. Makes a dozen cookies. Happy Holidays from…