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Easy (and tasty) Home-Made Holiday Gifts

Seastar christmas holiday hat on oceanWhen 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.

Note: 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.

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…

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