DIY Christmas: The Easiest Mason Jar Cookie-Mix Gifts Ever
You’ve seen them in high-end stores, selling for biggish bucks. Save your money for another seasonal splurge. It takes only 10 minutes to create multiple Mason Jar Cookie-Mix gifts for a fraction of the cost. The best part, it’s nearly impossible to make them look bad. And you can fill them with your favorite cookie ingredients, for a very personal present.
Dry ingredients: What does your favorite cookie recipe call for? Pick up the basics (flour, sugar, brown sugar, salt, baking soda), plus any mix-ins you need (chocolate or flavored chips, oatmeal, raisins, nuts, candies, dried fruit, etc.)
Finishing touches: A printout of the recipe; ribbon or fabric to decorate.
Print out instructions on how to incorporate wet ingredients and bake. This can be done in a few simple sentences. Use this template:
Combine dry ingredients gently with 1 stick softened butter, ½ tsp. vanilla and 1 beaten egg.
Bake for 9-11 minutes in oven preheated to 350°.
Use a festive font and color, and print out on a mailing label or plain paper that you attach with a glue stick. We like the latter approach better, as it’s easier for your giftee to reuse the jar afterward if the label is easier to peel off.
Finally, attach a pretty ribbon (stick in a cinnamon stick for some nice aroma) or a circle of fabric secured with a rubber band covered with a decorative ribbon. You’re done. Happy gifting!
One more tip: If you’re the recipient of a Mason Jar Cookie Mix gift, get the best results by making sure your butter is very soft and incorporated extremely gently with your hands, a wooden spoon or on the lowest speed of your hand or stand mixer. That way, you won’t break add-ins that are traditionally mixed in post-creaming.