We’re in the thick of the holiday baking and gift giving season. I always think that sweets are the way to go when gifting something edible (more giftable sweet treats coming soon!). This is the first year that I’ve made cookie mix in a jar. It’s the perfect way to give someone a shortcut to homemade cookies.
HOW TO MAKE COOKIE MIX IN A JAR
To assemble the jars, all you do is measure the dry ingredients for a cookie recipe and layer them in a jar. It couldn’t be simpler!
Decorate the jar with fabric and/or ribbon, and give it as a gift. Be sure to include instructions on how to turn the contents of the jar into a batch of cookies (see my recipe for details). The recipient will love having this jar on hand to whip up a batch of homemade cookies with minimal effort.
- 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup candy like Skittles or M&M's
- 1/3 cup light brown sugar packed
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 1-quart Mason jar
Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a small bowl. Pour into the bottom of a 1-quart mason jar (I rolled up a paper plate to use as a funnel). Top the flour mixture with candy, dropping them in lightly, so that they don't sink into the flour. Top the M&M's with brown sugar, and then granulated sugar (you can use a spoon to carefully scoop the sugars into the jar). Seal with the lid and decorate with ribbon or fabric.
RECIPE TO INCLUDE WITH THE JAR:
Pour the contents of the jar into a large bowl and stir to combine. Add 1/2 cup of just barely melted (not hot) unsalted butter, 1 beaten egg, and 2 teaspoons vanilla extract. Stir until combined. Chill for 30 minutes. Drop dough by the heaping tablespoon onto lined baking sheets and bake at 350°F for 8-10 minutes, until the centers of the cookies are just barely set.