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Gifts in a Jar
Wednesday, December 12, 2012 • Posted December 12, 2012

This holiday season, why not give something simple, inexpensive and useful? The gift mixes in a jar are not as popular as they used to be, but I find they are still much appreciated!

For Brooke’s birthday party recently, my mom and I made “Cowgirl” cookie mixes as party favors for the families who attended (it was a cowgirl themed party). The kids may not have been as excited to not get trinkets, but as a mom I know it is nice to not have more junk sent home, and the moms were excited!

There are some great resources out there for your gifts in a jar recipes- of course I am partial to the Extension websites, but I used “Bakerella” for the cowgirl cookie mixes, they even had free printables that I used to print and cut out for the jars. This is a very cute idea, but I will warn you if you are planning to do this with a theme that requires certain colors of M&Ms, I advise you to plan ahead so you don’t have to pay an unreal amount for them at the candy store in Fredericksburg!

Here is the recipe I used:

Cowgirl Cookies

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

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

Layer these in the jar so the ingredients aren’t mixed (other than the flour, baking powder, soda, and salt). Also, don’t forget to have the layer of M&Ms down far enough so that they show in the jar when you cover the lid with a little square or circle of cute fabric!

Include a slip of paper with the instructions for the “giftee” when they are ready to bake the cookies:

Preheat Oven to 350 degrees. Stir dry ingredients in a large bowl and add:

1/2 cup butter, (almost melted)

1 slightly beaten egg

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Combine Thoroughly.

Roll into 1 1/2 inch balls &

Bake for 10 minutes.

Or better yet, check this all out at http://www.bakerella.com/mix-things-up/ and then you can print the pdf they created just like I did! Easy!

Here is another wealth of info on the topic from UNL Extension, one of my favorite sources:

http://food.unl.edu/web/fnh/food-mixes-in-a-jar

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