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:
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
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: