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Posted: Dec 10 2013

 

The holiday season is upon us! If you're wiped out from holiday shopping or just looking for a little appreciation gift to give a babysitter, schoolteacher, family member, or friend, this is the perfect gift! It takes only 10 minutes to prepare and is no hassle at all! If you bake regularly, you'll already have all of the ingredients in your pantry too!

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup old fashioned oats
  • 2/3 cup M&M's or chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar (packed)
  • 1/2 cup white sugar

Additional Supplies:

  • One 16 oz. mason jar
  • One sharpie
  • Ribbon or string
  • Tags or paper (to cut out your own tags)
  • Scissors 

Directions:

1. Layer: In a 16 oz. size mason jar, layer the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, oat, M&M's (or chocolate chips), brown sugar, and white sugar, in that order, packing each layer tightly. 

   *TIP: To make the layering easier, use a funnel (or make one with a piece of paper) to avoid spilling over too much!

2. Print: Copy and paste the following baking directions to a word document and print for as many jars as you are making. 

      Holiday Cookies in a Jar 

      1. Empty jar of cookie mix into a mixing bowl; mix well. Add 1/2 c. butter or margarine, melted, 2                   beaten eggs and 1 tsp. vanilla. Mix until blended. 

      2. Roll into 1-inch balls and place 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheet. 

      3. Bake at 375 degrees until edges are lightly browned, about 12 to 14 minutes.

      4. Cool on cookie sheet for 5 minutes, then transfer to wire racks.

      5. Make 24 cookies.

3. Decorate: Cut out tags about the size of a standard index card. Cut the two top corners and hole punch the center to create your own tag. (Feel free to glue a small piece of ribbon at the bottom or use a sharpie to add snowflakes on the tag to make it more festive.) I personally used a holiday tag set from Michael's that was less than $10 for the ones pictured in this post. 

   

                                   Next, tape the recipe on the opposite side of the tag OR tape it onto the jar. 

     To add a bit more holiday spirit, use a sharpie to write words like "cheer," "delight," and "peace" on the outside of                  the mason jar. 

                                                        Finally, take a piece of ribbon or string and tie your tag to the jar. 

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