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Crafty Holidays: Cookie Jar Gifts

Posted by Katherine / December 7, 2013


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Christmas lights are on, festive music is playing everywhere and coffee shops are serving seasonal drinks. It's that time again! Save yourself the hassle of shopping and screw capitalism! Here's a simple gift idea you can prepare yourself.

This project lets you save money, personalize the present for each person and have fun doing it. A cookie jar is a great choice for a gift since it costs almost nothing to make and you get to customize each jar according to someone's taste. These jars can keep for a long time and they give your family and loved ones a fun activity to do.

This project is really easy to make, and will take you no more than 10 minutes to prepare. All you need to buy is a airtight jar which costs around $2.99 and a few other ingredients that you might already have on hand.


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Here are the ingredients that you'll need to prepare 1 cookie jar:

1 airtight jar

1 ¾ cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
¼ teaspoon salt
¾ cup dark brown sugar
½ cup white sugar
¼ cup cocoa ( optional)
1 ½ of your choice of chocolate candies; smarties, pieces of skors, chocolate chips, just let your imagination run wild!

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Instructions:

1. Combine all-purpose flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Set aside

2. In a 1 quart canning jar, layer dark brown sugar, white sugar, cocoa and chocolate candies. Pack everything down firmly before you add the flour mixture.

3. Prepare a tag with these instructions:
1. Preheat oven 350 F
2. Empty mix in large bowl and blend well
3. Add ¾ cup soft butter, 1 egg slightly beaten and 1 teaspoon of vanilla
4. Shape into small balls and place on baking sheet with 2 inches apart
5. Bake for 11-13 minutes, let cool on baking sheet for 5 minutes, then place on rack.
6. ENJOY!

You can decorate the jar with different ribbons and, if you feel so inclined, you can even paint it! Voila! A cost-effective holiday gift that doesn't have you running around the city and saves your hard-earned $$$!

Stay tuned for next week's post on inexpensive dishes for holiday potlucks.

*This cookie jar recipe was inspired by Cookie mix in a jar from the site allrecipes.ca

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