Crafty Holidays: Cookie Jar Gifts
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.
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!
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.
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