Perfect Christmas Gift!

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I got the idea of cookies in a jar from Bakerella and Make It Do.

Living on a budget I was trying to figure out a gift that was thoughtful and economical. I made these for 12 of our friends. It ended up costing a little over $5 for each gift and took me around 2 1/2 hours total (including picking up the supplies at Walmart). 

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Here’s what you need to make a dozen Christmas gifts (You can also change the color of M&M’s and give them as shower favors, Halloween treats, Thanksgiving, Valentines Day, etc…):

Two 5 lb. bags of flour- $1.94 each

Baking Powder, Baking Soda, Salt- $3.24

42 oz Cooking Oats- $2.48

42 oz of M&M’s (whatever colors you need to fit your theme)- $8.48 

Two bags of 23 oz chocolate chips (semi or milk- I used milk chocolate)- $4.48 each

Two 32 oz bags of brown sugar- 1.72 each 

5 lb bag of sugar- 2.98 

Box of 12 wide mouth quart jars- $10.44

Funnel for the jars (TRUST ME IT IS WORTH YOUR MONEY!)- $1.27

Fabric for the tops of the mason jars (again colors to fit your theme)- $5

9 yards of thin ribbon (fit your theme)- $3.04 

Labels (optional- you could also print on scrapbook paper & tape on)- $7.97

Notice the pecans in the picture- well they were supposed to be in the jars, but they didn’t fit so I am not including them here since I did not use them. You CAN if you can make them fit! 

Total: $61.18 which means……….

$5.10 per gift!!!! 🙂  It doesn’t get any better than this! 

Once you have all of your supplies here is what you are going to put into each mason jar.

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Obviously first you need to wash and allow them to dry. Your friends will appreciate this! 

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The first thing you are going to put into the jar is 1 1/3 cups of flour, 1 tsp of baking powder, 1 tsp of baking soda, and 1/4 tsp of salt. You have to PACK THIS IN- all of this stuff will barely fit if you don’t keep it packed in! (Notice my bowl in the back where I was making a batch for Jeremy’s Birthday Month- more on that later). 

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After the flour mixture add 1 cup of oats (forgot to take a picture of just this step)

Next add 1/2 cup of M&M’s to each jar. Again, pack it in tight!

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After the M&M’s you’ll add 1/2 cup of chocolate chips.

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Next you will PACK IN 1/2 cup of brown sugar. 

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Last but not least 1/2 cup of white sugar. The original recipe Bakerella called for pecans as the last layer, but I could not fit them. Some people don’t like pecans anyway, so I figured if they want them they can add them when they cook the mix! 

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Now cut your fabric into 6 in. x 6 in. pieces. Cut your ribbon into 25 in. pieces. Place a piece of fabric on top of the fit lid and then secure it with the screw part. 

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Add your labels, and voila!!! Yay! Now you have 12 beautiful, thoughtful, inexpensive Christmas gifts!! 

Here is the recipe for each jar of cookie mix:

1 1/3 cups of flour

1 tsp of baking powder

1 tsp of baking soda

1/4 tsp of salt

1 cup of oats 

1/2 cup M&Ms

1/2 cup chocolate chips 

1/2 cup brown sugar

1/2 cup of white sugar

Here’s what you’ll add to the mixture to make the cookies:

1 egg, 1 stick of butter (slightly melted), 1 tsp of vanilla

Mix all of wet ingredients into dry ingredients. Place onto a cookie sheet and back at 350 for about 10 minutes. 

 

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One Response to Perfect Christmas Gift!

  1. Elle says:

    Brennan, I just saw these and they are so cute! I can’t wait to make these, what a great gift idea!

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