As you know, I am NOT a fan of the birthday party goody bag (you can read my mini-rant in this post).
And since Noah’s birthday falls out during the winter, I try to come up with favors that offer a temporary cure for that dreaded cabin fever.
This year I decided to do a cookie mix packed up in a mason jar (because: Pinterest).
If I’m being totally honest, I was as smitten with the presentation factor (because: sand art) as I was with the prospect of kids making cookies with their parents. Not everyone bakes, and I loved the idea of sending home a pre-measured kit that would make the “getting to the fun part” happen that much quicker.
I chose traditional chocolate chip cookies but you could adapt this project to any favorite recipe!
The key to getting all the ingredients to fit – and a clean, neat look – is tamping down each layer. I MacGyvered a tool using a chopstick and a piece of thick cardboard covered in foil, and it worked like a charm.
Needless to say, these would be great for SO many occasions – teacher gifts, Valentine’s Day (replace the chocolate chips with pink, red and white M&M’s), hostess or housewarming gifts. Have fun!
For every one-quart jar, you will need:
1 3/4 c. flour
3/4 t. baking soda
3/4 t. salt
1/2 c. white sugar
3/4 c. (packed) dark brown sugar
1 1/2 c. chocolate chips
Combine flour, baking soda and salt in a small bowl – pour into your mason jar (I found a canning funnel to be VERY useful – especially since I was making a bunch of these babies! I got the one pictured above for about two dollars at Chef Central).
Using your “tool”, tamp the flour mixture down till it is firmly packed and level. Repeat with the white sugar, followed by the brown sugar – tamping down each layer.
Add the chocolate chips and seal the jar.
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And here are the instructions, in case you don’t want to print out the labels:
Preheat oven to 375; remove chocolate chips & set aside. Beat 3/4 c. softened butter, 1 large egg & 3/4 t. vanilla in large mixer bowl until blended. Add cookie mix & beat until smooth. Stir in chocolate chips. Drop by rounded tablespoons onto ungreased baking sheets. Bake for 9 – 11 minutes or till golden brown. Transfer to wire racks to cool completely. Makes about 2 dozen cookies.
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