Welcome to this years Homemade Christmas Gifts Series. We will feature many nine Homemade Christmas gift ideas over the next two weeks, so make sure that you stay tuned to learn how to make some of these great gift items.
This week we will talk about a great gift idea – making Chocolate Chip Cookies in a Jar! These are great gifts for teachers, Sunday School teachers, and many more loved ones!
Is there anything better than freshly baked chocolate chip cookies? Okay, you can probably name a few things that are better, but warm chocolate chip cookies are definitely nice. Now imagine if there was a way to capture that joy in a jar and give it as a gift. Well, guess what? You can!
Today's Crafty Christmas Gift is one that I've always loved, but never attempted to create — chocolate chip cookies in a jar. and now that I've created it, I have to admit, it was pretty easy. Here's how I did it:
For this craft, you'll need a wide-mouthed Mason jar (quart size), some decorative cloth, and about a foot of ribbon. For the cookies, I used the Hershey's Classic Milk Chocolate Chip Cookies recipe (you'll find the entire recipe at the bottom of this post), but you can use whichever cookie recipe you'd like. For mine, I only needed flour, sugar, brown sugar, baking soda, salt and, of course, chocolate chips! (The butter and eggs will have to be added later.)
There's a method to the order in which you add the ingredients. The flour is first, followed by the brown sugar and then the white sugar. The brown sugar adds a little color between the flour and white sugar. On top of the white sugar, feel free to throw in your dash of baking soda and salt. Finally, top everything off with the chocolate chips.
The chips should go on top for two reasons: First, if you put them on the bottom, any ingredient that goes on top would sift down through them. Second, if you run out of room in your jar, you can short change the chips without affecting the recipe too much. (Did I just say that adding less chocolate chips is okay? I think I did. Sorry about that.)
After you get everything in the jar, go ahead and put a lid on it and cut your cloth cover. You'll probably want to tinker with the size to suit your needs, but I cut mine about six inches square. Here's a money-saving tip: Instead of buying a yard of cloth at the craft store for about $5, look for pre-cut fabric squares for about half the price.
And there you have it! You'll need an extra set of hands to hold the cloth on top while another person ties the ribbon. You can try doing it yourself, but you'll probably go insane, and you don't want to do that. For the tag, I wrote the recipient's name on the front and a simplified version of the cookie recipe on the back. Oh, and you know what's great about this gift? When the recipient makes these cookies, they'll probably invite you over to help eat them!
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