Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Make Your Own Edible Christmas Gifts!

Home-Made Christmas Gift


I've often wondered why people spend quite some money on purchasing these cookie jars, while you can make your own (even better) for just a few dollars. And it's so much nicer giving a cookie jar you've made yourself. All you need an empty jar that can hold about 3½ cups. Most cookie, bars & brownie-recipes are about this size. Further, you need some decorative lint & napkins or fabric, and of course, the dry ingredients.

You can range very widely with the kind of recipes you put in. Cookies are my favorite because you can add colorful chips that look really festive from the outside. But brownies or blondies with walnuts and chocolate chips work very well too. Cupcakes with sprinkles? No problem!

I'm showing you my two most favorite recipes to give:
the Best M&M Cookies & Oatmeal Cookies.


Home-Made Christmas Gift

In this jar:
- 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda (mixed together with the flour)
- ½ teaspoon salt (mixed together with the flour)
- ½ cup white sugar
- ½ cup firmly packed light brown sugar
- ¾ cup M&M's

To add on your own:
- ⅔ cup (1 ⅓ sticks) unsalted butter, softened
- 1 large egg, at room temperature
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Make sure you put the flour or other finely-cut ingredients before the brown sugar!


Home-Made Christmas Gift

In this jar:
- ¾ cup all-purpose flour
- ½ teaspoon baking soda (mixed together with the flour)
- ¼ teaspoon salt (mixed together with the flour)
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon (mixed together with the flour)
- ¼ cup white sugar
- ½ cup light brown sugar
- 1 ½ cups oats
- ½ cup raisons or chocolate chips

To add on your own:
- ½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
- 1 large egg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Make sure you put the flour or other finely-cut ingredients before the brown sugar!


Home-Made Christmas Gift

Enjoy!

3 comments:

miss b said...

Hand-made gifts are always appreciated and these look so cute!

Avanika [YumsiliciousBakes] said...

I always give homemade gifts wherever possible but have always wondered about these jars...

Wouldn't this sort of layering not allow creaming the butter and sugar together? Does a person just empty the whole jar in after creaming the butter?

Really want to gift these but can't wrap my head around how it works!

Paris Pastry said...

Hi Avanika! That's true. You can't really mix the butter with the sugar together, but I find that if you mix it well enough, it doesn't matter. Xx