12.13.2011

Christmas Cookies in a Jar + {Free Printable}

Kate's Preschool Christmas Program was this week, and I wanted to give her teachers a little Christmas treat to wish them a Merry Christmas. She has 6 teachers that I needed to get gifts for, so I decided to be cost effective and make them something homemade, cute & inexpensive.

For Claire's Cowgirl Party, one of the favors I gave out were Cowgirl Cookies in Mason Jars inspired by Bakerella. They were a hit. Delicious, fun & easy to make.

I knew it would be fun to make them this year for Kate's teachers for Christmas.
Here is what you need for each Mason Jar:
(slightly modified from Bakerella)

1 1/3 cup all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup quick oats
1/2 cup m&ms (I used the Red & Green Christmas ones)
2/3 cup milk chocolate chips
1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
1/2 cup white sugar
Put the ingredients in the order I listed:
First: flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt
Second: oats
Third: m&ms
Fourth: chocolate chips
Fifth: brown sugar
Sixth: white sugar

I use smooth 1 quart Mason Jar which I buy at Michael's for $1.99.
Then I add a piece of fabric that I cut out in 8 inch by 8 inch squares.
(I had this red polka dot fabric left over from Claire's Lady Bug Party)
I tied a ribbon around the fabric to secure it.
(I cut my ribbon into 18 inch strips)

Then I made labels for the front & back of the jars.
I printed them on sticker paper & then punched out the labels with a 2.5 inch scalloped punch.
{You could also print on normal paper & attach to the jar with double stick tape}

And, because I love you all so much, you can download my printables!
(On Kate's version, I put "love, Kate"...but for yours I just put a cute little Christmas tree which I actually like better!)
{click to download. Right click & then Save.}

Here is the back label which has the directions:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Pour dry ingredients in a bowl.
Add in:
1 slightly beaten egg
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 teaspoon vanilla
Mix & Roll into balls & Bake for 10 minutes.
{click to download. Right click & then Save.}

So, if you need a last minute teacher gift, hostess gift, etc. you can make these!
And, you can always add a gift card to go along with it! You know us teachers love gift cards ;)
Enjoy!

11 comments:

  1. I'm actually going to a cookie party tomorrow where we are making jars just like this but with a variety of cookies. I will be sure to use this for the monster cookies...thanks! I know Kate's teachers will really enjoy these.

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  2. So cute. Totally making these for my kid's teachers. Thanks for the idea!

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  3. Do you use quick cooking oats or old-fashioned oats? Thanks!

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  4. Laura- I use quick oats. I just edited the recipe to say that, glad you brought it up!

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  5. I think I'm going to do this for a couple of my friends - such a fun idea! Thanks for sharing. :)

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  6. I love this idea and the printables! Thanks for sharing it at our Home for the Holidays link party.

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  7. Someone gave me one of these - the exact recipe on your page. Yet, when I mixed it all up following the directions exactly, its just crumbles in the bowl - doesn't resemble dough. What more could I add to make it into moldable dough? More butter?

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    1. Mix the butter in real good with your hands, massage it sort of. That should help. Then roll into balls with your hands to place on ungreased cookie sheet.

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