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Cookie Gifts in a Jar

Updated on December 23, 2014

Gift in a Jar

A Gift in a Jar is the perfect way to show someone you care. People always seem to appreciate handmade gifts the most. It shows them you care enough to take the time to think about the gift, what you will give, make it and personalize it.

A Gift in a Jar is great not only because it shows someone you care but also because you can make it as far as six weeks in advance. Add a cute jar cover topper, a gift tag letting them know what to add to complete the recipe, a little gift (measuring spoons, a cute pot holder), tie it all with a ribbon and you have a beautiful unique gift.

Think what a better world it would be if we all, the whole world, had cookies and milk about three o'clock every afternoon and then lay down on our blankets for a nap.  -  Barbara Jordon

Chocolate Cookie Mix

Ingredients for jar:

1 1/2 cups flour

3/4 tsp baking soda

1/4 tsp salt

1 cup dark brown sugar, packed

1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

3/4 cut mini candy coated chocolate pieces

1/2 cup slivered almonds

1/2 cup raisins

Directions for jar:

Combine flour, baking soda and salt and stir well.

Place 1/2 cup of the flour mixture into a 1 quart wide mouth jar and pack down.

Ad 1/2 cup brown sugar. 1/2 cup flour, cocoa, rest of flour and finally the rest of the brown sugar to jar in layers.

Make sure to pack down after each layer.

Add candies, then nuts, then raisin and pack down lightly.

Seal jar.

Ingredients to finish:

2/3 cups butter

2 eggs

1 1/2 tsp vanilla

Jar of Chocolate Cookie Mix

Directions to finish recipe:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Beat butter until smooth.

Beat in eggs and vanilla until well blended.

Add dry content from jar and stir until well blended.

Drop by teaspoonfuls 2 inches apart onto ungreased cookie sheets.

Bake for 11 to 12 minutes.

Cool for 2 minutes on cookie sheets, then transfer to wire racks to complete cooling.

Makes about 2 dozen cookies.

 

Me not *take* cookies, me *eat* the cookies.

- Cookie Monster -

Ginger Cookies

Ingredients (dry):

2 1/4 cups flour

1 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1 1/2 tsp cloves

1/2 tsp nutmeg

1/2 tsp ground ginger

1/4 tsp salt

1 cup dark brown sugar, packed

1 1/4 cups chopped crystallized ginger

Directions (dry):

Mix together flour, baking soda, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, ground ginger, and salt.

Divide into three fairly equal portions.

Place first portion into wide mouth quart jar, packing lightly.

Place half of the crystallized ginger in next, packing lightly.

Place second portion of flour mixture packing lightly.

Next layer is the dark brown sugar, lightly packing.

Next is the third and last layer of flour mixture, again packing lightly.

Last layer is the rest of the crystallized ginger.

Cover with tight lid, decorate, and place instruction tag on jar.

Ingredients (wet):

1/4 cup vegetable oil

1/3 cup unsulfured molasses

1 large egg

Instructions to complete cookies:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Line cookie sheets with parchment paper.

Place all wet ingredients in a large bowl and blend completely.

Add dry ingredients slowly beating on low until well combined.

Using tablespoon scoop out dough, form a 1 1/2 to 1 3/4 inch ball and flatten with fingers.

Press both sides of uncooked cookie into granulated saur and place on cookie sheets

Bake for 13 minutes.

Cool on cookie sheets for one to two minutes.

Place on wire racks and cool completely.

Makes 16 to 18 cookies

 I always had to will to win.  I felt it baking cookies.  They had to be the best cookies anyone baked. 

- Bette Davis -

Cranraisin Oatmeal Cookies

Ingredients (dry):

2 1/4 cups flour

1 cup rolled oats

1 tsp baking soda

1 tsp salt

1/3 cups dark brown sugar, packed

2/3 cups granulated sugar

1 cup cranraisins

1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

1 cup chopped walnuts

Directions (dry):

Mix together flour, baking soda and salt and divide into two equal parts.

Place first half in wide mouth quart jar, packing lightly.

Next pack rolled oats lightly.

For next layer, place brown sugar, pack lightly.

Next layer second half of flour mixture.

Dried cranraisins are next.

White sugar goes next.

Chocolate chips, packing lightly after each layer addition.

And last is the walnuts.

Seal with tight lid, decorate, and include directions.

Ingredients (wet):

1 cup butter, softened

2 eggs

2 tsp vanilla

Directions for completion of cookies:

Preheat oven to 350 degree.

Grease cookie sheets.

Beat together wet ingredients until fluffy.

Add dry ingredients and mix until completely blended. Dough may be too thick to mix with spoon, you may need to use your hands.

Drop dough onto cookie sheets by the teaspoonful.

Bake for 8 to 10 minutes.

Cool on wire racks.

Makes 3 dozen cookies.

 The perfect date for me would be staying at home, making a big picnic in bed, eating Wotsits and cookies while watching cable TV.

- Kim Kardashian -

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      Susan Haze 4 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Kathryn Stratford, thanks for bookmarking. These cookies are terrific.

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      Kathryn 4 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      Wow, you have a whole series of these! I'll bookmark these, so I have some good ideas for gifts in the future.

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      Susan Haze 5 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Thanks vespawoolf. I like giving homemade gifts. Thanks for reading.

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      vespawoolf 5 years ago from Peru, South America

      What a great idea! I'm going to use your ideas soon. The quotes are a nice touch, too. Thanks!

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      Susan Haze 6 years ago from Sunny Florida

      You're quite welcome katiem2. I love making and recieving gifts in a jar.

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      katiem2 6 years ago from I'm outta here

      I love gifts in a jar, I've been the happy gal getting one of these gifts on many occasions and have always been impressed with the delightful jars artfully filled with the makings of a great treat. Now, thanks to you, I can make gifts in a jar myself, what fun the girls and I will have. Thanks for the instructions. :) Katie

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      Susan Haze 6 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Peggy, I've found it is an especially good gift for friends who don't do a lot of cooking. They all seem to love the idea of being able to have homemade cookies without having to do all of the work.

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      Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Wonderful and creative idea, that of giving cookie ingredients in a jar ready to be made up and baked by the gift recipient. I love how you interjected those quotes between your recipes with the cute pics. Clever! Rated up and useful.

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      Susan Haze 6 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Ingenira, they do make wonderful gifts. I love it when people get creative with the decorating of the jar.

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      Susan Haze 6 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Miss Paula, hot chocolate is a very good idea. Thanks for reading.

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      Ingenira 6 years ago

      I love to make this and receive this gift of cookie jar. Simply so lovely !

      And I like the quotes you put before the recipes. So cute !

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      Miss Paula 6 years ago

      These are great, I have received some of these from some friends,They have done hot chocolate mix

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      Susan Haze 6 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Thanks Pamela. I thought of it after I recieved a muffin mix in a jar. It was so cute and easy to complete I thought it would be a great idea for a hub or two. Thanks for the rating.

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      Susan Haze 6 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Om, thanks. You always make me smile. They are great gifts. Thanks for the rating.

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      Susan Haze 6 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Prasetio, let me know how your mom like it. Thanks for the cooment. It's always nice to hear from you.

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      Susan Haze 6 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Fluffy, one of the great things about giving this type of gift is that you can become very creative and personalize the jar.

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      Susan Haze 6 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Envoy, the make a great personal gift at Christmas time. Thanks for reading.

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      Susan Haze 6 years ago from Sunny Florida

      europewalker, this is truly a dream gift come true for you, since you don't like to measure. They are fun to recieve.

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      Susan Haze 6 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Pinkchic, they are great gifts. I loved it when I recieved one.

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      Pamela Oglesby 6 years ago from United States

      I received one of those as a gift a couple of years ago and thought it was a great idea but had forgotten. I'm glad you wrote this hub as I have bookmarked it for the recipes and the idea. Voted up!

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      Om Paramapoonya 6 years ago

      Cute ideas! A jar of homemade cookies is a wonderful gift. I'll do this for my friends some day. Rated up and useful. I wish I could rate it "super cute", though. :)

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      prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia

      This was beautiful gift. I am glad to give this to my mom. She'll love this stuff. Rated up.

      Prasetio:)

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      Fluffy77 6 years ago from Enterprise, OR

      Love these for gifts, I have a great oatmeal one I plan to jar like this for gifting. Great HUB!

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      Envoy 6 years ago from USA

      Great handmade gift ideas I will definitely be keeping this in mind for Christmas. Thank you! :)

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      europewalker 6 years ago

      I got these as a gift and I loved them. I don't like measuring ingredients so this was perfect. Nice hub!

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      Sarah Carlsley 6 years ago from Minnesota

      Fun lens! These always make for great gifts :)