Creative Gift Ideas – Cookies-In-A-Jar

I have seen this idea of giving the gift of biscuits or brownies in a jar for a while but been too scared to try it. As it turns out, it is so easy to make and is a great gift idea.

Basically, it is all the dry ingredients of your favourite biscuit or brownie recipe (I have even seen some with soup ingredients inside) layered in a jar with instructions to add the few remaining ‘wet’ ingredients. That way not only do they get a batch of homemade biscuits but they get the fun of making them without any of the effort.

I like to think it’s the kind of gift you give for no reason at all, something to say, ‘I was thinking of you’. Perhaps a friend you haven’t seen in a while, imagine how chuffed they would be if they received this in the mail?

For this recipe I used a typical canning jar which holds about 4 cups. You could use any jar you like but may need to adjust your ingredients to suit.

I went with a standard chocolate chip biscuit recipe, mainly because it is a favourite treat of my own.

Ingredients
1 1/2 cups self-raising flour
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 cup rolled oats
1 cup milk chocolate chips
1 x jar
Scrap of material, rubber band, twine for decoration.

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Directions

  1. Sift the self-raising flour into a bowl, add the baking soda and baking powder.
  2. Spoon these ingredients into the jar with a spoon. Pat down firmly (I used a coffee tamper but you could use any blunt instrument).
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  3. Spoon in the brown sugar. Pat down firmly.
  4. Spoon in the white sugar carefully. (White sugar can seep easily through other ingredients like chocolate or coconut that’s why I put it on top of the brown sugar but I was still careful with it as I pressed it down.)
  5. Spoon in the rolled oats. Pat down firmly.
  6. Spoon in the milk chocolate. (I searched everywhere for Fairtrade certified choc chips but, no love. I ended up using a block of Cadbury’s plain chocolate and chopped it into chunks and was pretty happy with the results.)
  7. By now, you should have just the right amount of ingredients sitting at the top of your jar. Put the lid on.
  8. Find a piece of fabric you think will suit and cut into a square. I found it’s best to cut it big and then trim with a pair of pinking shears. Attach with a rubber band and then cover the rubber band with some twine which you can then attach your directions to.
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Or, to make a cute jar cover head over to The Little Green House and check out their homemade jam jar covers.

To make it a bit simpler I’ve created a downloadable tag with the ingredients and directions for the gift recipient for you to print off and attach to the jar.

ALC-Cookies-In-A-Jar download-medium If you wanted to really spoil your friends, go one step further and add a mixing bowl and spoon to the gift.

Happy gift giving!

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