I’m home for the holidays, and couldn’t me more excited to just relax, hang out with the fam, and get a lot of baking done! I had seen this post by Bakerella this summer, and knew when it came time for my brother to give gifts to his teachers for Christmas, homemade cookie mixes in jars would be perfect.
I bought 1 quart storage jars that I found at HomeGoods (Joann’s and Michaels were all out of canning jars!) and they were perfect for this project. I left out the walnuts just in case anyone was allergic and used Christmas M&M’s. I’m not sure these are really considered monster cookies because there’s no peanut butter involved, but they surely are monster-sized (and a bit over-cooked in my case)
The jars include all of the dry ingredients, with a tag explaining what to add and how to bake them. I got to put some of my trusty scrapbooking materials to work on making the cards, and just used festive fabric and ribbon to tie everything together.
For the jars:
Layer 1 = 1-1/3 cups all purpose flour, 1 tsp baking powder, 1 tsp baking soda, 1/4 tsp salt
Layer 2 = 1 cup cooking oats
Layer 3 = 3/4 cup Holiday M&M’s
Layer 4 = 3/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
Layer 5 = 1/2 cup brown sugar
Layer 6 = 1/2 cup white sugar
1 slightly beaten egg
1/2 cup butter
1 tsp vanilla
– Preheat oven to 350 degrees
– Stir all of the dry ingredients together in a bowl
– Add the wet ingredients and use a large spoon to work the dough together
– Use hands to roll out 1-1/2″ balls of dough
– Place on a cookie sheet and bake for about 10 minutes (make sure you set your timer or else yours will come out a little overdone like mine!)
Change the color of the M&M’s and fabric and make these for any occasion!