At this point, I’m guessing that a lot of you are probably sick of hearing about the holidays. For crying out loud, it’s 2015 already, right?
Christmas is long gone, we stayed up past our bedtimes to watch the ball drop in Times Square, and New Year’s resolutions have been declared and maybe even put into action already. So, why on earth am I now blogging about cookies for Santa?
Well, it’s because I had so much fun with this foodie craft project that I can’t possibly continue my New Year without first sharing it with you all. Plus, mason jar cookie recipes aren’t exclusive to Christmas. I’ve only just discovered them now, but after having made several as gifts for various people it’s become clear to me that with the right ribbons and labels”cookies in a jar”, as they’re often referred to on the Internet, can make a great gift for anyone at any time of the year.
I like them most because they’re thoughtful. First you have to search around for a great cookie recipe that you know your recipient will love. Then, you have to take the time to add all of the ingredients to the jar (I’ll share some tips for that below), and then finally you get to decorate it according to the occasion.
After some Google research, for Christmas this year I found two mason jar cookie recipes that turned out to be superb. Santa’s Cookies in a Jar (pictured above) and Oatmeal Scotchies in a Jar (pictured below).
I bought the quart-sized ball jars and the ribbons to decorate them with at a craft store (AC Moore to be specific) stocked up on the necessary ingredients, and then went to town.
In my excursion into the world of creating “cookies in a jar” I came across a few tips and tricks that came in handy:
- Use a wide mouth funnel to make adding the ingredients to the jar easier (or you can simply cut the bottom off of a plastic or Styrofoam cup and use that as a makeshift funnel).
- You really have to pack each of the ingredients down after you pour them in or else, with most recipes, there won’t be enough room to fit everything. (One blog I read suggested using a gravy ladle, but since I didn’t have one, I used one of the whiskers from my egg beater, which had a flat top and then smoothed each layer over with a spoon as best I could).
- Don’t fret if each of the layers doesn’t end up perfectly level or if some of the ingredients get mixed together a bit. Unlike Pinterest, real life is imperfect and that’s OK.
- Don’t forget to print and attach the recipe instructions that your giftee will need to make the final product!
And that’s that! Other than the few points mentioned above, making these by following the directions on the websites where I found the recipes (links are above) was easy and fun. Like I mentioned earlier, the best part is that you’re at liberty to decorate the jars however you like, so they really can make for a fun and thoughtful gift for anyone at anytime of the year.
Have you all ever made “cookies in jar”? If so, do you have a favorite recipe? If not, do you think it’s something you’ll try in the future? Let me know in the comments section below!
To every single Hungry Reader: I hope your New Year is off to an INCREDIBLE start! I’m looking forward to sharing an epic 2015 with all of you!