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Monday, January 3, 2011

Start the New Year off with 'Cookies in a Jar'!

I'm almost finished taking down Christmas, but there's one more thing I need to show you first!

One of the simplest ways to get a smile from someone, is to give them a gift!  It doesn't have to be expensive, just something that shows you thought of them.  Well, these are the easiest (and yummiest) gifts EVER, and my new favorite!  

'Cookies in a Jar' have been around awhile - like soup mix, hot chocolate mix, etc. - so that all you have to do is add the 'wet' ingredients, mix and bake.  Pretty easy, huh?  What makes them 'new' for the New Year, are the different flavors of cookie mix you can use...they're not your usual garden variety!  Anything will work, as long as it has the basic cookie dough recipe of flour, sugar and salt, and makes about 3 dozen cookies!

My choice of three varieties included - Chocolate 'Chip and Chunk', White Chocolate Walnut, and Butterscotch Pecan - to fill my Mason jars.  Layered in the jar, they make a pretty package so all you need is a gift tag!  (Click the 'Party Recipes' page link in the sidebar for these recipes and instructions!)

I LOVED all the printables I used this year, and wasn't quite ready to put my Christmas ones away, so I took The Celebration Shoppe's 'Believe' Collection that I had used for our 'Cookies and Cocktails' Party, and made 'blingy' gift tags out of the cupcake toppers and place cards.  I had also found vintage coasters with a cool snowflake pattern, through Squirrel Friend on Etsy. They were the perfect size, so I color-copied several (and added my 'bling' to them, too!) and made lid covers for my wonderful quart Mason jars.   (Who says you have to use fabric?)  
(Let me remind you that before filling your jars, make sure you've washed them with hot water and soap, and dried them really well, or overnight.)  After filling them up with layers of the homemade dry cookie mix, I tied them with silver cording, and attached a little silver snowflake ornament along with the square gift tag, (with baking instructions that I downloaded and glued on the back) to the jar! I also added a holiday monogram sticker to the backs of the round tags that I found from Party Ink on Etsy. 
They are just too festive for words, and WAY too easy to do!

'Cookies in a Jar', from beginning to end, make great 'gifts-to-go' and are a sweet way to start off someone's new year!  
Something also tells me that if you share the mix, I bet your lucky recipient will share the cookies!  Happy New Year!


1 comment:

  1. What a great idea for a New Year's gift. Sometimes I can't get to all gift buying before Christmas so this is a great way to let those people know I was thinking of them. Thanks for the tips!



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