Christmas money saving idea

Home made gift idea to help you save over the holidays

Posted November 2016 by NZCU Baywide

christmas cookies

Cookies in a jar

Christmas is just around the corner and it's time to start thinking about gift ideas.

These days homemade gifts have become so rare that it’s a novelty to receive one. Cookies in a Jar are child-friendly, easy to make and they make perfect gifts for teachers, grandparents or Secret Santas.

Simply layer the dry ingredients in a jar, pop on the lid and add a pretty ribbon and label with the baking instructions for a gift guaranteed to please.

To assemble the jar:

Ingredients:
1 x large mason jar (big enough to hold 4 cups)
¼ cup of sugar
1 ¼ cups of M&Ms (or chocolate chips or raisins)
2 cups of sifted flour
½ tsp of baking soda
¾ cups of brown sugar, packed
¼ tsp of baking powder

Method:
Combine flour, baking soda and baking powder. 
Layer flour mixture, brown sugar, granulated sugar and M&Ms in jar. Pack firmly.

Include the following recipe alongside the jar:

Empty jar of cookie mix into mixing bowl; blend thoroughly.
Add 1/2 cup butter, softened, 1 beaten egg and 1 teaspoon vanilla. Mix until completely blended.
Roll into 1-inch balls, and place 2 inches apart on tray. Bake at 190 degrees until edges are lightly browned, about 12 to 14 minutes.
Cool on the tray for five minutes, then transfer to wire racks.

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