In My Kitchen: Cookies In a Jar

Some years when money is tight, it’s nice to have some ideas about make-from-home gifts. One idea that keeps popping up is cookies in a Mason jar. the trick is to layer contrasting ingredients in the jar so it looks attractive – a little like those colorful sand paintings you can buy at gift stores in state and national parks. The ingredients are naturally to hand for those of us who cook from scratch. Mason jars (wide-mouthed quart jars) are easy to find. In fact, our favorite commercial pasta sauce comes in these jars so I collect them through the year. I know Christmas is only a few days away but you still might want to spend an hour or two making these tasty gifts.

Coconut Butterscotch Cookies – Yum, is all I can say about this one.

Cowboy Cookie Mix – As a Texan, I had to include this one (even though it’s just a rename of a popular cookie).

Taste of Home Cookie Mixes – A wonderful collection of recipes

Turkey Cookies in a Jar – Recipe makes turkey-like shapes in cookie dough for assembly later. You gotta see it to understand it.

Toffee Blondies – A good recipe complete with cut-out gift instructions.

Punk Rock Cookie Jar Mixes – Not everyone likes gingham and hearts.

Cranberry Hootycreeks – Cranberries, oatmeal, chocolate chips, walnuts – I couldn’t resist this name.

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