Monday, 23 December 2013

He's put a great big smile on somebody's face

 Hopefully by now your Christmas shopping is all done and dusted, wrapped and sitting smugly under your Christmas tree. But if you're a bit stuck, or just looking for something else to make a present that little bit extra special then I might just be able to help you. These little cookie mix jars are really easy to make (if I can do it, anyone can!) and you should be able to find everything you need in the supermarket without too much difficulty. I gave these little beauties to two of my friends yesterday when we met up for our annual Christmas food and film day and they were the perfect present for our £5 price limit (it seems to be a recurring price limit for me this year!). 

The actual cookie mixture inside the jars didn't go in as neatly as it could have done, but I figured it was ok as it just proves I made them myself! Cleverly, I read some tips on making recipe jars after filling my own up and they suggested starting with the finest ingredients at the bottom of the jar and then putting any chocolate chips or similarly 'gappy' items at the top- as you can see, the sugar escaped through the gaps in between my chocolate chips, making the layers a bit messier and less defined. But the jars (which I found in Clas Ohlsen- definitely an extra bonus finding Christmassy jars when I was just on a hunt for plain ones!) and the ribbon hopefully made up for the way things were looking inside the jars!

I got the cookie cutters from Home Bargains, I found two separate packs, one white and one red, and decided to mix the colours up to jazz things up a little bit. 

If you fancy making one of these yourself, the recipe inside the jar was as follows:

125g caster sugar
100g soft light brown sugar
225g self raising flour
100g white chocolate chips
100g milk chocolate chips

For the label, you need to write instructions along the lines of:

Preheat oven to 180C
Add all ingredients from the jar, 1 egg and 125g butter to a bowl and mix well until all is combined
Form the mixture into small, slightly flattened balls and place on a baking tray
Bake in the oven for 7-10 minutes

Let me know if you give these a try! They're a great present all year round and you can fill them up with all sorts of different ingredients (my friend made me a brownie jar for my birthday earlier this year).


  1. This is such an amazing present, I remember your brownie jar and after I saw it I wanted to make them for gifts but totally forgot to do them for Christmas! Ah well, there's always next year!


  2. I just love the idea of gifts in food jars - seen a couple of them around the blogsphere this year and I love that people are getting creative!

    Have a wonderful Christmas!

  3. This is such a lovely gift idea, definitely one I'll be using next year! <3

    Jennie xo |

  4. These little jars are a great idea, I was going to do them this year but I didn't get round to it.

  5. If you look at my blog you might notice I am a huge fan of baking and these are AMZING!!! Ahh want to make one for everyone now!! :L Gisforgingers xx

  6. Love this idea! Merry Christmas!

  7. What a lovely thoughtful gift, i'd be so happy to receive this- definitely taking it on board for next year!

    Poppy | far away

  8. these really are such a lovely idea! :) I have sent a few, both this Christmas & the year before..I think they are so nice & different! :)
    hope you had a lovely Christmas xxxx