Christmas is officially on it’s way, am I excited….YES! As soon as red cups arrive and the clocks change, I can’t stop thinking about anything else. I’m definitely one for traditions and so like to be organised in time so I can really enjoy the festive period without flapping at the last minute. I love homemade gifts at christmas, anything from home stamped wrapping paper to homemade crackers.
I thought I would share some of these craft ideas over the next few weeks in the lead up to Christmas, they are all in-expensive but look fantastic and always go down well with the family, especially if you have lots of people to buy presents for and fed up of giving the same things year on year.
A few Christmasses ago, I was given a cookie jar as a present, it was a beautifully wrapped kilner jar with the recipe tag attached. It was basically a one bowl mix , so super easy and yet made the most tastiest cookies ever! More than just tasty, it was such a thoughtful present, it wasn’t anything designer or over the top, but you could tell the person had gone to a lot of effort in putting it all together…that and the fact I love cookies and who doesn’t love a kilner jar for storing baking bits or even beauty products!
I always like to get people little extra presents and so this year I have put together some jars for friends and families. I have made brownie and cookies mixes and so I thought I would share the recipes with you!
PoppyRecommends!: I found my glass jars in Wilko for £1.50!
CHOCOLATE CHIP & SMARTIE COOKIE JAR MIX
(Makes: 1 jar, enough for 24 cookies)
210g plain flour
3/4 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
100g caster sugar
240g plain chocolate chips
100g smarties (optional – could add other chocolate shell sweets instead)
110g dark brown soft sugar
Following the order above, layer the ingredients one by one into a clean glass 1L jar. Pressing down in-between to try and get clean lines in-between each ingredient (think the sand art bottles you did as a child by the beach)! Seal with lid, decorate as you wish.
Attach a recipe and method card with the following directions: Empty contents of jar into a large bowl. In separate bowl combine 170g butter, 1 1/2 eggs and 1 teaspoon vanilla extract. Beat until creamy. Add to dry mixture. Drop tablespoons of the batter onto ungreased baking trays. Bake in a preheated 190 C / Gas 5 oven for 8 to 10 minutes.
To make the jars look extra fancy, I decorate with ribbon and added a bag of gold coins to the side.
BROWNIE JAR MIX
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking powder
95 g plain flour
35 g cocoa
75 g plain flour
135 g brown sugar
150 g sugar
100 g chocolate chips
100g white chocolate chips
50 g walnuts or pecans (optional)
Layer the dry ingredients in a one litre jar, following the order above, from top, starting with the baking powder and flour. Press each layer before moving onto the next.
For the tag: Combine the contents of the jar with 150g melted butter and 3 beaten eggs. Mix well, and pour into a lined 9 x 9 inch tin. Bake at Gas 4 / 180 C (160 fan) / 350 F for 25-35 minutes.