New Years Resolution: Create more, be it food or crafts. Find inspiration in my everyday life. Blog about it!
Speaking of the holidays, I would like to share with you one of the homemade edible gifts I made for some friends and family thanks to some recipe inspiration from Food Network (where else would I turn?) I slightly adapted these Super Chunky Christmas Cookies and put all the ingredients in a 1 quart mason jar. I consider cookies, or any treat, in a jar a great gift because the creator gets to express their creativity in decorating the jars, making recipe tags, etc. Plus, the recipient still gets to mix and add a few more ingredients, having a little fun themselves! These gifts in a jar don't need to just be limited to Christmas-time, maybe find a fun recipe for Valentine's day (brownies with pink and red chocolate candies?), St. Patty's day (something green? just add beer?)...okay, you get the picture. The possibilities are endless. Bonus: When you're done, use the mason jar as creative storage or decor. I'm using a jar to have all my makeup brushes in one place.
Super Chunky Christmas Cookie Mix
1 cup toasted shredded coconut* (toast your coconut before putting in the jars)
1 cup semisweet chocolate chunks (or chips)*
1 cup white chocolate chips*
3/4 cup red and green M&Ms*
1/2 cup Dutch process cocoa powder
1 1/2 cup all purpose flour
3/4 tsp. salt
* My measurements were near these amounts, but may have been slightly less because of the jars size, just use your best judgment.
**Add 1/2 cup chopped cashews if desired (I excluded these because my jars were smaller than the 1.5 liter jars that were suggested and also because not everyone likes nuts...plus they are just as tasty without :) But on the directions tag, I did say to add if desired. )
Now, before I gave these as gifts to people I did have to try these for myself. In making my sample batch I decided that it definitely needed another egg (they only use 1 in the directions) because they were too dry, even without the nuts. With that minor adjustment, they turned out just right!
|Some of the jars, pre-ribbon and tag. Side note: Used two different brands of cocoa powder, as you can see by the color differentiation.|
It's that simple. Cookie Mix + sugar + butter + eggs + vanilla extract!
|Quick pic of the finished product|
Until next time!...Which will be soon, I promise!