Hand Made Christmas

Every year I swear im going to make Christmas more personal. This year I actually have the time and I am getting started early. The first project on my list is cookies in a jar. Its actually a very simple gift to make. You simply layer all the ingredients in a mason jar, cap, add a tag with the recipe and your all set. I plan on adding them to a basket with a few cookie cutters and some homemade hot chocolate mix. There are quite a few great recipes online for this, but these two are my faves....
Butterscotch Chip Cookies

Layer all ingredients in the order their listed, make sure you pack everything down tight.

1 1/8 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup white sugar
1 cup flaked coconut
1 cup high protein crisp rice and wheat cereal
3/4 cup butterscotch chips
1/2 cup chopped pecans

Empty jar of cookie mix into a large mixing bowl. Add 1/2 cup of butter or margarine, 1 egg, and 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla. Use hands to mix the wet and dry ingredients together. When completely blended, roll into large walnut sized balls. Place on unprepared cookie sheets and use the palm of your hand to flatten each cookie ball. Bake at 350 in a preheated oven for 8-10 minutes.

Chocolate Chip Cookies

4 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 1/2 cups packed brown sugar
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
2 cups shortening
2 cups chopped pecans
2 (12 ounce) packages semisweet chocolate chips

In a large bowl, combine the first five ingredients. Cut in shortening until crumbly. Stir in pecans and chocolate chips. Store in an airtight container in a cool dry place for up to 6 months.
To prepared cookies: In a mixing bowl, beat eggs 2 eggs and 2 tsps vanilla. Stir in 7 cups cookie mix until well blended (if dough is dry, add 1-2 tablespoons water). Drop by teaspoonfuls 2 in. apart onto greased baking sheets. Bake at 375 degrees for 7-9 minutes or until golden brown. Cool 1-2 minutes before removing to wire racks. Yield: about 6 dozen per batch.

Hot Chocolate Mix

3 cups powdered milk
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 cups cocoa
dash of salt

combine 4 heaping Tbsp to 1 cup of hot milk.
Top with marshmallows

Happy crafting

1 comment:

  1. I love the idea of handmade Christmas! For us creative folks, it's a way to show how much we truly care! My family this year has decided to do a Homemade Christmas for each other! I've been combing blogs searching for ideas and this one is great. I'll be sure to post my ideas on my blog! Come check it out!


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