The Holidays Are EXPENSIVE!

21 Dec

It seems like every year the list of people to buy for gets bigger and bigger. Friends, neighbors, co-workers (or hubby’s co-workers), teachers, and don’t forget the family, which through marriage and procreation gets larger with each passing year. Oh, and I forgot, the hairdresser, nail tech, and any other service providers you see frequently.

My fellow mommy blogger, Steph has been giving me some great ideas for inexpensive, handmade gift ideas over the past few weeks. I have a great homemade gift of my own to share with you. You don’t have to be a good cook or baker. You don’t have to be handy with a sewing machine or knitting needle. I had received this as a gift one year and I loved it, it made a cute decorative piece in my kitchen until I was ready to make it…

Chocolate Chunk Cookie Mix in a Jar:

What you will need:
1 quart, widemouth canning jar
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1 cup (6 oz package) semi-sweet chocolate chunks
1/2 cup chopped walnuts or pecans (optional)

What YOU need to do:
Combine flour, baking soda and salt in a small bowl. Spoon into canning jar. Layer remaining ingredients in order given, making sure to pack down each layer firmly and clean inside of jar with a dry paper towel after each layer. Use a cute holiday fabric and some festive ribbon to decorate the top. Attach the following directions to the jar.

In a large mixing bowl, cream together 2/3 cup softened butter or margarine, 1 egg, 1 teaspoon water and 1/2 teaspoon vanilla until light and fluffy. Add contents of jar and mix well. Drop by rounded teaspoonfuls onto ungreased cookie sheet. Bake at 375F for 8-10 minutes or until lightly browned. Makes about 3 dozen cookies.

In my humble opinion, these make great gifts for the kid’s teachers, hairdresser, and/or your favorite neighbors. It also makes a cute hostess gift for all the holiday parties you’ll inevitably be attending.

Happy Gift Making!!

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