Food Craft Project: Chocolate Chip and Oatmeal Cookies in a Jar
This past holiday season, my mom sent me a large box that was filled with all sorts of goodies. This box contained countless mason jars complete with ingredients to make some of my favorite foods including soups and cookies. To me, this seemed like the perfect gift to give and receive so I recently decided to try out this fun food-related craft to see what I could create.
In my version of these cookies in a jar, I incorporated chocolate and oatmeal. When it comes to jars that you create, use the measurements for flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and the sugars but feel free to switch out the chocolate chips and oatmeal with some of your favorite cookie flavors.
Chocolate Chip and Oatmeal Cookies in a Jar
- 1 1/3 cup all purpose flour, spooned into measuring cup & leveled
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup cooking oats
- 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 1/2 cup light brown sugar, packed
- 1/2 cup white sugar
- Mix together the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Pour into a 1-quart mason jar and level. Make sure that the ingredients are tightly packed.
- Pour the oats over the flour mixture.
- Pour the chocolate chips over the oats.
- Pack the light brown sugar over the chocolate chips.
- Pour the white sugar over the brown sugar.
- Close the mason jar using the cap, place a square of fabric over the cap and then tightly screw on the rest of the cap.
Attach a bow with a note that includes the following baking directions:
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and prepare a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Pour the contents in the mason jar in a large bowl and mix with 1/2 cup melted butter, 1 egg and 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract.
- Roll cookies into 1/2 inch balls, place on the prepared baking sheet and bake for 10 minutes.
Typically, these gifts are given around the holidays. However, they are also nice to give as hostess, "welcome to the neighborhood," and teacher gifts. Family and friends always love receiving these jars filled with delicious recipes because not only are they beautiful to display on the counter, but they are also fun to bake.
Another great thing about this craft is that they're kid-friendly. Whether you're making one or a bunch of them, get the kids into the kitchen, setup an assembly line and fill the jars with the ingredients. This is a simple, inexpensive craft that the whole family will enjoy and they always bring so much joy to the person on the receiving end.
Have you ever made or received cookies in a jar? What is your favorite cookie recipe?
Jen Tilley has an insatiable appetite for all things related to baking and cooking. She is the author, photographer and recipe developer on How To: Simplify, a blog that shares tips, tricks and recipes to simplify life in the kitchen. She enjoys sharing recipes that require very few ingredients and only a small amount of prep and cook time, all of which make time spent in the kitchen simple and enjoyable. Find her online at How To: Simplify and @HowToSimplify.