Handmade Holiday Gift Idea: Mason Jar Cookie Kits

Processed holiday cookie mixes are depressing and unhealthy. So why not give your friends the chance to try your favorite healthy cookie recipe with a few time-saving short-cuts?

Holiday Cookie Kits

Who doesn’t love a cookie during the holidays? Unfortunately, many people don’t have the time to mix cookies up from scratch so they opt for pre-made dough in a refrigerator tube, or a boxed mix.

Not only are these processed versions of the classic holiday cookie boring, but they’re also unhealthy: containing about a thousand preservatives and chemicals that you’d never find in a regular cookie recipe.

So why not give your friends a chance to mix up your favorite healthy cookie recipe with a few time-saving short-cuts?

Mason Jar Cookie Kits are a great gift idea for neighbors, teachers, the UPS delivery person, or relatives that live on the other side of the country.

All you need are a few mason jars (but any glass jar will do–check the thrift stores!), the dry ingredients from your favorite cookie recipe, 6 – 8 inches of festive fabric or ribbon for each jar, some craft paper, and a hole punch.

Here are some great cookie recipes from our sister site Eat. Drink. Better that you might want to try:

Grapefruit Sugar CookiesΒ 

Gingerbread Cookie Recipe

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip CookiesΒ 

Pumpkin Oatmeal Cookies

Once you’ve filled the jar with the dry ingredients from your desired recipe, it’s time to decorate! One idea is to drape fabric over the lid. Cut the fabric into a circle by using the top of a small bowl. Place the top of the lid onto the jar, drape the fabric over it and screw on the lid. You can also experiment with glue and glitter, stickers, recycled wrapping paper, gift bows, and more!

Print or hand write the entire recipe for the cookie mix on your craft paper. Then punch a hole in the corner, and thread the ribbon through it. Tie the ribbon around the jar’s neck, and you’ve got a container of instant holiday cheer!

Image Credit: Flickr –Β rochelle, just rochelle

Written by Beth Buczynski

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