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It's a little late to be sharing what we made for christmas presents this year but I thought these jars full of cookie mix could be a fun project for Valentine's Day or a hostess gift. And I couldn't really share before the holidays as that would have spoiled the surprise to our giftees.

 Making the cookie jars doesn't require a lot of space, so they are perfect for an on board project. We made a dozen in one afternoon and then spent a couple more hours designing the labels. The hardest part was getting the flour into the jars. It made a huge mess and you want your jar to be clean for the following layers. What ended up working best was a wine glass with a paper towel wrapped around its base to make sort of a seal. And push down very slowly as the flour will explode out of the jar!

For a dozen jars we used nearly 5 pounds of flour, 2 pounds of sugar and 2 pounds of brown sugar. We had three bags of M&Ms and four of chocolate chips. That was one bag of chocolate chips too many.

Dry Ingredients for a PINT sized mason jar
3/4 cup and 1 tablespoon and 1 teaspoon all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 cup white sugar
1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup Christmas M&Ms
1/4 cup packed brown sugar

Combine the flour and baking soda. Pour flour and soda mixture into a clean pint sized glass jar, and pack firmly. Add sugar and pack firmly. Add brown sugar and packing firmly. Layer with chocolate chips and/or M&Ms.

Attach the following directions: Empty contents of jar into a  large bowl. In a separate bowl, combine 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons of butter, 1 egg and 1/2 teaspoon vanilla. Beat until creamy. Add to dry mixture and mix well.  Drop by tablespoonful onto an un-greased cookie sheet and bake in a preheated 375 degree oven for 6 to 10 minutes. Happy Holidays from...

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