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Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Reindeer Cookies in a Jar

If you read my Pancakes from the Pantry post, then you know that I like to give Christmas gifts in a jar! It's a super easy way to share treats with your friends during the holidays... especially if you don't have a lot of time to actually bake, you can still "make cookies" for someone -- plus in this case, you can get your "craft-on" as well.

I found a recipe for these cookies and changed it just a little bit to make it a fun Christmas cookie option. Here is how to make them in a jar:

Take a quart sized jar and fill the bottom with:

1 1/3 cups flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt

Pat the bottom of the jar on your hand to pack the flour down into the jar.

Then pour in 1 cup of oats.

Take a wooden spoon and gently pat the oats down as well.

Pour in 3/4 cup red and green M&Ms

Pour in 3/4 cup mini chocolate chips

Reach in and try to pack it all down as much as possible.

Pour in 1/2 cup of brown sugar -- now pack it down REALLY tight.

Fill the top of the jar with 1/2 cup white sugar.

Screw on a lid and ring and decorate! -- Add a label that says:

"Reindeer Cookies -- To make these cookies, add 1 egg, ½ cup slightly melted butter and 1 tsp vanilla. Mix well – get in there with your hands. Form into 1” balls and bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes."

Just for fun, I added Reindeer Candy Canes to my jars. Another easy project.

Ideally you want to have brown pipe-cleaners. I only had black so that's what I used! Cut 1/4 of the pipe cleaner off and discard. Then cut 1/3 of the remaining pipe cleaner. Divide in two. Take the other piece (2/3 left) and twist it around a candy cane in the "hook". Twist the other two short pieces around each side and bend them until you like how they look. Hot glue two googly eyes and a red pop-pom and you're done! Cute!

Happy Gift-Giving and Cookie-Eating!!!
Thank you, Bakerella, for the inspiration!

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