Happy New Year!

I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday, and your New Year is off to a great start.  I’ve been off of work for over a week, and you’d think that I’d have some time to get more blogging things done than usual, right?  Nope! I just had so much to do around the house, and mini me was sick from Christmas Eve until right before the New Year, and then my husband came down with Tonsillitis.  So yeah… it’s been pretty hectic. Prior to that I did manage to squeeze in some time to make DIY Mason Jar Gifts for my family and close friends.
Mason Jars are the “in” thing right now so it just seemed like the cool thing to do, and DIY gifts come from the heart, which is much more than anything you can find in the store.  Plus, we are on a budget being that we just made two huge purchases this year: our house and a car.  Oh, and lets not forget the roof.

The DIY Mason Jar Gifts I made were DIY Body Scrubs, and Chocolate Chip Cookies in a Jar.  The recipes for the DIY Body Scrubs can be found on my other blog, Makeup by Kim Porter.  I’m so proud of these because they look professional, and they smell nice, too! The lavender is my favorite aesthetic-wise since in it theres real lavender seeds.  The recipients were pleased, too, which makes me a happy camper.
The DIY Mason Jar Gift: Chocolate Chip Cookies in a Jar were pretty easy to make.  I believe I knocked out making four jars in 45-minutes to one hour.  All of the dry ingredients, aside from the wet items like butter, vanilla and eggs go inside of jar.  You can create a label that states what it is, and include a recipe card with directions.  People need to know how to cook the cookies, ya know?

Below is the Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe 

Materials
32 Oz Wide Mouth Mason Jar (check Michaels or Amazon*)
Ribbon
Labels
Dry Ingredients Included in the Mason Jar

1 cup dark brown sugar
3 tablespoons granulated sugar
1 ¾ cups all-purpose flour
½ teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
1 ½ cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 ½ teaspoons instant espresso coffee powder (optional)

Wet Ingredients (not included in the Mason Jar)
½ cup (one stick) butter, softened
1 large egg
2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Instructions
1. First, clean the mason jars well, and make sure they are thoroughly dried.
2. In a bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt, and mix thoroughly with your hands.
3.  Layer the dry ingredients into the jar starting with the flour mixture.  Next, add the chocolate chips, and on top of that add the brown sugar, and then the granulated sugar.  If using the espresso powder, add that last.

Instructions to print out
{Preheat oven to 350°F – Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper}
1. Empty contents of jar into a large bowl; set aside.
2. In a separate bowl, combine 1 stick of softened butter, 1 egg, & 2 tsp. vanilla extract. Beat until creamy.
3. Add dry mixture to butter mixture. Stir until combined.
4. Use a 1 oz. scoop or 2 tbsp. measure, drop the cookie dough onto the cookie sheet in dollops about 3” apart.
5. Gently press down the dough with the back of a spoon to spread. There should be room on the sheet of six or eight at a time.
6. Transfer to oven in batches and bake for 15 minutes (depending on your oven) or until a nice golden brown around the edges. For crispier cookies, bake a little longer.

What do you think of DIY Mason Jar Gifts?  
Have you made any? If so, what?
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Kim is the do-it-all mom (and wife) who not only works full-time and is a freelance makeup artist, but also blogs about her love of family, travel, beauty and skincare. Now that she has a kindergartener, Kim has added Class Parent to her resume. These are all tough jobs, but somehow, she makes them look easy.
  • This was one of the best gifts ever… As I live with a bunch of Cookie Monsters…lol…

  • Chocolate chip cookies are my absolute favorite thing to eat, in this world-what a great gift to receive!

  • Such a fun idea- I love gifts like these!

  • Doc Sheilah

    I love that you found the time to make these gifts. We all have the same 24 hours in a day yet complain that we never have enough time. You demonstrated that we can all find the time to do things that are important to us.

  • Really great gift idea! : ) everyone loves cookies

  • Betzy Carmona

    This is such a nice gift

  • Oh my goodness, what a cute idea!

    xx Kelly
    Sparkles and Shoes

  • I LOVE to get stuff like this. It makes me feel like I can bake from scratch and be fancy.

  • Mmm… Cookies…

  • Justina

    I basically love anything that comes in a mason jar!

  • Anastasia

    Great idea for a gift! Everyone loves homemade cookies 🙂

  • I have never made mason jar gifts like these…but I did make some batches of Laundry Sauce in mason jars and gave them away as gifts. People thought it was kinda strange…until they tried it!