If you're like me and have more than one child, thinking of meaningful Christmas gifts for my kids teachers has always been challenging. I wanted to make a homemade gift that my kids could help with. Because I had a lot of extra mason ball jars, I thought a cookie mix in a jar would be a great gift, and inexpensive to boot! Oatmeal Scotchies Cookies in a Jar seemed like the perfect gift.
We started with the recipe below from Organized home.
Ingredients (for one mason jar)
- 1 wide-mouth quart (4-cup) canning jars with lid and rings
- 3⁄4 cups brown sugar, packed
- 1⁄2 cup white sugar
- 1 cup sifted flour, all purpose
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1⁄2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1⁄2 teaspoon salt
- 2 cups rolled oats
- 3⁄4 cups butterscotch baking chips
1. Sift flour before measuring. In large bowl, combine flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, baking soda and salt.
2. Layer in butterscotch chips, oatmeal, layering the flour mixture last.
3. Add mason jar lids.
4. Print a greeting card and the recipe card needed to bake the Oatmeal Scotchies. Cut the cards apart and attach to ribbon.
Let the Work Begin!
Since I adapted this for 6 mason jars, I multiplied all of the measurements above by 6. Then we got to work! We started by sifting the flour – Liam was all about this and he and Sage took turns.
Then we measured the flour and put it into a bowl that was sitting on our kitchen scale (zeroed out, first, of course!). This is important because later, we divided the dry ingredients into 6 equal portions (by weight). We measured the dry ingredients (brown sugar, white sugar, ground cinnamon, ground nutmeg, baking soda, and salt and dumped them into the bowl. Measuring dry ingredients was fun for the kids, and it was easy to clean them up afterwards!
Then we mixed the dry ingredients together with a whisk. I tried mixing with a spoon at first, but you really need a whisk to make sure ALL of the ingredients are incorporated.
Then we added the butterscotch chips to the ball jar. It was really hard to resist eating these yummy chips!
Once the jars are filled with the butterscotch chips, you'll wonder how you're going to get the oatmeal AND the rest of the dry ingredients in… but it does work!
Adding the oatmeal was pretty easy…
The dry ingredients were a bit harder, because you do need to make sure you're adding the appropriate number of oz or grams to each jar. Proportions are so important in any recipe!
Here's what the jar looked like filled to the brim! The Organized Home site says you can use your Foodsaver accessory attachment to seal these, but when I tried, it didn't work for me. Because the dry ingredients are sitting on top, the flour, etc. gets on the “seal” of the lid, and the lids won't stay on.
After adding the ball jar lids, we added a little brown ribbon and a free “Thanks for Making Me One Smart Cookie” printable from Sweet Metel Moments. The kids signed their names, and we taped the printed recipe card inside the printed card.
The best part of making these homemade gifts was seeing the pride and satisfaction on Liam's little face! He and Sage were so happy to make their handmade Oatmeal Scotchie Cookies in a Jar for their teachers!
Have you tried any cookies in a jar recipes lately? How did they turn out?
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