I love giving presents. I love picking that perfect gift and seeing someone’s face light up. I feel on top of the world when I can hand out wrapped boxes or shiny bags like Oprah handing out cars.
“You get a present!”
“You get a present!”
“You get a present!”
“Everyone gets a present!”
Unfortunately, I don’t have the funds to buy everyone something special. When my budget can handle it, occasionally I’ll invest a few dollars in a box of Legos for my husband or a bag of chocolate for a friend.
For everyone else, I have to make do with what I have on hand. So when I need to make presents en masse, I grab a few mason jars, toss together some ingredients, and go crazy.
My favorite jar recipe of all time has been this almond joy cookie recipe. I was really happy that the original recipe fit perfectly in a quart-sized jar, and I was thrilled that I didn’t have to make any insane fractions with the ingredients to make it fit.
Inside the Jar: Ingredients
To make these easy cookie jars, you just need these dry ingredients:
- 1/4 Cup + 2 Tablespoons White Sugar
- 1/4 Cup + 2 Tablespoons Brown Sugar (Packed)
- 1 Cup + 2 Tablespoons Flour
- 1/2 Teaspoon Baking Soda
- 1/4 Teaspoon Salt
- 1 Cup Chocolate Chips
- 1/2 Cup Coconut Flakes
- 1/2 Cup Chopped Almonds
To make the cookies fit exactly in the jar, I cut the original recipe from 1 1/4 cup chocolate chips to just 1 cup chocolate chips. You might be able to cram the full amount depending on how well you can pack the down the other ingredients.
I do admit that filling a cookie jar with mix feels a bit more like art than science. I still haven’t mastered the technique of making perfectly level layers like I see in photos. But the process is pretty straightforward:
- Use a funnel to pour in the flour.
- Gently shake the jar back and forth to smooth the layer.
- Repeat with the white sugar, the baking soda, and the salt.
- Add the brown sugar, and use a spoon to pack down the layer.
- Pour in the chocolate chips, then the coconut flakes, and finish with the almonds.
When you’ve finished, you can simply give away the jar as is.
Outside the Jar: Decorations
I love to see these jars decorated. They transform an ordinary gift into something truly special.
You’ll want a few supplies, though:
- Mini Clothes Pins
- Scrapbooking Paper
- Printed lettering*
- Glue (Hot Glue Gun and Glue Stick)
You could also use fun things like bows, ribbon, or scrap cloth. Feel free to use whatever materials you have available and get creative.
*For my lettering, I simply put a sheet of scrapbooking paper into my printer and wrote words like “Almond”, “Joy”, and “Cookies.” But you could keep it simple and write the name of the recipient.
If you want to decorate your jar like the ones I made in the photos, you can follow these simple steps.
- Trace the jar lid onto a piece of scrap paper.
- Cut out the circle.
- Slide the paper between the lid and the band.
- Apply a small amount of glue to the jar of the band.
- Place the twine over the glue.
- Wrap the twine around the band until it covers most of the metal.
- Apply a small amount of glue to the end of the twine to secure it to the jar.
- To cover the twine, place a button or bow on top of the glue as well.
- Circle the middle of the jar several times with twine.
- Clip twine in place with mini clothes pins.
- Slide the lettering into the clips.
And you’re done! I’m excited to see what you come up with. If you want, you can send me pictures of your finished jars, and I’ll include them at the bottom of this post.
Don’t Forget to Print the Label
Once you’ve filled and decorated your jar, you can give it to anyone you like, or keep it for yourself for later. But if you do give it away, don’t forget to give the cooking instructions, too. You can write your own directions and include it as part of a card, or you could print off this little image:
How to Pull It All Together
I find that I learn how to do craft-related projects more quickly if I have a visual, so I’m sharing my learning process with you.
I loved how these turned out.
Have fun giving these away!