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Written by Darci Tomky   

Mix it Merry

For the last few years I’ve been helping out with some homemade gifts and treats for the annual Christmas Extravaganza fundraiser at the Heginbotham Library, and this year I decided to mix things up a bit with a Christmas “cookie jar.” I’ve always wanted to try one of these, so this was my perfect opportunity!

Christmas shopping is hard. That’s a fact. But food—food is always a crowd pleaser. And something homemade like this is a fun gift idea without you having to spend weeks (or months or years!) knitting a scarf or sweater that might just end up at an ugly Christmas sweater party. Unless, of course, your knitting skills are a lot better than mine!

I found this adorable recipe on, and the jars are not only cute, but the cookies taste really good, too! Bakerella had made them for a birthday present, but they work for just about any occasion! Naturally, I used red and green M&Ms, fabric and ribbon since they’re for Christmas, but you can mix and match however you’d like!

I hope you didn’t eat too much turkey and pumpkin pie last week, because you are going to need your muscles for this project! Bakerella wasn’t kidding when she said you have to pack it in and pack it good! The recipe calls for chopped pecans, which you can slip in at the top of the jar (depending on how much room you have left), but I found the ingredients without the pecans fit almost perfectly!

So put on your favorite Christmas music mix, grab some jars and get to mixing!

Cowgirl Cookies

1 1/3 cup all purpose flour, spooned
into measuring cup and leveled
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup cooking oats
3/4 cup M&Ms
3/4 cup semi-sweet
chocolate chips
1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
1/2 cup white sugar
1/3 – 1/2 cup chopped pecans

Stir all the dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl.
Then add:
1 slightly beaten egg
1/2 cup butter (melted slightly in the microwave)
1 teaspoon vanilla

Mix wet ingredients into dry ingredients. Use the back of a large spoon to work it all together. You may even need to use your hands to get everything incorporated. Then roll the cookie dough into 1 1/2 inch balls, place on a parchment-covered baking sheet and bake for about 10 minutes in a preheated 350 degree oven. You should get about 26-28 cookies out of these.

To make a gift jar:
Start with a 1-quart smooth Ball jar. Layer the ingredients in like this: flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt mixed together; oats; M&Ms; chocolate chips; brown sugar; white sugar; and chopped pecans. Pack each level down really tightly or else it won’t all fit. Add pecans last so if the other ingredients are too much or not enough, adjust the amount of pecans accordingly. The ingredients should be flush to the top of the lid when you seal it up.
To decorate the top of the jars, get a spool of ribbon and some fabric. Cut the fabric into 6-inch squares and the ribbon into 25-inch pieces. Place the fabric on top and tie ribbons around the lid to hold it in place. Use cardstock to make labels with wet ingredients and instructions.