DIY Holiday Gift: Cookies in a Jar

If you are anything like me, the holiday season also means a little bit of scrambling at the last minute! I’m always a fan of easy, fun, unexpected last minute ideas for a holiday gift. And guess what? Today I have the perfect one just for you.

I give you:

Cookies in a Jar!

Here’s how you can put this simple holiday gift together in no-time.

You Will Need:

  • A large Mason Jar and lid
  • Brown Kraft Paper
  • Scissors (I used some scalloped craft paper shears)
  • Yarn
  • Cookies
Step 1

Once you bake your cookies, prep your “cookie workshop” area with jars and paper.

Step 2

Once your cookies have completely cooled, stack them in a jar until they reach the rim. Cut out a square of paper to tie around your jar lid.

Step 3

Tie the paper around the lid with your yarn. Add a fun ornament if you wish!

See how easy that is? And they look great! Not too fussy, but unexpected and thoughtful.

These also make great teacher’s gifts. Happy Holidays friends and enjoy the season!

Oatmeal Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies (gluten free!)

Cookies, who loves cookies? (Insert wild cheers here) We all love cookies!  Some of us love chocolate chip cookies.  Some of us love peanut butter cookies.  Some of us love oatmeal cookies.  Some of us love all of those rolled up into one delicious cookie.  That’s me!

I have to tell you that I have tried quite a few gluten-free cookies, because we try to reduce the gluten in our diets due to allergies, asthma, and a little bit of eczema in our family.  It really makes a difference.  Well, I have encountered some good gluten-free cookie recipes and some that are not so good.

THESE ARE AMAZING!  

 

So amazing, in fact, that my husband says that they are quite possibly the best cookies I have ever made.  And they are super easy!  If you have a peanut allergy or a family member with a peanut allergy then this is not the recipe for you… I am so sorry.  I don’t know if it can be made without the PB.
Oatmeal Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies 
(recipe adapted from Trader Joe’s rolled oats bag)1/4 cup butter (I use sweet cream organic)
1 1/4 tsp baking soda
3/4 cup sugar (I use organic sugar too)
3 cups rolled oats
3/4 cup brown sugar (organic again)
6 oz chocolate chips
2 eggs (not organic, ha ha)
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup peanut butter (Yep, you guessed it… organic)
1/2 cup chopped pecans walnutsPreheat oven to 350 degrees.  Combine sugar, brown sugar, and butter in a large bowl.  Beat until creamy.  Add eggs, vanilla, and baking soda: mix well.  Add peanut butter and mix.  Stir in the oats, chocolate chips, and nuts.  Place dough by heaping teaspoons onto a lightly greased cookie sheet, about 2 inches apart.  Bake 10-12 minutes or until light gold on the edges.Makes approximately 48 cookies.  Try not to eat them all in one day.