Love giving handmade gifts from the kitchen? This M&M Cookie Mix in a Jar recipe includes a FREE printable and label! Plus the cookies are divine!
*** For more inspiration from some amazing blogging friends, check out the goodies at the end of this post!
Do you ever look back in the past and wonder what in the world you were thinking?
Let me explain. Over 20 years ago I was a choir director in our local church. It was the perfect job for me since I have a music degree and love ministering to the church body.
We only had two children at the time (we later adopted a sibling group of three) and I was homeschooling while also working part-time. My kids went everywhere with me and church was another learning opportunity to teach compassion and kindness.
Each Christmas I would a host a party in my home, filled with homemade goodies made by me and decorations that turned our home into a twinkling wonderland.
Obviously I was YOUNGER then and as much as I dearly loved my people I went way overboard. Way, way overboard.
If I could tell my younger self one thing it would be that I didn’t have to work so hard to make a good impression. I also didn’t have to do everything! My choir family loved me for me, not for the free food and pretty home!
Although I still love a beautiful Christmas home, these days the more “mature” me focuses on simplicity and relationships. I want those who visit my home at Christmas to feel cherished and leave with warm memories.
Back in the day I also loved making handmade gifts. In addition, I would ask the kids to find an ornament they could mass produce to give to church teachers and family. Obviously this counted towards their art studies!
One year we made a soup mix in a jar and everyone loved it! This year I decided to make an M&M cookie mix in a jar! (And I tested the mix and the cookies were delicious!)
Tips for making an M&M Cookie Mix in a Jar:
- Determine number of jars desired and gather enough ingredients to put together in one session.
- Use a funnel to pour ingredients into jars.
- Press down dry ingredients carefully to make more room in each container.
- Decorate the jars with a pretty scrapbook paper or fabric.
- Print the recipe on heavy cardstock and attach with a ribbon.
- Use printable labels or a circle punch to cut out label for the quart jar.
M&M Cookie Mix in a Jar
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Step 1. Wash and dry jars.
Step 2. Print instructions and labels on cardstock and cut out.
If you would prefer to create a sticker for the label I recommend this product.
When you print the labels make sure you select “fit to page” or “scale to fit” so that the labels print full size.
Step 3. Use lid to trace circle onto patterned scrapbook paper.
Step 4. Cut out circle of scrapbook paper or fabric.
Step 5. Glue circle to jar lid.
Step 6. Pour M&M’s into jar with a funnel as the first layer.
If you’d like the M&M’s as a higher layer for the pretty factor just spoon them in carefully as to not disturb the dry ingredients.
A wide mouth quart jar is easiest but using a funnel will do the job.
Step 7. Gently pour flour into jar.
Step 8. Press down gently to compress flour layer.
Step 9. Add sugar to jar.
Step 10. Add baking soda and baking powder.
Step 11. Screw on decorative jar lid, add label and attach directions with a ribbon.
This gift would be cute with a Christmas spatula included!
If you’d like variety this post has more FREE printables for mason jars!
- 1 cup M&M candies
- 2 cups all purpose flour
- 1 1/4 cup sugar
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1 jar M&M Cookie Mix
- 3/4 cup butter or margarine softened
- 2 eggs slightly beaten
- 1 tsp vanilla
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
In a large bowl cream the butter, eggs and vanilla.
Add the M&M Cookie Mix and stir until the mixture is well blended.
Drop by rounded tablespoonfuls onto greased cookie sheet.
Bake for 10-12 minutes.
Trasnfer to wire racks to cool.
Drop cookies by small tablespoons (or even teaspoons) so cookies don’t spread too much on the cookie sheet.
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