Handmade Valentine Gifts: Mason Jar Cookie Mix

It’s that special time of year when we get to show our better halves just how much they mean to us. But thinking of the perfect valentine's day gift can be a struggle. Even though chocolates and a giant teddy bear are the fail safe classics, why not treat your partner to something a little more creative?

Mason jar cookie mix gifts are fast becoming popular. During special holidays like Christmas and Birthdays, they can be a life saving, last minute gift. They are also the perfect present for the bakers in our lives. With an ‘all in one’ mentality, even those that have never touched a mixing bowl will be able to whip up delicious valentine's day treats.

What you’ll need

Your cookie mix needs to be wrapped up with love, which means you can go wild when it comes to packaging your mixture in one of our jars. Here is the bits and bobs you’ll definitely need when putting together your culinary gift:

  • A clear glass jar - Traditionally this would be a mason jar, however you can also use a preserving jar to house you ingredients.
  • A lid for your jar - This is only if you have chosen the mason jar option
  • A valentine's day ribbon - Choose a red or valentines themed ribbon to tie around the neck of your jar, to add a bit of decoration. This can also help when it comes to attaching your label.
  • A blank label - This is so you can write on your cookies instructions and even a little heart felt message.

Ingredients for the mason jar cookie mix

Now for the most important part, the cookie mix. This recipe is for a classic chocolate chip cookies, however, you can swap out the chocolate chips with your choice of flavouring.

  • 210g Plain Flour
  • ¾ tsp Bicarbonate Soda
  • 100g Caster Sugar
  • 340g Chocolate Chips (You could substitute these for other items like cherries, raisins or nuts)
  • 110g Soft Brown Sugar

Method

Now we have everything we need, it’s time to put it all together!

  1. Make sure you wash out your jar and it is clean and dry, ready for your dry ingredients.
  2. Measure out all your ingredients beforehand, this will help you layer them all together in the jar.
  3. Start with your flour, adding in about ⅓ to the bottom of the jar.
  4. Then add in your caster sugar, again adding in ⅓ and repeat for the brown sugar, bicarbonate soda and chocolate chips.
  5. Keep layering all your dry ingredients until you’ve run out and the jar is filled.
  6. You should be able to see clearly defined layers inside your jar.
  7. Next, seal your jar, either with a lid or by clasping the preserving jar closed.
  8. Tie your ribbon in a bow around the neck of your jar.
  9. Attach your label (We’ll tell you what you need to write on it in a second)
  10. Create your instruction label

You instruction label will help your loved one create their chocolate chip cookies. Your mason jar cookie mix can only hold your dry ingredients, so you now have to list the final ingredients they will need. The final wet ingredients are:

 

  • 170g Butter (at room temperature)
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract

 

Then, you need to give them a method, this bit is pretty straightforward. Make sure you write the following method for them to follow along:

 

  1. Line baking trays with baking paper.
  2. Preheat the oven to 190C / Gas 5.
  3. Cream together the butter, eggs and vanilla extract in a bowl.
  4. Empty out the contents of your jar into your creamed mixture and mix together until well combined.
  5. Spoon out equal sized portions of the mixture onto your baking trays and pop in the oven for 8 to 10 minutes.  
  6. Take out of the oven and leave to cool for around 20 minutes.
  7. Sit back and enjoy your valentine's day, chocolate chip cookies.

 

The best part of this easy, handmade valentine’s day gift is that once the cookies are made, you can enjoy them together!

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