If you read Wednesday’s post about my baby shower, you may have noticed the cute baking-themed favors that we gave all our guests. My sister came up with the idea of doing a cookie mix favor, and it seemed like the perfect gift to thank my friends and family for coming to celebrate my Baker Baby!
It turns out- this mix makes a fabulous chocolate chip cookie that while different from my normal go-to, may be my new favorite. The edges are golden and crispy and the insides stay chewy for days. Bakers and non-bakers alike seem to have been able to figure out the easy instructions that come with the mix, and my inbox has been full of proud pictures of the finished product from my friends who couldn’t wait to try their hand at them.
As far as crafty, homemade gifts go, these are up there as easy to make, loved by all and actually usable. I’m all for crafty gifts of all kinds, but I also have no space and happen to hate clutter, so something I actually have a use for is key. My Mom and I had so much fun putting these together, and whipping up 2 dozen of these jars took no time at all.
We bought bulk ingredients and since I have an extra case of jars and more chocolate chip cookies than I know what to do with, I look forward to making these again for other special presents. Wouldn’t they be a great addition to a hostess gift? The options really are endless… :)
- 1¾ cups (7.6 oz*) all-purpose flour
- ¾ teaspoon baking soda
- ¾ teaspoon salt
- 1½ cups (9 ounces) semi-sweet chocolate chips
- ¾ cup (6 oz) packed brown sugar
- ½ cup (3.5 oz) granulated sugar
- 1 wide-mouthed qt.-sized mason jar
- In a medium sized bowl combine the flour, baking soda and salt and stir together. Scoop it into the bottom of the jar and tap a bit to settle.
- Gently pour the chocolate chips on top of the flour and use your hand to try to smooth them into an even layer.
- Scoop in the brown sugar, packing it in slightly and top with the white sugar. (You can gently press the white sugar layer down if needed, but most likely the whole thing will fit perfectly)
- Cream 1½ sticks of soft butter with 1 egg and ¾ tsp of vanilla extract. Add the contents of the jar and fold together, making sure that everything is well-mixed with no lumps of flour, but not over-mixed. Drop rounded tablespoons onto a parchment-lined baking sheet, 2-3 inches apart. Bake for 10-12 minutes at 350F.
Recipe adapted from: Very Best Baking