Mrs. Regueiro's Plate: Twelve Days of Christmas Cookies & Treats: Day 1

Monday, December 6, 2010

Twelve Days of Christmas Cookies & Treats: Day 1

19 days till Christmas! Don't you feel the holiday bliss upon us? I absolutely love this time of season. The faint smell of pine cone trees, decorating your house with Christmas lights like the Griswolds and sending out tons of Christmas cards to treasured friends and family. I love seeing the holiday spirit all around me, and it's kind of infectious because I've been listening to Christmas music the day after Thanksgiving or maybe since the week of Thanksgiving. (I love the Glee Christmas album). Yes, it's soooo cheesy teenybopper of me, but it's my kinda sweet and lovable Christmas tunes that put me in the holiday spirit.

With all the holiday fun and festivities, it also brings in the holiday baking season as well. I'm jumping on the blogging bandwagon and making some Christmas cookies and treats to spread some holiday cheer. From now until Christmas, I'll make twelve holiday cookies and treats. I had a hard time trying to narrow which 12 cookies and treats that I wanted to make but I'm pretty sure you'll make a couple or a dozen goodies.
I recently hosted my first ever Christmas Cookie Exchange this past weekend. I asked all my girlfriends to bring 3 dozen cookies, 2 dozen to share, and 1 dozen to donate to USO. My cousin knows at least 25 people deployed in Afghanistan and wanted to bake up some cookies to send out to our troops and it coordinated perfectly with my Christmas cookie exchange. I know they will appreciate a piece of home when they receive our treats. As a treat for all my guests, I did some prep work preparing a giveaway for all my guests. It was totally appropriate to make cookie jars as takeaways for everyone to enjoy. Bakerella had made these adorable Cowboy cookies and I saw a Christmas version of it from Make it Do. These are pretty inexpensive gifts to share with your friends and family!

Cookies in a Jar for Santa
Adapted from Make it Do and Bakerella

Materials Needed:
1 Quart Wide Mouth Mason Jars
Cookies for Santa Printable Label
Cardstock
2 inch paper puncher (Scalloped box is the one I used)
Double stick tape
Colored scraps about 10x10
Ribbon

Ingredients Needed:
Flour
Rolled Oats
Festive M&Ms
Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips
Baking Powder
Baking Soda
Salt
Pecans
Granulated Sugar
Brown Sugar

Preparation:

Lay out all your Mason Jars, and measure the ingredients into each jar, and try to pack it down. I used my wide mouth canning funnel to help place the ingredients in the jar.

From bottom to the top layer should follow as:

Layer 1: Flour
Layer 2: Baking soda, baking powder and salt
Layer 3: Rolled Oats
Layer 4: M&Ms
Layer 5: Chocolate Chips
Layer 6: Brown Sugar, White Sugar
Layer 7: Chopped pecans

Recipe:
1 1/3 cup all purpose flour, spooned into measuring cup & 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

After you have measured out the ingredients, cover it with the lid. Place a piece of cloth and tie a pretty ribbon around it. Print out your labels on cardstock and punch them with a 2 inch paper cutter. Place the  labels on the front and back with double stick tape. Repeat and continue with the rest of the mason jars.

Cookie Exchange Table with half the cookies!
All my girlfriends loved their cookies for Santa jars and it made a fabulous centerpiece for our all cookies. You can make other flavor cookies in a jar, but I love the look and festivity of the Christmas M&Ms. It's definitely a great takeaway for any event, birthdays, holidays, and just because you love to make cookies!
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