Peppermint Chocolate Cookies In A Jar – DIY Gifts

This year I was the Grinch when it came to buying Christmas gifts. I used up all of the excuses to procrastinate shopping: its too nice out (that happened), traffic is bad, I forget who I still have to buy for, etc. THANKFULLY, most people enjoy a good ole’ homemade gift.

One of the amazing things about homemade gifts is that it is appropriate for a wide audience (Who doesn’t like cookies?? If they don’t, scratch them off your list.), it has great presentation and shows thought and care!

When determining what recipe to use for the cookie jar, I needed to make sure that the layered presentation of the ingredients would have an aesthetic appeal. Another tricky matter is making sure the ingredients can be more or less mixed together all at once. Finally, the cookie had to be Christmas appropriate. Enter: Andes Peppermint chips. YUM! They are a little tricky to find but Target generally has them on the shelf. Or you can purchase them through Amazon.

I’ve included editable recipe cards that you can customize, print and attach to the jar. Tag this post for next year and Merry Belated Christmas!

Oh….and did I mention these cookies are soft and amazingly delicious?

DIY Chocolate Peppermint Cookies in a Jar

Serves: 1 dozen cookies

Needed: 1 pint jar. Fancy straws are optional.

Ingredients

1/4 cup all purpose flour
2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa
1/4 cup all purpose flour
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa
1/4 cup all purpose flour
1/3 cup light brown sugar
1/4 cup granulated sugar
2 tablespoons light brown sugar
1/4 cup Andes Peppermint Crunch Chips enclosed in plastic wrap

What gift recipient needs to add (included on the recipe card):
1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 egg, room temperature

Make the Gift:

Carefully spoon the ingredients into the pint jar in the order listed above. Some of them are mentioned twice. This is not an accident but a necessary step in order to create a layered effect. Do not include the butter, vanilla or egg.

When the jar is full, tie the Cookie Recipe to the lid with ribbon, string or a decorated pipe cleaner.

To Bake

1. Set aside Andes Peppermint Chips.
2. Scoop out and cream the sugars and butter until light and fluffy.
3. Whisk together remaining ingredients in the jar. Set aside.
4. Add in egg and vanilla to the sugar and beat until well blended. Gradually stir in dry ingredients.
5. Fold in baking chips.
6. Refrigerate dough for 1 hour.
7. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
8. Line cookie sheet with parchment paper or lightly grease.
9. Scoop out rounded tablespoons of cookie dough onto prepared cookie sheet. Dough is very thick.
10. Bake for 7-8 minutes or until they are set. Do not over bake.
Remove from oven and let cool on a rack.
11. Eat all at once or store in an airtight container.

Note: I tied a fancy straw to mine so people can enjoy milk with their cookies!

You can download the editable PowerPoint for the recipe card here:Cookie Recipe template

Here is the pdf: Cookie Recipe PDF

 

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