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Dec142010

Christmas Crunch Cookies In A Jar

So this is a rather busy time of year isn’t it?  Holiday parties, cookie exchanges, shopping for gifts, hanging out in airports for hours and hours on end…it’s certainly not the most relaxing time of year.

Time is precious.  Who wants to spend all their time in the kitchen baking up holiday goodies for everyone under the sun?  You should be out there scooping up some of those insane holiday bargains!  Hello new spangly party top you gorgeous thing!

Oh right right!  We meant to say, you want to spend time with family and friends, laughing, eating, going a-wassailing!  Aaaand then sneak out and get an on sale spangly top.  Better?

So how about you don’t actually bake anything?  How about you just assemble?  And let them bake!?  We know, GENIUS.

It’s like “here, have this jar of ingredients.” 

And they’re all “oh my goodness how thoughtful of you.” 

And then you get to say “oh you’re soooo welcome” while in your head saying they know I didn’t actually make anything, right?

But it doesn’t matter.  People get really excited to receive ready assembled jars of ingredients.  No seriously.  They get like insanely excited. 

And they’re very appreciative.  Because you just removed that whole measuring part of a recipe.  How thoughtful are you!?  You’re so sweet!  You shouldn’t have!

But you did.  Because you are an excellent gift giver (and ingredient assembler). 

So take all this free time and go a-wassailing.  And then go sale shopping.

You’re welcome.

Christmas Crunch Cookies

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For the jar:
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1 1/2 cups flour
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 cup M&M’s
1/2 cup rolled oats
1/2 cup Rice Krispies
1/2 cup white chocolate chips

To make the cookies:
Jar contents plus
1/2 cup butter, softened
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 egg

In a 1 quart jar, layer the jar ingredients in the order listed.  Using a spoon or something with a flat bottom (we used a cocktail muddler, shocking) pack each layer down as much as possible before adding the next.

To make the cookies, preheat oven to 350.  Beat together the butter, vanilla extract and egg in a large bowl. Add the contents of the jar and stir until well mixed. Drop rounded spoonfuls onto an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes until puffed and golden.

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Reader Comments (22)

I would get insanely excited to get this as a gift!

December 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJessica @ How Sweet

Brilliant!

December 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLiz @ Blog is the New Black

I LOVE these! So cute. If I hadn't spent all of last night making trays of peppermint bark to giveaway, I would definitely go this route! :) Thanks for sharing!

-Marissa

http://noraisinsonmyparade.com

December 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMarissa

Ooo, I love the krispies in these! I bet they add a great texture element. I actually have a Rice Krispies recipe I'm sharing tomorrow. :)

December 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLiz

Great idea, ladies! As always :)

Question: I can't find the post where you mention who did the graphics for the website, but I remember wanting to order some prints for Xmas gifts. Any chance you could help a girl out?

December 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLaura

I'm having the college gals from our church over tonight to make Christmas cookies and now adding these to the list! (just the cookies, not the jars) But, what a great idea!

December 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterNikki (Pennies on a Platter)

Laura - our illustrations are from the fabulous Anne Harwell. Check out her etsy shop here - http://www.etsy.com/shop/annechovie?ref=top_trail - she's wonderful!

December 14, 2010 | Registered CommenterBlue Eyed Bakers

What a great idea! The jars are so cute. And the cookies look really yummy!

December 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKaren

These look awesome. I have made cookies before using corn flakes or frosted flakes, I bet these are great with the Rice Krispies for some crunch!

December 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJanalyne

What size jar did you use? 8 oz?

December 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJodi

Jodi - we used a 1 quart Ball jar.

December 14, 2010 | Registered CommenterBlue Eyed Bakers

i love that you added the christmas-colored M&Ms to your jar, so much more festive that way! i made cookies with them the other day and they add such nice color, even if i don't celebrate christmas:-)

December 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLauren at KeepItSweet

Great gift idea and recipe, it's good to see the finished cookie too. Rice crispies are a good change to the ordinary oatmeal cookie.

December 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSuzanne

Mother and sister in law gift? Done and done. THANK YOU!!

December 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJenn from Much to My Delight

Oh my YUM! These look so supper yummy. Perfect for giving away or keeping all for myself. Which I think I would choose to keep them. I'm planning a lot of baking this weekend, and these just got added to the list.

December 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMadison Mayberry

this would make an fabulous gift!
the cookies look delicious and perfect for the holidays!

December 16, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterthe blissful baker

Cute gift idea! And those cookies look good, too! :)

December 17, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTiffany @ Conor & Bella

Oooh, I love this gift idea. So fun and festive - and yummy!

December 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKatie@Cozydelicious

Yummy and perfect! Who wouldn't love to receive a "jar" of these!

December 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterUrMomCooks

Such a great gift idea!

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