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.
Christmas Crunch Cookies
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
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.