Cookies in a jar and other baked goods kits are my favorite to give away for the holidays. They are a fun and delicious gift, especially when the recipient can bake on their own time and enjoy it fresh out of the oven. Who doesn’t love that, right? And when everything is measured out, it makes baking even easier!
Last year, I made Cowgirl Cookies in a Jar a la Bakerella to give away and even had an assembly line party with my cousins since we were all making some to give away. This year, I’m taking a different approach with a boxed cookie kit that would be easier to mail out. Hope my lucky recipients like them :)
If there’s a particular recipe you like, you might be able to package it into a kit. For each step of this cookie recipe, I bagged the dry ingredients into a cellophane bag and sealed it with a label. I used this method if ingredients need to be mixed with wet ingredients first (like mixing sugar with butter before mixing it with flour). If all the dry ingredients can be mixed with wet ingredients at the same time, you can probably layer the dry ingredients into a jar for gift giving.
Below is the recipe I used, courtesy of Simply Recipes, and a printable recipe card. It has been modified for packaging as a kit.
1 1/2 sticks of unsalted butter, room temperature
1/2 teaspoon of vanilla
1 cup of Nutella
Step 1 bag: 3/4 cup of brown sugar & 3/4 cup of granulated sugar
Step 3 bag: 2 cups of all-purpose flour, 1/4 cup of unsweetened cocoa, 1/2 tsp baking soda, & 1/2 tsp salt (all pre-sifted)
Step 4 bag: 1 cup of chocolate chips & 1/2 cup of chopped hazelnuts
1. Preheat oven to 350F. Cream butter in an electric mixer for 3 minutes until light and fluffy. Add the sugars and Nutella and mix well, scraping down the sides of the bowl to ensure even mixing.
2. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating for 30 seconds between each. Add the vanilla and mix for 10 seconds.
3. Mix sifted flour, cocoa, salt, and baking soda into the butter mixture on low speed until fully incorporated, scraping down the bottom and sides to ensure even mixing.
4. Fold in the chocolate chips and hazelnuts and refrigerate the dough for ten minutes.
5. Spoon tablespoon-sized drops of dough onto parchment paper lined cookie sheets. Bake at 350F for 10-12 minutes. Allow to cool on the sheets for a minute or two before transferring to a wire rack to finish cooling.
Makes 6 dozen.