Monday, 19 November 2012

Santa Cookie Mix in a Jar Recipe

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Things are a still a little busy around A Typical English Home, so this week I am deviating a little from my usual blogging pattern and going with make-for-Christmas themed posts. This reflects how I am spending my free time at the moment, because I like to have most of my Christmas preparations out the way by the end of November so that I can just spend the actual run up to the big day enjoying quality family time.

I’m starting with something I’ve just finished; cookie mix in a jar. Every Christmas Eve my boys help me make some treats for Santa, but this year we are breaking a little from the norm and will be using a pre-prepared cookie mix that our, ahem, family elf is “bringing” on 1st December. This is how you can make your own Santa cookie mix in a jar.

Cookies in a Jar Recipe
(Quantities suited to a 0.5L jar)

165g self raising flour
100g brown sugar
50g sugar crystals
100g M&Ms or Smarties

Obviously if you want the mix to look really festive you will want to use lots of red and green, both for the sugar crystals and for the candy. I believe my American readers are a little more fortunate and can buy festive bags of M&Ms, but I had to buy several packs of Smarties and pick out the Christmassy colours to use in my jar. In the past, we have often used crushed up candy canes in Santa’s cookies so that might be a delicious alternative if you can’t get the sweets you want!

To get the pretty layered effect there are two pointers to keep in mind. Firstly, you want to make sure items with small particles, like sugar and flour, go in first as they tend to work their way down to the bottom anyway. Secondly, you will need to compress each layer for a neater finish. I just used the back of a spoon.



To make the cookies, you will also need to add in the non-dry ingredients. Do not forget to include the instructions and quantities for this if you are giving the jar as a gift! For the recipe that I used the additional ingredients required to make the cookies are:

125g butter
1 tablespoon of golden syrup
1 tsp of vanilla extract (optional)

To make the cookies you tip all of the ingredients from the jar into a big bowl and thoroughly combine the mix with butter and golden syrup. Once you are happy with your dough, roll it out until it is about 0.5cm thick and used festive cutters to cut out shapes. The cookies then need to be baked in a preheated oven at 180C for 10 to 14 minutes.

The Santa’s Cookie Mix label and the instructions, which I’ve attached to the lid, will be made available right here on the blog on 29th November. So if you are planning on making your own cookie mix to share with your children or to give as gifts don’t forget to pop back for your cookie mix labels and other free Christmas printables!

***edit: Printable labels can be now be download/printed from this post***

14 comments:

  1. Great idea and they look so festive!

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  2. So cute Angela! We do these jars as gifts for the kids' teachers and they always go over well. I like your labels better than the little tags I usually use.

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    1. Giving them as presents to a teacher is a lovely idea, it's always so difficult to know what to get as a teacher gift :)

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  3. I've been wanting to try something like this for ages! I can definitely relate to the whole - buying 65814521 packs of smarties to get enough red and green!

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    1. It's a faff isn't it?! I've been trying to find somewhere with reasonably priced festive packets of M&Ms (since some places sell imported American sweets), but the mark up is astronomical!

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  4. Love this idea; I think I will make some for my friends and neighbors.

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  5. This looks great! I know what you mean about having to pick out certain coloured smarties! I see all of the fab recipes in blogland and WISH that I had an American stocked supermarket near by!
    Oh well!
    Have a great weekend
    Rebecca
    www.heronscrafts.blogspot.com

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  6. Cute Christmas gift idea! Thanks so much for linking up to the Keep Calm and Link Up! Hope to see you back next week!

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  7. I love the way the ingredients look in the jar, so fun! Love the labels, too. makes me want to make one for everyone on my list! And great idea to have the kids use it to make the cookies for Santa.

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  8. This is such a fun little gift idea! Thanks so much for sharing at Clean and Scentsible. I will be featuring this tomorrow {and pinned!}. Enjoy the rest of your weekend!
    Jenn ;)

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  9. What size jar is required? Thanks, Emma x

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    1. Hi Emma,

      I used a 0.5L jar. Sorry, I should have included that in the post - I'll edit it!

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    2. Thank you - cant wait to try this with the children! X

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