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Hot Cocoa Mix In A Jar
Chocolate Chip Cookie Mix In A Jar

(Family Features) - Of the many hats I've worn over the years, my favorite is Cookie Jar Lady.

It's a sweet story: When my daughter Caty was in first grade, I organized her class in making Chocolate Chip Cookie Mix in a Jar as holiday gifts. Each of her classmates then had a sweet gift for a family member. What I remember most is the fun and laughter of that afternoon. And the enthusiastic feedback after the holidays was a gift itself-these kids were so inspired they wanted to do it again!

You, too, can be a Cookie Jar Lady! Making these gift jars in quantity can be a great holiday gift project for a club, committee, family, or any group. Kids, especially, enjoy the measuring, bagging, and assembling:

  • Determine how many jars to assemble; make a list of ingredients needed.

  • Collect or purchase attractive glass jars, one- or two-quart depending upon the recipes you're using.

  • Arrange all ingredients on the counter or table, in the order they'll be used. Remember measuring cups and spoons.

  • Assign kids to one particular task:
    o measuring ingredients
    o adding ingredients to jars
    o writing out recipes to attach to jars
    o decorating jars with a festive ribbon or bow

  • Don't forget to make extra jars for last minute gifts!

Start with these two popular, sweet jar gifts, and be sure to check out the ideas galore for sweet-gifts-in-a-jar at www.VeryBestBaking.com

Jenny Harper is Consumer Test Kitchen Project Manager for the Nestlé Test Kitchens and VeryBestBaking.com.

Hot Cocoa Mix In A Jar

Ingredients
  • 6 cups Nestlé Carnation Instant Nonfat Dry Milk
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons Nestlé Toll House Baking Cocoa
  • 1 1/2 cups miniature marshmallows (optional)

Preparation
    1. COMBINE dry milk, sugar, cocoa and marshmallows in large bowl. Pour into 2-quart jar or tall container. Seal with lid and decorate with fabric and ribbon.
    2. Recipe To Attach - Measure 1/2 cup cocoa mix into mug. Stir in 1 cup hot water or milk. Makes 12 servings.

Serves
Makes 12 servings

Notes, Tips & Suggestions
Variation Using Pint Jar

1 1/2 cups Nestle Carnation Nonfat Dry Milk
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons Nestlé Toll House Baking Cocoa
1/2 cup miniature marshmallows (optional)

Recipe To Attach - Measure 1/2 cup cocoa mix into mug. Stir in 1 cup hot water or milk. Makes 4 servings.

Chocolate Chip Cookie Mix In A Jar

Description
Looking for great gifts to make and give this Holiday Season? Try Chocolate Chip Cookie Mix In A Jar. Kids especially enjoy helping with this project.

Ingredients
  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups (9 ounces) Nestlé Toll House Semi-Sweet Chocolate Morsels
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar

Preparation
    1. COMBINE flour, baking soda and salt in small bowl. Place flour mixture in 1-quart jar. Layer remaining ingredients in order listed above, pressing firmly after each layer. Seal with lid and decorate with fabric and ribbon.
    2. Recipe To Attach - PREHEAT oven to 375° F. Beat 3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) softened butter or margarine, 1 large egg and 3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract in large mixer bowl until blended. Add cookie mix and 1/2 cup chopped nuts (optional); mix well, breaking up any clumps. Drop by rounded tablespoon onto ungreased baking sheets. Bake for 9 to 11 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on baking sheets for 2 minutes; remove to wire racks to cool completely. Makes about 2 dozen cookies.

Serves
Makes 2 dozen cookies

SOURCE: Nestlé USA, Inc.


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