Easy Christmas gifts: A jar full of yummy goodness:)

Every year two of my co-workers that I work the most closely with  and I exchange Christmas gifts. This year, because funds were a little tight, I wanted to gift them something that would be on the more creative, yet cost-effective side. Through various searches on the web, I finally decided on giving them cookies in a jar. The best thing about this gift is that it is functional. You don’t have to worry about people tossing this away. In addition, this gift will make them work a little, as they will have to turn on the oven to get the finished product.

The cookie in a jar recipe that I used is called “cranberry hootycreeks”. They are white chocolate and cranberry cookies with a little bit of oatmeal. I omitted the 1/2 cup of pecans, but you could add those if you like nuts in your cookies. After a search in several stores for jars, I ended up purchasing mine from IKEA’s. You will need jars that are at least 1  quart.  After you assemble the ingredients per the instructions below and here, then you can add decorative ribbon, etc. You should also include instructions on what to do with the jar to get the resulting cookies.

Cranberry Hootycreeks by Susan O’Dell (recipe from allrecipes.com)


  • 5/8 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/2 cup white chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans


  1. Layer the ingredients in a 1 quart or 1 liter jar, in the order listed.
  2. Attach a tag with the following instructions: Cranberry Hootycreeks 1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a cookie sheet or line with parchment paper. 2. In a medium bowl, beat together 1/2 cup softened butter, 1 egg and 1 teaspoon of vanilla until fluffy. Add the entire jar of ingredients, and mix together by hand until well blended. Drop by heaping spoonfuls onto the prepared baking sheets. 3. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes, or until edges start to brown. Cool on baking sheets, or remove to cool on wire racks.
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