A lot of “… in a Jar” recipes spring up around the holidays. Quick breads, cupcakes, and exotically flavored hot chocolates have all been divided into wet and dry ingredients, layered prettily into glass jars, and gifted with a small recipe card. I thought it would be fun to brainstorm cookie ideas around this idea, except instead of spooning dry ingredients into jars, I’d pour into fun and festive holiday treat bags for gifting. Each recipe includes a downloadable recipe card to be included with the dry ingredient pouch, as well as ideas for clever tools that elevate these cookies into gifts that any baker would be happy to receive.
Go the traditional route with Roll-Out Butter Cookies. Cut into all kinds of holiday shapes and decorate to your heart’s desire. Just remember to leave a few for Santa on Christmas Eve!
Fluffy Coconut Macaroons are perfect for Hanukah (but delicious no matter what time of year) because they don’t contain flour.
Ginger Spice Cookies are the sassy sister of Grandma’s Gingerbread. The addition of cardamom, white pepper, and crystallized ginger will make you crave these unusual and highly addictive sweets, with a chewy center and crisp edge.
Put a little holiday color on your cookie plates with Cornmeal Christmas Cookies. They’re dotted with dried cranberries and pistachios, reflecting the red and green themes of the season, and the cornmeal creates the most buttery crunch. One of my favorites!
Chocolate mint combinations remind me of blustery winter days. Bake a batch of Cocoa Mint Brownies, a perfect post-sledding snack with a cup of coffee or hot chocolate.
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