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Give Gifts in Jars: Monster Cookie Mix

 

I have a special treat for you all today!  My dear friend, Shaina Olmanson from the popular blog, Food For My Family and author of Desserts in Jars has graciously offered to guest post with some tips on how to give gifts in jars!  I think Shaina is playing Santa……. she is also sharing a recipe from her book, along with a free printable AND she has a few copies of her cookbook to giveaway to three lucky TidyMom readers!  Sweet!!

 

 Monster Cookie Mix in a Jar Gift Basket

Let’s talk gifts. I have a difficult time with gift giving. It has nothing to do with the actual giving of the gifts; it is in the buying of the gifts. I don’t want to grab the generic gift card or a bottle of wine and hand it off to my aunt or sister-in-law and call it good. I would rather give something that’s thoughtful or that comes created by my hands. For me it’s the difference between a gift just to cross it off your list or to be thoughtful and purposeful in your giving, to show that you care for and appreciate that person.

For years we’ve been sending hot chocolate mixes as teachers’ gifts and pancake mix for the aunts and uncles. Here are a few ways to give gifts in jars:

  • As part of a gift basket: If you’re sending a care package of sorts, a gift mix or a cupcake in a jar can be the perfect treat to add to your gift.
  • As a handmade touch to a gift card: There are those people who are too hard to buy for or they would really appreciate the gift card. Adding a little sweetness to the gift cards still gives them something to open and hold onto, without foregoing the plastic.
  • A gift for the baker: A gift basket with Desserts in Jars, a set of jars, and a few other treats can be the perfect way to inspire your baking beloved in the kitchen.
  • As the gift itself: A jar full of cookie mix or hot chocolate makes a great homemade gift on its own, too. Give something sweet to those who have been sweet in your life.

When we moved to a new neighborhood, monster cookies were the first things gifted to us by a neighbor welcoming us to our new home. They’re one of our favorite cookies, and they make the perfect holiday gift.

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Monster Cookie Mix

Monster Cookie Mix

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 1/4 cups rolled oats
  • 3/4 cup candy-coated chocolate candies or chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup chopped pecans

Instructions

  1. Mix together the granulated sugar, baking soda, and salt in a bowl. Pour into a 1-quart mason jar. Top with a layer of half of the oats. Add the candies in a layer, and top with a layer of brown sugar. Top with a layer of the remaining oats and then a layer of pecans. Seal with the lid, decorate the jar, and attach a label with these instructions for the recipient:
  2. Monster Cookies:
  3. 3/4 cup smooth or chunky peanut butter (not natural)
  4. 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
  5. 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  6. 2 eggs lightly beaten
  7. Preheat the oven to 350º F. Mix together the peanut butter, butter, vanilla, and eggs in a bowl. Add the contents of jar. Form the dough into 2-inch balls and set on a lined cookie sheet 2" apart. Bake for 12-14 minutes, until the tops of the cookies begin to brown. Allow to cool completely on a wire rack.
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To make this cute gift, I have included a FREE MONSTER COOKIE PRINTABLE for your jars! Because this gift in a jar is a mix, you want to be sure the recipient knows how to bake up a yummy batch! Click the image below to print a page of 5 labels.

FREE Printable Monster Cookies Instruction Label at TidyMom.net

click to print your FREE Monster Cookie Labels

GIVEAWAY!

To make your gift even more sweet…….I’m giving away 3 copies of my book, Desserts in Jars: 50 Sweet Treats that Shine  available at Target, World Market, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and your local bookseller

GIVEAWAY has ended.  Congrats to #41 Emily, #192 Micky and #207 Dallas

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Find more details on  DessertsinJars.com

 

To enter, simply leave a comment on this post, telling me your favorite cookie. (If you’re reading this via email, please click over to the post and leave a comment directly.)

Official Rules: No purchase necessary. Open to US residents only . Must be over 18. Giveaway begins on December 5, 2012 will end on December 12, 2012 at 5:00 pm CST. Prize value $16.95.  The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Three winners with a valid entry will be selected at random using random.org. Winners will be notified by email by December 15, 2012 and will have 48 hours to claim their prize or another winner will be selected. TidyMom, and Harvard Common Press are not responsible for lost or undelivered emails. Winners will be posted on this blog post by December 30, 2012.  VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.  By entering this giveaway, you have agreed to these rules.  Giveaway sponsored by Harvard Common Press .

 Good luck to everyone!

Shaina Olmanson Food for My FamilyShaina Olmanson is the cook, freelance writer, and photographer behind Food for My Family, which was named one of the top ten Top 100 Mom Food Blogs by Babble.com in 2010, 2011, and 2012. She is the author of Desserts in Jars: 50 Sweet Treats that Shine, has served as the food editor for LifetimeMoms and daily contributor to Babble’s Family Kitchen, and contributes regularly to FoodYourWay.net and SimpleBites.net. She lives in Minneapolis, MN with her husband and their four kids.

   
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420 Responses to “Give Gifts in Jars: Monster Cookie Mix”

  1. Melissa posted on December 6, 2012 at 9:15 pm (#
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    Soft and chewy chocolate chip cookies and preferably hot out of the oven!

  2. Justin posted on December 6, 2012 at 10:45 pm (#
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    My favorite cookies are definitely big, soft, chewy chocolate chip cookies.

  3. loyri halliburton posted on December 6, 2012 at 11:23 pm (#
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    My favorite cookies would have to be White Chocolate Macadamia nut.

  4. Robin posted on December 6, 2012 at 11:26 pm (#
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    It’s tough to pick just one but a sure favorite is Martha Stewart’s Double Chocolate Chunk cookies!

  5. Cindy Brickley posted on December 7, 2012 at 8:51 am (#
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    Fat Fluffy Snickerdoodles

  6. Abigail posted on December 7, 2012 at 9:56 am (#
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    Snicker doodles are my absolute favorite

  7. Kristy Life-n-Reflection posted on December 7, 2012 at 10:28 am (#
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    I love making gifts like these!

  8. Vickie posted on December 7, 2012 at 1:39 pm (#
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    Love those Monster Cookies. Our family favorite!

  9. Michelle G posted on December 7, 2012 at 2:02 pm (#
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    I think my favorite cookie is a good ole chocolate chip cookie with pecans.

  10. Dawn Stribling posted on December 7, 2012 at 4:03 pm (#
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    I love all cookies but if I had to pick a favorite, I would go with TidyMom’s Best Chocolate Chip Cookie in the world!

  11. wendy posted on December 7, 2012 at 6:15 pm (#
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    Love me a chocolate crinkle cookie

  12. Priscilla posted on December 7, 2012 at 6:51 pm (#
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    I love the classic chocolate chip cookie!!

  13. erin posted on December 7, 2012 at 6:56 pm (#
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    peanut butter chocolate chunk!

  14. Amy L posted on December 7, 2012 at 7:40 pm (#
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    It’s tough to choose just one favorite cookie! I guess if I have to choose, I’d say the molasses spice cookies that one of my co-workers bakes every Christmas. They’re chewy and spicy and YUMMY!

  15. carly dunavant posted on December 7, 2012 at 10:37 pm (#
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    My favorite cookies are Buckeye balls. They are more of a confectionary ball but I love peanut butter and chocolate together

  16. Deanne H. posted on December 7, 2012 at 10:53 pm (#
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    Chocolate chip and oatmeal.

  17. Krissy posted on December 7, 2012 at 11:18 pm (#
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    peanut butter blossoms are my fav.

  18. KaySue posted on December 8, 2012 at 6:28 am (#
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    I like chocolate crinkle cookies.

  19. Lisa S. posted on December 8, 2012 at 7:40 am (#
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    My favorite is a family favorite, too: coconut krispies.

  20. Jana posted on December 8, 2012 at 8:25 am (#
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    choc chip…really anything that can be dipped in milk :)

  21. Jaime Little posted on December 8, 2012 at 9:09 am (#
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    My favorite cookie is a snickerdoodle.

  22. Lori posted on December 8, 2012 at 11:02 am (#
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    )

    My favorite cookie is still chocolate chip with oatmeal cookies!!

  23. Elizabeth posted on December 8, 2012 at 12:18 pm (#
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    Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies!

  24. Lucy Schramm posted on December 8, 2012 at 1:07 pm (#
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    I love chocolate chip cookies!

  25. Yolanda posted on December 8, 2012 at 2:31 pm (#
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    )

    Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies are my favorite.

  26. Nick @ Bakingbeardy posted on December 8, 2012 at 2:58 pm (#
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    Has to be chocolate chip. It’s a classic for a reason!

  27. Sondra posted on December 8, 2012 at 5:30 pm (#
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    Decorated sugar cookies. They taste great and they bring back so many good memories.

  28. Ilona t posted on December 8, 2012 at 7:38 pm (#
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    I love chocolate chip cookies

  29. Danielle N posted on December 8, 2012 at 8:22 pm (#
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    Sugar cookies with frosting, peanut buter no bakes (no cocoa), or oatmeal raisin. I love cookies!

  30. Michelle H. posted on December 8, 2012 at 10:32 pm (#
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    Chocolate chip cookies fresh from the oven and just a tad undercooked so they literally melt when you pick them up! And of course ice cold milk!

  31. Lisa S posted on December 9, 2012 at 7:41 am (#
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    I love oatmeal raisin cookies but sugar cookies are fun to work with!

  32. Beverly Lee posted on December 9, 2012 at 7:53 am (#
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    snickerdoodles

  33. Southern Gal posted on December 9, 2012 at 11:40 am (#
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    Pound cake cookies that I’ve been making for about 25 years. Thanks for the chance.

  34. Robin Coxon posted on December 9, 2012 at 11:49 am (#
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    When I’m in a pinch I like to make simple cake mix cookies and add my twist to them. Simple recipe with only three items – cake mix, 2 eggs, 1/2 cup oil. Mix and drop on cookie sheet. Bake at 350 degree oven for 5 – 7 minutes.

  35. Laura @ Mrs in the Making posted on December 9, 2012 at 12:09 pm (#
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    I don’t have a favorite cookie…… as long as it does not have walnuts in it, I’ll love it ;)

  36. Terrell posted on December 9, 2012 at 5:37 pm (#
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    I would LOVE this cookbook! My fav cookies have to be oatmeal chocolate chip! YUM!

  37. Dawn Dettmering posted on December 9, 2012 at 6:33 pm (#
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    I love snickerdoodles – warm and soft out of the oven. I used to make them with my Mom when I was very little. I make them with my kids now. They are a family favorite!

  38. Teresa Organ posted on December 9, 2012 at 7:23 pm (#
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    Frosted Sugar Cookies, Snickerdoodles, Chocolate Chip, etc. etc. etc. :)

  39. Carolsue posted on December 10, 2012 at 3:12 am (#
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    My favorite cookies are Snickerdoodles

  40. missy wilber posted on December 10, 2012 at 2:26 pm (#
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    My favorite cookies are half moon cookies! My mom used to make them homemade all the time when we were little. Also love no bake cookies, chocloate, peanut butter and choc/peanut butter. my kids love them also. Cant have just one favorite, now can we? LOL :)

  41. Liz posted on December 10, 2012 at 2:26 pm (#
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    Two ritz crackers with peanut butter sandwiched between, dipped in chocolate almond bark. Yum!

  42. Renea Hand (cupcake-n-bake) posted on December 10, 2012 at 2:27 pm (#
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    Peanut Butter cookies are my absolute favorite!!

  43. Julie R posted on December 10, 2012 at 2:28 pm (#
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    White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies!

  44. Carissa Rounkles posted on December 10, 2012 at 2:28 pm (#
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    )

    I love warm homemade Chocolate Chip Cookies and Gooey Butter Cookies. Happy Holidays! :)

  45. Leigh Alexander posted on December 10, 2012 at 2:31 pm (#
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    Snickerdoodle!!

  46. Katie L. posted on December 10, 2012 at 2:32 pm (#
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    White chocolate Macadamia Nut!

  47. Rosa posted on December 10, 2012 at 2:32 pm (#
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    My favorite cookies will always be soft, chewy chocolate chip cookies. Mmmm…and if they’re just out of the oven, a BONUS!

  48. Karla C posted on December 10, 2012 at 2:34 pm (#
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    Although I really enjoy any cookie with ooey gooey chocolate in it, a close second is the snickerdoodle!

  49. Cynthia Rathunde posted on December 10, 2012 at 2:35 pm (#
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    I love a chocolate chip with fresh pecans!

  50. Tiffany Rogers posted on December 10, 2012 at 2:35 pm (#
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    I have so many cookies i love but i always go back to a really soft and gooey chocolate chip cookie!

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