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Celebrate National Cookie Day by gifting cookie mix in mason jars

Need a last-minute holiday gift idea? Layer cookie ingredients in a mason jar and decorate with colorful paper, bows or ribbon.
Need a last-minute holiday gift idea? Layer cookie ingredients in a mason jar and decorate with colorful paper, bows or ribbon. The Kansas City Star

Here’s an easy holiday gift idea just in time for National Cookie Day on Thursday: Layer cookie mix ingredients in a mason jar and decorate with cheerful paper, bows or ribbon.

This recipe, originally published in The Star last year, is one of many fun holiday ideas you’ll find at skiptomylou.org, a blog about crafts, cooking and creativity by Cindy Hopper of Topeka. The resulting cookies taste as good as the mix looks in the jar. The best part: Cookie mix has a longer shelf life than freshly baked cookies.

Enjoy!

Holiday Cookies in a Jar

Makes a mix that yields 2 dozen cookies

1 (16-ounce) mason jar with lid

11/3 cups all-purpose flour

1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 cup old-fashioned rolled oats

1 cup M&Ms or chocolate chips

3/4 cup packed brown sugar

1/4 cup sugar

To layer ingredients in the jar: Mix flour, salt and baking soda, then place in bottom of jar. Add oats, followed by M&Ms (or chocolate chips), brown sugar (press down firmly) and sugar. Screw lid on tightly.

When you gift the jar, include a note with these instructions: “To make the cookies, mix the jar’s contents with 1/2 cup melted butter, 1 egg and 1 teaspoon vanilla, then drop by 2 tablespoons on a cookie sheet and bake for 10 minutes at 350 degrees.”

Nutrition info per cookie: 118 calories (18 percent from fat), 2 grams total fat (1 gram saturated), 1 milligram cholesterol, 23 grams carbohydrates, 2 grams protein, 99 milligrams sodium, 1 gram dietary fiber.

Looking for more ways to celebrate National Cookie Day? Here are four recipes for cookie dough that you can stash in the freezer and bake at the last minute. And here’s a recipe for Dutch Spice Cookies made with lots of warm spices: Cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and ginger.

Contact Sarah Gish via email at sgish@kcstar.com or tweet @sarah_gish.

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