Home-made Gift #2- Cookies in a Jar.

For this simple idea I made a batch of cookies, a small jar I had around the house and a large jar from Ikea.  I also cut up some fabric that I had and used some gold ribbon and an elastic band.  For a more personal touch, I had some paint that works on glass, if you want to make a little note.

Chewy Molasses-Spice Cookies

(makes 36)

  • 2 cups of all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 3/4 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/4 cup of molasses
  1. Preheat oven to 350°.  In a bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt.  Set aside.  In a shallow bowl, place 1/2 cup sugar; set aside.
  2. In a mixer beat butter and remaining cup of sugar until combined.  Beat in egg, and then molasses until combined.  Reduce speed to low; gradually mix in dry ingredients, until dough forms.
  3. Roll dough into balls, whatever size you like, just be consistent.  Roll balls into reserved sugar, coat.  Place on a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  4. Bake 10-15 minutes, one sheet at a time.  Cool 1 minute on baking sheets, transfer to a cooling rack.
  5. Once cooled, stack cookies in a jar.  Depending on how soft you like them, put a piece of bread in with the cookies to keep them soft.  Small for harder, larger for softer.

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