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As I’ve mentioned in my Thanksgiving post, Micah’s school is closing its doors at the end of the school year, and I’ve really felt motivated to do some special things for the teachers and students. This may be the last time that we see or interact with some of them, and I’ve truly felt blessed to be a part of this school. So I wanted to do something special for Christmas…
I have been looking for some great gift ideas for Micah’s teachers, and I’ve also been on a mission to find some great gifts for his classmates. And where did I find the perfect gift idea? On Pinterest, of course!
Earlier this week, I shared a post on 24 Homemade Gift Ideas for Your Preschooler’s Classmates. So which idea did we choose? We chose the Christmas Girlfriend Cookies in a Jar from Loralee Lewis Blog. Micah liked the M&Ms in the jar, and I liked that the recipe is perfect for a pint-sized jar instead of the typical quart-sized jar. The pint sized jars are perfect for what I had in mind.
The dry ingredients included in the cookie in the jar recipe include:
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 cup white sugar
1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup milk chocolate M&Ms
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
- Mix the flour and baking soda and pour into a clean pint sized glass jar. *We used a 1/4 cup measuring scoop to pour the mixture into the bottom of the jar.
- Pack firmly. *This can also be done with the measuring scoop or with an ice cream scoop. Since Micah was making one jar while I made another, we used one of each.
- Place the white sugar on top. Pack firmly.
- Layer with chocolate chips and M&Ms.
- Place the brown sugar on top, again packing firmly.
- Cover tightly with the lid.
Micah and I spent about 3 hours last weekend putting together all of the ingredients in each of the jars. We made 15 jars; Micah has about 14 classmates, and of course I had to make 1 for Micah.
In addition to the jars, I got some extra goodies to use instead of decorating the mason jars…
We got these adorable gift boxes at the local Dollar Tree – 2 for $1.00 – Micah spotted them and I thought they were perfect to use to hold the pint-sized mason jars.
And I was right…the mason jars fit perfectly!
Doesn’t the gingerbread man look like he’s really coming out of the door? You can even see a slight shadow! I thought these gift boxes was way too cute to pass up!
Additionally, I purchased some construction paper and made some index-sized print outs of the ingredients and the directions for making the cookies.
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Empty contents of jar into a large bowl.
In separate bowl, combine 1/4 cup + 2 tbsp of butter, 1 egg, and 1/2 tsp of vanilla.
Beat until creamy.
Add to dry mixture.
Drop by teaspoonful onto an ungreased cookie sheet.
Bake for 6-10 minutes.
Also, I included a cookie cutter and candy cane in each box. Micah loved adding all of the special items to the boxes, and making sure that every box had what they needed.
We loved having the Intel tablet with us throughout this experience – we used the tablet to find the recipe, keep an eye on the recipe throughout, and even taking all these great pictures.
Micah and I had tons of fun making this simple, yet fun, recipe for his classmates. And we added our own personal touches to it to make it extra special.
I really hope that his classmates love these special holiday gifts just for them!