Christmas is here! That usually means I am in full baking mode and I am sure you are too. It’s our time to share the love and bake treats for friends and family. What I love about the holiday season is that it’s also a time of year when everyone is open to baking for the first time. So bake it forward my fellow bakers! Invite your friends over and bake together. Show them how easy and fun it can be.
When I moved to America, one of the first cookies I made was a classic chocolate chip cookie. It’s got to be the most American cookie after all. It was my first Christmas here and a friend at work had prepared layered cookie mixes in mason jars, along with mixing and baking instructions. Such a great idea!
Today’s project is my tribute to the classic cookie-mix-in-a-jar. A very easy to execute decorated cookie that will bring a smile to everyone’s face.
To shape the cookie base, I used a mason jar cutter. Ball jars are so popular that these cutters are pretty easy to find now. If you want to make these with your kids, here is your basic layout: cookies, royal icing, white sugar, mini M&M’s, mini chocolate chips and crushed graham crackers.
Feel free to mix it up and add crushed peppermint candy, nuts, mini Reese’s cups…basically anything you’d like to get on a cookie =)
First mix some of your icing with black food coloring to get some grey and spoon it onto each cookie. That’s your top.
Next spoon a layer of royal icing at the bottom of each cookie.
Let is set for a few minutes. Working in a tiny assembly line works well here. Usually by the time I was done with my last cookie, the first one was ready for its next step.
Step 2: we are going to use crushed graham crackers to look like a layer of brown sugar. Spoon a layer of royal icing and dust it immediately with crushed crackers.
Repeat with the rest of your cookies. Then go back to your first one and tap the back of your cookie so the excess dust falls off.
For our next step, leave an open space and spoon a band of icing between the graham cracker layer and the top. Dust that one with white sugar and tap off the excess.
Now come the fun layers for chocolate chips and other fillings. I used mini chocolate chips to get the right proportions. I was worried regular chips would be too big.
And finally mini M&M’s…
I added a bit of extra grey icing at the top of each cookie to look like the lid but you don’t have to. Simply tie up a gift tag or a recipe to each cookie and you’re good to go!
Try other variations and send me pictures!!