Are you looking for a frugal gift or something fun to do with a group? This is an activity Mom on a Mission has done with several groups by purchasing the dry ingredients in bulk. This past event at my Mothers of Preschoolers meeting, we asked the ladies to bring in one cup of their favorite candy, such as chocolate chips, butterscotch, M&M’s or Reese Pieces. This event is especially easy for people to contribute the candy themselves when it’s around a holiday like Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Valentine’s Day or Easter. We tend to have excess candy floating around for some reason:) This can be customized toward any holiday through decorative scrapbook paper, ribbon and holiday gift tags.
Our jars were generously donated by an individual family. Normally a dozen jars cost around $10 or a little less through a discount store like Wal-Mart. You can always look around for free jars on freecycle or craigslist or advertise for a donation on facebook. Jars can also be found at thrift stores and Goodwill if you’re really on a budget and just want to make a few.
Here’s a breakdown of what we purchased at Sams or the grocery store for up to 40 women:
- 2 standard baking soda boxes (grocery store)
- 2 standard baking powder canisters (grocery store)
- 1 standard canister salt (grocery store)
- 25# bag all-purpose flour
- 10# bag sugar
- Two 7# bags brown sugar
- Scrapbook paper
- Cut fabric
- mason jars and lids (we had a combination of small and wide mouth)
Homemade Cookie Mix In a Jar
Layer the following ingredients in the order given into a 1-quart canning jar. Pack each layer in place by lightly tapping the jar on a hard surface or slightly pushing down with the hand (in wide-mouth jars only) before adding the next ingredient.
- 1 tsp. baking powder
- 1 tsp. baking soda
- ¾ c. all-purpose flour
- ¼ c. white sugar
- ¼ c. brown sugar
- 1 c. chocolate chips, butterscotch or M & M’s (if you forgot today, omit and add top off your jar with the ingredient at home)
- ½ c. brown sugar
- ¼ c. white sugar
- 1 c. all-purpose flour
- Attach a piece of scrapbooking paper around the jar.
- Stick on the Homemade Cookie Mix label to the scrapbooking papeStick the mixing directions label on the opposite side of the jar
- Attach a coordinating ribbon and/or fabric if desired
- Intertwine a punched gift tag within the ribbon bow, optional
- Give away to a neighbor, teacher, friend, co-worker or unrecognized recipient, such as grocery clerk, garbage man, postman, pharmacist, librarian