I’m always on the lookout for Frugal Christmas Gift ideas. Although I do lots of holiday baking – somehow my kids manage to eat most of the spoils – leaving me very little in the way of giftable treats. Being the procrastinator that I am, I usually find myself looking around my house for something that I can turn into a last-minute frugal Christmas Gift. Hence the birth of Lazy Girl’s Cooke Mix in a Jar!
Now I won’t lie to you – this is 100% CHEATING, and yes – I admit that this makes me a baking traitor. But as long as the cookies are yummy and noone is the wiser, I don’t see a problem with a little “Semi-Homemade” 😉
First – you’ll need a mason jar and a bag of cookie mix. I had picked up some cheap Betty Crocker cookie mix at Bi-Lo this past week for $.80 after coupons.
Pour the cookie mix into the jar – and then fill the top with chocolate chunks, granola, M&M’s or some other candy to give it that layered look.
Also – I would recommend using a mix that looks a little more rustic than sugar cookies – like Granola Chocolate Chip!
To make it “Gifty” – Add an easy bow by tying a ribbon around a rubber band or hair tie. Stretch the rubber hand around the mouth of your jar.
Tuck a candy cane into the rubber band for an extra bit of festive flair!
Next – copy out the instructions for how to bake the cookies from the back of the bag. I wrote mine on the back of an index card, and folded it in half. I trimmed it into a pretty small square so it could be taped to the back of a gift tag.
String a gift tag around the jar with the instructions taped to the back – and Voila! Instant holiday baking gift!