I made m&m cookies in a jar. Not very paleo, I know. But the teachers I am gifting are definitely Not. Paleo. So, I figured they’d like these. Also, since I am in Switzerland, I am hoping that the whole DIY-gift-in-a-jar-concept might be novel. I followed a recipe I found online for Cowboy (or Cowgirl) cookies in a jar.
First of all, I had a very difficult time finding chocolate chips. I found chocolate shavings, chocolate sprinkles, chocolate syrup…but no chocolate chips. Finally, I found some “chocolate drops” in Germany at Edeka. (Later, I saw some at Coop as well. They’re called Schokotröpfchen—if you’re looking for them.)
I also had a difficult time finding brown sugar. Normally, I substitute unprocessed raw cane sugar (Rohzucker), but I was motivated to try to find real brown sugar for the teachers. That’s not easy around here. I checked in many stores. I also ended up finding this in Germany at Edeka. To be honest, it looked quite a bit like the raw cane sugar I usually buy, but I felt better for having found something that at least claimed it was the real deal.
I couldn’t find pecans at all. Nowhere. I know I have seen them before, but perhaps they were only seasonally available, so, I substituted walnuts.
I made my cookies mixes in canning jars from IKEA. In contrast to Heidi with her lentil soup project, I bought far too much of my ingredients (especially flour and sugar, which I rarely use), so now I have lots of ingredients left over. Also unlike Heidi, I didn’t have my kids help me. I figured there would be too many m&m and chocolate chip “casualties.”
Stuff you will need (not ingredients)
A wide-mouthed funnel (optional). This cuts down considerably on spillage.
Card stock or thick paper for recipe cards
Pretty curling ribbon
1-liter or 1-quart glass jars.
I made the mistakes so you don’t have to…
I didn’t pack down each level tightly enough. I shook and leveled and shook and leveled. But apparently I didn’t pack it in hard enough. The ingredients should be flush with the top of the lid when you seal it up.
I didn’t chop my walnuts finely enough. It was really difficult to close the jars actually. I suspect the walnuts could have been chopped more finely.
How to assemble your jars
Layer 7: chopped walnuts (up under the sealing ring—you can’t even see this layer) Layer 6: white sugarLayer 5: brown sugar
Layer 4: chocolate chips
Layer 3: m&ms
Layer 2: oats
Layer 1: flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt
I translated the instructions into German for gifting and printed them on circular removable labels. I placed the instruction sticker on the back. I printed “Merry Christmas” on the same circular labels and put them on the front of the jar.
Since you probably don’t speak German, I figured the labels would be of little use to you. (Let me know in the comments if you’d like me to post them. I’d be happy to.) I converted the English instructions into Heidi’s recipe card template so you can use them.