Cookies in a Jar, Ornaments and Gift Tags

Cookie Jar Gift Idea
When my stitched ornaments were featured on Sew Mama Sew last week, I thought it would be nice to give an idea of how they would look dressed up for winter using felt or wool fabric.

The cookie jars above were gifts I made last year with my daughter. The cookies were made from the world’s easiest recipe courtesy of my dear mama, who makes an enormous variety of baked delicacies every year. This one is perfect for kids, because they can do the baking all alone. I’d say 6+. The dough never gets sticky and it’s easy to handle.

Unfortunately the measurements are all in grams, but if you don’t have a metric kitchen scale Mr. Google will help you….
Here’s what you need:
300 g (10.5 oz)  flour
200g (7 oz) cold butter or substitute like Earth Balance)
100 g  (3.5 oz) sugar
1 egg or flax seeds would work, too. 1 egg = 1 Tbsp. ground flax seed simmered in 3 Tbsp. water, just let it cool, before you mix it in. And there’s always egg replacer. Just follow instructions on the package.
Mama says, that’s it’s also good to divide the flour into 200g of flour and 100 g of hazelnuts. I’ve never tried that, but I will.

Bake at 200C or 390F for 10 minutes.

Easy Kids Cookies
Decorate the cookies (or not) and you’re done. One in our family likes burnt cookies (me) and the others like them ghostly pale.
Cookie Jar Gift Idea
Fill a nice jar, make a gift tag, fix some greenery in place and you have a sweet homemade gift. I made the tags above from an old Anthropologie catalog and some heavy weight paper by cutting two squares of the same size (or any shape for that matter); one from decorative paper and the other from thin cardboard, so that it’s possible to leave a note. Place the two together (wrong sides) and hand-stitch around the edges.

To make the ornaments, just follow the tutorial here and use felt instead of linen.

My next post will be from Germany when I finally get over my jet lag.

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  1. Sonya says:

    Que delicia de ornamentos! Parabéns. Tenha uma ótima tarde. Beijinho

  2. Michelle says:

    Thank you for sharing, love those cute tags on your cookie jars:-)

  3. dióhéj says:

    This is delightful, thanks for the tutorial.

  4. Rita says:

    I'm in love with the ornaments and,of course,the cookies. In Switzerland their name is Mailanderli.I don't know if that rings a bell with you. Are you still in Boston or are you on the way to Berlin yet? Talk about multitasking!
    you got the record on that.

    Bleib gesund und viel Freude wunscht Dir, Rita

  5. Sharon says:

    how clever to use your stitched pretties for jar ornaments….and of course they would be beautiful on the tree. i love your idea…i have a similar recipe and use ground almonds in the dough….have a great time in germany!

  6. CraftCrave says:

    Just a quick note to let you know that a link to this post will be placed on CraftCrave today [09 Dec 01:00am GMT]. Thanks, Maria

  7. lisette says:

    Love the ornament!!! So pretty!

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