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If you’re trying to come up with a few creative and thoughtful gifts for friends and family this year, these cookie jars are just perfect. They make great gifts for your family, nursery teachers and friends. They’re also really fun to make and a lovely way to get the kids involved in the making and baking!

You can flavour your cookies to your taste and dietary requirements, changing the chocolate chips for crushed nuts (remember your little one should be over 6 months before you feed them any nuts), or the raisins for Smarties or little pieces of fudge. Get creative. You can also make your jars look festive by adding some Christmas decorations and adding our instruction tag using some colourful ribbon or string.

Ingredients

  • 100g plain flour, sieved – use gluten free if you prefer
  • 150g quick cook rolled oats
  • 1 pinch table salt
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 75g roughly chopped raisins
  • 100g soft light brown sugar
  • 75g chopped hazelnuts or milk chocolate chips

Method

To make around 20 cookies you will need:

Jar assembly

  1. Sieve the flour, baking powder and salt together – make this mix your first layer in the jar. If your jars have a narrow top you can create a funnel using a sheet of paper to pour the ingredients in.
  2. Bang the jar on a hard surface to even out the mixture
  3. Add half of the oats. Now add a layer of raisins and press them down so they are even. Repeat this with all the ingredients listed above until you have used everything up
  4. Seal the jar, add the instruction tag and decorate with ribbon, string, tassels and baubles galore!

How to make (for instruction tag)

If you want to handwrite your tag, simply copy the text below. Or, you can download one we made earlier.

  1. Preheat your oven to 170°C/Fan 150°C/Gas 3 and line a baking tray with parchment paper.
  2. Cream together 125g of soft, unsalted butter with 1 medium egg until combined and slightly pale.
  3. Add all ingredients from the jar and mix well until a dough forms. (Add a splash of milk if it’s stiff.)
  4. Roll 20 golf-ball-size pieces with your hands and place onto your lined parchment paper leaving a gap between each cookie. Press them down slightly with your hand.
  5. Bake for 12 minutes.
  6. Leave to cool on a wire rack before eating.

Peanuts and tree nuts (like hazelnuts) are a common allergen. As whole nuts are a choking hazard, please make sure children are supervised by an adult at all times.

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