Christmas money saving idea

Home made gift idea to help you save over the holidays

Posted November 2016

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Cookies in a jar

Christmas is just around the corner and it's time to start thinking about gift ideas.

These days homemade gifts have become so rare that it’s a novelty to receive one. Cookies in a Jar are child-friendly, easy to make and they make perfect gifts for teachers, grandparents or Secret Santas. Plus, they won't break the budget

Simply layer the dry ingredients in a jar, pop on the lid and add a pretty ribbon and label with the baking instructions for a gift guaranteed to please.

To assemble the jar:


  • 1 x large mason jar (big enough to hold 4 cups)
  • ¼ cup of sugar
  • 1 ¼ cups of M&Ms (or chocolate chips or raisins)
  • 2 cups of sifted flour
  • ½ tsp of baking soda
  • ¾ cups of brown sugar, packed
  • ¼ tsp of baking powder


  • Combine flour, baking soda and baking powder. 
  • Layer flour mixture, brown sugar, granulated sugar and M&Ms in jar. Pack firmly.

Include the following recipe alongside the jar:

  1. Empty jar of cookie mix into mixing bowl; blend thoroughly.
  2. Add 1/2 cup butter, softened, 1 beaten egg and 1 teaspoon vanilla. Mix until completely blended.
  3. Roll into 1-inch balls, and place 2 inches apart on tray. Bake at 190 degrees until edges are lightly browned, about 12 to 14 minutes.
  4. Cool on the tray for five minutes, then transfer to wire racks.

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The article published on this page is not financial advice and should not be relied upon as such. The opinions published in this article is not those of Unity Credit Union.