quart canning jars
6"x6" fabric squares
I used this recipe from All Recipes. I took the recommendations of others who commented on this recipe and made a few changes:
2 cups of flour
3/4 tsp baking soda
1/2 c sugar
1/2 c packed brown sugar
2 cups semi sweet chocolate chips (I used 1 c chips/1 c M&Ms)
I made a paper funnel for my jars to make pouring easy. Mix dry white ingredients together. Next, I added the following ingredients in order really packing each layer. I used a small spatula and tapped the jar on the counter for each layer.
M & Ms
Screw on the lid. Tie a fabric square onto the jar with a ribbon , jute or raffia. Add a tag with the instructions. I printed the baking instructions on sticker paper (follow the link and feel free to use) and adhered to the back of each tag. You could also simple print on paper and attach with glue stick. I found holiday tags generously shared and created by Hey Look - thank you! You could also use my Santa tags or search the internet for other printable tags.
The boys made a batch by themselves following the instructions. The cookies turned out great. We'll be making more of these in the future (with different color candies or flavored chips for different occasions).