Recently I was asked to create baby shower favors. It was a very special, very personal request and I was honored to oblige. They wanted something involving baking/baked goods. I was flattered and NERVOUS...it had to be perfect!
In doing my research for baby shower favors, I found wonderful baby themed cookies beautifully decorated with icing. I drooled over some of them, fervently wishing I could recreate each and every one. I am an excellent cook/baker but there are certain skills I have yet to acquire/master one of which is cookie decorating. Alas, this was not the time for learning a new skill; it had to be perfect.
I finally settled on mason jar cookies. I thought these would be easy and a guaranteed hit...wrong. It is unbelievably hard to find the right mix of ingredients to fit a specific sized jar. I must have tried and tested a dozen combinations with different types of jars until I finally found the right combo. Then I tested my recipe at least 4 or 5 times to make sure anyone could recreate the perfect chocolate chip cookie from my mix. The following recipe makes 12 perfectly delicious chocolate chip cookies that even a non-baker can make. The mix fits the smallest IKEA mason jar ($1.99ea). Add a festive ribbon and an instruction card or sticker (I purchased transparent mason jar stickers at Bureau en Gros) and you've got the perfect gift.
- 1/4 cup of butter (room temperature)
- 1 egg
- 1/2 tsp of vanilla
DRY INGREDIENTS (layer in a small Ikea mason jar)
- 1/2 cup of cholate chips
- 1 & 1/8 cup of flour
- 1/4 + 1/8 tsp of baking soda
- 1/2 tsp of salt
- 6 tbsps. of brown sugar
- 6 tbsps. of white sugar
- 1/4 cup of chocolate chips
In a large bowl whisk together the wet ingredients and then add the contents of the mason jar to the mix. Once well combined, form 12 small balls of cookie dough. Place on a baking sheet and bake in a 350 degree oven for 12 to 15 minutes.