Sunday, April 21, 2013

Cowboy Cookies in a Jar - Party Favors

Cowboy Cookies in a Jar Recipe

By: Sarah

For the past few weekends, my family been busy attending different parties and showers. I have to admit after being cooped up in the house for 9 weeks cuddling and loving on my new baby, being so busy on the weekends has been extremely exhausting. I know someone's going to have a case of the Mondays!  However, getting to spend time with friends and family has been totally worth it and the fun we have totally makes up for my sleep deprivation.

A couple of weekends ago,  my friend Lindsey and I threw a baby shower for our friend Bethany.  Bethany is expecting her first baby in May and I'm so excited!  She has the cutest round baby bump and you can tell being a mother comes naturally to her.  She even has that motherly glow people talk about.  I'm a little jealous of Bethany because while I was pregnant, all I got was the "pregnancy sweat" and cankles! I was like a human heater with no ankles!

For the shower, Lindsey and I put our brains together (aka skimmed Pinterest) and found several great ideas and inspirations.  Below is the recipe we used for the cookies in a jar in case you want to use them for your future party!

Cowboy Cookies in a Jar Recipe
Inspired by Bakerella 

Layer the following ingredients in a mason jar, packing each layer as you go:

1 1/3 cup all purpose flour, spooned into measuring cup & leveled
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup cooking oats
3/4 cup m&ms
3/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
1/2 cup white sugar
optional:  1/3 – 1/2 cup chopped pecans (the amount you use will depend on how tight you packed the previous ingredients)

Tip:  I usually buy mason jars at Walmart or Kroger. They are much cheaper than the jars you find at craft stores. You can also customize this recipe to match your event with your choice of M&M color and/or using white chocolate chips instead of semi-sweet.

On the jar, make sure to attach the following directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Stir dry ingredients in a large bowl and add:

1/2 cup butter (almost melted),
 1 slightly beaten egg,
& 1 teaspoon vanilla extract. 
Combine thoroughly. 
Roll into 1 1/2 inch balls & bake for 10 minutes.

 These were made with red and green M&Ms, perfect for Christmas!

If you would like a PDF of any of the labels I used, please feel free to email me. 

Enjoy a few pics from the shower! 
Yummy Goodies!
The top cake was a yellow cake filled with chocolate buttercream icing and the bottom cake was chocolate cake filled with Oreo buttercream icing. The H was made with white chocolate.

White chocolate dipped marshmallows  covered with sprinkles.
Sugar Cookies
Sugar Cookies
The gift table.

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