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iCreate: Jolly Cookie Jar
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These one-of-a-kind, do-it-yourself layered glass cookie jars come with all the necessary dry ingredients already measured out! It’s a “just add butter, eggs, and vanilla” kind of gift, which will delight grown-ups and kids alike. Any favorite cookie recipe will do, however we chose a recipe with walnuts, dried cherries, and chocolate chips for a festive look and delicious taste!

1-quart wide-mouthed jar (with a lid) in glass or clear plastic
1/4 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup packed light brown sugar
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
1/2 cup dried cherries
1/2 cup rolled oats (not instant)
3/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips

3 x 3-inch piece white cardstock
Hole punch
16 to 18 inches narrow ribbon or kitchen string

Add each ingredient into the jar in the order listed. After each addition, use a large spoon or a small fist to level and pack down each layer. Attach the lid.

On the white card stock, make a gift tag that includes the following instructions:
“For scrumptious holiday cookies in a flash, preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Beat together 3 ounces (3/4 stick) unsalted butter, 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract, and 1 egg in a large bowl or mixer. Add the contents of the jar and stir or mix until well blended. Drop by rounded spoonfuls onto an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake until golden, 7 to 10 minutes. Makes 2 dozen cookies. Enjoy!”

Punch a hole in a corner of your gift tag, and thread your ribbon or kitchen string through. When the tag is centered in the middle of the ribbon, tie the ribbon around the jar’s neck, or secure it under the threads of the lid.

Makes 1 jar

Text copyright Jessica Strand 2007, photograph copyright James Baigrie 2007, used courtesy of Chronicle Books.

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HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY!
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Here’s what you will need:

  • White paper gift bag – large enough to fit your head!
  • Pencil
  • Ruler
  • Paint
  • Star stickers
  • Ribbon

Here’s what you will do:

  1. To make one, first remove the handles from a white paper gift bag large enough to fit your head (we used 10-inch-tall bags). Use a pencil and a ruler to mark vertical lines about 1 inch apart down all sides of the bag and across the bottom, then paint every other stripe red. (For painting, place the open bag over a small bucket or similar object.)
  2. When the paint has dried, fold over the open end of the bag a few times for a hat brim, then paint the brim blue. Allow the paint to dry.
  3. Add a few silver star stickers to the brim, and the hat is ready to wear. (If the hat is too large, wrap a ribbon around it at the base, behind the brim, and cinch it snug.)

 

If you cannot have fireworks for some reason, you can make these Fireworks in a Jar!

 

What are you doing for July 4th? Tell us in the comments section below ;)

 

(Photo Credit: ChicaCircle)

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