Sending baked cookies in the mail is a super sweet gesture, so long as they arrive on time, and in one piece! A cookie jar mix, however, means that your recipient will be enjoying oven-fresh cookies at their leisure, all the while thinking about how awesome you are.
But sometimes cookie jar mixes can be too rooster, denim and gingham. What about a mix for those of us who only wear black and canâ€™t tie perfect bows? Enter the punk rock cookie jar mix!
With cut-out ransom letters as the label, and a safety pin holding together the ribbon, you donâ€™t need to be too precise with the design. And the whole thing comes together in about half an hour, making it a great last minute gift.
The cookie recipe is completely vegan. If you havenâ€™t tried vegan baking, I think youâ€™ll find that itâ€™s easier than traditional baking and the results are more deliciously consistent, because you donâ€™t have to beat eggs or butter. Everything comes together very simply in one bowl. If you donâ€™t normally have flax seeds around, it is probably the only ingredient youâ€™ll need to run out and buy. But itâ€™s a great ingredient to get familiar with because you can use it to replace eggs in baking. Just mix 1 tablespoon ground flax seed with 1/4 cup liquid (soy milk or water) and youâ€™ve got a flax egg! Flax also has those coveted Omega-3s, so sprinkle it in your oatmeal, cereal, and into your smoothies. It has a yummy nutty flavor!
Gather your ingredients. Youâ€™ll need:
1 cup all-purpose flour, 1/2 teaspoon baking soda, 1/4 teaspoon salt, 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder, 2 teaspoons ground flax seeds, 1/2 cup roughly chopped pecans, 3/4 cup sugar, 3/4 cup chocolate chips
Wrap jar at the one inch from the bottom and 2 inches from the top with the animal print stickers. You can make your own strips with some printed paper and a glue stick.
Cut out letters from magazines to spell out C-O-O-K-I-E-S
Place the â€œKâ€ first, because itâ€™s the middle letter it will give you more control in where the other letters are going. Use a glue stick to competely coat the backs of the cut out letters, and stick them firmly in place. Rub them to make sure they stay put.
Add the flour first, along with the baking powder, salt and flax. The add the pecans, and use a spoon to smush them into the sides so that they show through. Add the sugar, then chocolate, then the chocolate chips. Seal jar tightly.
Time to fill the jar! Make a funnel out of paper to get your ingredients in without making a mess. Just roll a sheet of paper into a cone and snip off the bottom.
Make the card. Use an old card or stock paper with a pretty print and a blank side. Make a rectangle big enough to fit the text. Fold it in half and punch a hole in the upper left side.
The card can say whatever you want, but it should definitely have the cookie title directions. It should say â€œDouble Chocolate Pecan Cookiesâ€ â€œMix with: 1/3 cup veg oil, 1/4 cup soy milk, 1 teaspoon vanilla.â€ â€œRoll into 1 inch balls. Place on parchment lined baking sheets. Flatten into 1 1/2 inch discs. Bake for 10 minutes at 350 F. Makes 20 cookies.â€
Slide the ribbon into the hole you punched and make sure itâ€™s secure. Wrap ribbon around the lid and affix with a safety pin. The card should be dangling a few inches.
Stick a few silver stud stickers on the jar letters, and the card. Voila! Your punk rock cookie gift jar is finished.