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Dairy free life – Christmas cookie jars

I stumbled over this wonderful idea for Christmas presents from Domestic Goddesque – cookie mix in a jar ready to go.

It seemed to me to be the perfect mix of a fairly frugal gift, something practical to do with children and not another bit of plastic that probably wouldn’t survive until New Years.

So the girls and I spent a happy hour making our cookie jars – we mixed all the dry ingredients together and the put a layer of smarties on top.  Admittedly Smarties aren’t dairy free but you can substitute for dairy free chocolate buttons (our favourite are from Moo Free and incredibly taste like proper milk chocolate!).

We then added on gift tags (decorated by the girls for that personal, if not terribly neat, touch) and a red bow.

And stand back and tick a whole bunch of presents off the list!

Christmas Cookie Jar

150g plain flour

1 and 1/2 tsp baking powder

75g rolled oats

50g soft brown sugar

50g caster sugar

75-100g smarties / chocolate drops / dairy free chocolate drops

Time taken – 10 minutes per jar

Cost – all of t the ingredients for 5 jars cost me under £10 with enough of the staples left over to make Christmas tree decorations and I got the jars for £2 each in Sainsburies although I suspect with a bit more planning I could have got them cheaper.  Total cost between £3 and £4 per jar.

For the tag with the all important how to, we used the following wording

Put the contents of the jar in a bowl and add 1 egg, and 80g melted butter or dairy free spread.  Stir until thoroughly combined. Pinch off walnut-sized pieces of the mix and roll into a ball, then place on a baking tray and flatten slightly.

Bake at 180°C for 10 minutes until golden brown.

Allow to cool and enjoy!

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