I’ve been invited to a cookie swap. The way this thing is going to work is each guest bakes a dozen cookies of one kind for each other guest. Each guest brings a different type of cookie and everyone goes home with a whole mix of cookies.
As an added flair, this one is also going to have a contest for best container. There’s cookie tins and boxes and tupperware with bows, but I decided to go with a re imaging of a cookie jar.
I’ve saved jelly and spaghetti sauce jars all year and the 16 oz. jars hold a dozen cookies pretty well.
But I didn’t want plain boring jars – I WANTED TO WIN.
Step One: Wash jars and lids thoroughly. Dry.
Step Two: On paper, sketch out what you’re going to paint/how you will decorate. For the nine containers I needed, I had one Frosty, one Santa Clause, one Mrs. Clause, one Rudolph, two generic reindeer and three elves. I came up with ideas for a nutcracker and gingerbread man, too, but didn’t like them as much.
Step Three: Use painter’s tape on areas where’ll you be painting with light colors (yellows, white, etc.)
Step Four: Paint base coat colors (you made need two or three coats depending on how watery your paint is. I did like four coats with the red, but one needed one for the white snowman and elf green.) Remove painter’s tape and finish painting bottom colors.
Step Five: Add detail painting. I find that adding a black outline helps the colors pop.
Step Six (optional): Seal and shine with glossy spray mod podge or clear spray paint.
Step Seven: Add embellishments like buttons, ribbons or lace.
Step Eight: Hot glue fabric to covers and trim the edges even. (Or you could just paint and spray.)
Then, it’s time to fill with cookies. I went with Chocolate Crinkles. I like these for Christmas because they are a little different than usual and can be renamed something like “dirty snowball,” “coal,” or “reindeer droppings,” who knows…
1/2 c. vegetable oil
4 oz. unsweetened baking cocoa, melted
2 c. granulated sugar
2 tsp. vanilla
2 c. flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 c. confectioner’s sugar
Step One: Mix all ingredients, except confectioner’s sugar.
Step Two: Freeze for an hour and a half or refrigerate for 3 hours.
Step Three: Roll into tablespoon-sized balls.
Step Four: Roll balls in confectioner’s sugar.
Step Five: Bake 10 to 12 minutes at 350 degrees.