Craft countdown 24: Cookie swap

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…

Chocolate Crinkles

1/2 c. vegetable oil

4 oz. unsweetened baking cocoa, melted

2 c. granulated sugar

2 tsp. vanilla

4 eggs

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.



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