Sand Art Cookie Jar

This craft makes a wonderful gift.  Who doesn't like chocolate chip cookies?  We include a recipe, but you can substitute in your own favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe.  This will also work with a brownie recipe.  If you have health conscious individuals on your gift list, you can make pretty layers with seven or twelve bean soup recipe, and include a spice packet with the directions.

You will need:

1.  A jar that will hold 6 cups (1 1/2 liters)

2.  18 inches of ribbon

3.  A small rectangle of card stock (About 3" x 4")

4. A fine tip pen

5.  The dry ingredients for chocolate chip cookies

     1 cup packed brown sugar
     1/2 cup white sugar
     2 1/2 cups of flour
     1/2 tsp. salt
     1 tsp. baking soda
     1 1/2 cups chocolate chips


 A jar with chocolate chips, and a ribbon round the lid
 A bowl of flour, a bowl of sugar, and a bowl of chocolate chips  1.  Mix the flour, salt, and baking soda. In a separate dish, mix the brown and white sugar.  Put the chocolate chips in a dish.
 A jar with layers of flour, sugar, and chocolate chips  2.  Put a layer of flour into the jar.  Use a long spoon or a clean paint brush to make sure it is all in place.  Then put a layer of sugar on top, followed by a layer of chocolate chips.  Compact the chocolate chips slightly.  Keep making layers until the ingredients are all in the jar.
 A card with a recipe on it

 3.  On the card, write out instructions to finish mixing the cookies and baking them.  If you follow the above recipe, write:

Cream 1/2 lb of butter (2 sticks) with 2 eggs and 1 tsp. of vanilla.  Mix in the contents of the jar.  Drop the cookies onto a greased baking sheet and bake at 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes.

You could also type and print the instructions and add pictures or borders if you wish.

 A jar with a ribbon and a recipe card  4.  Tie a ribbon around the jar and attach the card.

Chocolate chip cookies were invented by Mrs. Ruth Wakefield of Whitman, Massachusetts.  The story goes that Mrs. Wakefield was making desserts for the guest of Toll House Inn.  When she discovered she lacked the bakers chocolate for her cookie recipe, she substituted a chopped up chocolate bar.  The resulting cookies were so delicious that Mrs. Wakefield was able to sell the recipe to Nestle Chocolate in return for a lifetime supply of chocolate.  The original recipe was printed on the back of a chocolate bar, but the cookies became so popular that in 1939, Nestle decided to package pre-cut up chocolate.  The chocolate chip was born!


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