This month I’m trying something new. I think homemade gifts are the best gifts, so each day from now until Christmas Eve I’ll post a new gift-worthy treat that’s easy to make and delightful to give. I’m so excited to share all the sweet things I’ve cooked up. First up – one of my favorite cookie mixes!
Homemade baking mixes are so convenient at Christmastime. It cuts the dough prep work in half, and that’s especially nice if you have little ones that want to help you bake Christmas cookies. It’s a great way to create special memories without turning your kitchen upside-down.
This baking mix is a little more awesome that most – not only because it’s delicious and super chippy, but because the mix yields about 4 dozen cookies. That’s plenty to share! It’s perfect for busy folks with upcoming cookie swaps or multiple holiday parties to attend.
These are super easy to make, but be sure to grab your largest mixing bowl – you’ll need it! When I made the cookies I saved some of the chips from the top of the jar to stud the outside of the unbaked cookies. This makes the baked cookies look bakery-made, but it’s totally optional. The cookies are just as delicious with the chips all mixed up inside the batter.
Check your local discount stores for inexpensive 2 quart jars. You may even find a plastic variety at dollar markets. If you’re into recycling (I am!) then thrift stores are also good places to look for large glass storage jars.
Double Chip Chocolate Cookie Mix
- 1 two quart jar
- 2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup natural unsweet cocoa powder
- 1 1/4 cups light brown sugar packed
- 3/4 cup granulated sugar
- 1 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips
- 1 1/2 cups butterscotch chips
- In a medium bowl, combine 1 3/4 cups of the flour, the baking powder, baking soda and salt. In a small bowl, blend cocoa and remaining 1 cup of flour.
- Begin layering: Spoon half of the flour-cocoa mixture into the jar. Press down to flatted (a small spice jar works well). Spoon half the plain flour mixture over the cocoa layer; compact. Repeat. Top with brown sugar layer and granulated sugar layer, compacting each. Top with chocolate chips and finish with butterscotch chips.
- Attach a note with baking instructions: In a large bowl, combine1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter with 3 eggs, 1/3 cup milk and 2 teaspoons vanilla extract. Stir in contents of jar just until combined. Drop dough by the tablespoons full onto baking sheets. Bake at 350°F for 13 minutes, or until firm. Let the cookies cool on the sheet for 2 minutes before transferring them to a wire rack to cool completely.