Home ‘Crafted Holidays: Recipes in a Bottle
Its been a crazy couple of weeks with Thanksgiving on top on transferring commands and moving into a new barracks And for the icing on the crazy/hectic cake, I also just got in touch with family I haven’t seen or spoken to since I was four (getting in touch with them is a good thing btw).
In spite of all this craziness, I’m thrilled to participating in Domestic Witch’s Home ‘Crafted Holidays! Unfortunately, due to the move I haven’t been able to actually make my craft, so I hope that I can fully express it with just words! So on with the show!
My favorite ‘craft’ for gift giving is what I like to call Recipes in a Bottle. I was originally given this idea by a friend who gifted me something similar. It’s a great way to share a favorite recipe with friends and family! This year I wanted to make Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cookies, a recipe that I’m always asked for. For this you can use any type of container you’d like as long as it has a lid with a tight seal, preferable a tall container rather than fat! Make sure the dry ingredients will all fit inside without much room left over. I use a Mason jar for mine.
- 1 cup butter, softened
- 1 1/2 cups white sugar
- 2 eggs
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 2/3 cup cocoa powder
- 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 1/2 cup chopped walnuts (optional)
1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
2. In large bowl, beat butter, sugar, eggs, and vanilla until light and fluffy. Combine the flour, cocoa, baking soda, and salt; stir into the butter mixture until well blended. Mix in the chocolate chips and walnuts. Drop by rounded teaspoonfuls onto ungreased cookie sheets.
3. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes in the preheated oven, or just until set. Cool slightly on the cookie sheets before transferring to wire racks to cool completely.
What you need:
A mason jar and lid (the kind with a ring)
Small square of fabric (big enough to cover mouth of jar)
Cardstock, recipe card, or something of the sort
Pen (or printer)
Dry ingredients from your recipe:
- Cocoa Powder
- Baking Soda
- Chocolate Chips
Measure out the correct amount of ingredients, but keep them separate. Remember its only the dry ingredients. Mix the flour, salt and baking soda, since there are such small amounts of salt and baking soda.
In the jar (which should be clean) layer the ingredients as you see fit, try to alternate colors and don’t make the layers level for a more artsy look, just like sand art! Once you’ve used the ingredients and the jar is mostly full, place the lid (without the ring) on top of the jar. Place the square of fabric on top of that. Your fabric can be anything you like, and the edges don’t have to be straight, break out the scrapbook scissors and get creative! Once you’ve placed your fabric on top of the lid, screw the ring on top of that as tightly as possible.
Next take your cardstock, recipe card, or whatever you want to use, and write your recipe on it (or you could print it or use calligraphy). Once again, feel free to be creative with both the card and the writing, just make it readable, the recipe is part of the gift and they need it for the ingredients in your bottle to be useful. Once you have the recipe down, fold the card in half and punch a hole in one of the corners. Label the outside with ‘To:/From:’ if you wish, then string the ribbon through the hole. Tie the ribbon around the top of the mason jar, tightly enough that it won’t fall, and you’re done!
You now have a thoughtful, creative, and yummy gift for a loved one! Experiment with different recipes, containers, or whatever! Hope you enjoy giving this gift as much as I have, and thank you to Domestic Witch for including me in her holiday cheer!