Saturday, December 16, 2006

Okay, so I got it into my head that I wanted to give "cookie mix in a jar" (or CMIAJ) to some friends who are fellow moms from Gus's school, many of whom dread the upcoming winter break and its accompanying hours of child amusement. (I personally adore break, because we get to sleep late, and I don't have to make a ding-dang sandwich every day.) I thought CMIAJ would be a cute idea, because it wouldn't be a big deal and because it would give the moms an activity to do with the kids over break, and it would be easy to do.

I had never made them before, but there are billions of recipes all over the 'net for them, so how difficult could they be, eh? If you're not familiar with them, you find pretty glass jars and fill them with the components to make cookies and decorate them sweetly and then give them with the recipe attached, and they are so adorable you can't stand it, like so:

Wellllll.....first I had to find jars. Where exactly do all these CMIAJ makers find those pretty jars? I couldn't find any, so I went to the market and bought six jars of the cheapest spaghetti sauce. Which led to this:

I poured the sauce into freezer bags (Matthew still has not mentioned the sudden proliferation of bags of frozen spaghetti sauce in the freezer... Sometimes I think he sees evidence of my temporary insanity and just averts his eyes and backs away.)

So I washed them out and assembled the ingredients and printed out the recipe and filled one of them with brown sugar and white sugar. I looked at the recipe, which said to "mix the dry ingredients and set aside and then in a separate bowl cream the sugars with the butter and eggs." And the (admittedly amateur) baker in me thought, "How can you separate out the dry ingredients from the sugars when they're all in the same freakin' jar together??" I guess people just dump all the ingredients out in a bowl and mix the whole ding-dang thing together, but I just couldn't do it. It is Bad Baking Policy. So I decided to do CMIAB-ag. I put all the dry ingredients in one baggie and all the sugars in another baggie, and put them in a nice brown bag (I LURVE brown bags!!!!), and tied the recipe to the handle. VOILA!!

I love how they turned out - look!

So that was great and everything, but I'm still left pondering how all the millions and millions of CMIAJ makers resolved the sugars/dry ingredients quandary. Has anyone out there ever given or received such an item, and if so, how did you handle it??

On a sort of completely different matter, Gus and I picked up our stuff at Colour Me Mine. Tomorrow (or whenever I get around to it, I will share pictures. I know you all are breathlessly awaiting them.)


Blogger CurlyGirl said...

Yeah, yeah, your gifts ARE lovely, but WHERE are the Color Me Mine photos??!?!?!?!

8:35 PM  
Blogger DMJ said...

Talk about impatience!!

8:36 PM  
Blogger diana said...

Whoa! I'm very gratified by your impatience, CG! I'm snapping as fast as I can!!

Would you care to chime in on the baking question??

7:14 AM  
Blogger CurlyGirl said...

Well, I've never seen these jar cookie things, but I imagine if you do the white sugar first, then the brown sugar and pack it tightly, if the dry ingrediants are last, they might pour out separate of the block of brown sugar which would also (maybe?) block the white sugar from pouring out?

You boy was delightful yesterday. Remind me to tell you about the wishing well and the not-fake santa.

and, uh, still waiting for Color Me Mine pix...

10:56 AM  
Blogger diana said...

I thought about that, CG, but it still seemed to defeat the purpose of being mindless fun.

I want to take a picture of the Colour Me Mine menorah in action, which I will do tonight. Excitement!!

6:54 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, as a recipient of the "cookie jar mixes in a bag", sans spaghetti sauce, I want to say that the cookies were delightful and made a wonderful addition to our Christmas cookie collection!
Thank you Dr. Born!

12:36 PM  

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