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I love this idea. 2020 is the year that I'm going to try and be desperately organisd and make a few sets as gifts for friends and family. I'll have to get cracking to make sure work isn't taking over my life, but this is going to be fab activity with the boys.

So these jars can hold a variety of Christmas sweet treats to be baked by the recipient or a variety of hot chocolate drinks, you can add in special ingredients to make these a bit more festive. But lets face it - put a Christmas tag on it, and it's Christmassy, and who doesn't love a jar full of chocolatey goodness.

I found a few delicious looking recipes and thought I'd share them with you.



110g porridge oats
110g dark brown soft sugar
100g caster sugar
60g chopped pecans or walnuts
170g plain chocolate chips
165g plain flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
1/4 teaspoon salt

Layer the ingredients in a 1 litre jar in the order given. Press each layer firmly in place before adding the next layer.

Include a tag with the following instructions:

STEP 1.Preheat oven to 180 C / Gas 4. Grease baking trays.
STEP 2.In a medium bowl, mix together 110g melted butter or margarine, 1 egg and 1 teaspoon of vanilla. 
STEP 3. Stir in the entire contents of the jar. You may need to use your hands to finish mixing.
STEP 4. Shape into walnut sized balls. Place 5cm apart on prepared trays.
STEP 5. Bake for 11 to 13 minutes in the preheated oven.
STEP 6.Transfer cookies from trays to cool on wire racks.



1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking powder
95 g plain flour
35 g cocoa
75 g plain flour
135 g brown sugar
150 g sugar
100 g chocolate chips
100g white chocolate chips
50 g walnuts or pecans (optional)
STEP 1 Layer the dry ingredients in a one litre jar, following the order above, from top, starting with the baking powder and flour. Press each layer down before adding the next. The amounts given should exactly fill a one litre jar.
STEP 2 Give to your friend :) Remember to include a tag with the following instructions
STEP 3 For the tag:
STEP 4 Combine the contents of the jar with 150g melted butter and 3 beaten eggs. Mix well, and pour into a lined 9 x 9 inch tin. Bake at Gas 4 / 180 C (160 fan) / 350 F for 25-35 minutes.
If anyone has any other recipes - I'd love to hear! 
Happy getting organised folks....(disclaimer - chance are I'll do nothing and be looking back at this in January and thinking - I wish I'd done that!)
Clare x

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