Yummy Handmade Gifts {You May Want to Keep}

Every year I try to include at least a few handmade items to give as hostess gifts and add-ons for friends and family. As I was looking for ideas to make for this Christmas, I must’ve been craving baked goods because that’s all I seemed to be noticing. Over the years I’ve tried new recipes and some have been hits- like last year’s chocolate caramel pecan pretzels that were so easy to make. Others have been disappointments and find their way to the bottom of the deep freeze.

A week ago I was going through some of my recipe books and came across a recipe for cookies with chocolate, toffee and coconut. It sounded like the perfect combination to me. Let me tell you- these cookies are divine. Not only does the house smell heavenly when you’re baking them, but their chewy goodness is the perfect pairing with a glass of ice cold milk!

Chocolate Coconut Cookie Recipe in a Jar {Satori Design for Living}

These cookies are so good that I want to share them with family and friends this holiday season. Or do I? I have a few bakers on my list so I’m going to do up some jars filled with the mix. For those friends who rarely open an oven door, I’m going to bake them and wrap them up in a pretty package before my family gets a hold of them.

Chocolate Toffee Coconut Chews Mix

1 ½ cups semi-sweet or milk chocolate chips (divided)

1 ½ cups medium flaked unsweetened coconut

1 cup toffee baking pieces (skor bits)

¾ cup packed light brown sugar

½ cup all purpose flour

¼ tsp. baking powder

¼ tsp. salt

1 ½ quart jar or container with lid

Items to decorate jar (I used fabric, ribbon and bells)

Label (for instructions)

Chocolate Coconut Toffee Cookie Mix- Gift in a Jar

Step one. Place ½ cup chocolate chips in small Ziploc plastic bag. Start layering all the ingredients in the clean jar, pressing down firmly as you add each layer:

  • flour, salt, baking powder
  • brown sugar
  • coconut
  • toffee baking pieces
  • chocolate chips
  • chocolate chips in bag

Step two. Fasten lid to jar and decorate. To do this I cut a piece of fabric in a circle two inches wider than the top of the jar on each side with pinking sheers. I then placed the sealer piece on the jar and centered the fabric on top. I took the ring and screwed it on tightly. To decorate, I added two bells to a piece of ribbon to make a small ornament and placed it over the ring. The ornament ends up being another little bonus gift.

Decorating Gifts in a Jar

Step three. Add the following instructions to the jar by printing a label or writing by hand.

1 jar Chocolate Toffee Coconut Chews mix

¼ cup butter (cut into small pieces)

2 eggs

1 tsp. vanilla

1) Preheat oven to 350oF. Line 2 large cookie sheets with parchment paper. Place ½ cup chocolate chips from bag in a large microwave safe bowl. Microwave for 1 minute; stir. Microwave for 30 to 60 seconds until chocolate is melted; stir well.

2) Add butter to chocolate and stir until melted. Beat in eggs one at a time and add vanilla; stir until blended. Add half the cookie mix to the chocolate mixture; stir. Add remaining mix and stir until blended.

3) Drop heaping spoonfuls (about 1/3 cup) 3” apart onto prepared cookie sheets. Flatten the dough into 3” rounds. Bake 13-15 minutes or until edges are just firm to the touch. Do not over bake. Let cookies stand on cookie sheets for 3 minutes. Slide parchment paper and cookies onto countertop; cool completely.

Makes 1 dozen large cookies

Other Handmade Goodies

Quick bread in a bottle

Quick Bread in a Bottle- Handmade Gift Idea

Crunchy-chewy mix

Crunchy Chewy Mix in a Jar via Martha Stewart

Mocha Mix

Recipe for Mocha Mix in a Jar via My Recipes

Jamaican jerk rub

Jamaican Jerk Rub Recipe (Gift in a Jar) via BHG.com

I don’t know about you, but I may have to make them all! If you’re wanting more yummy, nummy goodness, enter the Mercedes White French Macaron GIVEAWAY we have going on.

Are there any delicious handmade gifts in a jar you recommend? I’d love to hear about them.

Enjoy your weekend!

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  1. says

    Hi Shauna!  This is a wonderful idea.  I love the whole idea of it.  And your jar decorations are so pretty.  I am going to make these cookies for my family!  Thank you for sharing this!

  2. says

    I already have a few botched Christmas recipes hiding in the bottom of my freezer and it’s not even Dec. 1! Giving out mixes instead is a great idea!

    • says

      Thanks for stopping by! Mixes are a little easier to transport and can be made whenever they’re ready to eat more goodies (sometimes there’s just too much during the holidays)!

  3. Gayle says

    I just made your chocolate coconut toffee chewy cookies, Shauna ~~ OMG they are wonderful!!!!!!  I had planned on packaging them up as gifts for friends………but I have a feeling this double batch may be gone before that happens!  Thank you so much for the recipe and gift idea.

  4. Wanda Ann says

    This is such a fun idea, the cookies look yummy. Great Gifts Idea! Love your pictures. Saw you at the link parties and now following you. I would love for you to visit me at memoriesbythemile.com

    Merry Christmas, Wanda Ann


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