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!
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)
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
- 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.
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)
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
Are there any delicious handmade gifts in a jar you recommend? I’d love to hear about them.
Enjoy your weekend!