‘Tis the season to be merry and bright! There is just something about the holidays that always puts me in a good mood. I think it is because everyone just seems happier than normal and people show more appreciation for others during this season. A holiday tradition that my family has started back up is baking cookies together, I love it. We used to do it all the time when my sisters and I were kids however we got older and grew out of the tradition. However, we have brought it back and I think that I especially enjoy this time with my family as I now have a child of my own. It’s fun getting to see him help bake the cookies with different generations!
My favorite cookies to make around the holidays are Peanut Butter Blossoms! Honestly, what goes better together than peanut butter and warm chocolate with a tall glass of milk? If you don’t care for this type of cookie you can check out our Top 5 Cookie Favorites to find on that you might enjoy. Another favorite tradition of sorts that I like to partake in during the holidays are cookie swaps! You can pick a friend to exchange your favorite types of cookies together or you can make a cute array of the needed ingredients and your favorite recipe and swap that with a friend!
This year I have chosen to pick the second option to be a little bit unique this holiday season. I pre-measured all of the dry ingredients
to make approximately 24 cookies and placed them in a mason jar. I didn’t add the wet ingredients for obvious reasons including that most people have milk, eggs, etc. already stocked in the house. To put a personal touch on this “gift” I added a jar of coconut oil with the cookie ingredients. Coconut oil is a staple in my household, especially in baking! I prefer to use coconut oil as opposed to butter and other oils because coconut oil contains no trans-fat and no sodium. I also enjoy cooking with it because I feel it enhances the flavor of food that you are baking. Coconut oil can be replaced in a 1 to 1 ratio for any butter or vegetable oil. So, I decorated my mason jar to include the coconut oil with some ribbon and printed out my favorite recipe to attach to the jar. I really feel like this will be a hit with my family, and I am excited to have her try making the cookies with coconut oil 🙂
What is your favorite holiday tradition, in or out of the kitchen?
TIP – If you decide to use a recycled mason jar place a little bit of coconut oil on a paper towel and rub the edges of the label. This will help the label to peel right off. Also, if the jar has any excess glue from the label use coconut oil to rub this off as well. Wash the jar with soap afterwards as the jar will become a little bit oily.