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I remember making these with my kids for various members of our family as inexpensive Christmas gifts. As the jar is filled with pre-measured dry ingredients for cookies, all the recipient has to do is add the wet ingredients and bake.
Other versions could include muffins in a jar or hot chocolate in a jar. You can use any spare jar and make it look pretty with extra ribbon, tags and ornaments.
This is a Fave Memory of mine. In the weeks before Christmas when I was a kid, my mom would make dozens of these cookies and put them in tins in our chest freezer in the basement so we'd have them for the holidays. My brother and I discovered the stash and used to sneak a handful when we could, hoping she wouldn't notice. I loved those cookies so much, I make them every December with my own kids, with the same old-fashioned aluminum cookie press my mom used decades ago.
Fave Memory - I remember first making the recipe for Fudge from the label of the jar of Marshmallow Fluff jar in the 80s. You didn't need to worry about candy thermometers and getting just the right temperature with this recipe. It was simple and quick! It was the age of convenience...the microwave was used more than the oven in those days! (how do you like my "Miami Vice" colorway? Rad, right?!)
My Fave Memory with food is making my Grandma’s chocolate shortbread for Christmas. Since I was very young I can remember munching on the chocolatey scalloped cookies. There was always a line down the middle because of my Grandma’s specific cookie cutter, which seemed perfect for breaking in two but never for sharing! When I was finally old enough to help my mom bake, it was a delicious dream come true to make the family-famous cookies for ourselves!
FAV Memory - this is the first recipe I remember my Mom teaching me. It is so easy (NO-BAKE), delicious and creative. It started my curiosity and love of food and cooking/baking. I sometimes flavored the whipped cream with peppermint and added a tinge of pink food coloring. Make it even more decadent with drizzled chocolate and sliced almonds on top.
FAVE MEMORY: One of my favorite things about my husband is the joy he gets from lavishing love on our little family. A few years ago he surprised me with a 3-layer chocolate cake for Valentine's day. It was not the most refined-looking cake and my kitchen was never the same after that day (despite the fact that I'm a messy cook myself!), but every bit of cake batter we cleaned up just reminded me how hard he'd worked on such a sweet, extravagant surprise.
This cookie recipe has been passed down in my family for generations and is a favorite amongst us all. I remember being a kid and making these in the kitchen with mom. It was always my favorite time! My sister and I got to help AND eat the leftover dough out of the bowl. It was the best! It is also one of the many reasons baking these cookies remains my favorite food memory today.