Oatmeal Scotchies Cookies in a Jar

Thanks for Making Me a Smart Cookie - Oatmeal Scotchies Cookies in a Jar

If you're like me and have more than one child, thinking of meaningful Christmas gifts for my kids teachers has always been challenging. I wanted to make a homemade gift that my kids could help with. Because I had a lot of extra mason ball jars, I thought a cookie mix in a jar would be a great gift, and inexpensive to boot! Oatmeal Scotchies Cookies in a Jar seemed like the perfect gift.

We started with the recipe below from Organized home.

Ingredients (for one mason jar)

  • 1 wide-mouth quart (4-cup) canning jars with lid and rings
  • 3⁄4 cups brown sugar, packed
  • 1⁄2 cup white sugar
  • 1 cup sifted flour, all purpose
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1⁄2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1⁄2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • 3⁄4 cups butterscotch baking chips

Instructions

1. Sift flour before measuring. In large bowl, combine flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, baking soda and salt.

2. Layer in butterscotch chips, oatmeal, layering the flour mixture last.

3. Add mason jar lids.

4. Print a greeting card and the recipe card needed to bake the Oatmeal Scotchies. Cut the cards apart and attach to ribbon.

Let the Work Begin!

Since I adapted this for 6 mason jars, I multiplied all of the measurements above by 6. Then we got to work! We started by sifting the flour – Liam was all about this and he and Sage took turns.

Sifting Flour - Oatmeal Scotchies in a Jar
Then we measured the flour and put it into a bowl that was sitting on our kitchen scale (zeroed out, first, of course!). This is important because later, we divided the dry ingredients into 6 equal portions (by weight). We measured the dry ingredients (brown sugar, white sugar, ground cinnamon, ground nutmeg, baking soda, and salt and dumped them into the bowl. Measuring dry ingredients was fun for the kids, and it was easy to clean them up afterwards!

Dry Ingredients - Oatmeal Scotchies in a Jar
Then we mixed the dry ingredients together with a whisk. I tried mixing with a spoon at first, but you really need a whisk to make sure ALL of the ingredients are incorporated.

Mixing Dry Ingredients - Oatmeal Scotchie Cookies in a Jar
Then we added the butterscotch chips to the ball jar. It was really hard to resist eating these yummy chips!

Pouring Butterscotch Chips - Oatmeal Scotchies Cookies in a Jar
Once the jars are filled with the butterscotch chips, you'll wonder how you're going to get the oatmeal AND the rest of the dry ingredients in… but it does work!

Butterscotch Chips - Oatmeal Scotchies Cookies in a Jar
Adding the oatmeal was pretty easy…
Pouring Oatmeal - Oatmeal Scotchies Cookies in a Jar

The dry ingredients were a bit harder, because you do need to make sure you're adding the appropriate number of oz or grams to each jar. Proportions are so important in any recipe!
Weighing Dry Ingredients - Oatmeal Scotchies Cookies in a Jar
Here's what the jar looked like filled to the brim! The Organized Home site says you can use your Foodsaver accessory attachment to seal these, but when I tried, it didn't work for me. Because the dry ingredients are sitting on top, the flour, etc. gets on the “seal” of the lid, and the lids won't stay on.

Filled to the Brim - Oatmeal Scotchies Cookies in a Jar
After adding the ball jar lids, we added a little brown ribbon and a free “Thanks for Making Me One Smart Cookie” printable from Sweet Metel Moments. The kids signed their names, and we taped the printed recipe card inside the printed card.

Thanks for Making Me a Smart Cookie - Oatmeal Scotchies Cookies in a Jar
The best part of making these homemade gifts was seeing the pride and satisfaction on Liam's little face! He and Sage were so happy to make their handmade Oatmeal Scotchie Cookies in a Jar for their teachers!

Child with Oatmeal Scotchies in a Jar
Have you tried any cookies in a jar recipes lately? How did they turn out?

 

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Christmas Candy Cane Chocolate Dipped Pretzel Rods

This year, I had a bunch of red and green Wilton candy melts that I needed to use, so I bought some candy canes and pretzel rods and made these festive Christmas Candy Cane Chocolate Dipped Pretzel Rods.

This is what I used for ingredients:

Other supplies I used were:

Since the pretzel rods are fairly long, I needed a tall container to put the candy melts in. I happened to have a couple of empty barbeque sauce bottles lying around, so I thought they might make a good dipping container. I filled them up with the candy melts, and then put each bottle in the microwave for 2-3 minutes on 50% power until they melted. I used a chopstick (you could use the end of a stirring spoon) to stir up the melts once they are out of the microwave. If you don't have tall bottles, you could break the pretzel rods in half and then use a coffee mug to melt your chocolate discs.

Before I started melting the Wilton candy melts in the microwave, I put 12 red and green candy canes in a quart-size Ziploc bag.

It was time to crush the candy canes! My kids came over to help with this part. We took a meat tenderizer mallet and my kids took turns banging away. I tried not to let them bang too much because you don't want the candy canes to be crushed into a powder!

I then took each pretzel rod and dipped it into the bottle of melted candy melts. Once they were covered, I sprinkled them immediately with crushed candy cane! They smelled really great but I couldn't take a bite yet!

I dipped about 15 pretzel rods in the green chocolate and 15 pretzel rods in the red chocolate. I covered most of them with the crushed candy cane, but left some without. Then I melted about 10 candy melt discs in a wilton decorating bag in the microwave for 1.5 minutes, snipped the end off the bag, and drizzled the pretzel rods in the opposite color (the green rods got red drizzle, and the red rods got green drizzle).

The combination of sweet, salty, and minty in this Christmas Candy Cane Chocolate Dipped Pretzel Rod was to die for! Loved it! They'll make a great Christmas gift for neighbors, friends, and family!

New Christmas Craft Kit – Tis the Season!

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Tis the Season - Christmas Craft Kit
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Happy Crafting!

Carolyn

Creatology Holiday Traditional Foam House

Last night, Noah and I assembled the second of the Creatology holiday foam houses that we bought at Michael's last weekend (the first was the 3D paper train craft kit) This foam house is the Creatology holiday “traditional house” 3D foam kit, but I would say the only thing that is traditional about it is the structure. The rest of the decoration very modern and festive!

These are the materials that you get with the kit. It comes with 99 pieces, some that interlock like puzzle pieces, and some that have a self-adhesive backing. The box says you need glue, but I was pleasantly suprised to find that we could use mini glue dots to complete this project! Other foam structures that we have assembled in the past did need a hot glue gun, which I prefer not to use around my little ones.

Creatology Christmas Traditional House Parts
Creatology Christmas Traditional House Parts

Noah was extremely into putting this house together. I'm an engineer by degree, so he must have gotten some of my genes. I was extremely impressed with how well this house was engineered and how well the pieces fit together.

Creatology Christmas Construction
Creatology Christmas Construction

I also loved how the foam pieces themselves helped me talk to Noah about shapes (this is a square, this piece is a triangle) and everyday objects (this is a window, this is a door). He already knows what these things are, but I am big on repetition and speech stimulation for my kids – especially in the 0-3 range.

Creatology Christmas House Construction
Creatology Christmas House Construction

Here are some shots of the finished house and the assembly process. The only other supplies, aside from glue dots, we needed were a toothpick to punch out the pre-cut holes in the foam pieces and some scissors to cut out off the excess shingle pieces and snow drifts.

The only pieces that needed glue dots were the pre-printed Santa, wreath, bows, and some parts of the tree.

I really did love how colorful this holiday foam house was, and how sturdy it is. My kids love characters (any, really!), so the Santa on this house was a nice touch for them!

Creatology Holiday Traditional Foam House
Creatology Holiday Traditional Foam House

Our kids woke up this morning to find a little visitor on their house! Our elf on the shelf is always looking for festive places to appear every morning. 🙂

Creatology Christmas House Elf on the Shelf
Creatology Christmas House Elf on the Shelf

Have you put any of the Michael's foam houses together? I am looking forward to putting together the third house with my kiddos!

Happy Crafting!

Carolyn

Creatology 3D Paper Train Kit

Creatology Christmas Paper Train Craft Kit

We were in Michael's this weekend and picked up a few Creatology Christmas foam kits. I love Creatology craft kits because they are sooo cute and are easy for my kids to handle. My son, Liam, who is 4 years old, insisted we work on the 3D paper train kit as soon as we got home from Michael's. He's obsessed (an understatement) with Thomas & Friends, so this craft kit was right up his alley!

The box itself is very substantial. You get a nice color photo as a guide, and the back of the box has visual instructions. This is a bonus for kids who can’t quite read yet!

Creatology 3D Christmas Paper Train Kit Box
Creatology 3D Christmas Paper Train Kit Box

The kit has 82 pieces in total and comes with 4 large sheets of paper that have a foam core.  The kit appears to be made out of paper with a foam core. This is the first Creatology 3D structure that I’ve seen that includes both paper and foam – most are foam. The paper and foam combination made it easier to bend the “paper”.

Each of the paper pieces have a letter/number near each paper slot so you know where to insert the slots. I love that this kit doesn’t require any glue. I’m not the kind of mom who likes messy crafts, although I will tolerate them if they are truly worthwhile for my kids. 🙂

Creatology Paper Train Sheets
Creatology Paper Train Sheets

When we unfolded a sheet, we found that there was actually double the amount of materials than shown above!

Creatology Paper Train Sheet
Creatology Paper Train Sheet

To get started, we started punching each of the pieces out of the paper sheets. They were easy for my kids to punch out – but we did need a toothpick to punch out the tiny paper slots. Liam (4) and Sage (6), did this with ease. Because there are so many parts, we started to run out of time for Liam and he had to take his afternoon nap. Sage and I continued with the project.

Punching out paper parts
Punching out paper parts

I assembled the steam engine, penguin, and moose using the photo as a guide. Sage worked on the passenger car and caboose.  

I was impressed that Sage could put this craft together with minimal help. I liked that she had to do some problem solving to see how to bend the tabs to fit them into the slots. She was so proud that she could do it by herself! Craft kits are great because they’re both educational and fun!

Putting slots together
Putting slots together

Here's the completed caboose!

Creatology passenger car complete
Creatology passenger car complete

The steam engine turned out really nicely. All of the wheels on this train had double foam, I'm assuming for extra stability.

Creatology engine complete
Creatology engine complete

The hardest part of this craft was putting the penguin and the moose together. The pieces have to go in a certain way, but with a bit of trial and error, we finally got them together. How adorable are these little guys!

Creatology train animals
Creatology train animals

Sage coupled the train cars together all by herself! 

Coupling the train
Coupling the train

Assembling all of the train cars and animals took Sage and I around 2 hours (I had 2-year old Noah in my lap part of the time!), but would probably take an adult and child around 1.5 hours to complete.  

Creatology Christmas train complete
Creatology Christmas train complete

We loved this craft – it appeals to both boys and girls and was simple to do. It’ll make a great Christmas decoration for our buffet in our dining room – or maybe I’ll put it on our fireplace mantel.

What do you think of this craft? You can swing by Michael’s to pick one up – but you may want to do it asap. I think they change their kits out every year so it may not be available next year!

Happy Crafting!

Carolyn