Favor bags at birthday parties are kind of lame when almost all your guests are adults. In lieu of sending people home with Chinese finger traps and bags full of candy, I made these to give as favors to those who attended Cooper’s “milk & cookies” themed first birthday party. Found the idea on Pinterest (where else?) and started acquiring the supplies. Be warned, this project is not cheap, nor is it quick – give yourself a couple hours to assemble everything. This chocolate chip cookie mix is, however, easy and really cute, so it all evened out. I followed this recipe.
Here’s what you need:
- Wide mouth 32 oz (1 quart) mason jars – be sure to get wide mouth if you’re following the recipe below exactly, otherwise you won’t have room in your jar for the ingredients.
- Labels with instructions – here’s a free download if you don’t want to create your own 🙂
- LOTS of flour, sugar, brown sugar and most importantly, chocolate chips (I used Nestle Tollhouse). Do the math to figure out how much baking supplies you’ll need depending on how many favors you’ll be creating – portions per jar are listed below.
- A little tool to get all the ingredients pushed down, flat, by layer – this is KEY to ensure everything fits and looks “layered”. I created one using a wooden spoon, foil, and the lid of a smaller mason jar.
This recipe is the same one my mother-in-law makes and they are my FAVORITE – it’s actually the recipe on the back of the Tollhouse chocolate chip cookies bag. The entire recipe is below but I also walked through the steps with pictures, too:
Start with your salt and baking soda.
Next, add the flour. I created a super sweet funnel from a piece of printer paper.
This is my little tamping down tool – you’ll need it to pack down the flour.
Next, add the brown sugar. Again, you’ll need to pack it down tightly using your tool.
And add the chocolate chips.
After the mason jars are full, add a bit of twine to secure the baking instructions to the jars.
Simple baking instructions.
Voila! Cute little favors.
- 1 3/4 cups flour
- 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 3/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup white sugar
- 3/4 cup (packed) dark brown sugar
- 1 1/2 cups chocolate chips
- Pour baking soda and salt into the bottom of each mason jar.
- Add flour next; I Macgyvered a funnel using a sheet of printer paper and a piece of tape so the flour wasn't going everywhere.
- Press down the flour using the tool from the "notes" section of this recipe; pack it down until it's level.
- Repeat with the white sugar.
- Add brown sugar - be sure to pack this down, too.
- Top with the chocolate chips and seal the jar.
- Only use 32 ounce WIDE MOUTH mason jars - anything else won't fit all your ingredients.
- Create a tool to help you tamp down each layer; I used an upside down wooden spoon connected to a small mason jar lid (anything flat and firm would work) and used a piece of foil to "join" them.