The festive season is a time of socialising, sharing and spreading the love. Homemade cookies just say genuine love and caring.

Mason jars are empty spaces made with glass, just waiting for you to pour your love, creativity and inspiration into them! You can pretty much put anything into them and put together the most special Christmas gifts for your loved ones yourself. Have a jar of homemade cookies handy to offer guests or make up a jar as a lovely homemade gift with a colourful festive ribbon and some natural greenery. A greener gift of non-toxic eco-friendly packaging, that can be re-used.

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Bake up a batch of cookies and pop them in a jar, box or bag and decorate them with your own unique creativity. These recipes are vegan and can be made with healthy sugar substitutes.

Soft, Chewy Gingerbread Cookies

Ingredients

• 2 cups flour or gluten-free all-purpose flour
• ½ tsp. baking soda
• 1 tsp. baking powder
• ½ tsp. salt
• ½ tsp. nutmeg, ground
• ½ tsp. cloves, ground
• 1 tsp. cinnamon, ground
• 1 tsp. ginger, ground
• ¼ cup melted coconut oil
• ¾ cup sugar or xylitol
• ¼ cup molasses
• ¼ cup almond milk
• Optional – xylitol icing sugar or icing sugar for dusting

How to:

• Put the gluten-free flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, nutmeg, cloves, cinnamon and ginger in a bowl and whisk
• In a separate bowl beat coconut oil and xylitol together for 2 minutes
• Add molasses and almond milk to the oil mixture
• Add the dry ingredients a third at a time, mixing in until you have a dough
• Wrap in plastic and place in fridge for 2 hours at least, or overnight
• Preheat oven to 180°C
• Line a baking tray with baking paper
• Roll dough into balls of about a tablespoon
• Flatten them into a disc shape
• Place on baking tray
• Bake for 7 minutes.
• Cool cookies on baking sheet for 5 minutes before transferring to a cooling rack
• Optional – sprinkle cooled cookies lightly with xylitol icing sugar, using a sieve


 

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Vegan Chocachino Cookies

Ingredients

• 2½ cups all-purpose flour (you can use Gluten-free all-purpose flour too)
• 1 cup coconut oil
• 1 cup raw sugar or xylitol
• ¼ tsp salt
• 1 tbsp vanilla extract
• 1 tsp ground cinnamon
• 1 tsp instant coffee
• ½ cup cacao nibs


                                              So yummy

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How to:

• Melt the cacao nibs in a double boiler (or a bowl placed over a pot of simmering water)
• Whisk the sugar/xylitol, salt, and coconut oil together for a minute or so
• Add the vanilla, cinnamon, coffee and melted chocolate and beat together
• Add the flour and mix with a spatula
• Cover the bowl and place in the fridge for at least an hour
• Preheat the oven to 180°C
• Lightly grease two cookie sheets
• Make 1 cm balls from the dough and flatten into discs
• Place on the cookie sheet
• Bake for 14 minutes, turning the sheet once halfway through baking
• Remove from oven and cool

Some more inspiration:

Here are some more ideas for packaging and decorating those crunchy treats in a way that says homemade love. Starting plain with an eco-friendly container you can dress it up to a beautiful christmas cheer:

1. Sew your own cookie bags

2. Decorate your own cookie boxes

3. Decorate your own cookie jars

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Gift box medium 15cm x 15cm x 16cm

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• Visit our Pinterest page for more eco-friendly ideas to package homemade gifts!