This year for our neighbor and co-worker gifts we decided to give "cookies in a jar." We thought people bake so much during the holiday and have so many treats hanging around that giving something that they could make later with their kids or have on hand for a snowy day would be fun. I found several ideas online but not many had rave reviews in the taste department, just cute packaging. Because I had my own packaging idea we decided to find something that would taste great first and foremost. I stumbled upon this idea for Toffee Blondies from Better Homes and Gardens.

To assemble them you need the following ingredients:
1 qt. Mason Jar
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup mini chocolate chips
1 cup flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup chopped pecans or walnuts
1/2 cup Heath Chips

I like to put the brown sugar at the top of the jar because if it hardens it is a pain to get out of the bottom of the jar, but they can be layered in any order you want.

Your recipient will add the following ingredients and follow these directions:
1/4 cup melted butter
2 lightly beaten eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla

Preheat oven to 350. Melt some butter in a bowl.  Whisk in the eggs and vanilla. Pour in the contents of the jar. Mix it all up. Pour the batter in an 8x8x2 pan coated with cooking spray. Bake  for 25 to 30 m. or until the blondies start to pull away from the sides of the pan.  Cool in the pan and cut into 16 bars.

To make our cute tags we found these great free printable ones from Hey Look. And I customized the recipe cards to print on the back of one of their tags. Feel free to use this file for your own gifts.

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