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sweet snowy gifts (gingerbread snowflake ornaments and snowman cocoa jars)

I made a batch of gingerbread snowflake ornaments for cookie gifts this year, and since no one can escape my newfound love of painting marshmallows, I ended up adding a mason jar o’ warmth to go with them.

I used a gingerbread cookie recipe from Williams-Sonoma (link provided below), then filled a mason jar with snowman marshmallows and hot cocoa. I added a recipe tag, slapped on a sticker and all done.

how to make gingerbread snowflake ornaments

you will need
gingerbread recipe
snowflake cutter (mine was
about 2 1/2 inches)
one frosting bag, coupler and size “3” tip

white frosting color

white sanding sugar or sprinkles

thin ribbon
cellophane favor bags

what to do
Prepare gingerbread recipe. Roll about 1/4-inch thick and place on parchment paper lined baking tray. Make holes with the straw and bake as directed by the recipe. Let cool. Tint frosting white and prepare a frosting bag with size 3 tip. Fill with white frosting and tie closed with a rubber band. Working with one cookie at a time, pipe snowflake designs and immediately sprinkle with sanding sugar or sprinkles. Let dry overnight.

To package, string ribbon through several cookies and tie. Place the cookies in a cellophane bag and tie closed with another piece of ribbon.

how to make snowman hot cocoa mason jars

you will need
mason jars
black and orange edible pens
(I suggest Americolor gourmet writers)
hot cocoa mix
cellophane favor bags

tags, stickers and ribbon (optional)

what to do
use markers to make snowman faces on marshmallows. Let dry about an hour. Fill a favor bag with some hot cocoa mix (I used about a cup) and twist closed with a tie. (I used the favor bag instead of putting right in the jar to keep things tidy, but you can also just add the mix right to the jar.) Place the favor bag of cocoa in the jar with the tied area in the middle at the top. Place marshmallows around the top of the cocoa facing out of the jar. Close with lid.

If desired, add your own personalized sticker to the top of the jar, or attach a tag with the cocoa recipe using a piece of card stock, a hole punch and a piece of ribbon.

another mason jar idea
And here’s another bonus idea for your leftover mason jars: pretzel rods. I used small pretzel rods, dip in melted white chocolate and coated with sprinkles. These mini rods fit perfectly in the jar.


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  1. cookies and cups
    Posted December 17, 2009 at 12:28 pm | Permalink

    haha! I love that snowman…let me out!
    very cute idea :)

  2. Alexandra
    Posted December 17, 2009 at 2:57 pm | Permalink

    love the ideas! I need to pick me up some mason jars myself :)

  3. Swee San
    Posted December 17, 2009 at 6:48 pm | Permalink

    its a great idea! thanks for sharing :)

  4. Diane {}
    Posted December 18, 2009 at 2:12 am | Permalink

    I love that snowman!

  5. Gala
    Posted December 18, 2009 at 5:51 pm | Permalink

    Love the hot cocoa jars!! What a great idea and lovely packaging!

  6. Beth
    Posted December 19, 2009 at 1:19 pm | Permalink

    Love this idea, too bad I just gave out my teacher's presents yesterday. I LOVE how cute this is!

  7. eli
    Posted December 21, 2009 at 8:07 pm | Permalink

    Snowman in a jar? Very nice :))))
    I saw your photo on Flickr.
    bye bye from Italy.

  8. J+S
    Posted December 23, 2009 at 2:41 am | Permalink

    You are so brilliant! I must share this! The snowman and hot cocoa are such a fabulous idea. Thank you for sharing.


  9. An Almost Unschooling Mom
    Posted December 24, 2009 at 12:28 am | Permalink

    Faces on the marshmallows in the jar – soooo cute!

  10. Kristina
    Posted January 22, 2010 at 12:40 am | Permalink

    That snowman/hot cocoa idea is going in my file for next Christmas!

  11. Angi
    Posted December 3, 2010 at 1:26 am | Permalink

    We di a jar exchange with my MOPS group & I think I'll use one of these….SO cute! Thanks for sharing :)

  12. Anonymous
    Posted December 8, 2010 at 12:25 am | Permalink

    Hey!! What size are these mason jars that you've used?

  13. Chic Cookies
    Posted December 8, 2010 at 12:48 am | Permalink

    Standard pint size, Anonymous!

  14. Jenn Erickson
    Posted December 18, 2010 at 7:06 pm | Permalink

    What wonderful gifts and incredibly creative ideas!

  15. Korinna
    Posted December 18, 2011 at 1:07 pm | Permalink

    Wonderful Idea with the pretzel sticks too:-) How cute…never thought of that…

  16. Posted February 15, 2012 at 11:16 pm | Permalink

    You’ve been featured! Thank you! Love the idea.


  17. Posted November 7, 2012 at 6:35 am | Permalink

    At this time it looks like Expression Engine is the preferred blogging platform available right now.
    (from what I’ve read) Is that what you are using on your blog?

  18. Lyne
    Posted December 11, 2012 at 4:40 pm | Permalink

    Very cute!! I like the labels too… how did you do them?

  19. meaghanmountford
    Posted December 12, 2012 at 4:22 pm | Permalink

    Thanks Lyne! I just made them with a publisher program, printed on 8 1/2 by 11 photo paper, and cut out squares. For the labels on top, I printed on circle stickers.

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