Last week I was invited to visit the JR Smuckers headquarters in Ohio. I have to say I was so impressed with the values behind their business and the fact that they are 4 generations of family running the company. I also learned that they make a lot more than just jelly and ice cream topping there. In fact they own a lot of brands that I have in my pantry like Jiff, Eagle Brand, Crisco and Pillsbury Baking just to name a few.
On the 2nd day at the event we were able to do a hands on baking session were we got to make some fun, creative but easy cookies made with Pillsbury boxed brownies, cookies and cakes. Next we made personalized cookie jars to put those cookies and goodies in. To inspire us and get out minds thinking about hosting a Holiday Cookie Party or exchange. I fell in love with these etched cookie jars, I had no idea they were so easy to make!
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Step 1: Clean the glass with rubbing alcohol. You also want to cover the area you are working with in plastic or news papers. The etching cream has acid in it and you do not want it to burn your table or your skin. It also recommends you wear long sleeves and rubber gloves.
Step 2: Cover the area that you do not want etched. Use stickers and painters tape. You can also just use tape, and then cut the image you want out of the tape. I put painters tape down on parchment paper, used a razor blade to cut out the circle and then pulled it off the paper and then stuck it to the glass jar. Press the tape down really well so the cream does not go where you do not want it.
Step 3 – make sure that your table is covered and you are wearing rubber gloves. Use a foam brush to put a thick layer of Etching cream on the area you want etched. Make sure that the whole area is covered in an even layer. Let it sit for 6-10 minutes then rinse off with cool water and pat dry with a a paper towel.
Yes it really is simple as that… and just like that you have an amazing gift!
Need some ideas for fun easy cookies, check out all the recipes and ideas at Pillsbury Baking.
Dis-closer I recently attended an all-expenses paid meeting at The J. M. Smucker Company, all opinions are my own.
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