Tuesday, 16 October 2012

"Cookies in a Jar"

Here is a great gift idea from your kitchen.  I have made these on many occasions for teachers or bake sales.  Everyone loves them !!

You can do this with almost any cookie recipe.  The trick is to layer the ingredients in a jar,  and not have any air-space at the top.  If there is a little space left when all the ingredients have been packed in, just add a few more smarties or some coconut. so it's tightly packed.  This just makes it look better.  When the jars are filled, just attach a label advising what else needs to be incorporated (usually an egg and some butter), and the baking instructions.  

Here's a recipe that I've used many times........

Jar Ingredients 
          1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour  
          3/4 teaspoon baking soda  
          1/4 teaspoon baking powder 
          1/2 cup packed brown sugar 
          1/2 cup white sugar  
          1/2 cup white chocolate chips
          1/2 cup milk chocolate chips 
          1/2 cup rolled oats 
In a 1 quart jar, layer the ingredients in the order listed. Pack down firmly after each addition.

Attach a tag with the following instructions: 
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
In a large bowl, cream 1/2 cup margarine until light and fluffy. 
Mix in 1 egg and 2 tablespoons water. 
Add the entire contents of the jar, and stir until well blended. 
Drop by rounded spoonfuls onto an un-greased cookie sheet. 
Bake for 10 to 12 minutes in preheated oven. 
Remove from baking sheets to cool on wire racks.
You can change up some of the ingredients to make your own specialty cookies.  I often use raisins and dried cranberries instead of chocolate chips and smarties.  This is definitely a recipe that you can have a lot of fun with!
Here's a few pictures of the last batch I made for a fundraiser at work........ 

 Enjoy ;o)