Cookies in a jar

Cookies in a jar

By Sharon Palmer, RD

 

Issue #72 • November/December, 2001

Cookies in a jar are easy to make and make great gifts.
Cookies in a jar are easy to
make and make great gifts.
Christian and Nicholas mix up a batch of cookies in a jar.
Christian and Nicholas mix up
a batch of cookies in a jar.
A finished batch of country oatmeal cookies
A finished batch of
country oatmeal cookies

Gourmet country cookie mixes are quite popular these days, fetching upwards of $15 in catalogs and gift shops. These are hot sellers because there’s not a soul on this planet who wouldn’t love to curl up to a homemade batch of cookies on a winter evening. Why not make your own cookies in a jar for gift giving this holiday season?

Cookies in a jar general instructions:

*For each batch, start with a clean quart-size canning jar, canning lid, and seal.

*When layering ingredients in jar, spoon them in carefully so as not to disrupt the previous layer.

*Slightly pack each layer, so that there is a definite line of demarcation for each layer. The top layer may need to be decreased or increased slightly, so that the layer comes all the way to the top where the seal will fit directly on top.

*Select decorative fabric and cut out a 6″ diameter circle, using pinking shears if desired.

*Center the fabric over canning seal, and place canning lid on top of the fabric and seal.

*Select coordinating ribbon, raffia, or trim (½ yard).

*Hand write or print on computer in desired font the cookie instructions on coordinating paper. Trim with paper trimmers and decorate with stickers if desired. Instruction sheet should be approximately 2 x 4″ in size.

*Punch hole in top left comer of instruction sheet.

*When jar is ready, tightly screw on the seal/fabric/lid and tie ribbon around the lid tightly.

*Attach the instructions through the punch hole and make a decorative bow.

Ranger cookies in a jar

Layer the following ingredients in the glass jar in this order:

½ c. white sugar
½ c. brown sugar
1 c. rolled oats
½ c. rice krispies cereal
1 c. all purpose flour
½ tsp. baking soda
½ tsp. baking powder
½ tsp. salt
¼ c. coconut
½ c. chocolate chips

Make an instruction sheet as follows:

Ranger cookies

Preheat oven to 350° F. In a medium bowl, cream together ½ c. margarine, 1 egg, and 1 tsp. vanilla. Add the entire contents of the jar and mix until combined. Drop by heaping teaspoon on ungreased cookie sheet, and flatten with fork. Bake for 10-12 minutes, until lightly golden.

Rainbow chip cookies in a jar

Layer the following ingredients in a clean glass jar in this order:

½ c. sugar
½ c. brown sugar
2 c. all purpose flour
½ tsp. salt
¾ tsp. baking soda
1/3 c. peanuts
¾ c. mini colored baking chips

Make an instruction sheet as follows:

Rainbow chip cookies

Preheat oven to 350° F. In a medium bowl, cream ¾ c. margarine, 2 eggs, and 1 tsp. vanilla. Add entire contents of jar and mix well. Drop by heaping teaspoonfuls on ungreased cookie sheet. Bake 10-12 minutes until lightly golden.

Chocolate chip walnut cookies in a jar

Layer the following ingredients in the glass jar in this order:

½ c. sugar
½ c. brown sugar
2 c. all purpose flour
½ tsp. salt
¾ tsp. baking soda
½ c. chopped walnuts
¾ c. chocolate chips

Make an instruction sheet as follows:

Chocolate chip walnut cookies

Preheat oven to 350° F. In a medium bowl, cream ¾ c. margarine, 2 eggs, and 1 tsp. vanilla. Add entire contents of jar and mix until combined. Drop by heaping teaspoonfulls on ungreased cookie sheet. Bake for 10-12 minutes.

Country oatmeal cookies in a jar

Layer the following ingredients in the glass jar in this order:

½ c. sugar
½ c. brown sugar
1 c. rolled oats
1 c. all purpose flour
¼ tsp. salt
½ tsp. baking soda
½ tsp. cinnamon
1 c. raisins

Make an instruction sheet as follows:

Country oatmeal cookies

Preheat oven to 350° F. In a medium bowl, cream ½ c. margarine, 1 egg, and 1 tsp. vanilla. Add entire contents of jar and mix until combined. Drop by heaping teaspoonfuls on ungreased cookie sheet. Bake for 12-15 minutes until lightly golden.

(Sharon Palmer is a registered dietitian in Pasadena, California.)

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