Thursday, December 22, 2011

Cookies in a Jar, Holiday Gifts

Audrey's last day of school was yesterday. I know for many this entire week has been a holiday. So, what do you do to entertain the children these last days before Christmas, or during one of the days of Hannukah? How about making a jar of cookie mix for the neighbor? It is so much fun and super easy. We made batches for all of our play group friends and the girls had a blast. Here is the mix recipe:

Oatmeal Scotches
  • 1 cup plus 2 tbsp flour (made the 2 tbsp whole wheat)
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tbsp sugar
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups rolled oats
  • 3/4 cup flavored morsels (we mixed butterscotch, milk chocolate, M&Ms and white chocolate)
Layer ingredients into quart-sized canning jar in the order listed. The brown sugar needs to be spread out a bit to reach the edge and form a proper layer. I use canning funnels to facilitate addition of ingredients to jar.

Attach a tag to the finished product listing the additional ingredients needed and baking instructions:

  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • Contents of jar
Beat egg and butter together in a large bowl. Add remaining ingredients and mix until combined thoroughly. Place by rounded tablespoon on ungreased cookie sheet. Bake at 375°F 7-9 minutes or until golden. Cool on wire rack.

This recipe was adapted from one on the back of a bag of Nestle Butterscotch Morsels. We love Nestle Morsels, any flavor.

Helping get the jars ready.

Arranging the jars.

Finished product.



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3 comments:

  1. What a great gift idea! Where do you get your canning jars?

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  2. The jars came from Dillons (Kroger) but most grocery and big box stores carry them. Try Wal-Mart, Target or your local grocery. Stock up during the summer when they are on sale and you can find coupons. We make gifts with them every year.

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