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Gift Ideas for Special Occasions
Cookies in a Jar

Cookies in a JarCookies in a jar are another gift item that can be a lifesaver for a busy mother, or someone who normally doesn’t bake often so doesn’t have supplies on hand, as a grandmother gift, or for a child learning to bake. You will need a quart-size canning jar with screw-on lid for this project. You can cut a circle of your tartan or a pretty fabric the diameter of the lid plus 3 1/2 inches so it will hang down on the sides. Some people like to sew a bit of lace around the edge. Put the fabric over the lid and add a wooden spoon to the side of the jar. Tie the cover, the baking directions, and spoon on with ribbon.


3/4 c. all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/8 tsp. baking soda
1/8 tsp. salt
1/3 c. granulated sugar
1 c. semi-sweet or milk chocolate chips
1/3 c. packed brown sugar
1 c. quick-cooking or old-fashioned oats
1/2 c. peanut butter chips or white chocolate chips

Stir together the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a small bowl. Layer the ingredients in a 1-quart canister or jar in the following order from bottom to top: granulated sugar, 1 cup chocolate chips, the brown sugar, the flour mixture, oats, then the peanut butter chips. Tap jar gently on counter to settle each layer before adding the next one. Cover and attach the following baking instructions to the jar.

Baking directions

Cookie mix
1/2 c. butter, softened
1 egg, lightly beaten
1 tsp. vanilla extract

Heat oven to 375 degrees. Empty contents of the jar into a large bowl. Add butter, egg, and vanilla extract. Stir until well mixed. Drop by heaping teaspoons 2 inches apart onto an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake 8-10 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Remove from cookie sheet to wire rack. Cool completely. Makes 2 dozen cookies.



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