Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Cookie Mix in a Jar

Every year I like to give my coworkers Gift in a Jar mixes. I have three recipe books for this kind of gift, so the biggest decision is - which mix? Most of the time I choose based on the ingredients already in my kitchen. This year it's a toss-up between two: oatmeal cookies or brownies. Out of four gifts, I decided to give the cookie mix to those with children at home and the brownie mix to those without. The recipes have two parts: the mixes themselves and the instructions to bake them, which go on the gift tags.

Oatmeal, Raisin, & Spice Cookie Mix

1/2 cup raisins
1/2 cup sugar
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp. ground nutmeg
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1 cup old-fashioned oats

Layer the ingredients in the order given into a wide-mouth 1-quart canning jar. Pack each layer in place before adding the next ingredient.

Attach a gift tag with the following mixing and baking directions.

1 jar Oatmeal, Raisin, & Spice Cookie Mix
1/2 Cup butter or margarine, softened
2 eggs, slightly beaten
1 teaspoon vanilla

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. In a large bowl, cream the butter, eggs, and vanilla. Add the Oatmeal, Raisin, & Spice cookie Mix and stir until the mixture is well blended. Drop by rounded tablespoonfuls onto greased cookie sheet. Bake for 10-12 minutes. Transfer to wire racks to cool.

from Gifts in a Jar: Cookies published by CQ Products in Waverly, IA

Disclaimer: no, this is not a sponsored post. I've had these books for years and I use them every holiday season. Ho-ho-ho; enjoy!

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