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Cookies in a Jar

Holiday Hints

If you liked making the cookies in a jar for your family and friends, you might want to try putting the dry ingredients for brownies or other dessert bars in a jar. You could also provide the ingredients for cut-out cookies and include some cookie cutters and tubes of icing with the gift.

The basic method to making cookies in a jar is to layer the dry ingredients into clean jars and pack them down. A recipe should be attached to the jar, describing how to assemble the remaining ingredients and bake a finished cookie. A decorated Mason jar works well with these delicious creations.

Level: Moderately easy

Time involved: One to two hours

Materials:

  • Clean Mason jar with lid
  • Piece of fabric
  • Rubber band
  • Ribbon
  • Two cinnamon sticks
  • Piece of holly
  • Cookie recipe
  • Adhesive label
  • Paper
  • Fine-tipped marker or computer
  • Hole punch
  1. Choose a favorite cookie recipe or use the one following.

  2. Combine the flour and baking powder and stir well. Pack the mixture in a clean Mason jar. Add the sugars and pack this down. Add oats, coconut, and cereal, or any other dry ingredients (such as chocolate chips, nuts, or raisins).

  3. Put the lid on the jar and screw down tightly. Place a square of cotton material on top of the lid. Gather the material around the lid and secure it with a rubber band. Tie a ribbon around the mouth of the jar, forming the ends of the ribbon into a bow. Catch a couple cinnamon sticks and a sprig of holly in the bow.

  4. Print the name of the cookie recipe on the label and stick it on the jar.

  5. Print the recipe on a piece of paper. (You could use a computer for this.) Fold the recipe in half and punch a hole in the top corner. Thread a piece of ribbon through the hole and attach the recipe to the ribbon on the jar.

Ranger Joe Cookies

  • 1/2 cup butter or margarine
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cold coffee
  • 1 1/2 cups quick oats
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 1/2 cup flake coconut
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 cup krispy rice or wheat cereal flakes
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Cream butter or margarine until fluffy. Stir baking soda into cold coffee and set aside. Add the beaten egg to the mixture and blend well.

  2. Stir in the dry ingredients from the jar and add the coffee mixture. Blend until well combined.

  3. Roll dough into small balls and place on a greased cookie sheet 2 inches apart. Press the ball flat with a fork. Bake at 350°F for 12 to 15 minutes or until golden brown.

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Excerpted from The Complete Idiot's Guide to Holiday Crafts © 2002 by Marilee LeBon. All rights reserved including the right of reproduction in whole or in part in any form. Used by arrangement with Alpha Books, a member of Penguin Group (USA) Inc.

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August 28, 2014



Variety is the spice of life! Swap out boring sandwiches for simple and healthy alternatives, like crackers and cheese, veggie or fruit kebabs, pasta salad, or breakfast for lunch (such as yogurt and granola, or whole wheat waffles).


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