Nothing says “I love you” like the gift of ‘Cookies in a Jar’ ~ Special Butterscotch Chip Cookies in a Jar
Looking for the perfect last minute Christmas Gift? No time to bake? Why not layer in the love and mix up a gift that will put a smile on anyones face.
Special Butterscotch Chip Cookies in a Jar
- 1 1/8 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
- 1/2 cup white sugar
- 1 cup flaked coconut
- 1 cup high protein crisp rice and wheat cereal
- 3/4 cup butterscotch chips
- 1/2 cup chopped pecans
- Layer the ingredients in the order given in a one quart wide mouth canning jar. Firmly pack each ingredient in place. It will be a tight fit, but all ingredients will fit in the jar. Use pinking shears to cut an 8 or 9 inch circle from gingham, calico, or a seasonal fabric. Place the fabric over the wide mouth lid and rim and secure with a rubber band. Tie on a raffia or ribbon bow to cover the rubber band. Attach a card to the ribbon or raffia with the following mixing and baking directions:
- Empty jar of cookie mix into a large mixing bowl. Add 1/2 cup of butter or margarine, 1 egg, and 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla. Use hands to mix the wet and dry ingredients together. When completely blended, roll into large walnut sized balls. Place on unprepared cookie sheets and use the palm of your hand to flatten each cookie ball. Bake at 350 in a preheated oven for 8-10 minutes.
Packing it In
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When selecting a jar for your mix-in-a-jar recipe you will need one that will fit all of your yummy ingredients. Most of the cookie and brownie varieties of mix-in-a-jar recipes will fit into a 1-quart or 1-liter wide-mouth canning jar. Just make sure to pack these in there as tight as possible.
- Layer your first ingredient into the jar, press it down with a wide flat bottom utensil (a long-handled tart tamper works especially well). Do this after each layer, especially after adding things like brown sugar, flour, oats, nuts, confectioners’ sugar, cocoa powder, shredded coconut, and dried fruits.
- It is best to put white sugar on the bottom of the jar as it will seep down into layered items like colored candies, chocolate chips, nuts, etc. It’s better to put white sugar below these ingredients.
- All-purpose flour and confectioners’ sugar also have the same seeping problem, so put them on the bottom, too.
- Pack the high contrasting layers next to each other to have them stand out the most next to each other.
There are other options besides glass jars, like heavy-duty plastic freezer bags. Once you’ve filled the plastic bags with the mix, there are a variety of ways you can fancy ‘em up for gift-giving:
- Try using a decorative cookie tin or cookie jar
- Find a funky cloth-lined basket and include a few cookie cutters
- Have your kids paint pictures on lightweight cardboard gift containers or ‘take-out boses’ (available at craft stores or dollar stores)
- Wrap in cellophane and place them in a beautiful mixing bowl and include a good-quality wooden spoon
- And for the new home owner or student; make it a whole baking kit: include a cookie sheet, measuring spoons, cups, and a timer.
Steps to Give
Remember to include a card listing the recipe’s ingredients and instructions.
- Hint: many of the recipes call for half an egg. How does one measure that? Simply beat the egg and place it in a glass measuring cup and divide that amount in half.
- Or you can use a whole egg–this will just cause the cookies to rise a little higher while baking and be a little more cake-like.
- If you include the recipe, your recipient can make the gift again and again!
But how long will it keep?
If stored in a cool, dry, and dark place, this unique gift will last for to 6 months, as long as long as you are using the freshest of ingredients. (Make sure your baking powder and baking soda aren’t going to expire anytime soon.) Nut recipes should be used within 3 months.