Cookie Jars?

Well, holy week is behind us, and we’re in a brand new year! To celebrate, I thought I’d look into a growing trend here in the US in gifts from the heart: dessert jars. Now, for those who are unfamiliar with these, the concept i that you layer the dry goods for your favorite cookies or dessert bars in a jar in a decorative manner befove sealing the jar. Then most cover the jar’s top with a decorative fabric & ribbon before adding a recipe card for how to make said dessert. It’s a nice idea, to be honest, and a wonderful way to share your favorite treats with those you love.

Now, to look into this, I’m going to share a few jars you can make up, and also include the recipes to add on a card for the one who gets these as a gift. First off, we’re going to look at oatmeal cookies. I have my own little spin on them, being from the midwest, but we’ll get to that in a minute. First, let’s get together what we need in our jar:

1 teaspoon Salt
1 teaspoon Baking Soda
1 3/4 cups AP Flour

These three I’d group together, then tap down into the bottom of the jar LIGHTLY!
Next we add:

2 cups quick-cooking oats (Oatmeal, for those scratching their heads)

Once again, tap it down lightly to make room. Our next layers are:

1 cup rasins
1/2 cup chopped nuts (I like pecans, myself)

I put the raisins between the oats & nuts usually just to add a bit of contrast to the mix. If you’re not a fan of raisins, a modification can be to substitute 1 cup shredded coconut for the raisins. From here, just screw the lid on, decorate however, and you’re ready to go! But, what to put as a recipe card? Ah, well that’s easy!

Renegade Kosher’s Oatmeal Cookies

1 Jar of oatmeal cookie mix made with love
1/2 cup shortening
1 1/4 cups white sugar
2 eggs
1/3 cup honey

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (190 C).
Mix together everything EXCEPT for the jar in a big bowl until fully combined.
Stir in the jar’s contents.
Shape the dough into quarter-sized balls and place 2 inches apart on a greased cookie sheet.
Dip the bottom of a glass in water, then in sugar, then use the sugar-coated glass bottom to flatten the cookie balls slightly.
Bake for 8 to 10 minutes, or until golden brown, then IMMEDIATLY remove from the cookie sheet to a cooling rack.
Yield: About 5 Dozen Cookies

I hope this helps with your gifts, and please feel free to share how you convereted YOUR favorite cookies into dessert jars for friends & loved ones! Until next time, Shalom and Good Cooking!

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September 25, 2007. canning, dessert, recipes, snacks. Leave a comment.

A Sad Video & Fudgesicles From Scratch!

Yes, no ice cream is a sad sight indeed… (And yes, that is me in the video!) It reminds me of a treat from my youth. Remember fudgesicles? Those nummy delights we all enjoy on a hot day? But, why buy them, especially if YOUR store’s ice cream section is like the video above, when you can MAKE THEM!

Oy! Fudgesicles From Scratch! Bubbe would be so proud!

1 family-size box of chocolate instant pudding
1/4 cup sugar
3 1/2 cups milk
popsicle molds (Amazon, dollar stores, and Wal-Mart are great places to find these!)

Mix the ingredients together, and pour into your molds.
Let freeze for at least 2-3 hours before pulling out and eating.
Enjoy this trip down memory lane!

See? Now isn’t that easy? Join us next time for a more complicated recipe, I promise. But, until then, Shalom and Good Cooking!

September 5, 2007. dessert, podcast, recipes, snacks. Leave a comment.