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.

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