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Friday, November 25, 2011

Christmas Cookie Week: Gourmet Oatmeal Cookies In A Jar...

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I want to thank everyone for coming along with Grace and I  this week for "Christmas Cookie Week".
It has been so fun sharing all of these cookies with you!
I want to bring you the final recipe which can be used as gifts in a jar, or as a big mix you can keep in your fridge to bake as the need arrives.
*Gourmet Oatmeal Cookies In A Jar*
This recipe comes from the Canadian Living Christmas Book, which came out around the time I got married and it is one of my Christmas books!
So here goes:
In one big bowl dump together:
6 cups rolled oats
4 cups all purpose flour
3 cups packed brown sugar
2 tsp cinnamon
2 tsp baking powder
1 1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. baking soda 
Stir together dry ingredients.
With pastry blender, cut in
1 lb. shortening
{I used Tenderflake. It come packaged in 1 lb. blocks.}
Set aside.
In separate bowl, stir together:
{this has been adapted by me slightly...I reduced the raisins and added craisins.}
1 cup raisins
1 cup craisins
1 1/2 cup coconut
1 cup chocolate chips
1 cup nuts {I used walnuts.}
This is the fun stuff that goes into the cookies. It was put in a separate bowl so it can be added to the top of the mix in a jar to give it some different texture.
The cookies mix now goes into 1 litre mason jars {which holds 4 cups} or any other jar of the same quantity.
If you have one of these canning helpers, it is great to use to load the mix into the jar.
In the jar, spoon in 3 1/2 cups of oatmeal mix.
Tap down cookie mix with the end of a wooden spoon to make enough room.
Add 1/2 to 3/4 cup of chocolate chip mixture to top.
Then close up the jar and decorate as desired.
I used ribbon and a cinnamon stick.
Then I went to my computer  and made labels at avery.com.
The directions for the cookies mix that go on the jar are:
In bowl combine Cookie Mix with 1 egg, 2 tbsp. milk and 2 tsp. vanilla until soft dough forms.
Shape into 1 1/2 inch balls.
Flatten with fork dipped in sugar.
Bake at 375 for 10-12 minutes.
Makes approx. 24 cookies.
This mix makes 20 cups of mix, or enough for 4-5 batches of cookies.
 The Mix can be refrigerated in an airtight container for up to 10 weeks.
So that means you can make it now, put it in mason jars or ziploc bags and keep it in the fridge until gift-giving time.
I have 3 jars of mix in my fridge right now!
And here's another way you can package the cookie mix without using jars.
Measure the mix into ziploc bags.
Then put  the ziploc bag into a paper lunch bag and decorate with the label and ribbon.
This is a great cost effective way of giving cookie mix if you don't have mason jars, or if you would like to mail the mix or send it to school in your child's backpack without fear of broken glass.

Thank you so much for sharing in  Christmas Cookie Week with Echoes of Laughter and Sense & Simplicity
and
I hope you have found something that inspires you!



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17 comments:

Danielle said...

Hi Angie, these look wonderful! I can't wait to try them for a holiday party I'm having next week. Thanks for all the great cookie ideas. I'm gaining weight just reading your blog : - )

Hope all is well~
Danielle

Meg said...

I love the packaging on these - mason jars are always my fave. I think they'd make really good teacher and hostess gifts!

Annelie Connolly said...

Love how you finished the jar off with the ribbon and cinnamon stick. Cute!

Best,

Annelie

Bonnie said...

Love this ! What a great gift idea!

Would LOVE for you to link up to our "Home For The Holidays" link party!

http://www.uncommondesignsonline.com/2011/11/home-for-holidays-link-party-3.html

Lark (SparkyLarky)@ Lark's Country Heart said...

New follower here. I am so glad I "found" your blog....looks great!

Come on over and say "hi" at mine..

http://www.larkscountryheart.com/

Vicky said...

What a great gift and beautiful presentation. I am pinning and stumbling this post. I am a new follower from Show and Tell Saturday.Vicky from Mess For Less

Good Girl Gone Green said...

What a cute idea!

Life In The Thrifty Lane said...

Love the packaging! I'll have to Pin it ;)

Leslie said...

What a fantastic yummy gift!!!! Have a great new week.

Patti said...

LOVE this and SO making it... so perfect for friends that you want to give a special something to! :)

It's a Crafty Life said...

Seriously adorable packaging, love it!

Morgan said...

I think these would be my favorites! I love the ingredients and the packaging is so cute.

vikki said...

Yum and I really like the idea of using a brown paper bag instead of the jars. Very cute.

FrouFrouBritches said...

YUM! I love it! This would be GRET for teacher's gifts. I'm a big believer in food gifts. Feed the people you love, right? Thanks for sharing!

Desiree @ The 36th AVENUE said...

I'll be featuring your treat today!
Thank you so much for sharing!

Angela Paris said...

Hello! I''m stopping by from Family Home & Life's Mason Jar Link Up - I love these sorts of DIY food gifts, and am pinning your cookies for later. Thanks for sharing!

Krista thehappyhousie said...

I love this Angie - consumable handmade gifts are my favourite!! I am not a great baker so I would be thrilled to receive this gift!! Thanks for sharing it at the Get Your DIY On Challenge! I am featuring you tonight - come on back to grab your button and bring a STAR project (or just your favourite project) to share for our wrap-up party!! Hope to see you there:)

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