Monday, December 22, 2008

Cookies in a jar

Not rocket science, but a cheap and easy gift for neighbors, teachers, friends, etc. I add a ribbon (you can change with the season) and a cute spatula or hot pad. I recommend you use a funnel to get it all in. The kids love to help.

Estimated Times
Preparation Time: 15 mins
Cooking Time: 9 mins
Cooling Time: 15 mins cooling

Servings: 24 cookies (2 dozen)

1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups (9 ounces) Chocolate Chip Morsels (or I mix 1 c chocolate chip and 1/2 butterscotch or peanut butter)
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar

COMBINE flour, baking soda and salt in small bowl. Place flour mixture in 1-quart jar. Layer remaining ingredients in order listed above, pressing firmly after each layer. Seal with lid and decorate with fabric and ribbon.

PREHEAT oven to 375° F. Beat 3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) softened butter or margarine, 1 large egg and 3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract in large mixer bowl until blended. Add cookie mix and 1/2 cup chopped nuts (optional); mix well, breaking up any clumps. Drop by rounded tablespoon onto ungreased baking sheets. Bake for 9 to 11 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on baking sheets for 2 minutes; remove to wire racks to cool completely. Makes about 2 dozen cookies.

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