Cookies In A Jar

Posted by in Chocolate Recipes on December 7 2009 | Leave A Comment
Cookies in a Jar

This is a fantastic and unique gift this Christmas. The idea is that you prepare the dry ingredients and pack them cutely into a 1 litre glass jar with a lid. You then give the jar as a gift this Christmas (or birthdays, etc.) – the recipient only needs to add butter, an egg and vanilla to the dry ingredients to make the cookies!

Ingredients

To make one jar you will need…

  • 3/4 cup (110g) plain flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup (75g) firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup (75g) caster sugar
  • 3/4 cup (65g) rolled oats
  • 130g milk chocolate chips
  • 130g white chocolate chips

Extra ingredients for making (roughly 24) cookies:

  • 125g butter, melted and cooled
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
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Method to make the jar

Sift flour, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda and salt into a bowl.

Spoon the flour mixture into a 1L (4-cup) capacity glass jar (if you a re-using make sure it is thoroughly cleaned and completely dry).

Top with brown sugar and then caster sugar. Top with oats, then milk chocolate chips and lastly the white chocolate chips. Seal jar.

You can then decorate in whichever way you choose – my creativity stretched as far as a curled ribbon but you could get the hot glue gun out and go nuts if you wanted to. Add a gift tag (with the method for making the cookies – here’s one I prepared earlier…).

Give as gift and admire your ability to give a unique gift this Christmas.

You can of course alter the recipe by replacing the chocolate chips – try dark chocolate chips and milk chocolate chips or white chocolate and dried cranberries or milk chocolate and dried apricots or M&Ms or dark chocolate and sultanas…

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Method to make the cookies

Preheat oven to 190°C and line two baking trays with non-stick baking paper.

Empty jar into a large bowl and then add butter, egg and vanilla. Stir until well combined.

Shape tablespoons of mixture into balls and place on baking trays approximately 5cm apart.

Bake for 10 to 15 minutes, swapping trays halfway during cooking, or until edges are lightly browned. Turn biscuits onto a wire rack to cool and then enjoy!

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Comments On This Post

  1. Dom (Chocablog Staff)

    I love this idea!

  2. I thought I’d share a similar recipe for Gingerbread Biscuits (not very chocolatey I know)… This one is a little more complicated for the person who receives the gift as they need a food processor but still a unique gift.

    Ingredients

    To make one jar you will need…
    • 1/2 cup brown sugar
    • 2 and 1/2 cups plain flour
    • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
    • 1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda

    Extra ingredients for making (roughly 20) biscuits:

    • 125g butter, chopped
    • 2/3 cup golden syrup

    Method to make the jar

    Sift flour, ginger and bicarbonate of soda into a bowl.

    Spoon the half the flour mixture into a 1L (4-cup) capacity glass jar (if you a re-using make sure it is thoroughly cleaned and completely dry).

    Top with brown sugar and then the remaining flour mixture. Seal jar.

    When I give this one as a gift I normally tie a gingerbread man cutter with ribbon to the jar along with a gift tag with the recipe to make the biscuits…

    Method to make the biscuits

    Preheat oven to 180°C and line two baking trays with non-stick baking paper.

    Empty jar into the bowl of a food processor with the butter and syrup and process until a smooth dough forms.

    Divide the dough into two pieces and wrap in plastic wrap. Refrigerate for 30 minutes until firm.

    Roll dough out between two sheets of baking paper to roughly 4mm thick.

    Use cookie cutters to cut shapes from the dough and place them on the baking trays.

    Bake for 8 – 10 minutes. Allow to cool on trays. Decorate or simply eat as they are!

  3. Christine

    Very cute! Even the jar is Christmassy with the red lid. Where did you get the jars from?

    I also love your idea of having the cookie cutters attached to the gingerbread version.

  4. Christine – found the jar in Kmart (Australia) – but have seen them in the Reject Shop, Big W and Woolworths.

  5. Joanne Mawson

    What a brillant idea. I received my cookies in a jar as a secret santa gift at work and have never heard of anything like this. It’s great even when the jar has been labelled for storage use after baking the cookies.Fantastic.

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