October 21, 2008

Wednesday's Chow - Cookies in a Jar and Hot Chocolate Mix

With the holidays just around the corner....trust me, they ARE just around the corner....here's a couple of recipes that will make nice gifts for friends, neighbors, teachers or critique partners.

Oatmeal Plus Cookies

Jar Ingredients:

1 cup flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 cup white sugar
2 cups oats
* raisins

Filling the Jar:

Layer the ingredients in a quart size canning jar in the order listed. I used a small funnel and it worked pretty good for most of the ingredients! Use enough raisins to fill the jar to the top. If you do not want to use raisins, you can use baking chips; our favorite is butterscotch! Pack down all ingredients, especially the brown sugar!

Include these instructions with the jar:

Oatmeal Plus Cookies
3/4 cup butter or margarine, softened1 egg, slightly beaten 1 teaspoon vanilla
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Empty jar of cookie mix into large mixing bowl; thoroughly blend. Add the butter or margarine, the egg, and the vanilla. Mix until completely blended. Shape into 1 inch balls. Place on a cookie sheet 2 inches apart. Bake for 11 to 13 minutes until edges are lightly browned. Cool 5 minutes on baking sheet.

Hot Chocolate Mix

2 cups powdered milk
Dash of salt
¼ cup cocoa
1 cup powdered sugar

Combine ingredients well and put in a pretty container with a tight-fitting lid.

Include these instructions with the jar:

Hot Chocolate Mix

To Use:
Put approximately 4 tablespoons into a cup, then fill with about 8 oz. of boiling water. Add more mix to get the taste you like. Stir and enjoy!

~Anna Kathryn


Skhye said...

Hey, don't you have a link to the site with all these jar mix recipes for gift giving? Can you come clean and share??? ~your annoying partner in crime

Judi said...

These are a great idea. Just in time for the holidays. I know what my critique partners are getting for Chirstmas ;-) Thanks

Linda LaRoque said...

Thanks for the recipes. We love oatmeal cookies and I bet it makes an attractive gift layered in the jar.

Cathy said...

How fun. Thanks for sharing these with us. My son is stationed back east, and I could easily put these together and send them to him as a Thanksgiving present.

Anna Kathryn Lanier said...

I made some of cookies in a jar last year, and they wer a big hit with the people I gave them to. The chocolate mix is good, too.

~Anna Kathryn

dj Pollock said...

This is a keeper. I have jars I decorated and this is the final touch!!

Skhye said...

I loved that cookie mix with dried cranberries you gave me last year. I think it was biscotti. Great gift you could give over and over eavery year! Like a tradition for friends... Hint. Hint. ;)

CrystalGB said...

Great gift idea.

Anna Kathryn Lanier said...

Hmmm, Skhye, I'll have to dig up that recipe. I don't think it was in my file where I got the Oatmeal Cookie recipe from.

Anna Kathryn