Cookie Potential

With the holiday season come the baked goods, often too many to eat. Sometimes your careful baking goes to waste as cookies and brownies dry out and end up being thrown away. What's the solution? Bake early and be the first to deliver your baked delights OR give jars of ingredients for future baking pleasure. The recipients of such "cookies-in-a-jar" can then choose to bake them immediately, or wait until a cookie shortage occurs in the household. While many of your favorite cookie recipes can be converted into jar format, some classic favorites are given below.

Assembly Line Packaging

Use quart-size canning jars or other available clear, sealable containers. Set out all ingredients, in the order they are to be added
, with corresponding measuring cups and spoons. Select decorative paper or fabric to adorn the top when you have finished. Glue on or attach a label with assembly and baking instructions. Tie on a set of measuring spoons, a vial of vanilla extract, or a wooden mixing spoon to enhance the gift.

Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies

Layer in jar (tap jar on counter between layer additions to settle):
1 1/2 cups ground oatmeal
1 cup packed brown sugar
1 cup flour
1/2 teaspoon each of baking soda, baking powder, and salt
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1 1/4 cups semi sweet chocolate chips

Attached instructions:
Empty cookie ingredients into a large mixing bowl and stir. Add 1/2 cup softened butter, 1 beaten egg, and 1 teaspoon vanilla extract; mix until completely combined.

Spoon heaping tablespoons of dough onto an ungreased cookie sheet, spacing 2-3 inches apart. Bake at 350 for 12-15 minutes. Cool 5-10 minutes on cookie sheet, then transfer to cooling racks.


Fudgy Pecan Brownies

Layer in jar (tap on counter between layer additions to settle):
1 1/2 cups sugar
3/4 cup cocoa powder (wipe inside of jar after this layer)
3/4 cup flour
pinch of salt
1/2 cup finely ground pecans
1/2 cup miniature semi sweet chocolate chips

Attached instructions:
Empty brownie ingredients into a large mixing bowl and stir. Add 3/4 cup melted butter, 2 teaspoons vanilla extract, and 4 well-beaten eggs; mix until well combined. Spread batter in a greased 8 by 8 or 9 by 9 baking pan. Bake at 350 for 27-30 minutes.


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