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Festive Cookies in a Jar

Festive Gift - Cookies in a Jar

Biscuits, Gifts | 19th December 2012 | By

In the excitement leading up to the Liskeard Christmas Vintage Market, I came across this post on cookies in a jar over at the Pink Whisk. I thought they would be a fun item to try selling at the stall I was helping out on. And if they didn’t sell, I could give them as Christmas gifts.

In these days of lavish and wasteful packaging, these make a great low waste alternative gift. They are fun, attractive in their own right, you get to make some cookies (always a good thing) and you have a handy jar for reuse.

This is how I did them:

  • Sterilised three 500 ml jars by washing them out in clean soapy water then putting them in the oven for 20 minutes at 100℃.
  • For each one, weighed and sieved 75g plain flour, ¼ tsp bicarbonate of soda, ¼ tsp baking powder and carefully spooned into bottom of the jars to create an even (ish) layer.
  • Spooned in 75g light muscovado sugar in an even layer.
  • Added 50g dried cranberries followed by 50g dark 70% chocolate (roughly chopped) to one jar.
  • Added 50g white chocolate chips, followed by 50g dried cranberries to another jar.
  • Added 50g white chocolate chips, followed by 50g raisins to another jar.
  • Finished off the layering with 60g rolled oats.
  • Labelled the jars, then covered the tops with a couple of layers of red tissue paper and tied with twine and added a card with the baking instructions. As follows:
  • Mix all ingredients in a bowl with 1 egg and 50g melted butter (or 2 tbsp sunflower oil).
  • Place spoonfuls (about 12-15) onto a lined baking tray and bake at 180℃ (350℉, Gas 4) for 6-8 minutes.

The jars created quite a talking point and I sold two out of the three, which I was well chuffed with. I was going to try making the cookies myself, but ran out of time. I do, however, have complete faith in the Pink Whisk and I am planning on making some before Christmas.

Update 20.12.12

I’ve just made a batch and can report that they worked really well and are absolutely delicious. Of course, I used wholemeal flour rather than plain. I’ve also made a second batch, but added crystallised ginger and dark chocolate chips to that one.  I don’t have an exact post, but this recipe for oaty ginger chocolate chip cookies is quite similar. Except it doesn’t use an egg.

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Festive Cookies in a Jar

Festive Gift - Cookies in a Jar
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Festive Cookies in a Jar

Course: Afternoon Tea, Snack
Cuisine: British
Keyword: chilli chocolate, Christmas, cookies, gift, oats
Servings: 15 cookies

Ingredients

  • 1 500 ml glass jars
  • 75 g plain or wholemeal flour (I use wholemeal spelt)
  • ¼ tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • ¼ tsp baking powder
  • 75 g light muscovado sugar

Version 1

  • 50 g dried cranberries
  • 50 g dark chocolate chips 70% or bar chopped into small pieces

Version 2

  • 50 g white chocolate chips or bar chopped into small pieces
  • 50 g dried cranberries

Version 3

  • 50 g white chocolate chips or bar chopped into small pieces
  • 50 g raisins

All Versions

  • 60 g rolled oats

Instructions

  • Sterilise the jar by washing it out in clean soapy water then putting it in the oven for 20 minutes at 100℃.
  • Whisk the flour, soda and baking powder together. Carefully spoon into the bottom of the jar to create an even (ish) layer.
  • Next, spoon in the sugar in an even layer.

Version 1

  • Add the cranberries followed by the chocolate in as even layers as you can manage.

Version 2

  • Add the chocolate chips, followed by the cranberries in as even layers as you can manage.

Version 3

  • Add the chocolate chips, followed by the raisins in as even layers as you can manage.

All Versions

  • Finish off the layering with the rolled oats.
  • Label the jars, then covere the tops with a couple of layers of red tissue paper or festive cloth and tie with twine or ribbon. Add a card with the baking instructions.

Baking Instructions

  • Mix all of the ingredients in a bowl with 1 egg and 50g melted butter (or 2 tbsp sunflower oil). Place spoonfuls (about 12-15) spaced well apart onto a lined baking tray and bake at 180℃ (350℉, Gas 4) for 8-10 minutes or until golden.

Notes

Assemble as many jars as you like. Each one makes 12-15 cookies.

18 Comments

  1. belleau kitchen

    19th December 2012 at 7:44 am

    Great idea… I saw this at the food fair I was demo-ing at in November and I thought at the time what a genius idea it was. So pretty and actually useful too!… I love your combinations too x

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  2. Kavey

    19th December 2012 at 8:23 am

    I keep bookmarking ideas like this at Pinterest but haven’t got around to making any yet…

    BTW where you’ve written “75g plain flour, 1/4 tsp plain flour, 1/4 tsp baking powder” is that second ingredient meant to be something else? x x

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  3. Clarence Evans

    19th December 2012 at 9:04 am

    Awesome, this is great for this coming holidays gift.

    http://www.brownieheaven.co.uk

    Reply
  4. manu

    19th December 2012 at 9:29 am

    They’re beautiful, just a perfect Christmas gift!
    I made the same last year!!!
    xox

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  5. rita cooks italian

    19th December 2012 at 10:02 am

    This is a brilliant gift idea!! I love to receive glass jars and I reuse them several times.

    Reply
  6. Alessandra

    19th December 2012 at 1:03 pm

    Olá como vai ,estou fazendo uma visita e aproveitando
    para desejar boas festas e muito sucesso
    boa semana , até mais

    Reply
  7. Susan Lindquist

    19th December 2012 at 2:10 pm

    What a terrific idea! Noted and set with a bookmark under ideas for next year’s church fair! Thanks!

    Reply
  8. Hazel - Chicken in a Cherry Sauce

    19th December 2012 at 8:12 pm

    I have a friend who is selling these for Christmas gifts! They are a wonderful idea and provide storage for the final product too 🙂

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  9. Janice Pattie

    19th December 2012 at 8:40 pm

    lovely mix

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  10. hungryhinny

    19th December 2012 at 8:55 pm

    These look lovely, I’ve seen quite a few recipes for ‘cookies in a jar’ but never tried them… you need to give us an update once you’ve baked a batch to find out how good they taste!

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  11. Kit @ i-lostinausten

    19th December 2012 at 9:43 pm

    Lovely idea! I’ve received few jars last year for X’mas & they’re amazing recipes indeed. I bet yours too! 🙂

    Reply
  12. Angie's Recipes

    20th December 2012 at 5:15 am

    What a fantastic idea!
    p.s Chill the stamped cookies for a couple of hours before baking, then they won’t look blurry after baking. The chocolate one I used a simple shortbread recipe with added cocoa powder and some ground almond.

    Reply
  13. londonbusybody.com

    20th December 2012 at 8:26 am

    What a fab gift to receive!

    Reply
  14. Alida

    20th December 2012 at 11:55 am

    this is so original Choclette. They make such a wonderful present and these days people appreciate homemade gifts much more. Brava!

    Reply
  15. Katie

    21st December 2012 at 7:00 am

    Wonderful idea and they look so pretty too.

    Reply
  16. Wendy@The Omnivorous Bear

    23rd December 2012 at 12:45 am

    I am definitely going to do this… next year! Such a great idea.

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  17. Janice Pattie

    23rd December 2012 at 5:52 pm

    It’s a fun idea, I’ve done it myself, but got a few odd looks from the recipients! Hope you have a great festive season.

    Reply
  18. Gluten Free Chocolate

    15th March 2013 at 9:41 am

    Tamp each layer tightly. The flat top of a meat tenderizer mallet makes a great tool to tamp down each layer of ingredients.

    Reply

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