I was given a really sweet gift a couple of days ago. My sweet Aunt Debbie handed me a jar as I rushed out the door to leave town. I thought it was so nice. It looked like this:
now, Ive been given these "cookies in a jar" before. tons of times. they make a sweet gift. HOWEVER, I noticed these were not the ordinary chocolate chip cookies and I needed a desert for a get together at my house so I quickly threw together these cookies. They were INCREDIBLE. shockingly so. I was amazed! where have they been all my life? does no one love me enough to have given me these before?? my life has been drastically changed. how i lived so long (ok, not THAT long!) without these I will never know.
so, because I love you so much, I give you:
The layers in the jar give a pretty "sand art" appearance that makes the jar pretty enough to give as a gift along with the instructions for making the recipe.
Makes about 36
5/8 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup rolled oats
1/2 cup all-purpose flour (note: flour is divided to make separate layers in the jar. If you are not making a Gift-in-a-jar, just combine the two flour measurements)
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup white sugar
1/2 cup dried cranberries
1/2 cup white chocolate chips
1/2 cup chopped pecans
Layer the ingredients in a 1 quart or 1 liter jar, in the order listed. Attach a tag with the following instructions: (or dont, and just make them for yourself!)
Preheat oven to 350 F. Grease a cookie sheet or line it with parchment paper. In a medium mixing bowl, beat together 1/2 cup softened butter, 1 egg and 1 teaspoon of vanilla until fluffy. Add the entire jar of ingredients, and mix together by hand until well blended. Drop by heaping spoonfuls onto the prepared baking sheet, about 2 inches apart. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes, or until edges are lightly browned.
these instructions are for putting everything in a jar and presenting as a gift but let me say- you MUST make these at least once for yourself. I know Im bossy but you will thank me!
when I am not putting these together as a gift, I just add together all the dry ingredients in one bowl, in another I beat together the softened (very- melted almost) butter, egg, and vanilla, then add to the dry ingredients and mix by hand. then I use my hands to put them onto a cookie sheet.