Do you know someone that has everything? Or, maybe you want to offer homemade gifts to friends and family this year. This holiday cookie mix in a jar makes a nice gift and easy to DIY for the Holidays. I have a jar on my counter right now and have received many compliments. Not only do they look good, they are also yummy! I can't wait to watch my little niece's reaction when she opens her gift this Christmas. I will include a small apron and a chef hat along this cookie mix. It is a favorite for after-school snacks. Why not bake an extra batch for Santa on Christmas Eve?
You can find Mason Jars for a very good price at Value Village or any other thrift store. For this recipe you should use 1 liter jars. I went to Bulk Barn and found the red and green smarties, but you can substitute them with white or dark chocolate chips. I like how these cookies taste with cranberries, but you could replace them with raisins. The fun thing about these Gifts in Jars is that you can customize them by adding nuts, different dried fruits or your favourite type of Hershey's chocolate chips.
Make sure to decorate your jars and add a personal note, and they will make a very nice present for under the Christmas tree.
Holiday Chocolate and Cranberry Cookies
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1 1/2 cups oats
1/2 cup brown sugar mix with 1/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup dried cranberries
1/2 cup smarties
1/2 cup Hershey's white chocolate chips
1- Layer the ingredients in a 1 Litre jar in the order given. Press each layer firmly in place before adding the next layer.
2- On a card write the following instructions: 1. Preheat oven to 350F. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper. 2. In a large bowl cream together 1/2 cup butter at room temperature, 1 egg and 1/2 tsp vanilla for 1 minute. 3. Stir in the entire contents of the jar. Mix another 2 minutes until all ingredients are well incorporated. 4. Shape into golf size balls. Place each balls 2 inches apart on the cookie sheet. 5. Bake for 11 to 13 minutes in the preheated oven. Transfer from cookies sheet to cool on a wire rack.
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