Gourmet Cookie Mix in a Jar Recipe-Yum!

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Gourmet Cookie Mix in a Jar Recipe-Yum!

"If I don't LOVE it...I don't EAT it." So said the food critic in the enchanting movie, "Ratatouille" which was all about the art of cooking.

 My skinny friends have this same motto..hence their constant quest for the 'perfect' cookie recipe.

I think I've finally found one they won't be able to resist!

Why don't you try one of them and see what you think?

I simply couldn't send you off into the holiday season without a few choice recipes for holiday baking. It's one of the things I listed on our Get Ready for Christmas in Seven Days post. This was not hard to do and it didn't take a lot of time.

Talk about a super easy project and great fun to do with the kids!

I love having a simple gift to give friends and neighbors that is thoughtful but doesn't break the bank. This year that gift is 'cookie mixes in a jar'. I got the recipe that we chose from a great book,  Gifts From a Jar - Cookies, Brownies, and Bars - Goodies to Mix and Bake
We did one variation on the recipe by switching from dark chocolate chips to white. They both tasted fantastic!  I picked this recipe because I knew it would have lots of goodies and look fantastic in a jar. (Appearance counts for a lot with this gift. It looks so homey on the counter. :o)

Whole Grain Chippers
(Assembly Instructions)

Makes 1 Jar 

1 cup uncooked old-fashioned oats
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
1/2 cup sunflower seeds
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
pinch of salt

1. Layer ingredients attractively in any order into 1-quart food storage jar with tight-fitting lid. Pack ingredients down slightly before adding another layer.
2. Cover top of jar with fabric; attach gift tag with raffia or ribbon.

We bought a box of jars from Wal-mart, a small bag each of flours, sugars, a big box of oats, 3 bags of chocolate chips, 2 bags of sunflower seeds and that was pretty much enough to do all twelve jars. The average cost was $3.00 per jar. Not bad for a nice gift!

Here's the instructions to print out for the gift tag:

(White chocolate chip variation pictured here.) 

Whole Grain Chippers
 (Recipe Tag)

1/2 cup butter, softened
1 egg
1/2 t. vanilla
1 jar Whole Grain Chippers Mix

1. Preheat oven to 375F. Lightly grease cookie sheets.
2. Beat butter in large bowl until smooth. Beat in egg and vanilla until blended. (Mixture may appear curdled.)
3. Add cookie mix to butter mixture; stir until well blended. (Dough will be stiff.)
4. Shape rounded tablespoonfuls of dough into balls; place 2 inches apart on prepared cookie sheets.
5. Bake 7 to 8 minutes or until completely firm. DO NOT OVERBAKE.  Let cookies stand on cookie sheets 2 minutes. Remove cookies to wire racks to cool completely.

Makes 2 dozen cookies.

Note: This recipe with pecans (rather than sunflower seeds) is pictured at the top of the post.)

These were absolutely the most delectable...and heavenly taste sensations ever!  I can recommend this recipe with total confidence. I have to please the most discerning palates ever--my skinny friends who refuse to eat a bite unless it's a little taste of 'heaven'. (Hence the reason they are skinny. We could learn some lessons from them!)  

Since the kitchen, my apron and I were already covered with flour, I figured I might as well try out a Southern Living recipe too. I'd planned to use this one for a friendly cookie swap, but the date didn't work out for us. (We're having company this weekend- my daughter's friend, Kayleen. We're so glad you're almost here!)

It was Soooo good that my calorie conscious daughter ate six the first day..and a regular dose every day since. She is my official 'food critic' and if it passes her inspection..then you are going to love it!

I'll be making the cranberry-white chocolate cookies and freezing them in advance to take to get togethers over the holidays.

 (Meet Apollo...our newest 'rescue' and Rebekah's 21st birthday gift.- photo by Rebekah)

Let me know how the baking goes! We'll be doing some more baking this weekend ourselves. It's one of the the things 'the girls' like to do when they get together. 


Needled Mom said...

They look delicious too. It is such a great idea!!!

Kerrie said...

Your house looks beautiful and I definitely need to try those scrumptious cookies!! Hugs, K

Cindy said...

Donna thank you for sharing this. I will be using this for sure!!

The house looks pretty all decorated.

That little kitty is precious.

Hugs Cindy from Rick-Rack and Gingham

Lorraine said...

great idea Donna,,my sons have just decorated the tree with all the little things they have made since they were at nursery.

GlorV1 said...

Wow Donna, what a fantabulous idea. I will have to try those cookies. I just made some peanut butter cookies. Great gift idea and great shopper you are. Hope you are doing good amiga and that life is treating you well. I have tried being online about 3 days a week to visit and leave comments or to answer them. I'm still getting dizzy spells and my paintings are coming out muddled. tee hee. Good to see you and what a treat of a post. take care, I'm going to answer a few comments and then do my head exercise. :) take care, happy weekend to you, thx for stopping by my blog.

Donna said...

I'd love to see those decorations Lorraine. I'm sure they must be so sweet. :o)

Gloria, I hope you are OK. I'd heard about the dizzy spells. I'll email you privately.

I'm glad you all like the cookies. Unfortunately they are just a little TOO good! lol


Maria Killam said...

Donna such stunning photos, you are such a great photographer! Those look soooo good! I have a lot to learn in the food photography department, I tried it today on my blog!

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