This post is a DIY and a recipe! One of my favorite things to give for gifts are homemade baked goods. It’s an almost foolproof gift idea: they will definitely be delicious, they will not break your bank account, and there is no way the receiver will want to return them for a trendier sweater or store credit and risk ruining a great relationship because you don’t know what the appropriate monetary equivalent of your friendship is!! This is also a great gift for a friend who is far away, which was my reason for making this particular Almost-Cookie Jar.
The Almost-Cookie Jar contains all the dry ingredients one would need to make cookies; it’s the jar receiver’s job to add all the wet ingredients, spoon the cookies out, bake, and eat! Just make sure, jar makers, to include full ingredient list and baking instructions.
– 1 quart mason jar (I found one at a craft store for $1.50! How great is that??)
– 1 1/3 cup all purpose flour
– 1 tsp baking powder
– 1 tsp baking soda
– 1/4 tsp salt
– 1 cup cooking oats
– 1 1/2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
– 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
– 1/2 cup granulated sugar
– 1/3 – 1/2 cup chopped walnuts, pecans, or almonds
To assemble: Carefully measure out all ingredients and layer them in this order in the jar, making sure to pack everything in.
First: flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt
Third: chocolate chips
Fifth: brown sugar
Sixth: granulated sugar
Seventh: chopped nuts
Put the top on the jar and cover it with a square of cute fabric and tie with ribbon or string.
Attach the following info along with the ingredient list: Stir the contents of this jar together in a large mixing bowl. Add 1 slightly beaten egg, 1/2 cup melted butter, and 1 tsp vanilla extract. Mix wet ingredients into dry ingredients. Roll the cookies into balls and bake on a parchment covered cookie sheet for about 10 minutes at 350 degrees. Yum!