Friday, December 18, 2009

Christmas Gift Jar Cowgirl Cookies

Here's what I made for teacher gifts this year....


Aren't these too fun and fresh!  I picked up the idea from my friend Inger, who got it from Bakerella, who picked it up from a friend...after all, there really is nothing new on the internet...nothing new under the sun.

So I adapted it for me and my friends with fabric and twine. You can do the same for who ever is on your list!  

  • 1 ⅓ cup all purpose flour, spooned into measuring cup & leveled
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup cooking oats
  • ¾ cup m&ms, or less to make it fit
  • ¾ cup semi-sweet chocolate chips, or less to make it fit
  • ½ cup brown sugar, packed
  • ½ cup white sugar
  • ⅓-½ cup chopped pecans or less to make it fit
Start with a 1 quart smooth Ball jar. Layer the ingredients like this:

  • First: flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt
Second: oats

  • Third: m n m's
  • Fourth: chocolate chips

  • Fifth: brown sugar

  • Sixth: white sugar

  • Seventh: chopped pecans
Pack each level down super, super tightly. Super tight!  I couldn't make it all fit, so I went with just less than 3/4 cup of the chocolates in order to add the sugars and pecans.   Make sure your ingredients are to the top of the lid when you seal it up.

Below is what the gift tag says.... Bakerella has some cute PDF's you can download if you go to her website

Stir all the dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Add:
  • 1 slightly beaten egg

  • 1/2 cup butter (melted slightly in the microwave)
1 teaspoon vanilla
  • Mix wet ingredients into dry ingredients. Use the back of a large spoon to work it all together. You may even need to use your hands to get everything incorporated.
  • Then roll the cookie dough into 1 1/2 inch balls, place on a parchment covered baking sheet and bake for about 10 minutes in a preheated 350 degree oven.

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