|Jars dressed up with red and white checked ribbon and recipe cards|
|My favorite jars were the ones with the burlap ribbon in the left side of this picture. They were just simple and pretty.|
|Cookies cooling- don't you just love Christmas?|
|Two warm cookies and a glass of cold milk- the perfect snack|
Of course, before you give a gift like this, you must try the recipe first. I made a jar for myself, mixed the cookies according to the directions, and baked them. They were chewy with a hint of cinnamon and a little sweetness from the white chocolate, and they made the house smell heavenly. Even my husband who doesn't like cookies with cranberries couldn't get enough of these.
I hope you enjoy whatever goodies you are making this holiday season, and most importantly, enjoy time with friends and family. Happy Holidays!
Cranberry Oatmeal Cookies with White Chocolate (in a jar)
makes approximately two dozen cookies
For Each Quart Jar:
3/4 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
1 1/2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats (not instant)
1/2 cup dried cranberries
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup white chocolate chips
For mixing the cookies:
1 stick of butter, softened
1 large egg
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
Preparing the Jar:
In a small bowl, whisk the flour, baking soda, salt and cinnamon together. Use a funnel to put this mixture into the bottom of a quart jar. Tap the jar lightly on the counter to help the flour mixture settle. Add the brown sugar and use a spoon to pack it down a little into the jar. Add the granulated sugar. Add the oats into the jar and use a spoon to press them down. Next, add the cranberries. Press the cranberries down using a spoon or your fingers to make some room at the top of the jar. Finally, add the white chocolate chips (you will probably have to add about 1/2 cup of the chips, press them down, and then add the rest). The ingredients will just fit into the jar and should fill it to the top. Place the lid on the jar. This mix should be used within about 2 weeks to prevent the brown sugar from hardening.
For mixing the cookies:
(write on a recipe card or piece of paper when giving)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl, beat 1 stick softened butter, 1 egg, and ½ teaspoon vanilla with an electric mixer until blended. Add the ingredients from the jar and mix on low until moistened and combined. Scoop by rounded tablespoons onto an ungreased cookie sheet, leaving 3 inches between each cookie. Bake 12-16 minutes until lightly browned and set on top. Cool on wire racks. Store in an airtight container 2-3 days. Makes approximately 2 dozen cookies.