I got the idea from Bakerella’s Cowgirl Cookies in a jar – but I needed to make the recipe smaller to fit the 500g pasta sauce jars I was going to be reusing 🙂 So I had to modify it…. quite a bit. But these end up being really tasty and easy to do! Here’s my recipe and guide.
Take your 500g jar, add:
1 cup SR flour
1/2 cup rolled oats
1/2 cup choc chips
1/4 cup raw sugar
The order you put them is important. Flour should go at the bottom, as it’s smaller particles and will fall through gaps in everything else. Sugar likewise will fall through gaps. However there’s more flour than anything else, so I like to break the flour into 2 sections (and doing this you can use white flour and wholemeal flour too. You will need to pack the ingredients in, I use the stick part of the mortar and pestle to jam it all in.
In the example below I’ve not layered them well because the flour had fallen down into the choc chips. Ideally I should have put the sugar, choc chips, oats, then second lot of flour. Anyway – you get the idea…. experiment with what looks good and stays separated best.
Then cover the lid with a pretty fabric, and I attach a little card with the instructions (they just need to add 1 egg and 1/2 cup melted butter), and the ingredients, so they can make the cookies again if they liked them.
Almond Cookies – Using 1/2 cup SR flour and 1/2 cup almond meal (instead of 1 cup flour) makes a really nice cookie (and doesn’t taste almondy)
Coconut Cookies – If you use almond meal you can also get away with adding a 1/4 cup shredded coconut to the recipe without making it too dry (though you’d need a larger jar to fit the coconut in). If you use all flour, you’ll want to add a bit extra butter to the recipe or it’s a bit dry. The Coconut adds a nice texture and flavour.
You can add a dessertspoon of walnuts or linseeds which is quite nice too. Adding a teaspoon of cinnamon can also be nice.
Substitute M&Ms or other chocolately confectionery for the choc chips for a more colourful look. 100s and 1000s mixed through can also be fin for kids
Extras can’t fit? You could put some extras in a little bag and put it under the fabric, to keep it packaged together if it won’t fit in the jar.