Cookies in a Jar

/ Monday, August 25, 2014

To sum up some of the baking I've been doing but not posting: although I haven't gotten puff pastry down yet I did make some very good croissants last weekend. They were perfect to reheat every morning for a great breakfast. Unfortunately I've been super busy with high school just around the corner and fall sports setting in, so the posts have been pretty much non-existent this month.

However, the end of August brought around a great inspiration for today's post.
In the last two weeks of August, 5 of my best friends have birthdays. This calls for gifts that could potentially add up to being quite a bit of money.  This got me to brainstorming some inexpensive gifts that anyone would like.
Then, I stumbled across an old recipe book for cookies in a jar.

The book had some great recipes that could be made for under $3, and who doesn't like an easy way to make fresh cookies?

Chocolate Chip Cookies in a Jar

 Makes 2 1/2 dozen cookies
Adapted from: Cookies in a Jar

You will need a 32 oz canning jar.

For the mix:
1/2 cup sugar
1 cup chocolate chips
1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
2 1/2 cups  flour mixed with 1 tsp. baking soda and a dash of salt

Staring with the sugar and working down the list, add each layer to the jar firmly packing down each layer before adding the next.

For the recipe card:
1 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup margarine, softened

Empty jar into large bowl and mix thoroughly to combine.
Shape into approx. 1 1/2 inch balls and place 2 inches apart on a greased baking sheet.  Bake at 350 degrees F for 13 to 15 minutes. Cool 10 minutes on sheets before transferring to racks to cool all the way.

Cookies in a jar can be gifts for just about anyone! You can also substitute chocolate chips for other flavors such as butterscotch, toffee, or chocolate candy pieces!

Until next week!

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