Cowboy Cookie Mix in a Jar

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As I shared last week, the cookies I baked for my mom and mother-in-law were rendered completely and totally un-giftable after they crumbled in my hands. I hadn’t thought for a second that the cookies wouldn’t make the short trip from the counter to a box, but as with most cooking and baking ventures, rarely does everything go exactly the way you want it to. So, after sitting in a defeated heap on the floor for a little while, I hugged my husband and started thinking of a plan B.

I was at a creative block and couldn’t think of anything that didn’t involve just starting over. But luckily, Mark seemed to have been studying Good Housekeeping magazine that week and came up with a great idea: Cookie mix in a jar!

There’s nothing more I wanted than to send the moms some homemade treats, but if that wasn’t possible then this idea was a darn good alternative. The mix involves just eight ingredients, most of which you probably already have in your cabinets, is very easy to assemble, and is a creative way to send a caring, semi-homemade gift when fragile cookies just won’t cut it.

Not only would this make a nice Mother’s Day gift, but it could also be a sweet host gift or holiday gift to neighbors, friends, teachers and coworkers, or contribution to a bake sale. This cookie mix is a variation of this recipe from AllRecipes, and from the reviews you can see how much fun it is for everyone, and what scrumptious cookies it yields!

Cowboy Cookie Mix in a Jar

Ingredients

  • 1 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/3 cups oatmeal
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips

Instructions

  • Layer the ingredients in a wide-mouth 1 quart jar in the order given. Press each layer firmly in place before adding the next layer. If the jar is not wide-mouth, shape a piece of paper into a cone, stick the small end into the jar, and pour ingredients through the top.
  • Include a card with the following instructions: •  Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease cookie sheets. •  In a medium bowl, mix together 1/2 cup melted butter or margarine, 1 egg, and 1 teaspoon vanilla. Stir in the entire contents of the jar. You may need to use your hands to finish mixing. Shape into walnut shell sized balls. Place 2 inches apart on prepared cookie sheets. •  Bake for 11 to 13 minutes in the preheated oven. Transfer from cookie sheets to cool on wire racks.
  • Enjoy!

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  1. Anonymous says:

    This looks so cute! I wish I thought of this so I could have gifted this to my Mom!

  2. Thanks! I wanted to post about it before Mother’s Day, but I didn’t want the moms to know what they were getting ahead of time! ;)

  3. Anonymous says:

    And your Mom can’t wait to mix them up and enjoy them, thanks, GiGi. Ha ha, Gary will be frowning at his profile in the yoga room – because he just can’t resist cookies!

  4. And your Mom can’t wait to mix them up and enjoy them, thanks, GiGi. Ha ha, Gary will be frowning at his profile in the yoga room – because he just can’t resist cookies!

  5. Thanks! I wanted to post about it before Mother’s Day, but I didn’t want the moms to know what they were getting ahead of time! ;)

  6. This looks so cute! I wish I thought of this so I could have gifted this to my Mom!

  7. I wanted to make a batch before I gifted them in jars. I just pulled them out of the oven and all I can say is “YUMMY”!!! However, I did “tweak” it just a little bit. I added two dashes of cinnamon, 3 TBSP of milk, only 1c of oats and instead of 1c chocolate chips I added a little over 1/3c EACH of chocolate chips, white chocolate chips and mini sized m&m’s (for color). Thanks so much for sharing this recipe, it’s definitely a keeper!!!! I can’t wait to jar them and give them away:) Julia S, Cypress Tx

  8. Instead of the semisweet chips I used peanut butter M&M’s. I’m pretty sure these are going to be a hit when I give them as Christmas gifts! Thank you. :)

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