Sunday, January 25, 2009

Oatmeal Raisin Cookies in a Jar

I got this jar over the Holidays and I thought it was such a nice gift! They made such good cookies and it was sure handy to throw it all together when I was in a rush and needed cookies! :) Thought you might like the idea...

Oatmeal Raisin Cookies in a Jar

Creating the Jar:
1/2 cup sugar
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
2 cups quick-cooking oatmeal
3/4 cup dark raisins
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 cup all purpose flour

1. Wash and thoroughly dry a 1 quart wide-mouth canning jar.
2. Layer the ingredients in the jar as listed, pressing firmly with a flat bottom object, such as a tart tamper or the bottom of a narrow glass, after each addition. Make the layers as lever as possible.
3. Secure the lid, and decorate as desired. Attach the instructions for making the cookies.

Instructions: (Makes about 30 cookies)
In addition to the contents of the jar, you will need to add the following ingredients:
3/4 cup butter, softened
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla extract

*Preheat the oven to 350. In a large bowl, cream the butter, eggs, and vanilla. Add the contents of the jar, and stir until well mixed. Drop the bough by heaping teaspoons onto an ungreased baking sheet, spacing the cookies 2 inches apart. Bake 11 to 13 minutes, or until the edges are light brown in color. Allow to cook for 5 minutes on the baking sheet, then transfer to wire racks and cool completely. Serve immediately, or store in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks.
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