Cookie jar gift for you 

img_3399One of the loveliest gifts I ever received was from a friend who had made me a cookie jar, with a pretty ribbon to finish it off.

If you’re still thinking of a holiday gift for a loved one, I urge you to try this. You get to make and give a gift with love. They receive an experience (the making of the cookies!) plus they have a useful object afterwards (the jar).

Here’s how:

Write a label with the instructions, plus make sure you remember to set out what’s needed in addition to the dried ingredients that you’ll provide in the jar. A mason-type jar works great – you may need to experiment to get the right size. I added marshmallows as ‘ballast’ last year, when I couldn’t find the size I needed. A recycled coffee jar works well.

Raisin Pecan Cookies

For the jar:

Bottom layer – combine these:

125g plain flour

1/2 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda

Next layer
125g pulsed oats

Next layer – combine these:

1 tsp cinnamon

125g golden caster sugar

Almost there 

75g raisins

Top layer 

75g chopped pecans


Pre-heat the oven to 180C
Beat 225g softened unsalted butter with 1 medium egg and 1tsp vanilla extract. Add cookie mix and combine.

Place tablespoons of dough onto baking sheet.

Bake for 12-15 minutes until lightly brown. Cool for 5 minutes then transfer onto a wire rack to cool completely. ENJOY!

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