One 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).
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
125g pulsed oats
Next layer – combine these:
1 tsp cinnamon
125g golden caster sugar
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!