These are lovely gifts for anyone with a sweet tooth like me, or maybe someone who doesn’t have time to faff about baking from scratch. Nothing beats homemade cakes and cookies. The original recipe is from Bakerella, but I’ve made a few tweaks, as I found the original recipe a little too sweet. They are delicious chocolaty oaty cookies, I left the pecans out as I’m not a fan of nutty things (I baked a batch of cookies first before making a jar up just to sample a couple or five)
1 1/3 cup of self-raising flour or 165 grams
1 teaspoon baking powder
¼ teaspoon salt
1 cup oats or 95 grams
¾ cup of smarties (which worked out at 4 tubes)
½ cup of brown sugar or 75g
½ cup of golden sugar or 75g
You’ll also need a large glass jar, a small piece of fabric and some ribbon to decorate your jar. I used a Large Douwe Egberts jar, but you can buy glass jars from TK Max or supermarkets. I set up a piping bag rolled down to funnel the ingredients through, if you don’t have a piping bag you could make a funnel with some baking parchment.
I played around with the order of the layers and finally decided on flour first, then oats, smarties, brown sugar and caster sugar. Make sure you pack each layer down really well, or it won’t all fit in the jar. My ingredients just about fit in a large Douwe Egberts jar, you can buy plain glass jars from supermarkets too. The ingredients should be flush to the top of the jar.
You’ll need to make labels and instructions for making the cookies. You can design your own labels or use the ones on Bakerella’s site like I did, they are very cute. I stuck the Cowboy cookies labels on the front and the instructions on the back of the jar. Finish off your jars with a square of pretty fabric tied over the top of the jar with co-ordinating ribbon.
If you want to make these cookies yourself it is very easy using the jar mix. First preheat your oven to 180 degrees or gas mark 4. Mix the contents of the jar together in a large bowl. Then add the beaten egg and softened butter and stir to form the cookie dough. You might need to press the mixture together with your hands to get all the last bits to stick together, your hands will get sticky soon anyway. Line a baking tray with baking parchment, then roll 1 ½ inch balls of cookie dough and place about 2 inches apart on the baking tray. As the balls bake they will flatten into lovely cookies.