Sunday, June 20, 2010

Chocolate Chip Cookies in a Jar

If you don't have time to bake, and you need to take a gift, "Cookies in a Jar" are fabulous. These are 1 quart mason jars that you fill with the dry ingredients for great cookies, cakes or brownies.  I've posted recipes for Brownies in a Jar and Chocolate Cookies in a Jar, but I never posted Chocolate Chip Cookies in a Jar, and let's face it, Chocolate Chip Cookies are the all American favorites.

Just a few reminders: I mentioned last time I blogged about "Cookies in a Jar" how important it is to pack down each layer. You can use any tool with a wide flat bottom. You must do this after each and every ingredient. Be sure and put any white sugar below any nuts or chocolate chips because the sugar will seep down. And, if you really pack things down well, you'll have a better looking jar of ingredients. It's kind of like sandpainting. You can also experiment adding other 'dry' ingredients.

Someone asked me about shelf life. As in any mix, there is a use-by date. I think three months is about the limit. I like my chocolate and nuts to be fresh. My hope is that the recipient will make cookies or brownies within the next few days.

1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup chopped walnuts (optional)
1- 1/2 cups (about 9 ounces) Dark Chocolate Chips

Combine flour, baking soda and salt in small bowl. Place flour mixture in bottom of 1-quart jar. Layer remaining ingredients in order listed, pressing firmly after each layer. Seal with lid. Cover with burlap and tie with raffia.

Recipe to Attach: I usually make my own label on the computer and attach to the front of the Jar, but you can do this as a tag (or small card) and attach with the raffia.

Preheat oven to 375° F.
Beat 3/4 cup softened sweet, 1 large egg and 3/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract in large mixer bowl until blended.
Add Chocolate Cookie mix. Mix well, breaking up any clumps.
Drop by rounded tablespoon onto ungreased baking sheets.
Bake for 9 to 11 minutes or until golden brown.
Cool on baking sheets for 2 minutes; remove to wire racks to cool completely.
Makes about 2 dozen cookies.


Anonymous said...

And just for fun, when the cookies are just out of the oven for a moment or two, just long enough so that the cookies are set, but the cholate chips are slighly warm, grab the empty one quart mason jar and pour in some cold milk. Now sit back, relax, and enjoy those cookies with some refreshing milk!

Janet Rudolph said...

Perfect use of the container! :-)

Chocolate Gifts said...

I thought I was reading the wrong blog because of the title but when I learned that its a different thing, I just laughed at myself...hahaha..(thinking that "chocolate cookies in a jar" is the same blog post as the "chocolate chip cookies in a jar").

Janet Rudolph said...

It's also because I used photos of chocolate chips in both. I should take a picture of the jar!