Holiday Oatmeal Cookie Mix
2-3/4 C. all-purpose flour
2 t. salt
1 t. baking soda
2 C. firmly packed brown sugar
1 C. granulated sugar
2 C. solid vegetable shortening
1 container (18 oz./6 c.) quick or old fashioned oats, uncooked
4 (1-qt. each) clear, unbreakable plastic jars
4 C. Add Ins (see below)
For cookie mix stir together flour, salt and baking soda in very large bowl. Add sugars; mix well. Cut in shortening with pastry blender or 2 knives until mixture is crumbly. Stir in oats.
In 1-quart clear unbreakable plastic jar with lid, layer as follows: 1 cups cookie mix, 1/2 cup Add Ins, 1 cup cookie mix, 1/2 cup Add Ins, 1 cup cookie mix. Place lid on jar; seal tightly.
Repeat the above using remaining mix and Add Ins to fill 3 more jars. Add gift tags listing preparation instructions.
Makes enough mix for 4 gift jars.
Add Ins: Each of the following variations provides enough ingredients for 1 gift jar.
Confetti Cookies – Use 1 cup candy-coated chocolate pieces, divided.
Cherry-Berry Cookies – Use 1/2 cup dried cherries and 1/2 cup dried cranberries.
Chocolate Cherry Cookies – Use 1/2 cup dried cherries and 1/2 cup chocolate chips.
Nutty Chocolate Chippers – Use 1/2 cup chocolate chips and 1/2 cup chopped walnuts, pecans or almonds.
Peanut Chocolate Cookies – Use 1 cup peanut butter flavor chips, divided and 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder. Add the cocoa powder as the final ingredient in the jar.
Attach the following recipe with the gift mix:
To prepare cookies using the Holiday Oatmeal Cookie Mix you’ll need 1 egg, 1/4 cup water, 1 teaspoon vanilla and 1 jar Holiday Oatmeal Cookie Mix.
Heat oven to 350° F. Lightly spray cookie sheets with cooking spray.
In large bowl, combine egg, water and vanilla; mix well. Add entire contents of 1 jar of Holiday Oatmeal Cookie Mix and stir with fork until all dry ingredients are moistened and a stiff dough forms.
Drop by rounded tablespoonsful onto cookie sheets. Bake 14-16 minutes or until light golden brown. Cool 1 minute on cookie sheets and remove to wire cooling racks. Cool completely.
Makes 3 dozen.
Note: If the mix is for the Peanut Chocolate Cookies variation, increase water from 1/4 cup to 1/2 cup.