I only discovered this cute little idea recently as I was flicking through a magazine for some Christmas inspiration. It was the first of its kind that I have come across, but since then I seem to see them everywhere! In my opinion, one of the best home-made gifts ever, the concept is based on “cookies in a jar” where you neatly layer all the dry ingredients of a biscuit recipe and attach instructions on how to complete making and baking the biscuits. A quick Google search resulted in a flood of different types of biscuit recipes, and of course photographs of all the beautiful and different ways of layering and decorating the jars.
And it really is super simple to put together. Two tools I could not do it without – a pastry brush and my meat thermometer. Weird, I know. But the pastry brush was used to brush the sides clean after each layer went in, without it the flecks of flour or cocoa show up quite clearly in opposing layers. And my meat thermometer has a round flat face, which worked great in ‘stomping’ each layer down tightly. You can really use anything flat to achieve this, a spoon will work too but take much longer, especially with the flour layer (which reduces down by about half its original volume).
Triple Chocolate Chip Cookies
(recipe adapted from taste magazine, Dec 12)
3½ cup glass jar (sterilized)
2 cups plain flour
1 tsp baking powder
½ tsp baking soda
pinch of salt
½ cup cocoa
½ cup brown sugar
½ cup white sugar
½ cup white chocolate chips
½ cup milk chocolate chips
- Sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda and a pinch of salt.
- Slowly spoon the sifted ingredients into your jar and pack it down firmly. Use the pastry brush to dust the sides of the jar. Make sure each layer is packed down as firmly as possible, otherwise all the ingredients will not fit into the jar.
- Repeat this step with the cocoa, then the brown sugar and then the white sugar.
- Lastly add the chocolate chips.
Attach the following instructions to the jar:
1. Preheat the oven to 180ºC.
2. Beat 175g butter until light and fluffy.
3. Add 1 egg, 1 egg yolk and 1 tsp vanilla extract and mix well.
4. Add the contents of the jar with 2 tbsp hot water.
5. Mix together with a wooden spoon.
6. Roll into 2cm balls and placed on a greased tray, allowing room for spreading.
7. Bake for 12-14 minutes and cool on a wire rack.
…be fearless, and have fun!