I can’t claim this idea as my own, but it is a good one! I have seen several variations on this theme on the internet. You can use whatever recipe you like, the overall quantities just need to be about 4 cups. I have seen some nice examples that use colourful lollies such as M&M’s as ingredients which makes the jar look very nice. I have chosen a slightly less sugary recipe as there is already so much sweet stuff in my pantry at the moment I didn’t want to add any more (and then have to resist eating it!)
These are great for gifting not only at Christmas but any time of the year when you need a small home made gesture to give someone. They are really quick to put together too.
For this recipe I used a 1 litre mason style jar (purchased from my local discount store for about $2). Mine measures about 15cm high and about 10cm in diameter (just to give you an idea of the size).
Wash the jar in hot soapy water thoroughly dry. I sat mine in a warm oven after it had air dried just to be double sure!
Use a rolled piece of paper to create a cone shape to help funnel the ingredients in. Tap the jar lightly on the bench between the addition of each layer, to settle the ingredients.
Place the ingredients in the following order:
Note: I have given the ingredients in cup measurements and weights. If you are cooking this recipe for yourself in the Thermo you will find the weights measures easier to use. But the cup measures are easier if filling a jar. The instructions are given for non-thermo cooking, in case your recipient doesn’t have one!
You could swap the order of the sultanas and sugar if you like, as the sugar does filter down through the sultanas a bit, but I like the look of the two darker layers being separated. Have I mentioned before that I am slightly OCD?! 😉
Then just seal the jar and decorate with the recipe print out (you can find it here) and twine or ribbon or whatever else you like.
The recipe makes a batch of approximately 30 oat and sultana cookies, you can also use the same recipe and cook it in a slice tin, it works just as well.
- 80g (1/2 cup) SR flour
- 80g (1/2 cup) plain flour
- 90g (1 cup) rolled oats
- 60g (2/3 cup) dessicated coconut
- 100g (2/3 cup) raw sugar
- 90g (2/3 cup) sultanas
- 80g (1/2 cup) choc chips
- 125g butter
- 1 egg
- Line two baking trays with greaseproof paper and pre-heat oven to 180 degrees.
- Melt butter, 100 degrees, 2 minutes, speed 3.
- Add all dry ingredients, then egg, and mix reverse speed 4-5 for 20 seconds until combined.
- Place dessert spoon sized balls on baking tray and flatten slightly.
- Bake for 15 minutes until golden.