I’m excited today to be a part of the Hillbilly Housewife’s Virtual Cookie Exchange. There are plenty of tasty cookie recipes perfect for the Christmas season posted here, including mine! Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Peanut Cookies (aka Cowboy Cookies in a Jar) are a great gift idea for anyone on your Christmas list. Here is the recipe and assembly instructions. Enjoy!
Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Peanut Cookies in a Jar
aka Cowboy Cookies in a Jar

1 cup all-purpose flour
1/3 cup whole wheat flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/3 cups old fashioned oats
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup chopped dry roasted peanuts

Layer the ingredients in a 1 quart jar in the order shown above (flours go on the bottom). Press each layer very firmly before adding the next layer. As you add more ingredients, you’ll notice that the flours will press down even more. Use a wide-mouthed jar if possible and press the ingredients down with a flat-bottomed glass, vase or other kitchen item. In a pinch, you can use a flexible spatula/scraper, but it doesn’t work as well.

Tie or tape on a card with the following instructions: Cowboy Cookie Mix in a Jar 1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). 2. In a medium bowl, combine 1/2 cup melted butter or margarine, 1 egg and 1 teaspoon of vanilla. Stir in the entire contents of the jar. Use your hands or a heavy duty electric mixer to finish mixing. Shape into golfball sized balls. 3. Bake for 11 to 12 minutes. Transfer cookies to wire racks to cool.
If you want to get creative, you can also share the instructions like this:
Howdy Partner! Rustle up some mighty good treats for you and your fellow riders! Heat your campfire to 350 degrees and grease up your tin pan. Dump this jar into the biggest bowl you can find and mix it real good. Throw in a stick of melted butter, a whipped up egg and a teaspoon of vanilla. Mix with your five cleanest fingers till it looks like cookie dough should. Roll ’em into little balls in your pan and bake for 11-12 minutes. Makes 18 big ol’ cookies, or 2 dozen cowgirl-sized.
Top the jar with some cute fabric before you screw on the jar ring or simply tie a ribbon around the closed jar as shown below. I put the chocolate chips at the very top, but if I did it again, I’d put the chocolate chips and THEN the peanuts so you could see the deep brown color of the chips better.
If you are new to my blog, thanks for visiting! I hope you’ll come back again for Tuesday’s Tasty Treats and Monday’s Meditations, as well as Wednesday’s Will-isms. See my sidebar for links to all my past posts. Have a blessed Christmas season!
*For more gift ideas, check out my articles on The Untrained Housewife, Homemade Christmas Gift Ideas – Frugal and Easy and Theme Packs


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2 Comments on Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Peanut Cookies in a Jar

  1. This really is a nice gift idea… thanks! I think giving a “gift in a jar” like this is so much appreciated by so many people, especially nowadays when so many folks are hurting trying to keep their families fed dinner, let alone treats. A gift like this could really brighten someone’s day.

    The recipe looks yummy, with so many of my favorite cookie ingredients packed into one cookie recipe. Very fun! Thanks again.

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