Cookie in a Jar

Want to give a great gift? Consider cookies. Make these cookie mixes to put in jars and then add the recipe for how to prepare them. It makes a great gift for any occasion.

Brownies In A Jar

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Aren't you sweet? Share this mix for those on your Christmas list who welcome making a batch of brownies, but later, please! Be sure to include the recipe and baking instructions.

Toffee-Pecan Cookie Mix

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These cookie mix jars make for great hostess gifts around the holidays. Layer the ingredients in a glass jar and attach baking directions with a festive red bow.

Total: 15 mins

Maple-Raisin Oatmeal Cookies

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A bit of maple syrup gives these cookies a deeply sweet flavor. Oats and raisins add hearty texture and add nutritious value to boot.

Cranberry Drops

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Give the gift of cookie mixes. Dried cranberries add brilliant color to these simple drop cookies.

Lemon-Pecan Shortbread Cookies

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Five ingredients is all it takes to make crumbly, rich shortbread cookies! To "finely chop" nuts, chop them until they are about the size of grains of rice.

Ranger Cookies

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Kids can help make this long-time favorite cookie, which is a terrific gift for a special teacher.

Orange-Pecan Shortbread Cookies

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Dunk the bottoms in melted white chocolate for cookies that have their "frosting" flipped.

How to Make Sugar Cookies from Scratch

When you know how to make sugar cookies from scratch, you're baking up a piece of food history. Though some of the first cookie-like cakes originated in Persia as early as the 7th century A.D., true sugar cookies (or biscuits, depending on where you live) are thought to be an American original. Specifically, from Nazareth, Pennsylvania, where a large majority of the settlers were German Protestants. That's why, in the early days, the sweet treats were sometimes called "Nazareth Sugar Cookies."

How to Bake Chocolate Chip Cookies

Even if you're a reluctant (or flat-out nervous) baker, you can handle learning how to bake chocolate chips cookies. First, some cookie trivia to loosen you up: The chocolate chip cookie was invented in the 1930s by Ruth Graves Wakefield, who ran the Toll House Inn in Whitman, MA. She stirred some chopped chocolate into her usual "Butter Drop Do" cookies, thinking it would melt and spread, but alas, the softened chocolate bits stayed intact, and a star was born.

How to Make Chocolate Chip Cookies

While necessity may be the mother of invention, some of life's best treats were stumbled upon quite by accident. Such is the case with chocolate chip cookies--indescribably delectable treats that have been a mainstay in baking for generations. When Ruth Wakefield cooked up the first batch in 1930, she was actually trying to make chocolate cookies and was substituting bits of semi-sweet chocolate for the baking chocolate, thinking the chips would melt down in the batter. Fortunately for cookie lovers, they didn't, and expert and novice chefs alike have been trying to perfect the art of how to make chocolate chip cookies ever since.

How to Make Peanut Butter Cookies

Who was the clever cook who figured out how to make peanut butter cookies? Well, the chain of events goes something like this: in the early 1900s, an Alabama scientist named George Washington Carver tried to convince Southern farmers that peanut plants were a good replacement for the dying cotton crops, and to prove how versatile the peanut could be, created many recipes using chopped peanuts as an ingredient...cookies among them. Then came the commercial invention of peanut butter in the 1920s, and shortly after that baking companies such as Pillsbury began publishing recipes for peanut butter ball cookies. A star was born.

How to Make Yams

If you find yourself searching for recipes on how to make yams, it's a good thing to know that in the United States yams and sweet potatoes are actually the same vegetable. They are both a variety of sweet potato, though yams are deeper orange in color. So you can feel free to substitute sweet potatoes for yams in your recipes, since they are quite similar.

How to Make Chocolate Cookies

Looking for a delectable treat to satisfy your sweet tooth? While chocolate chip and sugar cookies are common go-to recipes for quenching those sugary cravings, if you long for something unexpected, why not learn how to make chocolate cookies? These lesser-known delights are perfect for chocoholics--though don't say we didn't warn you about how addictive they are.

How to Bake Sugar Cookies

Everyone associates sugar cookies with the holidays, but once you learn how to bake sugar cookies, you'll want to make them every time you’re craving a treat.

How To Make Salsa

Anyone can grab a jar of prepared salsa off the grocery store shelf. But if you've found yourself eyeing up the produce section, thinking you might rather learn how to make salsa of your own, you are most definitely onto something. When it comes to a truly authentic Tex-Mex fiesta, nothing quite compares to the freshness and signature style you can achieve by making your own salsa.

How to Make Sugar Cookies

Since they're made with such simple ingredients--sugar, flour, vanilla, baking powder, a little salt--it's easy to think of sugar cookies as the Plain Janes of cookies. That is, until you break out the cookie cutters and colored sugar, the sprinkles and colored icing, the candy pieces and other adornments. But sugar cookies are more than just show pieces. When you know how to make sugar cookies just right, their understated sweetness and delicate texture are anything but ordinary--even when you eat them plain.

How to Make Salad Dressing

Bottled dressing won't be in the picture again when you learn the basic techniques behind how to make salad dressing. It's easy--just remember a few simple tricks.

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