Ever had a Cow Girl Cookie? If not, you ought to!
Diggles and I were sitting in bed, not cleaning, and we were watching Twilight (our go to movie when we're feeling too lazy for our usual brainy psychologicals), when I thought up the idea to go make some. I have absolutely no idea why Twilight always makes me think of cowboys and the mid west- maybe it has something to do with the werewolf tribes- but it does, so I figured, why not make some Cow Girl Cookies.
I remembered this great recipe I learned a while ago from Bakerella, so I figured I ought to visit her site so I could give ya'll the best and truest recipe. She's a baking genius! So be sure to pop on over: http://www.bakerella.com/mix-things-up/
We may be moving soon, so I decided not only to bake a batch for myself, but to fill up my remaining mason jars with the ingredients, to share with our neighbors. We've been very lucky to have an entire court full of great neighbors who are constantly baking for us, or bringing over fresh corn and vegetables for our chickens. If we do end up moving, it'll be sad to leave, but even sadder if I didn't bring anything over to say thank you with.
Cookie ingredient Jars are the perfect gift. They have everything you need to make great cookies every single time, and they look really cute as decoration too.
What You'll Need
For just making the jar:
1-⅓ cup All-purpose Flour
1 teaspoon Baking Powder
1 teaspoon Baking Soda
¼ teaspoons Salt
1 cup Cooking Oats
¾ cups M&Ms®
¾ cups Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips
½ cups Brown Sugar, Packed
½ cups White Sugar
⅓ cups Chopped Pecans
For baking the cookies yourself:
1 whole Egg, Slightly Beaten
½ cups Butter
1 teaspoon Vanilla
If you're just making the jar, layer everything into it in an attractive way. If you'd like your jar to look exactly like the one featured above then pack in this order: flour (mixed with baking powder, baking soda and salt), oats, M&M’S, chocolate chips, brown sugar, white sugar, followed by chopped pecans! Pack each layer down firmly to make everything fit.
Then seal it up, and make it pretty. Food label tags look really cute, and give you the ability to write out the recipe. If you don't tell the people you're gifting how to bake their cookies, they probably won't turn out all that well! Be sure to tie off your jars with ribbon or other cutesy things to give them personality.
Now on to the baking!
Mix up all of your dry ingredients in a large bowl. Add the wet ingredients and use the back of a large spoon to mix it all together. Don't be shy if it's not mixing well. Go on and get your hands dirty! They are cowgirl cookies after all! When everything's incorporated, roll the cookie dough into 1 1/2 inch balls. And finally, bake for about 10 minutes in a preheated 350 degree oven.