Today I bring you a guest post from a fellow “feminist baker”, my great friend Becca – she normally feminist blogs over at Thoughts of a Lost Girl, but she’s taking a break today to share this recipe – perfect for gift-giving for non-baking friends!
Beardy and I were online friends for a good while before we actually met in person. This first meeting was at a friend’s BBQ in Ireland, and it was at this BBQ that Beardy experienced my baking for the first time and asked me to guest post at some point. I had made gluten free cupcakes and a gluten free cake, which turned out pretty well considering they were my first attempt at gluten-free baking, although the intense whisking and sieving to try get more air into the mixtures meant my arm felt like I had been doing some serious weight lifting for a few days afterwards.
It was just my mum growing up, and she was adamant that myself and my younger brother and sister would be able to bake and cook, partly so that we would be more independent, and partly so that she knew we wouldn’t starve if she went away for the weekend when we got older. As such, I’ve been baking for probably over ten years now (I’m 21), and it’s something that comes relatively naturally at this point.
Something I started doing a few years ago was making cookie mix in a jar gifts for friends’ birthdays or to celebrate finishing exams. It’s a jar of dry cookie mix which your friend then adds wet ingredients to, mixes and bakes. It’s a really cute idea and easy to do, both as the gift giver and receiver, so I thought it would be a perfect thing to share for my guest post on The Baking Beardy.
Cookie Mix in a Jar Cookies
This is a bit of an ‘everything but the kitchen sink’ recipe – pretty much any cookie-type ingredient can be included, as long as they’re dry and non-perishable. The basic cookie recipe is the general one we use in my house, but all the extra ingredients can be omitted or substituted for whatever you fancy. I’m a big fan of adding healthier ingredients like nuts and granola, because then you get to feel good about eating somewhat healthy cookies!
Ingredients – makes about 15 cookies
Basic cookie dry ingredients
100g self-rising flour
50g caster sugar
25g brown sugar
30g multi-seed oat granola
25g chopped mixed nuts (hazelnuts, brazil nuts, almonds and walnuts)
50g chocolate chips
Wet ingredients (not to be put in the jar)
1 medium egg
Next, you want to measure out and layer your ingredients in a relatively big jar. I used a washed pasta sauce jar (it held 350g of sauce) with the labels taken off. You can layer the ingredients whichever way you like, but I chose to put the flour at the bottom, followed by the granola, the m&ms, the nuts, the chocolate chips, the brown sugar, with the caster sugar on the top.
You can decorate the jar however you like, but don’t forget to include instructions below either on the body of the jar or on a tag attached around the neck.
For the purposes of this post, I was both the gift giver and receiver (it’s important to treat yourself sometimes!), so I followed the instructions on the jar.
Take 1 egg and 100g butter and mix them together.
Add in the jar of dry ingredients.
Mix all the ingredients together with a wooden spoon.
Roll into small balls (1 ½” diameter).
Bake on a cookie sheet for 10 minutes at 175˚C/ gas Mark 4 until lightly golden and cool on a wire rack.
I hope you liked this recipe idea. I think it’s a cute and original gift idea, and easy to personalise by using the recipient’s favourite candy, chocolate, nuts and dried fruit.
Hopefully I can convince Becca to publish a few more baking recipes on her blog – if you’re interested in Irish feminism, please do check it out!