I’m just taking a short break from baking and giving my legs a well deserved rest. I’ve spent the morning making another Christmas cake whilst listening to White Christmas and other golden oldies. Nothing like getting in the mood for Christmas – possibly my favourite time of year. I had to make a dash to the supermarket for some ingredients I had forgotten and when I opened the door, the smell of spicy Christmas cake cooling in the kitchen greeted me and even if I do say so myself, it smelt pretty good!
I have also made about 10 cookie mixes in jars. I am off to the Papworth Trust Shopping Evening on Friday, so I want to take plenty of these jars with me. Everyone is very interested in them, as they make really good presents, even for a non-cook, as they are so easy. You just add your own butter, egg and vanilla, mix them together and then tip in the contents of the jar. Each one makes 18 cookies and of course you can re-use the preserving jar it comes packaged in. Very little waste, which is always a good thing. I think they are an excellent way to try out making your own cookies, as nothing beats them fresh from the oven and you look like you’ve worked really hard on making them!
Today I have made Chocolate Chip, Dark Chocolate and Sour Cherry, Dark Chocolate and Cranberry, Oatmeal and Raisin and Cranberry, White Chocolate and Pecan (the one in the front of the photo). They look so pretty all layered up in the jar. Last week someone bought one and said she was just going to look at it and not use it! I like to give them to my son’s teacher’s at Christmas time – they always seem very appreciative of them!
Next year I will tweak the recipes to fit in a 1litre jar. The current jars are 75cl and so difficult to find at a decent price! By next year I will have lots more flavour combos, but if you like the idea of this and would like a particular flavour, just give me a call or drop me an email. These can be bought now for Christmas and will last until at least April 2010.