A Sweet Surprise for the Adventurous Souls!
Hello, creative bakers and nature enthusiasts! Are you looking for a thoughtful and unique gift idea for the hikers and trail lovers in your life? Why not bring a smile to their faces with a homemade Trail Mix Cookies in a Jar recipe? This delightful gift is not only fun to assemble but also offers a delicious treat for your loved ones to enjoy after a day of exploring. Let’s get started on creating this charming and tasty gift that’s perfect for any occasion!
Assembling Your Trail Mix Cookie Jar
- What You’ll Need:
- Wide-mouth quart-sized jar
- 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 3/4 cup wheat germ
- 1/3 cup quick oats
- 1 cup raisins
- 1/3 cup packed flaked coconut
- 1/2 cup chopped pecans
- 3/4 cup flour
- 1 tsp. baking powder
Layering the Ingredients:
- Mix the Dry Ingredients: In a small bowl, mix together the flour and baking powder.
- Start Layering: Begin by adding the brown sugar to the jar, packing it down firmly. Follow with layers of sugar, wheat germ, quick oats, raisins, coconut, and chopped pecans. Make sure each layer is packed down before adding the next.
- Top It Off: Add the flour mixture as the final layer, again packing it firmly.
Crafting a Cheerful Gift Tag
- Instructions for the Recipient:
- “Preheat your oven to 350ºF and get ready for a delicious adventure! Pour the contents of this Trail Mix Cookie mix into a large mixing bowl and give it a good stir. Add in 1/2 cup of softened butter or margarine, 2 slightly beaten eggs, and 1 tsp. of vanilla. Mix it all up until well blended.
- Shape the dough into small 1-inch balls and place them 2 inches apart on a lightly greased cookie sheet. Bake for 12 to 14 minutes or until the edges are lightly browned. Let the cookies cool for 5 minutes on the baking sheet, then transfer them to wire racks to cool completely. Enjoy your 2-1/2 dozen Trail Mix Cookies and think of the trails with every bite!”
Adding a Personal Touch
- Decorate Your Jar: Feel free to decorate the jar with ribbons, fabric, or personalized labels to make it extra special.
- Customize Your Mix: You can also customize the cookie mix to suit the tastes of your recipient. Swap out raisins for dried cranberries or pecans for walnuts for a personalized touch.
A Gift That’s Both Thoughtful and Delicious!
Trail Mix Cookies in a Jar is not just a gift; it’s an expression of love and thoughtfulness for the outdoor lovers in your life. It’s a fun, easy, and delightful way to show you care, and it’s sure to bring joy and deliciousness to any hiker’s kitchen. So, gather your ingredients, layer up your love, and get ready to spread some cookie joy! Happy baking and gifting!