Monday, August 24, 2009

Mix things up!

Cookie Stack

Yeehaaa… yum yum… it’s Cowboy Cookies. Or, in this case, Cowgirl Cookies.

A friend introduced these to me and I love them. Especially the name. Cowboy Cookies. Cowboy Cookies. Cowboy Cookies. Rolls off the tongue doesn’t it? Well, I took the traditional oats, chocolate chips and pecans this cookie is known for and added some pink m&m’s to make them, well, more girly.

Cookie Ingredients

But why stop there. I also made a few cookie mixes to try out as a test run for a gift idea. You see, I missed said friend’s birthday (sorry friend) and I wanted to make up for it. So, I took her basic recipe and made a few adjustments so I could fit all the ingredients into these jars.

Cowgirl Cookies

They’re smooth Ball jars made especially for crafts. Smooooooth. No embossed logos in the glass. Nice. And with a little fabric, labels and a brown suede bow, they’re perfect little gifts.

Four Jars

But which one should I give her? It actually matters because I made four different variations. If you notice in the photo above, some of them have more oats, more flour or more sugar. I was trying different combinations to get all the ingredients to fit.

Oh and note to self: Use a ruler when attaching labels next time.

Luckily, the first test batch I made, worked. Yes!

So, here’s the recipe:

Cowgirl Cookies

1 1/3 cup all purpose flour, spooned into measuring cup & leveled
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup cooking oats
3/4 cup m&ms
3/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
1/2 cup white sugar
1/3 – 1/2 cup chopped pecans

Stir all the dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl.

Cowgirl Cookies

Add

1 slightly beaten egg
1/2 cup butter (melted slightly in the microwave)
1 teaspoon vanilla

Mix wet ingredients into dry ingredients. Use the back of a large spoon to work it all together. You may even need to use your hands to get everything incorporated.

Unbanked cookies

Then roll the cookie dough into 1 1/2 inch balls, place on a parchment covered baking sheet and bake for about 10 minutes in a preheated 350 degree oven. I got about 26-28 cookies out of these.

Here’s how they came out.

Cowgirl Cookies

Pretty and tasty. But I still want to try the other mixes later, and if one tastes better I’ll make sure and update the recipe. Besides, I want to know how long these will last in jars. Any ideas?

Want to make some cute cookie mix gifts, too? Here’s how.

Cookie Labela

Start with a 1 quart smooth Ball jar. I found these at Hobby Lobby craft store.

Layer the ingredients in like this:

First: flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt
Second: oats
Third: m&ms
Fourth: chocolate chips
Fifth: brown sugar
Sixth: white sugar
Seventh: chopped pecans

Pack each level down really tightly. I mean it. Pack it in. Or else it won’t all fit. Also, I added the chopped pecans last, because if the ingredients were too much or not enough, then I could add more or less pecans to adjust. I’d rather sacrifice nuts than chocolate, you know. The ingredients should be flush to the top of the lid when you seal it up.

Suede Bow

See. There’s some of the pecans peeking out from under the fabric.

To decorate the top of the jars, get a spool of suede cord and some fabric. I really wanted to find some pink western bandana fabric, but this will do.
Anyway, cut the fabric into 6 inch squares and the suede into 25 inch pieces. Place the fabric on top and tie ribbons around the lid to hold it in place.

Labeling

For the labels, you’ll need some card stock, a paper punch and double-sided tape.

You can use the pink labels I made if you want. DOWNLOAD THE PDF HERE.

Cookie Jar Labels

I also included one for the baking instructions and a label for Cowboy Cookies in brown if you want to gift these to boys or girls.

Cowboy Cookies

Note: you can change the color of m&ms and give them as Halloween gifts, or Christmas gifts, too. Check out the seasonal m&ms in the candy aisle. They are usually available in special holiday colors or themes. The pink ones were in the Breast Cancer awareness bag. Also another great gift idea.

Enjoy!

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Jen said...

WOW Bakerella, I worship your amazingness. DEF making these for gifts this year!

December 7, 2013 09:27 AM
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sarah said...

Looks so good :) I tried to make the jars and it just did not fit in the normal mouth quart jars, did you use full quantity listed for 1 jar?

Appreciate the help!

December 9, 2013 02:32 AM
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Monica said...

I just made 12 of these for Christmas gifts! So cute!! Thanks so much!! (Oh and we made some for us too, yummy!)

December 11, 2013 12:58 AM
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Brette said...

Hi! I’ve been following your blog for years now. A couple of years ago I made these beautiful and delicious cookie mix jars. After cutting and finding the hole punch then double stick taping them on, then glue dotting them on… I’ve graduated to making sticker labels using Paper Source’s 2.5″ round labels that can be printed on…. Any chance you would modify the PDF above to print onto the Paper Source labels? It would make my jars that much more beautiful and I always credit your blog when I gift them…. Thanks so much for considering it!

December 15, 2013 12:02 PM
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Chantal said...

I love this idea!! I wanted to do some DIY Christmas gifts this year, and I decided to try these. I accidentally got the wrong size jars, couldn’t find any stores around me that sold fabric or suede cord. But, I split the recipe into two pint jars, and tied them together with some ribbon. The oats and flower fit perfectly into one jar, and everything else in the other. Still happy with the turnout!!

December 18, 2013 10:39 AM
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Amy said...

These look AWESOME!!!!

Quick question: Does this recipe yield CRUNCHY cookies, or CHEWY ones? The cowpokes I’d be making these for have strong preferences, so I’d need to know ahead of time.

December 18, 2013 12:35 PM
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Lee Ann said...

How did you get it all to fit in the jar?

December 19, 2013 10:41 PM
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Ali said...

Made these “Cowboy” cookies with all boys for Christmas. They turned out great!!

December 23, 2013 06:37 PM
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Free Gift Cards said...

cookies look amazing!this is a great gift idea,thanks.xxx

January 16, 2014 08:12 PM
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Anonymous said...

So perfect for party favors. I had to order the 1 quart jars but they arrived. Will be working this weekend on putting these together for a baby shower!

January 17, 2014 11:45 AM
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Sue said...

I love these cookies!! And have given to many a teacher and coach as a gift. We also make them at home for Santa….. But. Mine never flatten out! I follow the recipe to the ‘T’ and have used fresh baking soda and baking powder… It’s very distressing as it isn’t the only cookie recipe I’m having issues with. HELP!

January 27, 2014 06:01 PM
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Belen boulger said...

Hi bakerella.
I just did a prototype…
I’m throwing a baby shower next month and want to use these as favors.
Any tips? Im trying “to cheat” by using prepackaged cookie mix- so no oats or brown sugar. Just the mix and m& m’s.
I put the m&ms on top-no go. Then on the bottom and the flour seeped down. Any advice? Belen

February 9, 2014 07:36 PM
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Shanda said...

Received this as a gift/souvenir from a baby shower. My girls and I had fun making these. They were quite tasty.

February 13, 2014 04:49 PM
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Gabriella said...

I love it! What a fun idea! I’ll be featuring your post on my blog (homemakinghearts.com) tomorrow and sending folks your way for instructions! Keep up the good work!

I would also like to invite you to HomemakingHearts.com on Fridays for a brand new link-up; it would be a delight to have you join us!

Gabriella

February 18, 2014 10:47 PM
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Loren said...

How much do you sell these for? How much does it cost them to make?

February 26, 2014 07:18 PM
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Mrs. Dixon said...

I am trying to find a cute craft I can make cheaply but sell for a few bucks at the swap meet on Sundays to raise money to continue feeding 12 feral cats that my husband and I were lucky enough to catch spay and neuter and set free again. The cost is more than a pinch. I am asking if I may use your cookie in a jar craft to make a few bucks to help cover cat food cost. Your adorable little jars could just be easy enough to be of a real big help to 12 really adorable cats. These cats are all a family and they don’t bother the neighborhood they just don’t have anywhere to go. Please Please be their angel and say yes and let me know if you would prefer I keep your original logo on them then or if I may alter and put a kitty paw on them. Thanks for even sharing your skills with the world very nice of you.

April 7, 2014 04:12 AM
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kari winston said...

what size jar do you use ?

June 3, 2014 10:11 PM
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asaf said...

how can i make this in a smaller size jar?
i need to give this to 10 people, and i want to reduce the ingredients…please help me to do that..

June 29, 2014 05:00 AM
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Emmie said...

These are the best

July 12, 2014 12:36 AM
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Barbara said...

these look so great. will have to make some for my niece 3rd birthday party. as a little thank you to the adults

July 17, 2014 04:08 PM
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Lulu said...

What kind of Oats did you use?

August 27, 2014 08:09 PM
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