I always look forward to this time of year sharing a post from my dearest friend and co-author of four of my cookbooks. I've enjoyed many days with laughter with Marie and her husband Frank's great espresso. A tradition in my book for the Christmas season, I hope you make Marie's Hootycreeks a holiday traditions too.
Guest holiday post + recipe today by Marie Bianco, my dear friend, food writer and author.
Edible holiday gifts always make a hit and this one is about as easy as it can get. Even school age children can get into the act.
The cookie ingredients are layered in a wide-mouth canning jar which you can buy for about a buck each. Make sure you get the wide-mouth ones because it’s easier to get the ingredients into those jars rather than the narrow neck ones. If you’re planning on making a large quantity of mix for all those people on your list who you want to give “a little something” invest in a wide mouth funnel.
Tap each layer down in the order given. Once the lid is in place, cut a circle of gingham or holiday fabric and fasten it with a rubber band. Then tie a ribbon around the jar and include the recipe directions printed out on the computer or written in your best hand.
1 jar Cranberry Hootycreek Mix
½ cup (1 stick) butter or margarine, softened
1 teaspoon vanilla
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl, cream butter, egg and vanilla. Add the Cranberry Hootycreek Mix by hand until the mixture is well blended. Drop by tablespoons onto a greased cookie sheet. Bake 8 to 10 minutes, or until edges just begin to brown. Transfer to wire rack and cook. Makes 18 to 24 cookies.
Cranberry Hootycreeks Mix
½ cup plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
½ cup old-fashioned oats
½ cup all-purpose flour
½ teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
1/3 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup granulated sugar
½ cup dried cranberries
½ cup white chocolate chips
½ cup chopped pecans
Layer the ingredients in the order given into a 1-quart, wide mouth, canning jar. Pack each layer into place before adding the next ingredient.
Attach a gift tag with the mixing and baking directions.