Holiday Oatmeal Cookie Mix
 

2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 cups firmly packed brown sugar
1 cup granulated sugar
2 cups solid vegetable shortening
1 18-ounce container (6 cups) Quaker oats (quick or old-fashioned, uncooked)
4 1-quart jars with lids
4 cups “Add-Ins”

“Add-Ins”

Confetti: 1 cup candy-coated chocolates, divided
Cherry-Berry: 1/2 cup dried cherries, 1/2 cup dried cranberries
Chocolate-Cherry: 1/2 cup dried cherries, 1/2 cup chocolate chips
Nutty Chocolate: 1/2 cup chocolate chips, 1/2 cup chopped nuts

Stir together flour, salt and baking soda in a very large bowl. Add sugars; mix well. Cut in shortening with pastry blender or two knives until mixture is crumbly. Stir in oats.

In each 1-quart jar, layer 1 1/3 cups cookie mix, 1/2 cups “Add-Ins,” 1 cup cookie mix, 1/2 cup “Add-Ins,” 1 cup cookie mix. Place lid on jar; seal tightly.

Makes 4 1-quart gift jars. Include the following directions with each gift:

Preparation instructions:

1 egg
1/4 cup water
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 jar Holiday Oatmeal Cookie Mix

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly spray cookie sheets with cooking spray. In a large bowl, combine eggs, water and vanilla; mix well. Add entire contents of one jar of Holiday Oatmeal Cookie Mix; stir with fork until all dry ingredients are moistened and a stiff dough forms.

Drop by rounded tablespoonfuls onto cookie sheets. Bake 14 to 16 minutes or until light golden brown. Cool one minute on cookie sheets;
remove to wire cooling racks. Cool completely.
Makes about 3 dozen.