M&M Oatmeal Cookies

1/2 cup old-fashioned oats
1/2 cup mini M&M’s candies
1/2 cup packed light brown sugar (see Note)
1 cup buttermilk biscuit and baking mix
1/2 cup packed dark brown sugar (see Note)
1 cup buttermilk biscuit and baking mix

In 1-quart wide-mouth glass jar, gently layer and pack ingredients in the order listed, beginning with oats. If there is any space left after adding the last ingredient, add more candies to fill the jar. Place lid on top. Cut an 8-inch circle of fabric to cover lid. Place fabric over lid; secure in place with ribbon or raffia. Attach gift card with preparation instructions and decorate as desired.

Gift Card: To Make M&M Oatmeal Bars: Empty contents of jar into medium bowl. Stir in 1/2 cup (1 stick) melted butter, 1 large egg and 1 teaspoon vanilla. Press into an 8-by-8-by-2-inch baking pan coated with cooking spray. Bake in preheated 350-degree oven for 18 to 22 minutes or until bars are light golden brown and center is almost set. Makes 16 bars.

Note: After measuring the brown sugar, crumble it between your fingers for uniform texture. Be sure to pack the brown sugar firmly in the jar to prevent the baking mix from sifting down through it.