This is a great Christmas or birthday gift. Everybody loves to bake, yet no one has the time. It is a thoughtful gift for the busy person in your life. And by the way, the cookies are delicious!

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Ingredients

36
Original recipe yields 36 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Combine all-purpose flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.

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  • In a 1 quart wide mouth canning jar, layer dark brown sugar, white sugar, cocoa, chopped pecans, and chocolate chips. Pack everything down firmly before you add flour mixture, it will be a snug fit.

  • Attach a tag with the following instructions: Chocolate Cookie Mix in a Jar: 1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) 2. Empty cookie mix into large bowl. Thoroughly blend mixture with hands. Mix in 3/4 cup softened butter or margarine, 1 egg, slightly beaten, and 1 teaspoon vanilla. Shape into walnut size balls, and place 2 inches apart on a parchment lined baking sheet. 3. Bake for 11 to 13 minutes. Cool 5 minutes on baking sheet, then move to wire racks.

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Reynolds® parchment can be used for easier cleanup/removal from the pan.

Nutrition Facts

85.8 calories; 1.2 g protein; 15.5 g carbohydrates; 0 mg cholesterol; 66.2 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
12/27/2003
I've made this a few times as gifts and they're always a hit. I would agree that the layering needs to be changed. I started with the flour mixture on the bottom and then alternated dark and light. I also used peanutbutter chips in exchange for the nuts because you never know who doesn't like them. A good idea for a gift is to make a batch of the cookies to give with the cookie mix in a jar. It's immediate gratification and they will know what their batch will taste like! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
12/17/2003
WARNING: If your gift recipient waits a while before using the mix the brown-sugar layer will have hardened into a solid chunk that has to be chipped out of the jar and won't blend well with other ingredients once it is in the mixing bowl. I discovered this when I used the mix three weeks after it was made and I ended up with a bloody finger after having to pry the brown sugar out with a knife. My suggestion is blend the brown and white sugars together before packing into the jar so that the brown sugar can't harden into a chunk. Perhaps not as pretty but definitely more practical -- and more safe. I have to say though that I am not crazy about the idea of giving a cookie mix as a gift. I mean if you care enough to give why not go to the trouble to bake a batch of cookies for someone? Read More
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  • 4 star values: 24
  • 3 star values: 4
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 3 stars
12/16/2003
WARNING: If your gift recipient waits a while before using the mix the brown-sugar layer will have hardened into a solid chunk that has to be chipped out of the jar and won't blend well with other ingredients once it is in the mixing bowl. I discovered this when I used the mix three weeks after it was made and I ended up with a bloody finger after having to pry the brown sugar out with a knife. My suggestion is blend the brown and white sugars together before packing into the jar so that the brown sugar can't harden into a chunk. Perhaps not as pretty but definitely more practical -- and more safe. I have to say though that I am not crazy about the idea of giving a cookie mix as a gift. I mean if you care enough to give why not go to the trouble to bake a batch of cookies for someone? Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/27/2003
I've made this a few times as gifts and they're always a hit. I would agree that the layering needs to be changed. I started with the flour mixture on the bottom and then alternated dark and light. I also used peanutbutter chips in exchange for the nuts because you never know who doesn't like them. A good idea for a gift is to make a batch of the cookies to give with the cookie mix in a jar. It's immediate gratification and they will know what their batch will taste like! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/27/2003
This is a really delicious cookie. I made about 24 cookies from the mix instead of 36 (ie bigger than suggested) and cooked them for about 20 minutes. The baking soda/powder could be tasted slightly so could be reduced but it was not overpowering and didn't leave a bitter aftertaste. Also I made the recipe with half choc chips and half white choc chips and it turned out great. Lastly I made the order in the jar as follows: 1/2 flour brown sugar white sugar cocoa remaining flour (with baking powder and soda) choc chips pecans. This gave a light dark light appearance to the mix in the jar. Thanks for the recipe Jennifer - it's now one my favourites!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/08/2003
This recipe is wonderful. Once the ingredients are rearranged (I put the flour powder soda and salt on the bottom then layered dark light dark light and finished with the chips on the top) and the jar tied with a wide red bow the presentation is quite festive. Because nuts are not universally loved I substituted 3/4 C white chocolate chips and 3/4 C semi-sweet chips for the nuts and chips listed in the ingredients. They worked perfectly. Enjoy! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/14/2003
I change a couple of things with this recipe. I reverse the order of ingredients and divide the flour in between the brown sugar and cocoa when putting them in the jar. To me it looks better and the flour doesn't mix with the chocolate chips. Makes a better looking sand art design. Thanks for listening. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
11/05/2003
I dont know whos idea it was to put the flour on top but if you want flour all over when you open it then thats the way to do it. I suggest putting the ing. in this order. Brown sugar flour cocoa sugar pecans and chocolate chips. My 3 yr. old son had a blast helping me put the ing. in the jar. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/31/2003
These cookies were really yummy. Lots of chocolate and moist. I doubled the batch and mixed it all up then packed it into 4 500ml (1/2 quart) jars as my own premade cookie mix. When I want cookies I mix up a jar (I use 1 egg for each jar) and I get about 15 nice sized cookies. It takes only a few minutes to prepare and we get fresh homemade cookies any night of the week. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/14/2003
This recipe turned out great! - both the jar and the baked cookies. I followed the suggestions of other readers regarding layering and used M&M's rather than chocolate chips. These made great gifts! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/08/2003
I wanted to try this recipe before I give it as a gift. The cookies are yummy! They turn out nice and chewy. I used half white chocolate chips and half milk chocolate chips for something different and mixed up the dough using my hands this worked better than stirring. Great recipe! Read More
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