Oatmeal cookies are one of my favorite kinds of cookies. It’s one of the first cookies I remember helping to bake as a child. Baking with rolled oats always seemed to make for a great cookie. Chocolate chip cookies were great – but oatmeal chocolate chip…even better! Now that I am leading the baking for my three young kids, we love to bake some of our favorite cookies with Quaker Oats! One recipe that we love making during the holiday season is an Oatmeal Trail Mix Cookie. The holidays are a great time for the flavors of this cookie.
See how these cookies come together and make for a great gift for friends and family:
I chose to use Quaker Quick Oats since I’m adding a trail mix, as I felt this would help the cookie be a little less dense for the kids. The Quaker Quick Oats (or Old Fashioned Oats) are perfect for holiday baking – especially the the 42 oz. canister with special winter packaging, available at Target.
You can find both varieties in the section with oatmeal and cereals.
Next, select a trail mix that is well-balanced. We like the Sunny Cranberry mix – which is made with cranberries, almonds, golden raisins, sunflower seeds and pepitas (pumpkin seeds).
These cookies whip up fast, so they’re great for making with kids. They love adding in all the different dry ingredients and sampling the chocolate and trail mix!
I find these cookies to be a wonderful combination of flavor – a little sweet with a hint of salt from the trail mix.
I like to give the baked cookies along with a jar of the dry ingredients. I also include directions for my recipient to bake their cookies. You can get the free printable and directions for the cookie recipe jar below!
People love getting a great tasting cookie and then having the ingredients right on hand to make them again for themselves.
Cookie Recipe | Gift Jar Directions & Printable
For the gift jar, choose a 1 liter jar with a lid, such as a mason jar. Layer with the ingredients in the order below:
1.5 c. sugar – I use an organic, raw sugar
1 c. Quaker Quick Oats
1.5 c. all purpose flour
1.5 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
3/4 c. semi-sweet chocolate cips
3/4 c. trail mix (Sunny Cranberry used in this recipe)
(Full Cookie Recipe found at the bottom of this post)
Be sure to pack down the ingredients after each layer – using the back of a spoon or an ice cream scoop.
Once your jar is filled, you can place a circle of fabric over the top before sealing or include a ribbon and tag.
You can also use the printable below as a gift tag or include in your gift bag.
Click the image to download.
I like to tie my jar with ribbon, gift tag and then place some fresh-baked cookies and my gift jar in a bag. It’s an all-in-one treat for the holiday that everyone loves.
Remember that the adorable Quaker Oats Quick Oats 42oz winter canisters are available exclusively at Target.
You can also score a great coupon to get your baking started!
What is your favorite recipe to bake during the holiday season?
- 1 c. sugar
- 1 c. Quaker Quick Oats
- 1.5 c. all purpose flour
- .5 tsp salt
- 1.5 tsp baking powder
- 1 c. semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 1 c. trail mix
- 2 eggs
- 1 tsp vanilla
- ¾ c. softened butter
- Preheat oven to 350 F.
- In a bowl, cream together the butter, eggs and vanilla.
- Add in dry ingredients, with the exception of chips and trail mix. Combine well.
- Gently mix in chips and trail mix.
- Place spoonful size dough on baking sheet lined with a baking mat.
- Bake for 10-15 minutes until golden brown.
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