Cookies in a Jar
• 3/4 all purpose flour
• 1/2 tsp baking powder
• 1/8 tsp baking soda
• 1/8 tsp salt
• 1/2 cup butter-flavored or regular shortening
• 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
• 1/3 cup dried tart cherries
• 1/3 cup golden raisins
• 1/4 cup chopped pecans or walnuts
• 1/4 cup flaked coconut
Stir together the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a small mixing bowl. Using a pastry blender, cut in shortening until pieces are pea size. Starting with the flour mixture, layer the ingredients in a clean 1-quart glass canning jar in the following order (from bottom to top): flour mixture, brown sugar, cherries, raisins, oats, pecans or walnuts, coconut.
Cover jar and attach a card with the following directions for mixing and baking:
Fruit and Nut Oatmeal Drops
(Mix in this jar will keep for 2 weeks)

Empty contents of the jar into a large mixing bowl. Stir the mixture until combined, using a wooden spoon. Stir in 1 egg and 1 tsp vanilla until mixture is well combined. Drop dough by rounded teaspoon 2 inches apart on an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake in a 375° oven for 8 to 10 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Transfer cookies to a wire rack; cool.
Makes about 24 Cookies