12-14-2016 Holiday Luncheon

12-14-2016 Holiday Luncheon

The highlight of Garden Club’s year is the Holiday luncheon and this year was no exception. Over seventy members say down to a delicious  lunch catered by Town Tavern. Each member received a Mason jar filled with the ingredients to make two types of cookies,  Cranberry Oat cookies and Toffee Blondies… here are the recipes.  Many thanks to all Garden Club members who worked so hard to create a special event. Everyone had a wonderful luncheon.


Christmas Cookies in a jar recipe

TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min.

MAKES: 18 servings


  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup quick-cooking oats
  • 1 cup dried cranberries
  • 1 cup vanilla or white chips
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Nutritional Facts

2 each: 188 calories, 9g fat (5g saturated fat), 27mg cholesterol, 102mg sodium, 26g carbohydrate (13g sugars, 1g fiber), 2g protein.


  • In a 1-qt. glass jar, layer the sugar and brown sugar, packing well between each layer. Combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt; spoon into jar. Top with oats, cranberries and chips. Cover and store in a cool dry place for up to 6 months.
  • To prepare cookies: Pour cookie mix into a large bowl; stir to combine. Beat in butter, egg and vanilla. Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes.

Drop by the tablespoonfuls 2 in. apart onto ungreased baking sheets. Bake at 375° for 8-10 minutes or until browned. Remove to wire racks to cool. Yield: 3 dozen.


Toffee Blondes in a jar recipe

For the jar:

1 cup brown sugar

1/2 cup mini chocolate chips

1 cup flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/4 teaspoon salt

(if desired: 3/4 cup chopped pecans or walnuts)

1/2 cup Heath Chips

1 quart size mason jar

To make the Toffee Blondies: to the contents of the jar


1/4 cup melted butter

2 lightly beaten eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla

Layer the brown sugar, chocolate chips, flour, baking powder, salt, Heath chips, and pecans.  I used a 1/4 cup measure to get the contents in jar.  Try to level out the ingredients a little better than I did.  You want it to look pretty.  It is a gift after all.

To make the Toffee Blondies, melt some butter in a bowl.  Whisk in the eggs and vanilla.

Pour in the contents of the jar.

Mix it all up.

Pour the batter in an 8x8x2 pan coated with cooking spray.  Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 25 to 30 minutes or until the blondies are set and start to pull away from the sides of the pan.  Cool in the pan and cut into 16 bars.

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