These were really good. I did both the cranberry and cherry version I talk about. Without the walnuts (which I don't like) they are very moist and soft. I think the walnuts would help make them more "solid." For gifts, I'd probably do some of each as many people are allergic.
Oatmeal Cranberry Cookie Mix
Modified from Country Woman
1/2 cup flour
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 cup old fashioned oats
1 cup chopped walnuts (or use more dried fruit, which is what I did as I don't like nuts, but since these will be gifts, I'll porbably do some each way)
1/2 cup shredded wheat, crushed
1/2 cup dried cranberries (or cherries...I tried this both ways....both were good...I like cherries better, so I liked that better, but cranberries are very seasonal)
In a small bowl, combine the flour, baking soda and salt. In one quart jar, layer flour mixture, sugar, brown sugar, oats, walnuts, cereal and cranberries. Attach cooking instructions.
1 jar oatmeal cranberry cookie mix
1/2 cup butter, softened
2 tbsp. water
1/2 tsp vanilla
Preheat oven to 350. Beat butter, egg, water and vanilla until well blended. Add cookie mix and mix well. Drop by rounded tablespoonfuls on ungreased baking sheet. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until golden brown. Cook for 1 minute before removing to wire racks for cooling.
Makes about 2 dozen.