Food and Drink

Aroha Biscuits in a Jar

Whether you love to hate or hate to love home-made gifts, we’ve got one recipe your friends and family will love and are sure to bake again in the future. Biscuits in a jar (or cellophane bag at a pinch)! While baking a fresh batch of biscuits (or cookies) is a welcome home-made gift, the ingredients in a jar provides a certain je ne sais quoi.

This is easy and fun to make and doesn’t cost the earth – great for any occasion and for anyone with an oven. Here are some tips for making the best biscuits in a jar:

  • Layer in the following order for maximum effect – flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, white sugar, brown sugar (pack down), oats, white chocolate and cranberries. The aroha can be added anywhere you wish!
  • Use a funnel to direct the ingredients in to the jar and avoid a flour cloud.
  • Hand write a little recipe card with what is in the jar, what is needed and the method for cooking.
  • The first 7 ingredients are the main ingredients – the oats, cranberries and white chocolate chips can be ¾ cup each if this fits your jar better.


1 1/3 cups of flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
¼ tsp salt
½ cup white sugar
½ brown sugar packed
1 cup rolled oats
1 cup white chocolate bits
1 cup dried cranberries
1 pinch of aroha

1 egg, lightly beaten
110 gms butter, softened
1 tsp vanilla essence

Set oven to 180c
Mix all of the dry ingredients together in a bowl. Ensure the cranberries aren’t sticking to each other too much.
Mix wet ingredients in to dry ingredients
Roll dough in to approx. 4cm sized balls
Place on baking tray (non-stick or lined with baking paper) ensuring you leave space as they do flatten and spread out
Bake for 10 mins, makes approx. 24 cookies
Leave to cool and share with someone you aroha.


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