COUNTRY OATMEAL COOKIES

3/4 cup white sugar
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1 cup rolled oats
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
1 cup chopped walnuts (optional)
Using a 1 quart or 1 liter jar, layer in the ingredients in the order given. Pack
down the jar after each addition. Put the lid on, and cover with an 8 inch circle
of fabric. Secure the fabric over the lid using a rubber band, then cover the
rubber band by tying a nice piece of ribbon or raffia around the lid.

Attach a tag to the ribbon with the following instructions:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). In a medium bowl, cream together 3/4
cup of softened butter, with 2 eggs and 1 teaspoon of vanilla. Add the entire
contents of the jar, and mix by hand until combined. Drop dough by heaping
spoonfuls onto an unprepared cookie sheet. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes in the
preheated oven. Makes 2 dozen.