Friar Tuck – irregular border

Why does my Friar cookie jar have a one inch irregular brown border on the bottom? Thanks Phyllis B.

Without a photo it’s impossible for me to be sure about brown border on your cookie jar. My best guess is that the "border" is cookie grease that has seeped into the jar. This is a rather common problem with Friar Tuck, Katrina and Chef Pierre cookie jars that have seen a lot of use. As cookies set at the bottom of the jar, the oil in them tends to move through tiny cracks in the glaze (crazing) and into the clay under the glaze. When the clay gets saturated with oil it has a dirty brown appearance.