Holiday Cookie Mix in a Jar

Looking for a last-minute homemade gift for your child’s teacher, your neighbor, friend or the host of a holiday party you’re going to this weekend?

Making a batch of cookies would be great, but might take too much time, so I think I have what you need… cookie mix in a jar!

This quick and inexpensive gift would take the place of you spending two hours in the kitchen whipping up a batch of cookies, cooking them, cooling them, packing them and of course, cleaning up after them.

I borrowed this recipe from the Bakerella blog a few years ago and have been making them every holiday season for the helpers in my classroom, our day care providers and other friends and relatives.

If you have the ingredients to make cookies and a 1 quart mason jar, then you already have everything you need.



  • 1 1/3 cup all-purpose flour, spooned into measuring cup & leveled
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup cooking oats
  • 3/4 cup M&M’s
  • 3/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1/2 cup white sugar

(The original recipe also calls for 1/3-1/2 cup chopped pecans, but I leave those out. You can choose to add them or any other creative ingredient!)

To assemble:

1. Line up your 1 qt. mason jars in a row – you can make this cookie mix even quicker if you treat it like an assembly line.

2. Add flour, then baking powder, then baking soda and finally salt to every jar. Pack it down tightly with a wooden spoon or another utensil.

3. Add oats and pack down tightly.

4. Add M&M’s and pack down tightly.

5. Add chocolate chips and pack down tightly (do you see a pattern here?)

6. Add brown sugar and pack.

7. Add white sugar and pack.

8. Optional step: if you have room (you might not) and you like nuts, add 1/3 to 1/2 cup of pecans, walnuts or whatever kind of nut you choose.

So yes, the moral of this recipe is you have to pack down each layer tightly. VERY TIGHTLY, or else all of the ingredients won’t fit.

Before closing each mason jar, you can add a piece of festive holiday fabric for a little extra flair. But this is completely optional too.

I’m sure at this point you’re thinking…wait, don’t cookies need some wet ingredients as well? Well yes, you’re right. They do. But that part will be up to your gift recipient when they choose to make them. I like to make a little tag and attach them to each jar with the following directions.

To make cookies:

1. Empty the jar into a large mixing bowl.

2. Add the following wet ingredients:

  • 1 slightly beaten egg
  • ½ cup butter (melted slightly)
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract

3. Mix the wet ingredients with the dry and combine well. You could use the back of a spoon or even your hands.

4. Roll the cookie dough into small balls (1 ½ inches around work well) and place on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.

5. Bake at 350 degrees F. for about ten minutes. You might want to start with eight minutes and work your way up.

This jar full of goodness will make just over two dozen cookies (or less if you make the balls larger).

And voila! I’m sure anyone would love to get these as a gift. And they look pretty adorable in their jars, if I do say so myself. Don’t let the title of this post fool you though… you could make these any time of year, for any occasion or any holiday. They should have a shelf-life of about three months before you have to bake them.

Bon Appetite… and Happy Holidays!


2 Responses to Holiday Cookie Mix in a Jar

  1. Such a fantastic and inexpensive gift idea!!

  2. Awesome ! I’m going to give these as gifts this year ! Everybody loves home made cookies. We may use this to make our cookies for Santa I’m so excited for the holidays to come.

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