Recipes for Cookie Mix in a Jar

Kathryn Vera

Often used as affordable and unique gifts, cookie mixes in a jar feature canning jars that are filled with many of the ingredients needed to make homemade cookies. Cookie mixes in a jar feature only the dry ingredients needed to complete the recipe and include a recipe card with a list of additional wet ingredients. These cookie mixes include a note card with instructions for making the cookies in jar that can be printed using Adobe.

Chocolate Chip Cookies in a Jar

Nothing beats warm chocolate chip cookies and a glass of milk! Yields 2 dozen cookies.

Ingredients

  • 1 2/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar

Directions

  1. Combine flour, baking soda, and white sugar.
  2. Pour half of flour mixture into a clean, quart-sized canning jar.
  3. Add brown sugar to canning jar, and pack firmly.
  4. Pour remaining flour mixture to canning jar.
  5. Add chocolate chips to canning jar.
  6. Close jar lid tightly, decorate as desired, and add a label with instructions for use.

Never-Fail Brownies in a Jar

For optimal results with this recipe, be sure to wipe the inside of the jar with a piece of paper towel after adding the cocoa powder. This will allow remaining ingredients to be clearly seen through the jar! Yields 2 dozen brownies.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 cups white sugar
  • 1/2 cup pecans, finely chopped

Directions

  1. Combine flour, baking powder, and salt, and pour in the bottom of a quart-sized canning jar.
  2. Carefully layer remaining ingredients in the canning jar, in the order listed.
  3. Close jar lid tightly, decorate as desired, and add a label with instructions for use.

Oatmeal Raisin Cookies in a Jar

While raisins are classically used in this recipe, chocolate chips could be substituted for a tasty twist! Yields 2 dozen cookies.

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 cup old-fashioned oats
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup raisins
  • 1 cup walnuts, coarsely or roughly chopped (optional)

Directions

  1. Combine white sugar, flour, baking powder, and salt, and pour in the bottom of a quart-sized canning jar.
  2. Add brown sugar to canning jar, and pack firmly.
  3. Carefully add oats to the canning jar.
  4. Add raisins to the canning jar.
  5. Add chopped walnuts to the canning jar if desired.
  6. Close jar lid tightly, decorate as desired, and add a label with instructions for use.

M&M'S Cookies in a Jar

Colorful and bright, these make a great, affordable gift. Yields 2 dozen cookies.

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 1 1/4 cups M&M'S
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder

Directions

  1. Combine white sugar, flour, baking soda, baking powder, and pour half of mixture into the bottom of a quart-sized canning jar.
  2. Add brown sugar to canning jar, and pack firmly.
  3. Add remaining flour mixture to canning jar.
  4. Add M&M'S to canning jar.
  5. Close jar lid tightly, decorate as desired, and add a label with instructions for use.

Jarred Gluten-Free White Chocolate Cranberry Cookies

The tart and sweet flavors in these cookies makes them an instant favorite! Look for gluten-free white chocolate chips from companies like Hershey and make sure the dried cranberries do not have added ingredients that introduce gluten to the recipe. Yields 2 dozen.

Ingredients

  • 1 3/4 cups gluten-free all-purpose flour blend
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/2 cup gluten-free white chocolate chips

Directions

  1. Combine flour, salt, baking powder, white sugar, and pour half of the mixture into the bottom of a quart-sized canning jar.
  2. Add brown sugar to canning jar, and pack firmly.
  3. Pour remaining flour mixture into canning jar.
  4. Add cranberries to canning jar.
  5. Add white chocolate chips to canning jar.
  6. Close jar lid tightly, decorate as desired, and attach a label with instructions for use.

Converting Your Own Recipes

To convert your own cookie recipes into a "cookie mix in a jar," follow these instructions:

  1. Start by removing all wet ingredients.
  2. Layer remaining dry ingredients in a quart-sized canning jar, diving them by color and texture as desired, and cap tightly.
  3. Add a recipe card that indicates additional wet ingredients, and directions for making the cookies in question.

Tips for Success

Create successful jar mixes by following these layering tips and decoration tips.

Layering Tips

To ensure success when it comes to creating a cookie mix in a jar, Organized Christmas recommends the use of a funnel when adding layers to a canning jar. This helps the layers settle evenly, notes Organized Christmas, and creates a cleaner appearance. Tamping each layer firmly and adding layers from small to large according to texture can also be helpful when it comes to creating attractive cookie mixes in a jar.

Jar Decoration Tips

To enhance the look of the cookie mix in a jar even further, consider cutting a square of brightly colored fabric, placing it over the lid of the jar, and tying it in place with a decorative ribbon, twine, or piece of raffia. Placing the jars in a decorative tin, basket, or in a cardboard gift box can turn this into a truly eye-popping gift. Finally, consider placing the jar in a mixing bowl along with a wooden spoon, measuring cups, and other baking gear for a complete baking kit.

Have Your Cookies and Eat Them Too!

No matter your age, cookies are sure to bring a smile to your face -- or to the faces of your loved ones. These cookie mixes in a jar are not only tasty, but will show your friends and family just how much they are appreciated!

Recipes for Cookie Mix in a Jar