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Cookies in a Jar Recipes

Updated on December 23, 2017

Cookies in a Jar

Cookies in a Jar: Recipes for Making Gifts Anyone Will LOVE!

Cookies in a jar make great Christmas, or birthday gifts. They are ideal for co-workers, family, friends, or teachers. They are also time savers when you make them for yourself. If you prepare these mixes ahead of time, you can have fresh baked cookies quickly and easily!

Cookies in a jar recipes include all the dry ingredients for a cookie recipe. Usually the dry ingredients are layered for extra appeal. The jar is then decorated with fabric, ribbons, raffia, or seasonal décor. The last but most important step is to add the instructions for finishing and baking the cookies in a jar recipe!

Pumpkin Bar Cookies


Pumpkin Pie Cookies

in a Jar

These are bar style cookies that taste and smell like pumpkin pie. You can make ahead the mix for the pumpkin pie cookies and place it in a jar as a fall gift for Halloween or Thanksgiving.

To Prepare:

Add 3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) cold butter or margarine

1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened

3 eggs

1 (15-ounce) pumpkin

1 Tbsp. pumpkin pie spice

Pumpkin Pie Cookies in a Jar: Make Ahead Mix Recipe

Basic Cookies

Basic Cookies in a Jar Recipe

For Adding M&M's, Chips, Raisins or other Treats

This is a basic jar cookie mix to which you can add nuts, m&m's, chocolate or peanut butter chips, raisins, or anything else your heart desires. Dress these cookies up with your favorite cookie ingredients.

Basic Cookie Mix in a Jar Recipe

Christmas Cookies in a Jar

Special Christmas Recipes

If the words "Christmas Cookies" invokes images of gingerbread men decorated in colorful icing, then this cookies in a jar recipe is for you!

Gingerbread Christmas Cookies in a Jar

Another common way of making Christmas cookies in a jar is to use the M&M recipe above and use Christmas colored M&Ms.

Valentine's Day Cookies
Valentine's Day Cookies

Valentine's Day Cookies in a Jar

For valentine's day, I recommend actually baking the cookies and putting them in the jar. Write cute sayings on the top of the sugar cookies with icing. "You are special," "Love," or "Sweetheart," will show you care. Sugar cookies made a great base for Valentine's day notes. You can use the same methods for decorating the jar shown in this lens.

Valentine Cookies in a Jar

Converting Your Favorite Recipes to Cookies in a Jar

How to Make Any Cookie Recipe an "In a Jar" Recipe

You can take any of your favorite cookie recipes and convert them to "in a jar" premade mixes by following the steps in this how-to.

How to Convert Any Recipe to Layered "In a Jar" Gift Recipes

Never Forget the Tag!

Print the Instructions for Cookies in a Jar

The most important thing to remember when you give make-ahead cookie mixes is to remember to include the tag! The tag tells the recipient how to prepare the premade mix. Without the preparation instructions, the recipent wil not know how to use your mix.

Muffins in a Jar

If you like making cookies in a jar as gifts, why stop there? You can also make breads, pie crusts and cakes in a jar. Try this recipe for

Blueberry Muffins in a Jar.

Another Crafty Idea for Dressing Up Your Cookies in a Jar

Recycled Crafts

Here is a recycled craft for dressing up your cookies. An old sock (young girls socks work well) is embellished with jewels, beads, stickers or ribbons to create a jar cozie, adding more pizzaz to your homemade cookies in a jar gift.

>More Information on Making a Sock Cozie

What's Your Favorite Kind of Cookie?

What's Your Favorite Cookie?

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What do you think of these Cookies in a Jar Recipes?

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      Venkatesh 3 years ago

      Depends on how thick the plastic is. I had the iron on high and cotuned to 20 slowly each time. test it out. You may need more or less time. Let it cool some before you pull the paper off. if the paper isn't waxed enough (aspect of the paper), the paper will stick to the plastic and have to be torn off. My paper roll came from Home Depot $9

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      Carajean 3 years ago

      Wow! Great to find a post kncnoikg my socks off!

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      fathomblueEG 5 years ago

      I love your ideas for sure. Nice lens:-)

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      TheresaMarkham 5 years ago

      I love the idea of these Cookies in a Jar! I'm happily surprised that I can make them myself! Wahoooo!

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      Sher Ritchie 5 years ago

      Amazing! This is a fantastic way of sharing home made cookies with friends etc. I've featured your lens on mine ( Thanks for sharing!

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      julieannbrady 5 years ago

      Such a cute and colorful page ... I have always loved gifting and receiving these so crafty Cookies in a Jar recipes. Delightful stuff.

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      Sharon Berry 6 years ago from Michigan

      I love to receive the cookies/breads/muffins in a jar as gifts and even nicer to make them and give them to others. Great lens...very nicely done.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I bought 2 cases of canning jars to make jam for Christmas gifts but I think I will use some of them for this wonderful idea!!!! Nice gift idea!

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      LadyCharlie 6 years ago

      Great Homemade gift idea from the heart! Nice lens!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      What a perfect gift, fresh cookies and none of the measureing!

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      E L Seaton 6 years ago from Virginia

      The cookies in the survey are just about perfect. Thanks for a reminder to have a batch of goodies made soon!

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      Nicole Pellegrini 6 years ago from New Jersey

      What a neat idea! I love it and may try some of these for myself as gifts this year.

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      blanckj 6 years ago

      Cute ideas. I received one once and thought it was too pretty to actually open it and bake it.