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Cookies in a Jar Recipes

Updated on February 6, 2018
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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!

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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.

  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour


  1. Layer the ingredients into a 1-quart wide mouth canning jar in the order listed.
  2. Top it off with 1 cup of chips, nuts, M&Ms or whatever you wish to add to your cookies.
  3. Attach a gift tag with the following directions for baking:

Instructions to Write on the Tag

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
  2. In a large bowl, cream 3/4 cup butter or margarine softened 2 eggs, and 1/2 tsp of vanilla.
  3. Add the jar of cookie mix. Blend well.
  4. Drop onto a greased cookie sheet and bake for 8 to 10 minutes.
  5. Allow the cookies to cool for a few minutes after removing them from the oven. Enjoy!

Never Forget the Tag!

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 recipient will not know how to use the mix. Have some fun dressing up the tag and the jar to make the gift special.

Chocolate Chip Cookies in a Jar

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

Gingerbread Cookies in a Jar

Make Ahead Gingerbread Jar Cookie Recipe
Make Ahead Gingerbread Jar Cookie 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 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

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

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