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Cookie and Brownie Quart Jar Recipes

Updated on September 18, 2014

Better Quality, Less Money, Little Extra Time

My daughters and I have been seeking a better way to shop and cook. We are trying to cut back on our grocery bill without sacrificing the convenience foods that we love to make during the busy week. We have also been diligent about eating healthier, cutting out all the additives and preservatives and other added ingredients.

This article will show you what we've done to accomplish this as well as the recipes we've used in making our convenience foods. I'm also writing an article of main dish freezer ideas and recipes and will share the link here when I publish it.

Thanks to Midwest Finds for allowing me to use a picture of one of their antique Ball jars that they sell on Etsy.

Buying in Bulk

Our first change was to start purchasing our basic foods in bulk. In this case our flour, sugar, baking soda, chocolate chips, and other dry ingredients that will make up the foundation ingredients of all the following recipes. Buying in bulk not only saves money but also time spent in the grocery store. Having large air-tight storage containers for all our dry goods is a must to keep freshness in and bugs out. We also collected quart size canning jars with lids and quart size plasic storage containers to store our prepared mixes.

Containers for Bulk Storage

Great storage containers for bulk dry goods.

Plastic Airtight Dry Food Storage Container Navy Lid 45qt - MP-10 -
Plastic Airtight Dry Food Storage Container Navy Lid 45qt - MP-10 -

If you have this full of compact food such as sugar or flour, the casters on the bottom will come in handy when you go to move this heavy container out of the pantry.

 
Rubbermaid Easy Find Lid 14-Cup Square Food Storage Container
Rubbermaid Easy Find Lid 14-Cup Square Food Storage Container

I have one of these full of rice. I like the fact that the opening is wide and I can get my measuring cups in easily to measure my ingredients without food spilling over the sides of the container.

 

Setting Aside a Day to Assemble Our Mixes

We then set aside one afternoon to put together all of our mixes. We invited friends over to tackle this job along with us, much like in the old days where women gathered for cooking and quilting. The social factor makes the whole job so much more enjoyable. And, our friends usually put together different recipes so at the end of the day, we trade some of ours for some of theirs. It is an absolute must that we bake some of the mixes and have a cookie or brownie snack at the end of the day.

After all the mixes are put together, we store them in our pantry. The next hectic day that comes along, we pull out a mix, add the wet ingredients, and bake our cookies as conveniently as the store bought mixes. We have also used these as Christmas and hostess gifts.

Best Brownie Recipe

This is a tasty brownie recipe that we adapted from a friend. It contains chocolate chips that make the brownies nice and moist.

Ingredients

  • 1 Cup and 2 Tablespoons All Purpose Flour
  • 2/3 Cup Packed Brown Sugar
  • 3/4 tsp. Salt
  • 2/3 Cup Sugar
  • 1 tsp. Baking Powder
  • 1/3 Cup Baking Cocoa
  • 1/2 Cup Semisweet Chocolate Chips
  • 1/2 Cup Chopped Pecans (optional)
  • WET INGREDIENTS TO BE ADDED LATER:
  • 3 eggs
  • 2/3 Cup Vegetable Oil
  • 1 tsp. Vanilla Extract

Instructions

  1. Layer dry ingredients in a quart container in the order they are listed, packing each layer tightly before adding the next. Seal with lid. Add a label with wet ingredients and the following directions:
  2. In a bowl, beat eggs, oil and vanilla. Add the brownie mix: stir well. Spread into a greased 9 inch square baking pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 34-38 minutes or until toothpick inserted comes out clean.
  3. Cool and cut.
Cast your vote for Our Chocolate Brownie Recipe

Chocolate Cinnamon Chip Cookie Mix

This is our revised recipe on our favorite chocolate chip cookie mix. The cinnamon chips add a little something extra. If you can't find cinnamon chips, you can use all chocolate chips, or try your own version with peanut butter chips.

Ingredients

  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup cinnamon chips
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • WET INGREDIENTS TO BE ADDED LATER:
  • 1 1/2 sticks softened butter or margarine
  • 1 large egg
  • 3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. Layer dry ingredients in a quart container in the order they are listed, packing each layer tightly before adding the next. Seal with lid. Add a label with wet ingredients and the following directions:
  2. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Beat butter or margarine, egg, and vanilla extract in a large bowl until well blended. Add dry ingredients from jar; mix well by hand. Drop by rounded tablespoon onto ungreased baking sheets. Bake 9 to 11 minutes. Cool on baking sheets for a minute or two; remove to wire racks to cool completely.

Packing Mixes in Jars

When packing mixes, be sure to pack each dry layer in the recipe as tightly as possible. Also be sure to label each jar with the name of the cookie and the directions for adding the wet ingredients and baking times. We make copies of each recipe and use Scotch Clear Masking Tape to completely cover the recipe and attach it to the container. The tape will protect the paper recipe when we hand-wash, and we can reuse both the container and the label.

If giving as a gift, make a more decorative label with the directions and baking times and add a ribbon to the jar.

Recommended Quart Containers

Quart Mason Jars on eBay

Sometimes you can find vintage or unique mason jars that would make great gift jars.

More Jar Mixes

Here is a list of other quart jar cookie mix recipes.

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    • stephiy profile image

      stephiy 4 years ago

      Nice lens and great idea! I think I'll be trying this :)

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      miaponzo 4 years ago

      I absolutely LOVE this... wonderful idea! blessed!

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      Chazz 4 years ago from New York

      These sound great and would also make a nice gift for the busy household.

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      Deadicated LM 4 years ago

      Thanks for the recipes; I love the mason jar cookie recipes and soup mixes, they make great gifts.

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      Linda Pogue 4 years ago from Missouri

      My mom has a spice cake recipe she puts in jars. This is such a great idea. I have been thinking about buying in bulk, but was having trouble deciding how to store everything. This is a great idea. Thanks and blessings!

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      orange3 lm 5 years ago

      I love getting and giving these jars as gifts. I'm going to try your Chocolate Cinnamon Chip Cookie mix next time :)

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      xriotdotbiz lm 5 years ago

      Been thinking about doing just this- making premixes in a jar. Received a cookie mix in a mason jar from a family at church for Christmas. Thought it was the coolest thing.

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      BestLaminateInc1 5 years ago

      This is another fun and family oriented lens. I can't stop reading your lenses:) Have a joyfull day~

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      JoshK47 5 years ago

      How tasty sounding - thanks so much for sharing! Blessed by a SquidAngel! :)

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      Virginia Allain 5 years ago from Central Florida

      What a great idea. I'm going to feature this on my lens about Mason Jar Ideas.

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      JoyfulPamela2 5 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

      I've always wanted to know how to make these to give to people! Thank you so much! =D

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      writerkath 5 years ago

      I love your idea of having friends come over to share in the activities! Gayle, your creativity never ceases to amaze me. You are an inspiration! :) *Blessed*

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      Gayle Dowell 5 years ago from Kansas

      @anonymous: What a wonderful idea of putting the cinnamon chips in coffee. I'm going to try that. Thanks for suggesting!

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      julieannbrady 5 years ago

      I love the idea of giving gifts of cookie mixes in decorated jars. Happy Holidays my dear.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Now this is so fun, I just happen to have received a bag of cinnamon chocolate chips in a care package from my sister yesterday and here I find a recipe using them....what a small little world! I didn't know there was such a thing but Shell is suggesting I add them to my coffee for an extra zing of richness and flavor...smells great too. I like how you are making choices to economize creatively with no sacrifice. I also got cookies in that package...home made goodies are the best gifts!

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      JenniferAkers LM 5 years ago

      Very clever! Your recipes sound delicious!

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      JoleneBelmain 5 years ago

      I would love to try this recipe then spice it up with maybe some peanut butter or marshmallow topping to it.... Oh my.. so good :)

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      JoleneBelmain 5 years ago

      Mmmm I love brownies :)

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      DianeStafford 5 years ago

      Love this gift idea, I think I'll be adding this one to my Christmas gift preparations this year, thanks for sharing, Diane

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      KimGiancaterino 5 years ago

      I love to receive hand made food items, especially mixes in jars. We buy breadmaking items in bulk. Eating well doesn't have to cost more. It's wonderful to enjoy the cooking and baking aromas too!

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      Lee Hansen 5 years ago from Vermont

      Ah, I found the perfect gift for my daughters this Christmas. Fancy jars with healthy home made baking mixes with their favorite chocolate treats.

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      DianaPrice LM 5 years ago

      Oh, what a clever idea!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Sounds yummy, but I am a lousy baker - and a worse cooker! ;)