Easy Gift Ideas: Cookies in a Jar

Easy Gift Ideas: Cookies in a Jar

Pack dry cookie mixes in decorated Mason jars and make quick, deliciously cute gifts.


Follow these easy instructions to make cookies in a jar to give to friends and family members as gifts this holiday season.

Step 1: Assembling the Jars

For each gift, assemble each jar using the instructions below. Read on for three recipe suggestions and decorating ideas.

  1. Wash and dry the Mason jar and lid
  2. Mix the dry ingredients (flour, baking soda and salt) in a small bowl. Carefully pour the mixture into the Mason jar using a canning funnel or a rolled piece of wax paper. Lightly tamp the flour mixture with an ice cream scoop (do this after adding each ingredient to help make sure all the ingredients fit in the jar)
  3. Layer the remaining ingredients (then tamp) one at a time. If needed, gently tap the jar on a hard surface to further settle the ingredients. Seal the jar by adding the lid
  4. Decorate your jars with hand-written notes, tags or ribbons
  5. Be sure to include the instructions (provided below) for baking the cookies with your jars

Step 2: Choose Your Type of Cookies

1. Cranberry Winter Cookies
Bright red dried cranberries add a seasonal splash of color to these chewy oatmeal cookies.

Ingredients
1 cup plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup rolled oats
1/3 cup packed brown sugar
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup dried cranberries
1/2 cup white chocolate chips
1/2 cup chopped pecans (optional)

Cranberry Winter Cookies Instructions
Print or hand-write these instructions on a recipe card to go with the jar:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 F. Prepare a cookie sheet by greasing it or lining it with parchment paper
  2. In a medium bowl, beat together 1/2 cup softened butter, 1 egg and 1 teaspoon vanilla extract until fluffy
  3. Add the entire jar of dry cookie mix to the butter mixture, stirring until well mixed
  4. Drop by heaping spoonful onto the prepared cookie sheet
  5. Bake for 8-10 minutes or until cookie edges start to brown. Let cool on the cookie sheet for 2 minutes, before removing to cool thoroughly on a wire rack

2. Classic Chocolate Chip Cookies

Ingredients
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 cup light brown sugar, packed
1/2 cup granulated sugar
11/2 cups chocolate chips (semi-sweet, milk chocolate or a mixture of both)
1/2 cup chopped walnuts, pecans or cashews (optional)

Classic Chocolate Chip Cookie Instructions
Print or hand-write these instructions on a recipe card to go with the jar:

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 F. Prepare a cookie sheet by greasing it or lining it with parchment paper
  2. In a medium bowl, beat together 3/4 cup softened butter, 1 beaten egg and 1 teaspoon vanilla until fluffy
  3. Add the entire jar of dry cookie mix to the butter mixture, stirring until well mixed. (Add 1/2 cup butterscotch chips or white chocolate chips if desired)
  4. Drop by heaping spoonful onto the prepared cookie sheet. Bake for 9-11 minutes or until the edges of the cookies are lightly browned
  5. Remove cookies to wire racks to cool completely
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3. Polka Dot Cookies 
Give these yummy cookies a festive touch by using red and green candy-coated chocolate pieces. 

Ingredients
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 cup light brown sugar, packed
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 1/2 cups candy-coated chocolate pieces

Polka Dot Cookies Instructions
Print or hand-write these instructions on a recipe card to go with the jar:

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 F. Prepare a cookie sheet by greasing it or lining it with parchment paper
  2. In a medium bowl, beat together 3/4 cup softened butter, 1 beaten egg and 1 teaspoon vanilla until fluffy
  3. Add the entire jar of dry cookie mix to the butter mixture, stirring until well mixed
  4. Drop by heaping spoonful onto the prepared cookie sheet. Bake for 9 to 11 minutes or until cookies are golden brown
  5. Cool on cookie sheet for 2 minutes before removing to wire racks to finish cooling

4. Caramel Pecan Cookies

Sorry we left this on off the list originally! They were some of our favorites! Enjoy the recipe:

Ingredients
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup white chocolate chips
1 cup caramel chunks
1 cup toasted pecan pieces

Instructions
Print or hand-write these instructions on a recipe card to go with the jar:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 F
  2. Mix together 3/4 cup of butter and both sugars until fluffy. Add 1 egg and 2 teaspoons vanilla and beat in until combined fully
  3. In another bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda and salt until combined. Fold butter mixture into the dough, and slowly mix until combined
  4. Add chocolate chips and caramel chunks, stir until just combined
  5. Roll tablespoons of dough mixture into round balls and place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Sprinkle and lightly press the pecans onto the dough balls
  6. Place the cookie sheet to the freezer for 5 to 10 minutes, until chilled
  7. Bake for 8-10 minutes, until the tops of the cookies start to brown. Let the cookies cool for about 5 minutes before enjoying

Step 3: Decorate the Cookie Jars
Use this simple idea to make your Cookies in a Jar look extra-special. 

Materials
7-inch diameter circle cut from lightweight fabric in a seasonal color or design
18 to 24 inches of coordinating ribbon or rickrack

Instructions

  1. Once you have sealed the jar of dry cookie mix, center the fabric circle over the top of the lid
  2. Smooth the circle down over the top of the jar, then wrap ribbon or rickrack around the fabric and tie it in a tight bow
  3. Optional: Add a second piece of ribbon threaded with a jingle bell, a small plastic pinecone and/or a recipe card with the cookie recipe printed on it

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