Easy Gift Idea: Cookies in a Jar

Easy Gift Idea: Cookies in a Jar

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Need a quick and easy gift idea? Check out these delicious cookies-in-a-jar presents.

It’s that time again: The holiday stress has officially kicked in! Between the dinner preparations and keeping schedules in order, it’s easy to accidentally miss a few people on your gifting list.

We’re here to help with our simplified DIY ideas — like this delicious cookies-in-a-jar project. It’s easy to assemble and everyone on your list will enjoy it.

How to Make Cookies in a Jar in 7 Steps

For each gift, assemble jars using the instructions below. And keep reading for four cookie jar mix recipe suggestions and decorating ideas.

  1. Carefully hand-wash a 1-quart Mason jar and its lid with Dawn Ultra Dish Soap and dry completely
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  1. Choose what kind of cookies you want to gift to friends and family (explore four tasty options below)
  2. Mix flour, baking soda and salt in a small bowl. Carefully pour the mixture into the jar using a canning funnel or rolled piece of wax paper (whomever you give the gift to will add the wet ingredients, so be sure to give them the recipe)
  3. Lightly tamp the flour mixture with an ice cream scoop or spoon
  4. Layer the remaining jar ingredients (sugar, chocolate chips, etc.) one at a time in order according to the recipe, tamping down after each ingredient to make sure all ingredients fit in the jar. If needed, gently tap the jar on a hard surface to further settle the ingredients. Seal the jar with the lid
  5. Decorate your jars with handwritten notes, tags or ribbons
  6. Be sure to include accompanying baking instructions for the cookies (provided below) with your jars!
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Cookie Recipe Options

Here are four crowd-pleasing cookie-in-a-jar recipes to choose from.

1. Cranberry Winter Cookies in a Jar

Bright red dried cranberries add a festive splash of color to these chewy oatmeal cookies.

Jar 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 brown sugar, packed
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup dried cranberries
1/2 cup white chocolate chips
1/2 cup chopped pecans (optional)

Additional Ingredients
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Recipe to Attach to Jar

  1. Heat 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
  6. Let cool on the cookie sheet for 2 minutes, then remove to cool thoroughly on a wire rack

2. Classic Chocolate Chip Cookies in a Jar

Because you can never go wrong with a classic!

Jar 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
1 1/2 cups chocolate chips (semisweet, milk chocolate or a mixture of both)
1/2 cup chopped walnuts, pecans or cashews (optional)

Additional Ingredients
3/4 cup butter, softened
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Recipe to Attach to Jar

  1. Heat 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 extract until fluffy
  3. Add the entire jar of dry cookie mix to the butter mixture, stirring until well mixed. (Optional: Substitute 1/2 cup butterscotch chips or white chocolate chips for 1/2 cup of the chocolate chips.)
  4. Drop by heaping spoonful onto the prepared cookie sheet
  5. Bake for 9-11 minutes or until the edges of the cookies are lightly browned
  6. Remove cookies to wire racks to cool completely

3. Polka Dot Cookies in a Jar

Give these yummy cookies a cheerful holiday touch by using red and green candy-coated chocolate pieces.

Jar 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

Additional Ingredients
3/4 cup butter, softened
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Recipe to Attach to Jar

  1. Heat 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 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 9-11 minutes or until cookies are golden brown
  6. Cool on cookie sheet for 2 minutes before removing to wire racks to finish cooling

4. Caramel Pecan Cookies in a Jar

Everyone on your list will enjoy the delectable taste of caramel combined with the seasonal flavor of toasted pecans!

Jar Ingredients
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

Additional Ingredients
1 cup brown sugar, packed
1/2 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup butter, softened
1 egg
2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Recipe to Attach to Jar

  1. Heat oven to 350 F
  2. Mix together 3/4 cup of butter and both sugars until fluffy. Add 1 egg and 2 teaspoons vanilla extract and beat in until combined fully
  3. Add the entire jar of dry cookie mix to the butter mixture, stirring until well mixed
  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 in the freezer for 5-10 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

Jar Decoration Tips

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
Printed or handwritten recipe card (with small hole punched in top corner)

Instructions

  1. Once you have sealed the jar of dry cookie mix, center the fabric circle over top of the lid
  2. String ribbon through the respective recipe card through the hole punch
  3. Smooth the circle down over the top of the jar, then wrap ribbon around fabric and tie into a tight bow
Optional:

Add a second piece of ribbon threaded with a jingle bell, small plastic pinecone or other festive décor of your choosing!

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