Christmas Cookies in a Jar & Free Printable

Create a thoughtful and inexpensive gift with these DIY Christmas Cookies in a Jar. Equipped with recipes and printable stickers and tags, you can give the homemade gift of the season!

Christmas cookies in a jar with free printable recipe card

Welcome to day 3 in the 2018 Sally’s Cookie Palooza!

I launched the 6th annual Christmas cookie countdown this week. So far I’ve shared two Christmas cookie recipes including Peppermint Bark Cookies and Spritz Cookies. Today I’m sharing something different– a cookie recipe you can gift.

Let’s make Christmas Cookies in a Jar!

Christmas cookies in a jar with free printable recipe card

I have two cookies in a jar recipes for you today: Chocolate Peppermint Cookies and Christmas M&M Cookies. You can make one or both for everyone on your gift list. Depends how much he/she likes chocolate! I’ve always loved cookies in a jar as Christmas presents, especially if you gift a baked batch along with the jar. Then the gift recipient will know what the cookies will taste like. Cookies in a jar are a thoughtful and inexpensive DIY gift for anyone who enjoys cookies… which I can only assume is everyone on your gift list!!!

How to Make Cookies in a Jar

Using my recipes below, layer the dry ingredients into jars. The gift recipient is responsible for adding the wet ingredients. I like layering the dry ingredients into the jars in a thoughtful way so each layer stands out. Dark (cocoa powder), light (sugar), dark (brown sugar), light (flour + baking soda + salt), and so on. Use a spoon to layer or, if you’re particular like I am, use a funnel so the layers are extra neat.

The carefully formulated cookie recipes fit into 32 ounce mason jars. Top with the lid and decorate with festive ribbons, a candy cane, or even a small ornament. Go simple or go big. It doesn’t take much crafty talent to tie a ribbon around the jar, I promise. 🙂

 

Red and green Christmas M&Ms

The jars would make zero sense to the gift recipient without instructions for actually baking the cookies. For allergen reasons, I think it’s important to share the ingredients inside the jar as well as directions for baking the cookies. I have you covered!

Free Printable Tags

Click this link for the PDF: Sallys Baking Addiction Christmas Cookies in a Jar Printable

Aren’t the tags so much fun? My dear friend Jess, who has the cutest Etsy shop for baby apparel and Instagram account, designed these tags. Applause to Jess for her graphic design talent! I recommend printing the rectangle recipe cards on thick white paper, like card stock, and the circles on sticker adhesive paper. The circle stickers look adorable on the front of the jars or even placed on the lid. It prints out a full sheet of stickers, so you can use extras for holiday cards, envelopes, gift tags, etc.

Christmas cookies in a jar with free printable recipe card

So… what do the final baked cookies look like? Eat your heart out!

I like using the Ghirardelli peppermint bark squares for the Chocolate Peppermint Cookies. Red and green M&Ms are perfectly festive for the Christmas M&M Cookies.

I loved both versions, but the chocolate peppermint cookies were absolutely insane. Some friends came over for dinner the day that I tested the recipe and all 2 dozen cookies were gone within 1 hour. Pretty sure that’s a record in my house.

Chocolate peppermint bark cookies

Christmas MM Cookies

Would love to know if you gift any cookies in a jar this holiday season!

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Christmas cookies in a jar with free printable recipe card

Christmas Cookies in a Jar & Free Printable

  • Author: Sally
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: each yields 1 jar
  • Category: Cookies
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American

Description

Create a thoughtful and inexpensive gift with these DIY Christmas Cookies in a Jar. Equipped with recipes and printable stickers and tags, you can give the homemade gift of the season!


Ingredients

Christmas M&M Cookies in a Jar

  • 1 and 3/4 cups (215g) all-purpose flour (spoon & leveled)
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup (150g) packed light or dark brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup (50g) granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup (90g) semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup (100g) plain mini or regular size M&Ms
  • *gift recipient will add: 10 Tablespoons (145g) softened unsalted butter, 1 large egg, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Chocolate Peppermint Cookies in a Jar
  • 1 and 1/2 cups (190g) all-purpose flour (spoon & leveled)
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup (20g) unsweetened natural cocoa powder
  • 3/4 cup (150g) packed light or dark brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup (50g) granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup (90g) semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup (90g) chopped peppermint bark*
  • *gift recipient will add: 10 Tablespoons (145g) softened unsalted butter, 1 large egg, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions

To make the jars: Whichever cookie jar recipe you’re making, combine the first 3 ingredients (flour, baking soda, salt). Now it’s time to layer the ingredients in 32 ounce mason jars. I suggest layering the dry ingredients into the jars in a thoughtful way so each layer stands out. Dark (cocoa powder), light (granulated sugar), dark (brown sugar), light (flour + baking soda + salt), dark (chocolate chips), then the peppermint bark or M&Ms. Use a spoon to layer or, if you’re particular like I am, use a funnel so the layers are extra neat. Seal the lids, decorate with ribbon, and gift with the free printable tags.

To bake the cookies: In a large bowl using a hand-held mixer or stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, beat the butter, egg, and vanilla extract together on high speed until combined. Don’t worry if the egg isn’t fully combining with the butter; it’ll all come together with the dry ingredients. Add all of the jar ingredients and mix on low speed until combined. Cookie dough does NOT require chilling. Drop by rounded Tablespoonfuls onto parchment paper or silicone baking mat lined baking sheets, about 3 inches apart. Bake in a 350°F (177°C) oven for about 10 minutes until the edges are set. Each recipe yields about 2 dozen cookies. Cookies stay fresh in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 1 week or in the freezer for up to 3 months. Cookie dough balls freeze well for up to 3 months. Here’s how to freeze cookie dough.


Notes

  1. Make Ahead Instructions: Jars can be prepped a few months or weeks ahead of time, though after a month the ingredients begin to settle down into one another, so the layers don’t stand out quite as much.
  2. Special Tools: 32-ounce Ball Mason Jars | Sticker Paper | Card Stock | Candy Canes | Funnel | Measuring Cups | Ribbon
  3. Jars: These recipes fit into 32 ounce mason jars.
  4. Peppermint Bark: I like using the Ghirardelli peppermint bark squares for the Chocolate Peppermint Cookies.

Recipe and tutorial for making DIY Christmas cookies in a jar with free printable recipe card! on sallysbakingaddiction.com

129 Comments

  1. I made these jars to give as a gift. So cute! I decided to bake a batch of the peppermint ones to use up the rest of the chips. The dough did not come together at all until I added a second egg. I used softened butter, so that was not the issue. The dough was very dry and crumbly mixed as written in the recipe. Is it supposed to be 2 eggs?

  2. Hi Sally thanks for such great ideas but would be very useful if the printable labels of the ingredients can come in grams to make it easier for measuring. thanks

  3. Could you do this kind of thing with any of your other cookie recipes? Any in particular you think would work? I’m trying to think of some gifts for a friend’s bridal shower and I thought something ‘homemade’ would be fun 🙂 Thanks Sally, I appreciate it!

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