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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

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

Directions:

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.

Recipe Notes:

  1. These recipes fit into 32 ounce mason jars.
  2. I like using the Ghirardelli peppermint bark squares for the Chocolate Peppermint Cookies.
  3. 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.

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32-ounce Ball Mason Jars | Sticker Paper | Card Stock | Candy Canes | Funnel | Measuring Cups | Ribbon

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  1. I am soooooo excited you did these! I wanted to give these to my coworkers when we have our annual festivus next week, but could not find anything I like.
    Thank you so much! I have no idea which ones I will make yet (though I have a feeling it’ll be a dozen of each), but I am so excited!

  2. I was a home child care provider for 13 years. I would make these type of jars with the child’s handprint painted on upside down to resemble Santa. This would be a gift for their parents on the first Christmas in my care so most of the children were under 1. So this recipe brings back fond memories.

  3. I can’t wait to make these for gifts! I’ve already ordered the funnels and stocked up on supplies. Such a great idea! I love the printables you’ve included. Thank you so much!

  4. I made the chocolate peppermint cookies tonight because I love peppermint bark. Wow! The cookies are so good! I ate one to taste the cookie and froze the rest so I wouldn’t eat a ton of them before my kids return in 4 days. I pressed extra peppermint bark and chocolate chips on the cookies when they came out of the oven because my cookies didn’t really show any peppermint bark although you can taste them. Giving the ingredients in a jar would be a real treat.

  5. I’ve always loved the idea of cookie mix in a jar, not sure they will work for my gift giving this year. But, I will definitely make both kinds to put in cellophane bags with the cute stickers! Thanks Sally!

  6. Hi Sally! Oh wow – you had me at peppermint bark, especially the Ghirardelli kind. Totally my guilty pleasure at Christmas! So question about it – when you chop the bark up, how big should the pieces be? From your pix it looks like maybe the bark is chocolate chip size? Or am I overthinking this? LOL

  7. I love this gift idea. Would it be possible to have the sticker and tag to celebrate other holidays? Right now Hanukkah would be helpful and Valentine’s Day in a few months.
    Thanks Sally

    1. Hi Valerie! I only have a Christmas version available, but maybe I’ll extend the options in new blog posts for different variations. Thanks for the suggestion!

  8. I have hesitated to ever make this type of gift as I was the recipient of a similar Cookies in a Jar. I’m not sure how long the ingredients had been combined in the jar (I baked the cookies soon after receiving the gift), but the brown sugar had turned rock hard and the cookies were terrible (perhaps the baking soda absorbed some of the moisture from the brown sugar?). Have you personally prepared the mix and baked the cookies after the ingredients have been combined for any length of time?

    1. Hi Darlene! I made the jars a month ago and just baked off another batch of the cookies and they were still great! Hopefully the gift recipient will bake them soon after receiving the jar. Or you can communicate that with him/her 🙂

  9. Thank you SO much for this, Sally! The cookies are delicious and I so appreciated having all the printables! I made the chocolate peppermint cookie jars for coworkers and I know they will just love them!

  10. Victoria I just made the M&M jar using the wide mouth quart jars you described and it just fits. I didn’t pack down the brown sugar at all I just spread it flat across with a spoon so the next layer would be level.

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Reviews

  1. Amazingly I was searching for a “J” recipe for my Pre-K class when your latest message popped into my mailbox. The kids had so much fun creating these and we will send them home as presents for their families.
    I made both recipes to snack on and let them choose which one to make Love the peppermint bark one so much but the M&M one spread quite a bit. I’ll be trying that one again to see where I went wrong.
    Thanks for the great idea for “J Week”!

    1. So so sweet and what a FUN project for the littles. 🙂 Thank you so much for sharing and for using my recipe for the activity!

  2. Just made these for some Christmas presents! They are adorable and something I have always wanted to do 🙂 thank you for the inspiration. I have no doubt they will be a hit!

Questions

  1. Yay! Can’t wait to make these? Do you know how big the stickers print out? I want to get a circle punch to make it quicker 😉

    1. Hi Kelsey! The stickers are a little over 2 inches in diameter. They’re made to fit on top of the lid, but fit nicely on the jar itself too!

  2. Sally I could find the peppermint bark but I did find barkTHINS snacking chocolate..dark chocolate candy cane flavor. Will that do?

  3. I really want to make these for neighbors and friends. They look great. Question, I bought the Ghirardelli peppermint baking chips, are those the same as the bark? If not, where do you find the bark? Thank you in advance.

    1. Hi Amy! You can use the baking chips. The bark are little individual wrapped squares, usually sold in the holiday section. Again, the peppermint baking chips are perfect instead!

  4. I plan on gifting one of each to my 6 kids, but I do have a question: One of my kids needs gluten-free, will this effect the recipe?
    Thanks for sharing!

    1. Hi Dawn! I don’t bake gluten free, so I’m really unsure here. However, most “cup for cup” gluten free flour blends work as a wonderful substitute in cookie recipes.

  5. I just made one of each of the jars to do a test run before making them for my daughter’s teachers. I have quite a bit of space at the top leftover. I used a scale so I am pretty sure my ingredients were accurate. Using a wide mouth quart jar shouldn’t have made a difference, right? Maybe I packed the brown sugar in too much? My husband will appreciate trying the cookies tomorrow!

  6. Hi Sally!
    I’m getting these ready and have baked the first batch. My peppermint ones that I have baked didn’t turn out nearly as dark as yours. I wondered if it was supposed to be 1/3 cup of cocoa instead of a 1/4 cup?
    It is so nice that you have included the stickers and tags, too! I hope you’ll do a few more of these in the future! Such a great gift and I like to keep a few mixes on hand for a quick batch of cookies when my daughter needs some at the last minute for an activity.
    Thanks again!

    1. Hi Linda! I’m so so so glad that you are gifting these cookies in a jar and tested the recipe, too! It’s supposed to be 1/4 cup cocoa powder. If I remember correctly, I used up a couple Tbsp of my special dark cocoa powder along with the natural cocoa powder (Hershey’s brand) to make 1/4 cup. So that must be the reason for the darker shade!

  7. Hi! I just love love love this gift idea, but there is no peppermint bark where I live, and Amazon doesn’t deliver these products to my country, so I was just wondering if I could use some chopped white chocolate and crushed candy canes instead? I assume I can use any type of chocolate but asking just in case someone tried this option.. Thanks!

  8. These are absolutely gorgeous! What a great gift idea for teachers and friends! Can you share which size you used for the stickers so mine can come out perfectly and cardstock? Thank you for sharing this with the world!!

    1. Hi Ciara! The stickers are a little over 2 inches in diameter. They’re made to fit on top of the lid, but fit nicely on the jar itself too!

  9. Hi Sally, i’m Having trouble finding peppermint bark. Is there something else I can substitute in to make it just as good? Thanks very much.

    1. Hi Natasha! How about Andes mints? You can chop those up instead. Also, Andes mints sells “mint chips” in the baking aisle year-round! (Most grocery stores carry them!)

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