Christmas Cookies in a Jar

Christmas Cookies in a Jar

For that someone who has everything, for the un-baker, for the person who loves homemade gifts from the heart, I’ve got a great and easy gift for you to make – Christmas Cookies in a Jar! I am just so thrilled with how these turned out, especially because I am not typically your DIY-type of blogger. I bought the biggest mason jars I could find online, 24 oz from *Greenmunch and this size was PERFECT for this recipe. If you have 32 oz or 1 quart jars you can find, you could probably double the recipe but it might be a tight squeeze. An easy way to pack the ingredients into the jar is to tap the bottom of the jar with the heel of  your hand, but for the jars and recipe I used, no packing was needed.

Christmas Cookies in a Jar with Free Printables

Christmas Cookies in a Jar

  • Flour
  • Baking soda
  • Salt
  • Brown sugar
  • White sugar
  • Red & green Smarties (or M&M’s for my American friends)
  • 24 oz mason jars (for 1 recipe) or 32 oz/1 quart (for double)
  • Christmas ribbon or baker’s twine
  • Christmas fabric
  • Cardstock for printing labels

One tip I would tell the recipients of this lovely gift is that when you mix the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients, you can use a wooden spoon or spatula at first, but then just get right in there with your hands to incorporate it better! You need to roll these into balls with your hands anyway, so just get right on in there. It might seem like they won’t mix or hold, but keep mixing – I promise they will!

Christmas Cookies in a Jar

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Ingredients
Fill 24 oz jar with:
    Fill 24 oz jar with:
    • 1 cup flour
    • 1 cup flour
    • ½ tsp baking soda
    • ½ tsp baking soda
    • ½ tsp salt
    • ½ tsp salt
    • 1 cup red & green Smarties (or M&M's)
    • 1 cup red & green Smarties (or M&M's)
    • ½ cup brown sugar
    • ½ cup brown sugar
    • ¼ cup white sugar
    • ¼ cup white sugar
    Wet ingredients (to go on instruction label):
      Wet ingredients (to go on instruction label):
      • ½ cup butter, slightly melted
      • ½ cup butter, slightly melted
      • 1 egg, slightly beaten
      • 1 egg, slightly beaten
      • 1 tsp vanilla
      Instructions
      1. Pack ingredients in order above into jar.
      2. Add Christmas fabric, if desired on top of jar lid.
      3. Add label on top & screw on lid.
      4. Decorate with ribbon or baker's twine if desired.
      To bake:
      1. Beat butter, egg, and vanilla until well mixed in medium mixing bowl.
      2. Add dry ingredients from jar into bowl and mix well (use your hands!)
      3. Roll into balls, place on baking sheets, bake at 350 for 10 minutes.

      Christmas Cookies in a Jar + Free Printables

      Decorating the Cookie Jars

      If you have Christmas fabrics at home – great! I don’t have much option where I live (or a stash to pick through) so I just bought little fabric palettes from Walmart for $2.47 each that are 18″x21″. I found that a 6.5″x6.5″ piece of fabric was right for me, so I cut a bunch of squares, secured them over the Mason jar lid with the screw lid and then cut my labels (see below!) and screwed on the top! Alternately you can attach the labels with baker’s twine or ribbon and tie it around the lid of the jar. I found these free printables here and here and then just added my recipe in Photoshop Elements using my favorite free font site for some new Christmas fonts! If you don’t have an editing program there’s lots of free ones around, or go old fashioned and use your handwriting! Please feel free to download and print my Christmas Cookies in a Jar Labels, but they are for personal use only, not commercial. You should be able to click on this image to get the original size, right click and save it.

      Christmas Cookies in a Jar

      Mason Jar Top Labels

      Free Printable - Christmas Cookies in a Jar Labels for Wide Mouth Mason Jars

      Christmas Cookies in a Jar

      Tag Labels

      Free Printable - Christmas Cookies in a Jar Tag

      Christmas Cookies in a Jar + Free Printables

      Aren’t they pretty!? I am giving myself a pat on the back AND tooting my horn – this is way out of my comfort zone, but I had a lot of fun doing it and I’m already looking at more homemade gifts I can make in mason jars! Then of course, you pour yourself a cold glass of milk, decorative paper straw optional, and enjoy!

      Christmas Cookies in a Jar

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      Julie Manno

      Thanks for the great cookie recipe Sarah! I have a bunch of tall 20-24 ounce mason jars and thought they would look wonderful with mixes in them for gifts, but had a hard time finding a recipe for that size jar. If you have more recipes for unusual size mason jars I would love to see them!
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      […] The kids love these, we love these, they are easy to make and by far the most often made cookie in this house. Make sure to use holiday coloured Smarties to make festive cookies. This is the same recipe used for my Christmas Cookies in a Jar! […]

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      Amy

      Thank you so much for the adorable labels! I was stressing about how I was going to create labels with the right ingredients to add to my mason jar cookie gifts, and I did a quick google search, and lo and behold . . . there they were! Easy button!

      Heather
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      Heather

      Below is a cut and paste quote from your article, so now I am confused. "I bought the biggest mason jars I could find online, 24 oz from *Greenmunch and this size was PERFECT for this recipe." Just trying to find out "about" how many jars the recipe filled. I have the same size jars you said you used. Not asking for you to do any math. I could figure that out, but thought it'd be easier to ask you about your experience since you stated you used 24 oz jars in the write up. Now I'm wondering what size… Read more »

      Heather Rogaczewski
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      Heather Rogaczewski

      How many 24oz jars will this recipe fill? Looking to use my jars for a class fundraiser and am struggling with how much flour etc. to purchase. Thanks for the recipe and post!

      Penny
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      Penny

      ahhhh, I can't seem to print off any of the labels without them filling the whole A4. Can you email me the labels so that I can print them to the correct size or tell me what I'm doing wrong? pennyokeefe@hotmail.com Thanks x

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      This is such an adorable idea! I love all of the printables too. Thanks for a great idea.

      Censie
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      I love this! Just like Heather said, great for teacher gifts!
      My recent post Our Elf on the Shelf: Week 2

      Poppy_Mom
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      Poppy_Mom

      Well done! They look awesome!!

      Heather
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      Heather

      This is a great post, you did a great job with these gifts Sarah! Love the idea 🙂 I may use this for teacher gifts this year!

      Ps. Love the little glass milk bottle – I wonder where I can get one of those.
      My recent post Holiday Gift Ideas from Hallmark + Giveaway