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Christmas Cookies In a Jar & Free Printable

This weekend I put together a fun, easy, and tasty treat for my son’s daycare teachers: cookie mix jars! Here you’ll find the recipe as well as a free printable recipe card at the end of the post.

The idea of buying or making elaborate gifts for all 12 of my son’s daycare teachers was incredibly daunting. Yes – he spent time with a dozen wonderful women for 50 hours each week this year because he transitioned from the infant room to the toddler room in the fall (my boy’s growing up!). I’ve never made cookie mix jars before but this was the perfect opportunity. I googled the topic and picked the recipe that had hundreds of excellent reviews and a colorful list of ingredients.

Cost: $60 for the ingredients and mason jars (most of which were on sale), $4 for a yard of plaid fabric (with coupon at JoAnn’s), $4 for the gold pen, and 70 cents for the embroidery thread. The red and white card stock were already in my stash of craft supplies. Grand total: $5.75 per gift.

cranberry hootycreek cookie mix Recipe from allrecipes.com.


In the mason jar, layer the ingredients in the following order:

  • 5/8 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/2 cup white chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a cookie sheet or line with parchment paper. In a medium bowl, beat together 1/2 cup softened butter, 1 egg and 1 teaspoon of vanilla until fluffy. Add the entire jar of ingredients, and mix together by hand until well blended. Drop by heaping spoonfuls onto the prepared baking sheets.  Bake for 8 to 10 minutes, or until edges start to brown. Cool on baking sheets, or remove to cool on wire racks.

To make filling the jars easier, use a funnel or (like we used) a thin paper plate jammed into the mouth of the jar. Once my  mom and I filled the jars, we made a batch for ourselves. Man, are they delicious! I’m usually not a big fan of white chocolate but the chips taste great in this recipe. Yum!

Printable Recipe Cards!

I whipped up some simple but cute recipe cards to tie to the jar, and on the back of the cards I stuck a label listing the jar’s ingredients in case any of the recipients have dietary restrictions.

Click on this link to download the PDF file and print them out for yourself!

Cranberry Hootycreeks Recipe Cards

Have you gifted cookie mix before? If so, I’d love to know about some more recipes to try in the future.

I’ve linked up to Centsational Girl’s Cookiepalooza and Today’s Creative Blog.


  1. What a great idea, Laura! This is definitely something I’ll try next year. I always bake cookies and treats for my co-workers and friends, but this is a neat idea. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Such a great gift!

  3. LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE! Feeling very hungry now!

  4. What a fantastic gift idea! I love the “mix in a jar” idea, I’m definitely trying that sometime soon!

  5. What sweet gifts for Junior’s special ladies! I’ve always admired this idea, but never tried it. Thank you for sharing the recipe because it sounds delish!

    Oh, and I’m glad you liked Ike’s card! We loved the one you guys sent as well…that Junior is sooo cute!

  6. Is there a reason that you have flour twice in the recipe? 5/8 cup then after the oatmeal 1/2 cup?

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