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Create an easy and delicious homemade Christmas gift with these layered cookie mix in a jar. These are always a big hit! Free printable tag and instructions included.

Layered cookie mix in a jar recipe that makes the perfect homemade Christmas gifts. These are always a big hit! Free printable tag and instructions included.
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Cookies in a Jar Gift

It’s no secret that cookies are one of my favorite things to bake and give. There’s nothing better than fresh baked desserts like these chocolate crinkle cookies, 7 layer bars or M&M cookie bars. Although sometimes it’s nice to make these mason jar cookies, so that friends and family can bake them when they’re reading to enjoy a treat.

We’ve shared plenty of mason jar gifts before like these peppermint brownie mix in a jar, but this mason jar cookie mix has to be my sweetest one yet.

I’ve tested this recipe for M&M Christmas cookies quite a few times to get the right proportions and these truly are some of my favorite cookies. I adapted them from my favorite M&M cookies (if you just want the cookie recipe). I’ve also included darling free printable tags that are perfect for gift giving.

Recipe Ingredients

Ingredients for mason jar cookie mix.

Find the full printable recipe with specific measurements below.

  • Dry ingredients for the jar: Flour, baking soda, salt, brown sugar, granulated sugar, chocolate chips, and M&Ms are layered into a jar and sealed until ready to bake.
  • Wet ingredients to add when ready to bake: Add butter, egg, and vanilla to bring the cookie dough together.

How to Make Cookies in Jar

This is the perfect gift to give to neighbors, teachers, friends and families. These jars are great because the receiver can keep them in their pantry for whenever they’re wanting a shortcut to homemade cookies or the craving hits. They’re also perfect for making on Christmas Eve… because rumor has it…they are Santa’s favorite cookies. ;)

How to make a cookie mix in a jar.
  1. Star with a quart sizes mason jar.
  2. Print the recipe below and then layer the flour, baking and salt using a spoon or funnel.
  3. Next layer the brown sugar and sugar.
  4. Finally add the chocolate chips and M&M
  5. Seal with a lid.
  • Make sure you are using a clean and DRY jar. You do not want there to be any water in there.
  • Try using a funnel to easily put the flour into the jar.
  • Tap the jar on the counter to flatten the ingredients
  • Use a spoon to flatten down the ingredients and create a nice line.
  • Make sure to pack the ingredients tight, so they all fit.
  • To add a more decorative touch, cut out a 6-inch piece of fabric and place between the lid
The perfect M&M cookies made from a homemade jar mix.

5 star review

I am giving out these jars for the holidays and had to test it before giving them out and WOW!! This is the perfect recipe!! Absolutely delicious and perfect instructions.

– Jessica

Free Printable Tags

Print on cardstock paper with colored ink (or take to your local copy store) and then cut out tags. Tie the ‘Merry Christmas’ tag onto the top of the mason jar with bakers twine and then use glue or glue dots to adhere the instructions to the front of the jar. You could also tie the instructions on top along with the tag if you’d prefer.

Layered cookie mix in a jar recipe that makes the perfect homemade Christmas gifts. These are always a big hit! Free printable tag and instructions included.

Recipe FAQs

Can I use a different jar than a mason jar?

Yes! You can use any type of 1-quart storage container you like as long as it tightly seals.

Can I make this cookie mix in a jar gluten-free?

Absolutely! Simply swap equal amounts of gluten-free flour for all-purpose flour.

Can I use other types of mix-ins instead of M&Ms?

You certainly can! Try it with white chocolate chips, cranberries, nuts (walnuts, pistachios, or pecans).


Storage: The sealed jar will stay fresh for 1 to 2 months.

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M&M cookie mix layered in a mason jar with a christmas tag

M&M Cookies in a Jar

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Author: Jamielyn Nye
Layered cookie mix in a jar recipe that makes the perfect homemade Christmas gifts. These are always a big hit! Free printable tag and instructions included.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 18 cookies


Dry ingredients for jar

  • 1 ½ cup +1 Tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • ¾ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup light brown sugar , packed
  • 5 Tablespoons granulated sugar
  • ½ cup chocolate chips
  • ¾ cup M&M’s , plus more or less as needed to fill jar

Wet ingredient for baking

  • ½ cup butter , slightly melted and cooled
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


Dry ingredients for jar

  • Clean and dry 1-quart jar. Using a funnel or spoon add the flour, baking soda, and salt. Tap on counter to level.
  • Spoon in the brown sugar and press down the edges with a spoon. Layer in the granulated sugar.
  • Add the chocolate chips and M&M’s. Seal jar.

Wet ingredient for baking

  • When ready to bake, preheat the oven to 350°F (or 375°F if you like edges a little more golden). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • In a large bowl, beat together the butter, egg, and vanilla.
  • Dump the jar ingredients into the bowl and stir until combined. Use hands if needed to combine mixture. Refrigerate at least 15 to 30 minutes for thicker cookies.
  • Using a large cookie scoop (or about 2 Tablespoons), scoop the dough onto the baking sheet. Bake 8 to 10 minutes, or until the edges are slightly crisp yet still soft in the middle. Remove from oven. Let cool on baking sheet 2 minutes before transferring to a cooling rack to cool completely.


Storage: The sealed jar will stay fresh for 1 to 2 months.
My original M&M cookie recipe.


Calories: 229kcal | Carbohydrates: 34g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 0.2g | Cholesterol: 26mg | Sodium: 166mg | Potassium: 36mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 18g | Vitamin A: 203IU | Vitamin C: 0.1mg | Calcium: 27mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition provided is an estimate. It will vary based on specific ingredients used.

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American

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I hope you enjoy this quick and adorable DIY Christmas gift idea. Come back throughout the month to find more ideas!

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