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11 Cookie in a Jar Recipes that Make Great Last Minute Gifts

Are you looking for some amazing cookie in a jar recipes for some last minute gifts for any loved one?

These 11 Cookie in a Jar Recipes have saved me many times because I am the Queen of “last minute.” In fact, my husband calls me and my girls the “hot mess express” because we are always running to something…late. 

The struggle is real. 

And while I’m getting better at finishing the most important things done in life, I often need guides like this one in my life for a quick gift. These cookie recipes include most of what I already have on hand in my pantry. Plus, I always have wide mouth mason jars on hand in my storage room. 

All of these recipes require a Quart Sized wide mouth mason jar. But, of course, you could always cut the recipe by half and use pint mason jar cookie recipes. But why would you want to? 

This is definitely a gift for cookie lovers and families who love to bake cookies together. These cute and thoughtful cookie in a jar recipes make some of the best unique gifts and will be a hit with anyone on your list. 

In this post, I will:

Give you 11 of our favorite cookie in a jar recipes for gifts

Show you where you can SAVE EVEN MORE TIME by simply printing the tags. 

How these cookie in a jar recipes make a great last minute gifts.

Also, keep in mind that your jar gifts will only have the dry ingredients in them. You’ll need to include these tags with the recipes and extra ingredients on them to attach to your gift. 

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11 Cookie in a Jar Recipes

Cowboy Cookies

Yee Haw! I just love this nutty and sweet cookie recipe that makes 3 dozen cookies. Ingredients for this mix:

Layer ingredients one by one into the jar. Press firmly after each layer. 

Cowboy Cookies Recipe:

  1. Empty jar of cookie mix into large mixing bowl.
  2. Add: 1 Stick of Melted Butter, 1 slightly beaten egg, & 1 tsp. vanilla.
  3. Mix until completely blended. Finish mixing with your hands.
  4. Shape into balls the size of walnuts.
  5. Place 2 inches apart on sprayed baking sheets. Bake at 350 degrees F for 11-13 minutes.
  6. Allow cookies to cool on the pans before moving them over to cookie racks.

Chunky Chocolate Cookies

This recipe makes 3 dozen delicious chocolate chip cookies. Ingredients for the mix:

Layer ingredients in a 1 quart wide-mouth canning jar. It will be a tight fit. Press each layer firmly in place before adding next ingredient.

Chunky Chocolate Cookie Recipe:

  1. Empty jar of cookie mix into a large mixing bowl. Use your hands to thoroughly mix.
  2. Add: 1 1/2 sticks soft butter, 1 slightly beaten egg and 1 tsp. vanilla.
  3. Mix until completely blended. The dough is sticky. Flour your hands and mix with your hands.
  4. Refrigerate the dough for a few hours.
  5. Shape into balls the size of walnuts. Place 2 inches apart on sprayed baking sheets.
  6. Bake at 350 degrees for 11-13 minutes. Cool for 5 minutes on baking sheet. Carefully remove to racks to finish cooling.

Spiced Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

This yummy recipe makes 3 dozen cookies. Ingredients:

Layer ingredients in the order given in a 1 quart wide mouth canning jar.

Directions for Cookies:

  1. Empty jar of cookie mix into large mixing bowl. Use your hands to thoroughly blend mix.
  2. Add: 1 1/2 sticks softened butter, 1 slightly beaten egg, and 1 tsp. vanilla.
  3. Mix until completely blended. Finish mixing with your hands.
  4. Shape into balls the size of walnuts. Place balls 2 inches apart on sprayed baking sheets.
  5. Bake at 350 degrees F for 11 to 13 minutes until edges are lightly browned. Cool 5 minutes on baking sheet. Remove cookies to racks to finish cooling.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies

This recipe makes 3 dozen cookies. Ingredients:

Directions for cookies:

  1. Empty jar of cookie mix into large mixing bowl. Use your clean hands to thoroughly blend mix.
  2. Add 1 stick of butter, 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter, 1 slightly beaten egg and 1 teaspoon vanilla to the mix.
  3. Mix until completely blended. You’ll want to finish mixing with your hands.
  4. Place mixture into the refrigerator to chill.
  5. Shape into balls the size of walnuts and place 2 inches apart on sprayed baking sheets.
  6. Press balls down with a fork.
  7. Bake at 350 degrees for 9-11 minutes until edges are lightly browned.

Cool 5 minutes on baking sheets and remove cookies to racks to finish cooling.

M&M Cookies in a Jar

Makes 2 1/2 dozen cookies. Ingredients:

Layer ingredients in order given in a quart sized wide mouth canning jar.

Directions for cookies:

  1. Empty jar of cookie mix into large mixing bowl. Use your hands to thoroughly blend mix.
  2. Add: 1 stick of softened butter, 1 slightly beaten egg and 1 tsp. vanilla.
  3. Mix until completely blended. You will need to finish mixing with your hands.
  4. Shape into balls the size of walnuts. Place 2 inches apart on sprayed baking sheets.
  5. Bake at 375 degrees for 12-14 minutes until edges are lightly browned. Cool 5 minutes on baking sheet. Remove cookies to racks to finish cooling.

Chewy Pecan Cookies

Makes 3 dozen cookies. Ingredients:

Layer ingredients in order given in a quart-sized wide mouth canning jar. Press each layer firmly in place before adding next ingredient.

Directions for cookies:

  1. Empty jar of cookie mix into large mixing bowl.
  2. Add: 1 stick softened butter, 1 slightly beaten egg, and 1 tsp. vanilla.
  3. Mix until completely blended. You will need to finish mixing with your hands.
  4. Shape into balls the size of walnuts. Place 2 inches apart on sprayed baking sheets.
  5. Bake at 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes until edges are lightly browned. Cool 5 minutes on baking sheet.

Potato Chip Cookies

Makes 2 1/2 dozen cookies. Ingredients:

Layer ingredients in order given in a 1 quart “wide mouth” canning jar. It will be a very tight fit. Press each layer firmly in place before adding next ingredient.

How to make potato chip cookies:

  1. Empty jar of cookie mix into large mixing bowl. Use your hands to thoroughly blend mix.
  2. Add: 2 sticks softened butter and 1 tsp. vanilla.
  3. Mix completely. Use your hands to finish mixing with your hands.
  4. Shape into balls the size of walnuts and place 2 inches apart on sprayed baking sheets. Flatten with fingertips.
  5. Bake at 350 degrees for 14-18 minutes until edges are very lightly browned. Cool 5 minutes on baking sheet. Remove cookies to rack to finish cooling.

Trail Mix Cookies

Makes 2 1/2 dozen cookies. Ingredients:

Layer ingredients in order given in a 1 quart wide mouth canning jar. Press each layer firmly in place before adding next ingredients.

Directions for cookies:

  1. Empty jar of cookie mix into large mixing bowl.
  2. Add: 1 stick softened butter, 1 egg and 1 tsp. vanilla.
  3. Mix until completely blended. Finish mixing with your hands.
  4. Shape into balls the size of walnuts. Place 2 inches apart on sprayed baking sheets.
  5. Bake at 350 degrees F for 12-14 minutes until edges are lightly browned.

Be sure to cool completely on baking sheet before removing cookies to rack.

White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies

Makes 2 1/2 dozen cookies. Ingredients:

Layer ingredients in order given in a 1 quart wide mouth canning jar.

Directions for cookies:

  1. Empty cookie mix into large mixing bowl. Thoroughly blend mixture with hands.
  2. Add: 1 stick softened butter, 1 egg and 1 tsp. vanilla.
  3. Mix until completely blended. It will take a while to mix into a smooth dough.
  4. Shape into walnut sized balls. Place 2 inches apart on sprayed baking sheets.
  5. Bake at 375 degrees for 12-14 minutes until tops are very lightly browned. Cool 5 minutes on baking sheet. Remove cookies to racks to finish cooling.

Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Cookies

Makes 2 1/2 dozen cookies Ingredients:

Layer ingredients in order given above. Use a wide mouth quart-sized canning jar. Press each layer firmly in place before adding next ingredient.

Directions for cookies:

  1. Remove peanut butter cups from jar. Set aside.
  2. Empty remaining cookie mix into large mixing bowl. Use your hands to thoroughly blend mix.
  3. Add: 1 stick softened butter, 1 slightly beaten egg and 1 tsp. vanilla.
  4. Mix until completely blended. You will need to finish mixing with your hands.
  5. Mix in the peanut butter cups.
  6. Shape into walnut sized balls. Place 2 inches apart on sprayed baking sheets.
  7. Bake at 375 degrees F for 12-14 minutes until edges are lightly browned. Cool 5 minutes on baking sheets, then remove cookies to racks to finish cooling.

Best Brownies

Who doesn’t love a great brownie? These chocolaty goodies makes 2 dozen brownies.  Ingredients:

Layer ingredients in order given in a quart-sized wide mouth canning jar. Press each layer firmly in place before adding next ingredient.

Directions for brownies:

  1. Empty jar of brownie mix into large mixing bowl. Use your hands to thoroughly blend mix.
  2. Add: 1 1/2 sticks of melted butter and 4 slightly beaten eggs.
  3. Mix until completely blended.
  4. Spread batter in a sprayed 9X13 inch baking pan.
  5. Bake at 350 degrees F for 30 minutes. Cool completely in pan. Cut into 2 inch squares.

If you’re a fan of brownies, you’ve got to try this zucchini brownies recipe!

Last Minute Gift Ideas for Someone Who Has Everything

Mason jar gifts are so easy and fun to create. And like I mentioned, handmade gifts are priceless. There’s just something about handmade that just result in the best gifts. 

I hope you enjoyed all the cookie in a jar recipes here that make great last minute gifts

Because no one has time to stress over gift giving, I suggest you check out my other gift guides for any occasion. They include best gifts for men who have everything, best gifts for boyfriends, and trending gifts for her. And even gifts for your pets. 

Visit my gift guides page here for more great gift ideas you can buy or DIY!

~ Much Love ~

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