Christmas Cookies In A Jar are layered with pantry staple ingredients and then topped with chocolate chips and M&Ms! This delicious cookie recipe makes over a dozen large chewy cookies, and you can change out the M&M color for the season! Plus, you’ll love the free printable label for gifting!
Christmas Cookies In A Jar & Free Printable Tag is a fun, festive gift that delivers homemade cookies! All the receiver of these mason jar cookies has to do is simply dump the jar in a bowl and mix in three “wet” ingredients!
Gift this thoughtful gift to friends, neighbors, and even co-workers! They’ll appreciate an easy homemade treat that doesn’t make a huge mess in their kitchen!
All About These Christmas Cookies In A Jar
Taste: These buttery, sweet Christmas cookies are filled with chocolaty M&Ms and semi-sweet chocolate chips! A mouthwatering combination of flavors that pairs well with an ice-cold glass of milk!
Texture: Since these cookies are made with bread flour and cornstarch, you can expect an amazingly chewy cookie! The chewy cookie is balanced out nicely with the crunchy sprinkles and M&Ms. The large cookie scoop will yield large cookies with a softer center and crisp edges. A medium scoop will make smaller, chewy, but firmer cookies. I personally prefer the large ones!
These Mason Jar Cookies make for a great budget-friendly gift! As are these fun Reindeer Hot Chocolate Cones that I like to give with these Christmas Coloring Pages so kids can color while sipping their hot cocoa!
Helpful Tips When Assembling DIY Christmas Cookies In A Jar
- Flour – We want to gift deliciously chewy Christmas Cookies In A Jar to our friends and family, so it’s important to measure out the flour correctly before putting it in the jar. Too much flour and the cookies will turn out dry and crumbly!
- Funneling – For easier assembly, you can use a kitchen funnel. This will help the ingredients get into the jar without losing any over the sides. If you don’t have a kitchen funnel, you can easily make one with a clean piece of paper.
- Layering – Be sure to follow the instructions on the recipe card to layer the ingredients correctly! The order of ingredients allows them all to fit in the jar as well as create a visually pleasing appearance!
- Label – Make sure you attach the free printable label! That way, the receiver of these Christmas Cookies In A Jar knows how to finish off the recipe and bake them off! The labels are made to be folded so that the gift tag is on one side and the instructions are on the back. There’s also an option to print the page double-sided with a fun holiday pattern for the inside.
Christmas Cookies In A Jar FAQs
Substitutions & Variations For Mason Jar Cookies
- Dress Up The Jar – Go the extra mile and dress up your jar to make it festive and fun! Use some holiday ribbon and attach a few peppermint candy canes!
- Bread Flour – I chose to use bread flour in this Christmas cookie recipe since this ingredient produces a chewier cookie! If you don’t have any on hand, you can swap bread flour out for all-purpose flour.
- Mix-Ins – This recipe calls for both chocolate chips and M&Ms; however, you can use one or the other if you’d like.
- Cookie Size – Choose the size of your cookies! To make large cookies, use a large cookie scoop and for smaller cookies, use a medium cookie scoop!
- Holidays – You can make and gift Easy Mason Jar Cookies for any holiday! Just simply swap out Christmas-colored M&Ms for another holiday-colored M&Ms. For example, red and pink for Valentine’s Day, and for Halloween, use green, orange, and purple-colored M&Ms.
How Long Are Christmas Cookies In A Jar Good For?
You can store Christmas Mason Jar Cookies for up to 1 month. Just be sure that the jar is sealed correctly!
Once the cookies are baked, store them in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 4 days.
Does This Recipe Really Fit Into A 4-Cup Jar?
Yes, though the total ingredients for this recipe equal 4.5 cups, it does fit into a 4-cup jar. When the flour is measured, it’s fluffed up but does get packed down in the jar.
Just be sure the brown sugar is layered on top of the flour in the jar. This way, it will weigh the flour down to create enough room in the jar for the remaining ingredients.
The Cookies Baked For The Full Amount Of Cookie Time, But They Still Look Soft. Should I Bake Them For Longer?
No, do not bake the cookies for longer, or they’ll crisp up and become crunchy and tough. The cookies do still look soft after baking, but that’s why they get left on the hot baking sheet for 5 minutes once they’re removed from the oven.
The extra time on the baking sheet out of the oven allows them to firm up without cooking in the oven.
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Cookies In A Jar
- Measuring Cups
- Measuring spoons
- 1qt mason jar
- Add the flour to a quart-sized mason jar, making sure to spoon and level when measuring.2 cups bread flour
- Add in the powdered milk, cornstarch, salt, and baking soda.1 tablespoon powdered milk, ½ tablespoon cornstarch, ¾ teaspoons salt, ½ teaspoon baking soda
- Layer on the light brown sugar, pressing and packing it down and spreading it out to the sides of the jar with a spoon.¾ cups light brown sugar
- Add the granulated sugar and make sure to level out to the edges of the jar.½ cup granulated sugar
- Add the chocolate chips, then the M&Ms, and top with the sprinkles.½ cup semi-sweet chocolate chips, ½ cup M&Ms, 2 tablespoons holiday sprinkles
- Seal and label. Best to use within 1 month of prepping.
When Ready To Prepare
- Preheat the oven to 375°F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
- Add the contents of the jar along with the butter, egg, and vanilla to a large bowl or stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment and mix until combined. It may take a few minutes to come together and will look sandy at first, but it will ultimately turn into a typical cookie dough texture.¾ cup unsalted butter, 1 large eggs, 1½ teaspoons vanilla extract
- Use a large cookie scoop to portion out and drop the dough on the prepared baking sheet. Top with additional chocolate chips, M&Ms, and sprinkles if you have any on hand. The cookies in the photos are made with a medium scoop (see notes), but my family prefers the texture of the large scoop cookies.
- Bake for 10 to 13 minutes until the edges are just golden brown.
- Allow the cookies to cool on the pan for several minutes before transferring them to a wire rack. They can also cool completely on the pan if you use a second baking sheet to bake off the rest of the cookies.
- Prep time includes both the time to make the jar and the time to prep the cookie dough from the jar.
- Yes, this recipe has 4.5 cups of ingredients to fit in a 4-cup jar – THIS IS ACCURATE! The brown sugar will press the flour down below it to create enough room for the remaining ingredients in the jar. The flour is fluffed up when measured but will pack down.
- Bread flour gives these cookies a chewier texture which is what I like in M&M cookies. However, all-purpose flour can be used instead if desired.
- Do not omit the cornstarch. It is key for the soft and chewy texture.
- Make sure to let the cookies cool on the baking sheet for at least 5 minutes before transferring; otherwise, they will be too soft and won’t transfer well.
- You can omit the chocolate chips or M&Ms in place of more of the other, but I really like the mix for both.
- You can make smaller cookies with a medium cookie scoop and bake for 7 to 10 minutes.