A Mason jar filled with pre-measured dry ingredients for M&M cookies. Give the jar as a gift, and all the recipient has to do is add the wet ingredients to the contents of the jar and bake. Fun and festive!
We’re in the thick of the holiday baking and gift giving season. I always think that sweets are the way to go when gifting something edible (more giftable sweet treats coming soon!). This is the first year that I’ve made (and gifted) cookie mix in a jar. It’s the perfect way to give someone a shortcut to homemade cookies.
To assemble the jars, all you do is measure the dry ingredients for a cookie recipe and layer them in a jar. It couldn’t be simpler! Then decorate the jar and give it as a gift, along with instructions on how to turn the contents of the jar into a batch of cookies (see my recipe for details). The recipient will love having this jar on hand to whip up a batch of homemade M & M cookies with minimal effort.
- 1½ cups all purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 1 cup M&M's
- ⅓ cup light brown sugar, packed
- ½ cup granulated sugar
- Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a small bowl. Pour into the bottom of a 1-quart mason jar (I rolled up a paper plate to use as a funnel). Top the flour mixture with M&M's, dropping them in lightly, so that they don't sink into the flour. Top the M&M's with brown sugar, and then granulated sugar (you can use a spoon to carefully scoop the sugars into the jar). Seal with the lid and decorate with ribbon or fabric (see note).
- Pour the contents of the jar into a large bowl and stir to combine. Add ½ cup of just barely melted (not hot) unsalted butter, 1 beaten egg, and 2 teaspoons vanilla extract. Stir until combined. Chill for 30 minutes. Drop dough by the heaping tablespoon onto lined baking sheets and bake at 350°F for 8-10 minutes, until the centers of the cookies are just barely set.