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Two jars of cookie mix, one with holiday M&M's the other with chocolate chips.

Cookie Mix In A Jar

This Cookie Mix in a Jar is the perfect way to give someone a shortcut to homemade cookies. A delicious and festive gift!
Course Cookies, Dessert
Cuisine Dessert
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 1 Mason jar which makes approximately 20 cookies
Calories 119kcal


  • 1⅔ cups all purpose flour spooned into the measuring cup and leveled
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1⅓ cups M&M's and/or chocolate chips see note
  • cup light brown sugar firmly packed
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 1-quart Mason jar


Assembling jars:

  • Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a small bowl. Pour into the bottom of a 1-quart mason jar (I roll up a paper plate to use as a funnel). After this you can layer the remaining ingredients however you'd like. I usually top the flour mixture with granulated sugar, followed by 1 cup of M&M's/chocolate chips, brown sugar, and remaining ⅓ cup M&M's/chocolate chips. Be sure to spoon the ingredients in gently so they stay layered. Seal with the lid and decorate with ribbon and/or fabric (see note).

Recipe to include with the jar (printable version in notes):

  • In a large bowl, whisk ½ cup of melted and cooled unsalted butter, 1 large egg, 1 large egg yolk, and 2 teaspoons vanilla extract. Add the contents of the jar and gently stir with a wooden spoon or rubber spatula until combined. Place in the refrigerator for 30 minutes. 
  • Scoop 2-tablespoon portions of dough. Place the dough balls onto parchment lined baking sheets and bake at 350°F for 9-11 minutes, until the edges are set and the centers of the cookies are slightly underdone. Place baking sheets on racks and cool completely. Tip: For prettier cookies, use the back of a spoon to shape the edges of the cookies when they come out of the oven.


You can make this recipe with all M&M's, all chocolate chips, or half of each. The color of the M&M's will bleed slightly into the cookie dough (once prepared). For this reason I prefer using half M&M's and half chocolate chips. 
You can hand write the recipe instructions or you can print this recipe card to include with the jar.
RECIPE UPDATED NOV 2023: After a few complaints about the ingredients not fully filling the jar I increased (and retested) the ingredient quantities. Original recipe here.


Calories: 119kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 64mg | Potassium: 35mg | Sugar: 15g | Vitamin A: 25IU | Vitamin C: 0.1mg | Calcium: 25mg | Iron: 0.6mg