Cookies in a Jar (Recipe & Printable)

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 I’m sharing the recipe for the M&M Cookies in a Jar the children and I made one year at Christmastime.

Cookies in a Jar


1 Litre jar

Cellophane or material


Cookie gift card template

Jar Ingredients

2 cups plain flour

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

Pinch salt

3/4 cup brown sugar

1/4 cup white sugar

200 grams M & M’s


1. Layer all ingredients into jar

2. Fasten lid tightly

3. Place cellophane or material over lid allowing a 3 cm radius

4. Fasten with a ribbon

5. Attach Cookies in a Jar gift card template (click the picture for a PDF file)

Cookies in a Jar Recipe -- Printable - beafunmum.com


3/4 cup soft butter

1 egg

1 tsp Vanilla


1. Preheat oven to 180°C
2. Mix together butter, egg and vanilla
3. Add contents of jar
4. Gently mix with a large spoon until
5. Shape dough into balls
6. Place balls on a lined baking tray
7. Using the back of a spoon, press gently to flatten slightly
8. Bake for 10-15 minutes until edges are golden
9. Allow to cool
10. Enjoy!

Makes approx 12 cookies


– It’s a good idea to include a date when prepared

– Best to layer the flour first, then sugars, then M&M’s on the top (if you put flour at the top, it will seep down and you won’t see the M&M layer well)

– Use festive coloured M&M’s

– More info on how long M&M’s last you can find here


  • Gift for teachers, friends and grandparents
  • Secret Santa
  • Make the recipe yourself


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  • Reply
    November 29, 2013 at 9:56 am

    Oh I love this!

    I really wanted to do cookies in a jar as it is budget friendly and something my seven year old can prepare (teaching her anyone can buy a gift but making something much more personal and special) and the idea to have green and red m&ms makes it appropriate for Christmas. Thank you for the inspiration! Off to the shops…

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