a jar of cookie baking mix wrapped as a gift on a holiday table

Cookie Mix in a Jar

Struggling to find the perfect gift to give this holiday season? Give the gift of cookies…in a jar! This easy gluten free cookies mix in a mason jar recipe is the perfect edible present for gifting season.

a mason jar filled with cookie baking mix on a table

Instead of baking cookies for your friends and family, why not give them a jar of cookie mix instead? This recipe is gluten free and vegan, and the recipe is easy enough for anyone to make as well as affordable!

Ready to learn how to make a cookie baking mix that’s perfect for gifting season? Let’s do it!

🍫 Ingredients

These ingredients are all you need to make a delicious and easy cookie mix in a jar!

  • Gluten free flour: Gluten free flour is the base of this recipe. We did not test with alternative flours like almond so make sure you test before mixing!
  • Baking powder: This helps the cookies rise and get fluffy.
  • Baking soda: This helps to activate the baking powder and gives the cookies a little bit of a tang.
  • Salt: Just a pinch of salt is all you need to balance out the flavors in these cookies.
  • Candies: You can use any type of chocolate covered candy, or even nuts or dried fruit. We used chocolate-covered cranberries, but feel free to get creative!
  • Brown sugar: This gives the cookies a nice molasses flavor and helps them stay soft.
  • Granulated sugar: This is the classic sugar for cookies.
  • Materials: mason jars with lids, paper for printing labels, ribbon for decoration
cookie mix in a jar

🥣 How to make (step-by-step photos)

1️⃣ Step One: Combine ingredients

Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a bowl and mix, then add to a mason jar.

Tip: For a layered mix, simply place a circle of wax paper over each ingredient to keep them from mixing together.

2️⃣ Step Two: Add candies and sugar to the jar

Add your favorite chocolate covered candies to the jar, then add the brown sugar and granulated sugar.

chocolate covered cranberries for cookie mix in a jar

3️⃣ Step Three: Print and attach baking instructions

Print out the attached tag (or write your own) with baking instructions, then attach to the jar.

4️⃣ Step Four: Decorate and give!

Decorate the jar however you like, then give it as a gift to your favorite cookie lover!

The final mix makes about 20 cookies, so it’s perfect for a small gathering or party. Just bake the cookies according to the instructions, let them cool, and enjoy!

a jar of cookie baking mix wrapped as a gift on a holiday table

⏲ How to give recipe instructions

Printable cookie jar tag with instructions

I made printable baking instructions for you to download, print, and tie to your cookie jar! Click here to download your cookie jar tags.

printable tags for cookie mix in a jar

Make your own recipe instructions

If you’d like to make your own cookie jar tags, write these baking instructions (or a shortened version of them) on a decorative tag:

  • In a bowl, whisk 1/2 cup melted unsalted vegan butter, egg replacer equivalent to one egg, and 2 tsp pure vanilla extract.
  • Add contents of jar to bowl, and stir to combine. Chill dough for 30 minutes.
  • Form dough into roughly 20 golf-ball sized portions, and place onto baking sheets lined with parchment paper. Bake at 350 degrees for about 10 minutes. Edges will be set, but the middle of cookies will appear slightly undone.
  • Place on a rack to cool, then remove from the sheet pan.
  • Enjoy!

🧊 How to store

It is important to store your cookie mix in a cool area away from the kitchen. If you store it on a countertop, make sure that it is out of reach of curious pets and children!

What are some other tips for storing cookie mixes?

  • Label your jar clearly so you know what’s inside without having to open it up.
  • Make sure to use fresh ingredients when baking your cookies (or else they’ll have an off flavor)
  • Use a small piece of wax paper or aluminum foil over the top of the jar before closing with the lid if you want to keep ingredients separate.
cookie mix in a jar

🍪 More gluten free dessert recipes

Looking for more gluten free cookie recipes? We’ve got you covered:

a jar of cookie baking mix wrapped as a gift on a holiday table

Gluten Free Cookie Mix in a Jar

luten free cookies mix in a mason jar recipe is the perfect edible present for gifting season.
5 from 5 votes
Prep time (for making jar only) 10 mins
Total 10 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 24 cookies
Calories 150 kcal

Equipment

  • 1 mason jar
  • 1 holiday decorations ribbon, bows, cloth, pine cones, etc.

Ingredients
  

  • 1 ½ cups gluten free flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 ¼ cups candies of your choice such as chocolate-covered cranberries, peppermints, chocolate chips, espresso chips, etc.
  • cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup granulated sugar

Instructions
 

  • Combine ingredients. Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a bowl and mix, then add to a mason jar. For a layered mix, simply place a circle of wax paper over each ingredient to keep them from mixing together.
  • Add candies and sugar to the jar. Add your favorite chocolate covered candies to the jar, then add the brown sugar and granulated sugar.
  • Print and attach baking instructions. Print out the attached tag (or write your own) with baking instructions, then attach to the jar (see instructions in post).
  • Decorate and give. Decorate the jar however you like, then give it as a gift to your favorite cookie lover.

Notes

Cooking baking instructions for labels:
  • In a bowl, whisk 1/2 cup melted unsalted vegan butter, egg replacer equivalent to one egg, and 2 tsp pure vanilla extract.
  • Add contents of jar to bowl, and stir to combine. Chill dough for 30 minutes.
  • Form dough into roughly 20 golf-ball sized portions, and place onto baking sheets lined with parchment paper. Bake at 350 degrees for about 10 minutes. Edges will be set, but the middle of cookies will appear slightly undone.
  • Place on a rack to cool, then remove from the sheet pan.
  • Enjoy!
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UPDATE: This recipe was originally published in December 2020 and was updated in February 2022 with new photos.

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12 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    This is such a sweet gift idea! I could see it being perfect for treating teachers, delivery drivers, hairdressers and all the other great people in our lives. Thanks for sharing and for the printable tags!

  2. 5 stars
    I always loved receiving jars with goodies to bake. Your post gives me the incentive to do so.
    Love your gift tags, that is a wonderful personal touch.
    Thank you and Merry Christmas.

    1. Hi Giangi! I love receiving jar mixes too – and I love giving them because they’re fun to make! Merry Christmas to you also. 🙂

  3. 5 stars
    This is a great idea! I know so many of my family members would love to receive this! Thank you for sharing. 🙂