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Festive Cookies in a Jar Three Ways

Festive Gift - Cookies in a Jar

Biscuits, Gifts | 19th December 2012 | By

Why not make your own Christmas presents this year? These pretty festive cookies in a jar are easy to make. And they’re bound to delight friends, family or work colleagues. You’ll find three different versions here, but you can easily create your own instead. 1) cranberry and dark chocolate chip, 2) white chocolate chip and cranberry 3) raisin and white chocolate chip. Each jar makes about fifteen cookies.

In the excitement leading up to the Liskeard Christmas Vintage Market, I came across this post for cookies in a jar over at the Pink Whisk. I thought they would be a fun item to try selling at the stall I was helping out on. And if they didn’t sell, I could give them as Christmas gifts.

Festive Cookies in a Jar

In these days of lavish and wasteful packaging, these make a great low waste alternative gift. They are fun and attractive in their own right. You get to make some cookies (always a good thing) and you have a handy jar for reuse.

Festive cookies in a jar are also incredibly easy to make. It’s just a case of weighing out the ingredients and then layering them up into clear glass jars. Do make sure to sterilise the jars properly.

The jars created quite a talking point and I sold two out of the three, which I was well chuffed with. I was going to try making the cookies myself, but ran out of time. I do, however, have complete faith in the Pink Whisk and I am planning on making some before Christmas.

Gluten-Free Cookies in a Jar

You can easily make these festive cookies in a jar suitable for coeliacs and those with a gluten intolerance. Just ensure that the oats are gluten-free (many aren’t) and replace the flour with a good quality gluten-free one.

Update 20.12.12

I’ve just made a batch and can report that they worked really well and are absolutely delicious. Of course, I used wholemeal flour rather than plain. I’ve also made a second batch, but added crystallised ginger and dark chocolate chips to that one.  I don’t have an exact post, but this recipe for oaty ginger chocolate chip cookies is quite similar. Except it doesn’t use an egg.

Oaty Biscuits

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Festive Cookies in a Jar – The Recipe

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Festive Cookies in a Jar

These pretty festive cookies in a jar make excellent gifts. They're easy to make and are bound to delight friends, family or work colleagues. Try one of these three versions or create your own instead. 1) cranberry and dark chocolate chip, 2) white chocolate chip and cranberry, 3) raisin and white chocolate chip.
Course: Afternoon Tea, Snack
Cuisine: British
Keyword: chilli chocolate, Christmas, cookies, gift, oats
Servings: 15 cookies


  • 1 500 ml glass jars
  • 75 g plain or wholemeal flour (I use wholemeal spelt)
  • ¼ tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • ¼ tsp baking powder
  • 75 g light muscovado sugar
  • 60 g rolled oats

Version 1 - Cranberry and Dark Chocolate Chip

  • 50 g dried cranberries
  • 50 g dark chocolate chips 70% or bar chopped into small pieces

Version 2 - White Chocolate and Cranbery

  • 50 g white chocolate chips or bar chopped into small pieces
  • 50 g dried cranberries

Version 3 - Raisin and White Chocolate Chip

  • 50 g white chocolate chips or bar chopped into small pieces
  • 50 g raisins


  • Sterilise the jar by washing it out in clean soapy water then putting it in the oven for 20 minutes at 100℃.
  • Whisk the flour, soda and baking powder together. Carefully spoon into the bottom of the jar to create an even (ish) layer.
  • Next, spoon in the sugar in an even layer.

Version 1

  • Add the cranberries followed by the chocolate in as even layers as you can manage.

Version 2

  • Add the chocolate chips, followed by the cranberries in as even layers as you can manage.

Version 3

  • Add the chocolate chips, followed by the raisins in as even layers as you can manage.

All Versions

  • Finish off the layering with the rolled oats.
  • Label the jars, then cover the tops with a couple of layers of red tissue paper or festive cloth and tie with twine or ribbon. Add a card with the baking instructions.

Baking Instructions

  • Mix all of the ingredients in a bowl with 1 egg and 50g melted butter (or 2 tbsp sunflower oil). Place spoonfuls (about 12-15) spaced well apart onto a lined baking tray and bake at 180℃ (350℉, Gas 4) for 8-10 minutes or until golden.


Assemble as many jars as you like. Each one makes 12-15 cookies.
For a gluten-free version, just ensure that the baking powder as well as the oats are gluten-free (many aren't) and replace the flour with a good quality gluten-free one.


  1. belleau kitchen

    19th December 2012 at 7:44 am

    Great idea… I saw this at the food fair I was demo-ing at in November and I thought at the time what a genius idea it was. So pretty and actually useful too!… I love your combinations too x

  2. Kavey

    19th December 2012 at 8:23 am

    I keep bookmarking ideas like this at Pinterest but haven’t got around to making any yet…

    BTW where you’ve written “75g plain flour, 1/4 tsp plain flour, 1/4 tsp baking powder” is that second ingredient meant to be something else? x x

  3. Clarence Evans

    19th December 2012 at 9:04 am

    Awesome, this is great for this coming holidays gift.

  4. manu

    19th December 2012 at 9:29 am

    They’re beautiful, just a perfect Christmas gift!
    I made the same last year!!!

  5. rita cooks italian

    19th December 2012 at 10:02 am

    This is a brilliant gift idea!! I love to receive glass jars and I reuse them several times.

  6. Alessandra

    19th December 2012 at 1:03 pm

    Olá como vai ,estou fazendo uma visita e aproveitando
    para desejar boas festas e muito sucesso
    boa semana , até mais

  7. Susan Lindquist

    19th December 2012 at 2:10 pm

    What a terrific idea! Noted and set with a bookmark under ideas for next year’s church fair! Thanks!

  8. Hazel - Chicken in a Cherry Sauce

    19th December 2012 at 8:12 pm

    I have a friend who is selling these for Christmas gifts! They are a wonderful idea and provide storage for the final product too 🙂

  9. Janice Pattie

    19th December 2012 at 8:40 pm

    lovely mix

  10. hungryhinny

    19th December 2012 at 8:55 pm

    These look lovely, I’ve seen quite a few recipes for ‘cookies in a jar’ but never tried them… you need to give us an update once you’ve baked a batch to find out how good they taste!

  11. Kit @ i-lostinausten

    19th December 2012 at 9:43 pm

    Lovely idea! I’ve received few jars last year for X’mas & they’re amazing recipes indeed. I bet yours too! 🙂

  12. Angie's Recipes

    20th December 2012 at 5:15 am

    What a fantastic idea!
    p.s Chill the stamped cookies for a couple of hours before baking, then they won’t look blurry after baking. The chocolate one I used a simple shortbread recipe with added cocoa powder and some ground almond.


    20th December 2012 at 8:26 am

    What a fab gift to receive!

  14. Alida

    20th December 2012 at 11:55 am

    this is so original Choclette. They make such a wonderful present and these days people appreciate homemade gifts much more. Brava!

  15. Katie

    21st December 2012 at 7:00 am

    Wonderful idea and they look so pretty too.

  16. Wendy@The Omnivorous Bear

    23rd December 2012 at 12:45 am

    I am definitely going to do this… next year! Such a great idea.

  17. Janice Pattie

    23rd December 2012 at 5:52 pm

    It’s a fun idea, I’ve done it myself, but got a few odd looks from the recipients! Hope you have a great festive season.

  18. Gluten Free Chocolate

    15th March 2013 at 9:41 am

    Tamp each layer tightly. The flat top of a meat tenderizer mallet makes a great tool to tamp down each layer of ingredients.


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