M&M Cookie Mix in a Jar: A Yummy Gift

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Today we are making M&M Cookie Mix in a Jar to give as a gift! We love giving friends and family food in a jar as gifts. And cookies make the gift just that much sweeter. 

Cookie mix in a Mason Jar with Gift Tag

Who doesn’t love homemade cookies? Especially fresh out of the oven!

Cookies are a wonderful gift for the holidays. And this cookie mix jar recipe is perfect for just that.

Making cookies ahead of time and giving them as gifts means the cookie receiver misses out on that fresh out the oven cookie experience.

That’s what makes the cookie mix-in-a-jar recipes so popular.

You can give the gift of cookies, but in a way that makes it convenient for your gift receiver to enjoy their cookies fresh.

Plus it’s fun to give Christmas gifts in mason jars for some reason.

This M&M cookie recipe is delicious and we show you how to make the mason jar gorgeous to make a gorgeous gift.

P.S. We also have a lovely friendship soup in a jar gift too!

How to Make a Cookie Mix in a Jar Gift

To make this mason jar cookie mix you’ll need some basic cookie ingredients and a 32oz Jar to put your cookie mix in.

These are our personal favorite Mason jar cookies.

Ingredients for Cookie Mix

Flour: All purpose white flour is best for this.

Baking soda and baking powder: As a leveler. Other wise they’ll end up with flat, weird cookies.

Old fashioned oats: Makes for chewy delicious cookies

Sugar: We used a combo of both white sugar and brown sugar.

Chocolate chips: Adds an extra boost of chocolate to the cookie mix.

M&M’s: These wouldn’t be M&M cookies without M&Ms. We like using the Christmas color ones. The give your jar a more holiday look when giving as a gift.

making cookie mix in a jar ingredients

These ingredients are just for the cookie mix itself. This isn’t the complete cookie recipe.

For the M&M’s we used the Christmas color ones.

They are available in packages during the holiday season.

However, you could easily pick out the red and green ones from a few big bags, and save the other colors for something else.

Of course, the extra M&M’s are a fantastic treat to snack on while baking!

Here’s a brief list of the other ingredients that your cookie maker will need, which they most likely already have in their fridge.

This recipe made exactly will make you 1 jar of cookie mix that should yield about 20 cookies when made.

Additional Cookie Recipe Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup of butter (at room temperature)
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla
  • 1 egg

These are the wet ingredients, that you won’t be giving as part of your cookie mix gift.

However, these are pretty standard ingredients they probably already have.

These will be listed on your printable gift tag along with the instructions so they can easily mix their cookie mix and bake their cookies!

Other Supplies Needed for Cookie Mix Gift

Mason Jar: We used a 32oz jar, with a wide mouth lid.

Printable gift tag: We put our tag in our printable library. Grab it and cut it out, then attach it to your jar so that you’re gift receiver knows how to make the recipe. Plus it makes the gift look pretty.

Christmas ribbon or pretty string: To attach the gift tag and add some festive colors to your gift.

Now that we have all the supplies and ingredients covered, lets go over assembling your cookie mix into your gift jars.

How to Assemble Cookie Mix in your Mason Jar

Being that this is probably a Christmas gift or other type of gift, you don’t want to mix all of your ingredients willy nilly.

This will create a sloppy presentation.

Instead, you want to layer your cookie mix in thoughtfully so that they will look appetizing and beautiful as a gift.

Here are the steps we recommend for making a pretty cookie mix gift.

M&M cookie mix mason jar gift

Step 1: Mix the Base ingredients

Start by mixing together the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a big bowl.

Next you can get ready to start layering everything.

Step 2: Start Layering

Now grab your mason jar. We are about to start the layering action.

Make sure to press down each layer, making sure it’s evenly distributed in a flay layer before adding the next layer to your jar.

Start layering your ingredients in the following order:

  1. The flour mixture
  2. M&Ms
  3. Brown sugar
  4. White sugar
  5. Oats
  6. Chocolate chips

We recommend using a funnel to pour in the powdered ingredients, especially the flour mixture!

Finally, cap your Mason jar with the lid and tie your printable gift tag to the jar.

how to make M&M cookie mix in a jar

Printable Gift Tag

You can find the printable gift tag in our free printable library.

If you are wanting a more personal touch and want to handwrite your tag here is what we recommend putting on your gift tag (It’s the same thing our printable tags say):

M&M Cookie Mix Jar Gift Tag and instructions

M&M Cookies

You’ll need:

  • 1/2 cup butter, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla
  • 1 egg

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper. In a large bowl, beat together butter until light and fluffy. Add egg and vanilla. Beat until blended. Add the contents of the jar to the bowl. Stir, pressing the batter together to combine. The mixture will be thick. Use a cookie scoop to drop cookies on to a baking sheet.

Bake for 10-12 minutes or until cookies begin to brown around the edges. Remove from the oven and allow to rest on cookie sheet for 5 minutes before transferring cookies to a wire rack to cool completely. Store in an airtight container for up to 1 week.

Makes about 20 cookies.

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Yield: 1 Jar of Cookie Mix

M&M Cookie Mix in a Jar

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

This cookie in a jar recipe is perfect for gift giving. These M&M cookies are soft and chewy, and so easy to make when given this way. We love cookie mix jars, and I'm sure you have friends and family who love them too!


  • 1 ⅓ cup of white flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup old-fashioned oats
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ¾ cup chocolate chips
  • ¾ cup M&M candies


  1. In a large bowl, mix together the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
  2. In the 32oz mason jar, start layering ingredients.
  3. Place flour mixture in bottom of jar and press down evenly.
  4. Add M&Ms for the second layer.
  5. Next layer in brown sugar then white sugar.
  6. Layer in oats and then finally chocolate chips.
  7. Place the lid on the mason jar and add the our printable gift tag to the jar.


Make that each layer is flat and even before adding the next layer. A funnel can be very useful in getting the ingredients cleanly into your mason jar.

These ingredients are just for the cookie mix itself. You'll gift receiver will need a couple more to get their cookies baked.

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  1. This is an awesome gift idea! In fact, I already got everything I need, but I can’t find the printable gift tag anywhere in your library.

    1. Someone else had commented the same thing! I can’t believe I forgot such an important detail. I’ll have them uploaded tonight when I get home!

    1. Hey there! I can’t believe I didn’t upload the tags! I’ll have them uploaded tonight when I get home. Thanks so much. =)

  2. Yours looks so beautiful! I just tried this (and bought 24 (32oz) jars, to make a bunch of these for sibling/ teacher/ neighbor gifts, e.t.c… however, I just filled my first jar and couldn’t fit everything. I am using a 32oz wide mouth jar, and even with packing everything tight, I couldn’t fit all the chocolate chips at the top. Am I doing something wrong? 😬

    1. Hi Stephanie!

      You know, the jar I used was a specialty one, and everything fit well. I’m wondering if it was truly a 32oz jar. If everything isn’t fitting I’d reduce the M&Ms and the chocolate chips to only 1/2 a cup. Then if you have extra room, just fill to the top with more chocolate! The recipe will still be amazing, just not quite as M&M-y. =)

      I’ll experiment with the recipe in a true 32oz jar this week and see if it all fits nicely. Thanks for bringing this up!

  3. My son’s teacher gave these jars out as Christmas gifts. We made them last night and this recipe is a keeper! My son (4) enjoyed making the cookies and it was the perfect amount of involvement for a 4 year old! The plus is that the cookies are delicious! Thank you for the recipe.

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