Christmas Cookies in a Jar Recipe
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Christmas Cookies in a Jar Recipe

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With layers of vanilla chips, oats and dried cranberries, this delectable cookie mix looks as good as it tastes! For a special gift, tuck a jar in a pretty basket with wooden spoon, cookie sheet, kitchen timer and instructions.
Recommended: 14 Cookie Mix Recipes
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min.
MAKES:18 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min.
MAKES: 18 servings


  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup quick-cooking oats
  • 1 cup dried cranberries
  • 1 cup vanilla or white chips
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Nutritional Facts

2 each: 188 calories, 9g fat (5g saturated fat), 27mg cholesterol, 102mg sodium, 26g carbohydrate (13g sugars, 1g fiber), 2g protein.


  1. In a 1-qt. glass jar, layer the sugar and brown sugar, packing well between each layer. Combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt; spoon into jar. Top with oats, cranberries and chips. Cover and store in a cool dry place for up to 6 months.
  2. To prepare cookies: Pour cookie mix into a large bowl; stir to combine. Beat in butter, egg and vanilla. Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  3. Drop by the tablespoonfuls 2 in. apart onto ungreased baking sheets. Bake at 375° for 8-10 minutes or until browned. Remove to wire racks to cool. Yield: 3 dozen.
Originally published as Christmas Cookies in a Jar in Country Woman Christmas Annual 2003, p23

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redcottagechronicles User ID: 7297725 256797
Reviewed Nov. 14, 2016

"Not only perfect for Hostess gifts at Christmas time, but handy to have when guests drop in at lathe last minute. Everything premeasured making whipping up a batch of fresh baked cookies a breeze!"

kimspacc User ID: 1340117 243746
Reviewed Feb. 13, 2016

"Made this for a Valentine's Day gift! Beautiful!"

maverik User ID: 57374 147635
Reviewed Dec. 21, 2012

"I made this as teacher/daycare provider gifts. My daughter's daycare provider told me yesterday that they were FABULOUS cookies. She ended up making bar cookies out of them to save on time, and they turned out good that way, too."

joedebfry User ID: 265172 132416
Reviewed Dec. 25, 2011 Edited Dec. 30, 2013

"I gave these as Christmas gifts to my neighbors; they are really pretty in a jar. Good cookies; we enjoyed them ourselves, also. I needed to lightly grease the baking sheets so the cookies wouldn't stick."

razzberryrose User ID: 4466273 132573
Reviewed Oct. 26, 2009

"Absolutely delicious. Making for Christmas fair. I had to try them out numerous times to make sure they were good enough, but someone has to do it. Really, really flavorful and they're hard to stop eating!"

CherryWarrick User ID: 1516321 69015
Reviewed Dec. 13, 2007

"I am making about 15 of these as Christmas gifts for friends this year. It is an easy gift to prepare, and it looks so festive. Thanks for the great idea!"

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