Cranberry Cookies in a Jar

Total Time

Prep: 15 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min.

Makes

3 dozen

Updated: Aug. 18, 2023
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. —Lori Daniels, Beverly, West Virginia
Cranberry Cookies in a Jar Recipe photo by Taste of Home

Ingredients

  • 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
  • ADDITIONAL INGREDIENTS:
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 1 large egg, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions

  1. In a 1-qt. glass jar, layer sugar and brown sugar, packing well between each layer. Combine 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, preheat oven to 375°. Pour cookie mix into a large bowl; stir to combine. Beat in butter, egg and vanilla. Cover and refrigerate 30 minutes.
  3. Drop by tablespoonfuls 2 in. apart onto ungreased baking sheets. Bake until browned, 8-10 minutes. Remove to wire racks to cool.
Cookies in a Jar Tips

How can you get even layers when packing the ingredients for cookies in a jar?

Using a paper cone or canning funnel will help to make layering the ingredients much easier. To make a paper cone, simply cut a piece of parchment paper into a triangle, roll two corners together leaving a wide end, and secure the cone with a piece of tape. But cookie ingredients aren't the only foods you can package this way; you can layer salads in a jar, too!

How long with cookies in a jar last?

The dry ingredients for cookies in a jar will last for up to six months when tightly sealed and stored properly in a cool, dry place. Proper flour storage helps extend its shelf life (and goes for other pantry staples, too).

What can you do with cookie in a jar?

Cookies in a jar make a perfect gift around the holidays and at any time of year! You can dress up the jar with ribbon and a gift label with a note and the written recipe to make the presentation extra special, or use any of these creative ways to wrap food gifts. Any of our mason jar gift ideas will delight the foodie in your life.

Josh Rink, Taste of Home Food Stylist

Nutrition Facts

1 cookie: 97 calories, 4g fat (3g saturated fat), 13mg cholesterol, 47mg sodium, 14g carbohydrate (10g sugars, 1g fiber), 1g protein.