Last Minute Gift Idea: Cookies in a Jar!

Cookies in a jar recipe

Stuck for last-minute gift ideas?

This is one that’s not expensive and is sure to go down an absolute storm with anyone you hand it to (I wouldn’t mind one myself). If you’re visiting relatives between Christmas Day and New Year then this is a perfect present to pop in your bag – as it’ll keep the rugrats busy while the adults hit the egg nog.


You’ll need a 1L glass jar with a lid

Jar ingredients

110g plain flour

1/4 teaspoon baking powder

1/4 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda

1/4 teaspoon salt

75g soft brown sugar

75g caster sugar

65g rolled oats

110g dried cranberries

75g white chocolate chips

To be honest you could probably do it by eye and you can certainly swap cranberries for another dried fruit and white choc chips for milk chocolate and so on, but to be 100% certain if you need it, here’s a cups converter.

Extra ingredients for making cookies

125g butter, melted and cooled

1 egg, lightly beaten

1 teaspoon vanilla extract




  1. Step 1

Sift flour, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda and salt into a bowl. Spoon the flour mixture into a 1L (4-cup) capacity glass jar. Top with brown sugar, then caster sugar. Top with oats, then cranberries, then chocolate chips. Seal jar. Decorate.

Make a label with the following instructions:

  1. Step 2

To make cookies, preheat oven to 190°C, 170° fan, Gas 5. Line 2 baking trays with baking paper. Empty jar into a large bowl. Add melted butter, egg and vanilla. Stir until well combined. Shape tablespoons of mixture into balls and place on baking trays approximately 5cm apart. Bake for 10 to 15 minutes, swapping trays halfway during cooking, or until edges are lightly browned. Turn biscuits onto a wire rack to cool. Serve.

About Christine Waters

Christine Waters has cooked for her family and friends for years and after retiring from her job as a chiropodist, launched a baking business providing home-baked goodies from her recipes that she'd perfected over the years for shops in Britain's West Country. She loves reading, music and has two daughters and one grandson. (She's also Jen's mum).
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3 Responses to Last Minute Gift Idea: Cookies in a Jar!

  1. DD says:

    That is a great idea.

  2. Concerned Citizen says:

    I had no idea they’re so easy to make! Am trying out maltesers and m&ms versions, maybe even quality street if my greedy other half lets me

  3. Melba Hollman says:

    Its very good idea to keep the cookies in the Jar .

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