DIY Gifts: Easy Christmas Cookies in a Jar


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I’m always looking to give gifts that are practical, look fancy, and don’t cost me an arm and a leg. Recently I found this idea for the perfect DIY gift – easy Christmas cookies in a jar! These cookies are so quick to put together, and better yet, they are delicious.

I’ve also included printable tags for the jars in this post to make it even simpler for you. I love receiving and giving homemade gifts wrapped up in extra love.

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Easy Mason Jar Christmas Cookies

Making this DIY Christmas gift is such a snap – literally. Make one from start to finish in about five minutes. Pick up your favorite boxed cake mix and several add in options – that’s it!

These days, there is a wide range of mixes from gluten-free to organic, so you can accommodate any dietary needs. Two boxes of cake mix will make 3 Christmas cookie mixes for your Mason jars.

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Normally when making a Mason Jar DIY gift, I would add in all the dry ingredients such as brown sugar, baking soda and salt. the recipient would have to add in the dry ingredients such as butter, eggs, and vanilla.

With just two ingredients, the hard work is already done for you. We’re going to cheat a little bit by using cake mixes for the dry ingredients and then extra goodness with the add ins.

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Put 2/3 cup of dry cake mix in the bottom of each Mason jar.

Add three to four kinds of whatever mix-ins as you want. Go crazy with your ideas! I made a big batch of these recently we had an entire table of mix-ins. My favorite scrumptious additions for cookies are chocolate chips, pecans, chopped sea salted caramels, and dried cranberries.

Add whatever floats YOUR boat, including oats, crushed candy canes, marshmallows, coconut, crushed cookies, caramel bits, walnuts, almonds, or white chocolate chips. Your only limit is your imagination.

Use enough mix-ins to fill your jar to the top, which I found to be about 2 cups total.

After you’ve filled your mason jar, put on the lid tightly. Tie a pretty ribbon, raffia, or sisal rope around your jar. Add a cute label, and you’re done!

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Who doesn’t like cookies? But with all of the indulgence during this time of year, I think it would be really nice to have a treat you can make another time – like January 15 when you’ve given up on your resolution to diet. {I jest, I jest}. To bake your cookies – just add 2 eggs and 1/3 cup of oil. Bake at 375 for 8-10 minutes, until golden.

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Variations of Christmas Cookies in a Jar

Just like with the add ins, there is lots of room for variety with these Christmas cookies in a jar. I like to use different flavors of cake mix such as lemon, red velvet, chocolate, and strawberry.

I use whatever add ins go well with that flavor. One of my favorite combinations is lemon with freeze dried strawberries. It’s a fresh flavor perfect for anytime of the year.

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What mix-ins would you add to these cookies? I’d love to hear.

Easy Mason Jar Christmas Cookies

Easy Mason Jar Christmas Cookies

Make these fancy and functional DIY Christmas Cookies in a Jar for the perfect homemade gift this season.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes


  • 16 ounces cake mix of your choice (2 boxes of cake mix will make 3 jars)
  • 1 3/4- 2 cups mix-ins per jar. Mix-ins can be dried fruit, nuts, candy, chocolate chips etc.
  • Use a 32 oz. Mason jar as packaging.


To make the jar:

  1. Put 16 ounces (2 cups) cake mix in a mason jar
  2. Add 3-4 different mix-ins (around 1/2 cup each or 2 cups total)

To bake:

  1. Preheat oven to 375.
  2. Add 3 eggs & 1/3 cup oil.
  3. Bake for 8-10 minutes or until golden.
  4. Enjoy!

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About Michelle Marine

Michelle Marine is the author of How to Raise Chickens for Meat, a long-time green-living enthusiast, and rural Iowa mom of four. She empowers families to grow and eat seasonal, local foods; to reduce their ecological footprint; and to come together through impactful travel.

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