November 02, 2012

I absolutely love Mason Jar Cookie Mix gifts, I love getting them and I love giving them. Normally, because of the size of most cookie recipes, mixes like this have to be gifted in large mason jars – which definitely wouldn’t work for bridal shower or wedding favors. So I worked really hard to develop the perfect cookie recipe that fits into these small, 12 ounce eco mason jars and I’m thrilled to share it with you today! Not only are these fabulous wedding event favors, but they make great gifts for the holidays as well. Watch out, these cookies are just as delicious as these jars are adorable!



  • 12 ounce eco mason jars with either gold or silver lids
  • flour
  • sugar
  • brown sugar
  • baking soda
  • salt


  • your choice of ‘candy’… whatever fits your color theme will be perfect…


  • Paper Source 2.5″ round address labels
  • sticker paper or cardstock
  • measuring cup
  • spoon and/or dowel
  • hole punch
  • corner rounder
  • your choice of ribbon or twine



So we have the design for the circle labels, this template was created specifically for the 2.5″ Paper-Source labels – which go on the top of the jars. Then we have the baking direction card to either hang off the jar or stick on the jar, you can print this template on any cardstock or sticker paper and cut accordingly. I created each design in gray and black, so they should fit any paper color choice – light or dark. If these cute designs don’t fit your theme, get creative and design your own!

CIRCLE LABEL:       {gray}       {black}

DIRECTION CARD:       {gray}       {black}

In case you are designing your own, here is the text for the baking direction card so you can copy and paste it into your design: Remove candy from top of mixture. Cream 4 tablespoons of butter with both sugars. Add 1 egg and 1/4 teaspoon vanilla to sugar mixture and beat on high for one minute. Add flour and beat until smooth. Stir in candy pieces. Put this sticky batter in the freezer for 15 minutes before baking. Bake at 350 degrees for 13-15 minutes. Makes 10 cookies.


Also, I know there is a LOT of information here so I created an {instruction/recipe sheet} that you can print out – so you can keep it on the counter with you instead of constantly looking at your phone or computer.

mason jar cookie mix instruction page


  • 3/4 cup packed flour
  • 1/3 cup packed sugar
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • remainder of jar full of your choice of chocolate chips, m&ms, sixlets, sprinkles, etc.

Start by measuring 3/4 cup of flour. Using a dowel or spoon pack the flour down to the desired amount – this needs to be exact. When you start packing, it will feel super super fluffy, but with a few pounces it will start compacting nicely.


Now, add the measured flour to your clean jar. If you have a wide mouth funnel, great! If not you can fold a piece of paper into your jar to make this step easier.


Before you pack the flour down into your jar, add the 1/4 teaspoon baking soda and…


…the 1/4 teaspoon salt and stir them around a bit in the flour.


Once you have the flour, baking soda and salt in your jar – it’s time to pack the first layer. I used a dowel first and then I used the spoon to clean up the edges. When packing the flour mixture it can feel super fluffy at first, just keep pushing it down and it will quickly become compact. The packing of layers is very important – the cleaner the layers the cuter the jar looks.


Now it’s time for the sugar; sugar is much easier than flour. Measure and pack 1/3 cup white sugar – I prefer ‘baking sugar’ but you can use any type of white sugar. Add to your jar and pack the layer down.


Now for the brown sugar; the easiest layer by far! Measure and pack 1/4 cup of brown sugar and add it to your jar.

CRAFTERS TIP // It’s very important to pack the ingredients in this order, flour  – baking soda – salt – sugar – brown sugar, for the baking instructions to work properly. When your friends go to make these cookies, the first step is to ‘remove candy from top of jar’ – it’s very simple to separate the candy from the brown sugar. The brown sugar packs down so perfectly that the candy can be poured out of the jar without the brown sugar even moving! Also, by packing the brown sugar last – it ensures that no flower or sugar will float up and around the candy when it’s in transit.


Now add your choice of cookie candy! From m&m’s, to butterscotch chips, to sixlets, to chocolate chips… any will work. Whatever candy fits the color theme of your event – will go perfectly in these cookies. Fill the remainder of your jar with the candy, should be about 1/3 cup. Screw the lid on tight and these adorable cookie mix jars will last up to six months!


Now for the labels! Peel and stick to the top of the lid – SO CUTE!


And now the baking direction cards. There are two ways to do this; print on regular cardstock, trim, hole punch and…


…and tie onto your cute jar!


I just love these!!!


Now for the other technique…


…you can print the baking directions onto sticker paper, trim, round the edges…


…and stick onto the backside of your jar!


Carefully place the sticker over your twine or ribbon choice and trim the edges.


There are ENDLESS color combinations of cookie ‘candy’ and ribbon to fit any event! Here are a few ideas to get your creative juices flowing! White chocolate chips, mini-chocolate chips, dark chocolate raspberry M&M’s, turquoise M&M’s, mint M&M’s, and the super yummy butterscotch chips!


These mason jar cookie mix gifts are absolutely perfect for any occasion!


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DIY Tutorial Credits

Photography: Studio 11 // DIY tutorial, cookie recipe and FREE downloads by: Jen | Something Turquoise // adorable, 12 ounce Eco mason jars with gold or silver lids: Specialty Bottle // 2.5″ round address labels (colors: Paper Bag and Eco White) and cardstock: Paper-Source // sticker paper: Staples // gorgeous navy blue shabby wrinkled ribbon: Prairie Bird Boutique via Etsy // Martha Stewart paper trimmer, Crop-a-dile hole punch and Corner Chomper: Michaels // all baking supplies and candy: Target & Vons // turquoise M&M’s: Party City // nail polish: OPI – DS Mystery


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Christy Gaeta
November 13, 2012

These are adorable!! They look like they would make wonderful holiday gifts or bridal shower gifts! Thanks for sharing!

December 20, 2012

Thanks for this tutorial! I wanted to make this for Christmas for all of my aunts so this was great! Thanks and Happy Holidays!

Jo Ann Causey
December 23, 2012

I am making these as gifts for people who spring a gift on me this Christmas.

Jo Ann Causey
December 23, 2012

Thanks for including the print outs to copy!

December 23, 2012

I love this recipe because it's well written and it seems as if I can do it myself. I went out and got mason jars but they are 2 cups/16 ounces. How can I adjust the recipe for this jar size?

    Jen | Something Turquoise
    December 24, 2012

    Hi Sonique! This recipe is meant for the 12 oz jars. You can put this recipe in your larger jars, just don't pack the ingredients as hard and maybe there will only be a little space left at the top :)

Rachel Schreiner
January 27, 2013

these look great.

Berenice Chiste
January 29, 2013


February 9, 2013

If you had to estimate, how much would you say is cost of each "completed" jar? I'm interested in this as a wedding favor, but i'm wondering after getting all the supplies if this is just as expensive as other traditionally purchased favors.

    Jen | Something Turquoise
    February 10, 2013

    Hi Chalon! That's hard to estimate. It depends on how much you are able to purchase everything for and greatly relies on how expensive your 'candy pieces' are. My advice is to first see how much the jars will cost you ( has amazing prices - they are in the credits) and how much the candy you want might be. If you choose colored MnM's they can get pricey - but if you use regular chips they can be very inexpensive. Also buying your flower and sugar at places like Costco or Smart n Final can really help lower the overall cost! Hope this helps.

Jan Simpson
February 11, 2013

these will make fab wedding favours.

Lindsay Hall Cooper
February 20, 2013

I just did this for my daughter's 2nd birthday party favors - so cute, lots of compliments! I used pink, red and white M&Ms (thank you valentines), a Happy Birthday ribbon around the jar taped together with the directions sticker. and a personalized thank you sticker on the lid.

Ha P.
February 21, 2013

Jen, these are sooo adorable! I'm seriously gonna use this for my wedding in October. But quick question... How are the guests able to remove both sugar without removing the flour? Should I put a protective layer between the sugar and flour (like wax paper) or something?

    Jen | Something Turquoise
    February 22, 2013

    Great question! No protective layer needed :) When you firmly pack each layer - it really stays compacted to itself. Your guests will need to scrape each layer out with a fork and if a tiny bit of flour goes with the sugar - it's no big deal. I would make one in a jar for yourself and then make the cookies like one of your guests would do, so that you can experience it... and the cookies are delish!

Lindsay Cooper
February 23, 2013

Hello - I made these for my daughter's bday favors - super cute. But - when making the actual cookies - getting the brown sugar out is kind of a pain. But - if you lay a damp paper towel over the open jar and microwave it a low setting for a few seconds at time, it will loosen up. They do taste quite yummy once done!

    Jen | Something Turquoise
    February 24, 2013

    Hi Lindsay! I recommend using a fork to loosen and remove each layer :)

Candace Faith Bergen
April 29, 2013

You say 'screw it' and just add everything to one bowl! (:

May 7, 2013

Jen, what was your impression of the quality of the Eco Mason jars and lids from Specialty Bottle? I am considering purchasing a few cases for a project in my kitchen. They do look great from the photos you provided here.

August 27, 2013

In order to separate the Sugar from the Flour, I thought maybe you could put the M&M's in the middle!

    Jen | Something Turquoise
    August 27, 2013

    Hi Barb! Actually the candy should be on top, so your gift receiver can remove it easily. There is no trouble dividing the sugar and flour one ready to bake, once they are packed down - they separate perfectly!

September 12, 2013

I love this idea and thinking about making them for my daughters baby shower as it is going to be right before the holidays. How long do they stay good for? How far in advance can I make them.

Madison Liao
September 16, 2013


October 2, 2013

Hi, not sure if I'm reading correctly but are the measurements the level it should be in the jug once packed or the total weight before packing?

    Jen | Something Turquoise
    October 2, 2013

    Hi Vikki! The measurements are the weight before you put the ingredients in each jar :)

October 13, 2013


I purchased 16 oz jars to do this recipe not 12 oz as itt called for . I didn't find 12oz jars in stores. If I don't pack it in would it still work? Also would I still fill the jar with the candy of choice to the top or is there a suggested amount to add.

Thank you

    Jen | Something Turquoise
    October 14, 2013

    Hi Liz, it's best if you have the smaller jars ~ I haven't actually made these in the 16 oz jars. But here are my tips: you will still need to make sure to pack the flour down just like the tutorial says and then maybe don't pack the sugars down as hard. The candy is about 1/4 cup, so I would measure that out and pour it in to see how high it goes - you might only need a little bit more. Hope this helps!

October 24, 2013

How far in advance can you make these? Also how long does it keep for once in the jar? Thanks

November 30, 2013

I wonder if it is a good idea for fundraising? How much should the 16 oz jar be sold at?

Jo Ann Causey
December 20, 2013

I am making these as gifts for people who spring a gift on me this Christmas.

January 10, 2014

I'm not getting married until this Fall, but I want to knock these out as favors while I have some down time. How long are they good for in the Mason jar once it is sealed?

    Jen | Something Turquoise
    January 10, 2014

    Hi Danie! I'm not an expert in 'jar preserving' but I would say about 2-3 months ahead of time, if they are stored in a cool/dry place away from sun - should be fine. Maybe make up one right now and see how it lasts... hope this helps!