Advent Calendar Day 2 Cookie Jars Recipes

December 2, 2012Sew White

Jars of cookies, cakes and biscuit mixes are fab gifts for Christmas, fun to make and taste great too.

Most jars have everything you need to make the cookies apart from the egg and butter. 

Sew White Christmas cranberry cookie jars copy

Jars can be a bit expensive but at the moment I know Robert Dyas has reduced the price of of their kilner jars (they were in their summer making  jam section). You can also get them fairly cheeply in TK Maxx, some supermarkets and I’ve even seen them in the 99p store (not kilner brand but identical looking).

A lot of cookie recipes ask for the butters and sugars to be beaten together but if you beat the egg and butter together at the beginning and then add all the dry ingredients from the jar it works just as well.

Here is the Sew White cranberry and white chocolate Christmas Cookies written out for a jar. This makes 18 cookies.

Dry Ingredients

  • 40g dark brown sugar
  • 50g caster sugar
  • 80g plain flour
  • ¼ tsp of baking powder
  • tiny pinch of salt
  • 60g rolled oats
  • 100g of white chocolate chips
  • 75g dried cranberries
  • ½ tsp of ground cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp of nutmeg,
  • ¼ tsp ginger
  • ¼ tsp of mixed spice

Making a jar is easy –

Layer the right amount of each ingredient in the jar. As it will be a turn out and mix everything together recipe it’s nice to arrange the ingredients so it makes nice coloured layers.

When you have done that all you need to do is a write a little tag to go on the jar to say what to do. Plus ingredients needed like the butter and eggs.

– the tag would be like this

You will need 60g of unsalted butter and 1 medium egg

1. Preheat oven to 160 degrees. Grease a cookie sheet or line with greaseproof paper.
2. In a medium bowl beat together the egg and softened butter. Add the entire jar of ingredients, and mix together by hand until well mixed.
3. Spoon out heaped teaspoons of the cookie mixture on the prepared baking sheets.
4. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes, or until golden brown. Leave to cool.
5. Enjoy

The great thing about this recipe as you change the fruit/chocolate for other things like pecans, raisins, other nuts, dark chocolate, dried fruit mixes. It’s a really great adaptable recipe. 

I made this for a friend and including the jar and ingredients this cost me £4 and I still have plenty of flour/baking powder/oats left over to make a few more jars. I only need another jar and some cranberries and white chocolate chips.

Please feel free to take the recipe and tag words and make your own jar for friends and family this Christmas. 

If you would like to check out another amazing jar recipe head to this wonderful blog by Lindsay Marsh for a hobnob mix

Lindsay marsh

Happy Christmas Baking everyone!


  • Lindsay

    December 2, 2012 at 4:40 pm

    I like to do this with a Hobnob mix.

    All of the dry ingredients fit perfectly in one of the medium sized clip top jars from IKEA, which are about a quid, and the ingredients are really easy and cheap. The only extra bits people need to have is some butter or margarine, and a tablespoon of golden syrup!

    It is one of my favourite recipes as it’s really adaptable, I have made apricot and seed ones, coconut,……..

  • Choclette

    December 6, 2012 at 11:19 am

    I was planning on doing some ‘cookie in a jar’ gifts today, but I still haven’t managed to buy any jars. It’s on my must do today list though. I though dark choc chip and cranberry. Thanks for the butter & egg tip, I was wondering about that. The pink whisk’s recipe uses oil, but I think I’d prefer butter.

    1. sewwhite

      December 6, 2012 at 11:25 am

      Mixing the butter and eggs together is rather horrible looking as you can imagine but it works pretty well.
      Dark chocolate and cranberries sounds amazing! M&S did some cranberries dipped in dark chocolate a few years ago my whole family became addicted to them. So yummy!

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