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5 DIY Holiday Baked Goods in a Jar

Gifts in a Jar for the holidays, hostess gifts, and teacher appreciation days. Five easy to make recipes that look as good as they taste. There are five different cookie, brownie, AND cake recipes that are sure to satisfy your sweet tooth and delight those that you gift these too.  I have a set of old-fashioned recipe cards that I punch a hole in and hand-write the directions and extra ingredients listed for each gift.

As a food-allergy family, when gifting to one of our friends that has food allergies or for using ourselves we substitute brown rice flour, coconut oil(instead of eggs), and we make sure all of the chocolate and other goodies are from nut-free facilities.  Peace of mind my friends.  Our creations without the added goodness sometimes leaves something to be desired in the looks department-but does it really matter what it looks like if your children can eat it? I don’t think so. But I am a bit biased.

My husband was the designated taste-tester for all of the recipes below and he gladly gobbled up the batches over the past couple of weeks. Would be a shame to make a fabulous looking gift and then the recipe doesn’t turn out for them… color me awkward and embarrassed.  But I can tell you that these work like a charm!

Grab a set of Ball Glass Jars, recipe cards, and ingredients!

I have the ingredients listed so that you can easily make your own Jar Gifts and then attach the recipe card.

Please enjoy these easy customizable gift ideas!

 Gingerbread Cookies


1 1/2 cup flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 tsp ginger
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp allspice
1/4 tsp  cloves
1 1/2 cup flour
1/2 cup brown sugar


1/2 cup butter

3/4 cup molasses

1 egg


  1. Cream together 1/2 cup butter, 3/4 cup molasses and 1 egg. Blend in the Gingerbread Cookie Mix. Stir until well blended.
  2. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour.  Roll out dough to 1/4 on a lightly floured surface. Using cookie cutters, cut out shapes and place on a greased cookie sheet.
  3. Bake at 350F for 10-12 minutes.

 Hot Chocolate Cake Mix Cookies


devil’s food cake mix

1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

1 cup mini-marshmallows


2 eggs

1/3 cup oil


  1. Preheat your oven to 350F.
  2. Empty the cake mix into a mixing bowl and add the eggs and oil.
  3. Stir (or mix with a mixer) until blended. Add the mini chocolate chips.
  4. Using two small spoons, measure out and shape each cookie into a small ball and place on a parchment lined baking sheet. Add three mini marshmallows to the top of each cookie, pushing them lightly into the raw dough.
  5. Bake for 8-9 minutes.



Chocolate Brownies


2/3 tsp salt

5/8 cup flour

1/3 cup cocoa powder

1/2 cup flour

2/3 cup brown sugar

2/3 cup white sugar

1 cup chocolate chips

1 cup white chocolate chips


1 tsp vanilla

2/3 cup oil

3 eggs


  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Grease a baking pan.
  2. Pour the contents of the jar into a large bowl and mix well. Stir in 1 teaspoon vanilla, 2/3 cup vegetable oil and 3 eggs. Beat until just combined.
  3. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.




Chocolate Chip, Oatmeal, and Pecan Cookies


1 cup all-purpose flour 

1 1/4 cups rolled oats 

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 tsp baking powder

1/4 tsp baking soda

1 cup light-brown sugar

1 cup chopped toasted pecans

1 cup semisweet chocolate chips


1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

1 large egg

3/4 cup  unsalted butter


  1. Preheat oven to 350F. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, oats, salt, baking powder, and baking soda. In a large bowl, using an electric mixer, beat butter and brown sugar on high until light and fluffy. Add vanilla and egg and beat to combine.

  2. With mixer on low, gradually add mixture and beat just until combined. Fold in pecans and chocolate chips.

  3. Bake cookies until puffed and golden around edges, about 15 minutes, rotating sheets halfway through.



Gooey Chocolate Chip Cookies


1/2 cup brown sugar

1 cup white sugar

2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

2 cups semisweet chocolate chips-chocolate & vanilla

1 cup miniature marshmallows


1 cup butter

2 eggs


  1. Preheat the oven to 300F. Grease cookie sheets.
  2. In a large bowl, cream together the butter, brown sugar and white sugar until smooth. Beat in the eggs, one at a time. Combine the flour, baking soda, salt and cinnamon; stir into the sugar mixture. Fold in the chocolate chips and  marshmallows. 
  3. Bake for 20 to 22 minutes.



Emma Marie snuck into my photo session to steal some of the props for her big brother… sharing is caring.

 Our friend’s favorite? Chocolate Chip, Oatmeal & Pecan Cookies


Happy Holidays Friends!



I am linking up with 71 other fabulous bloggers to bring you three posts a day of recipes, crafts, and holiday traditions during the #countdown2xmas!  You can catch-up on all of the fun at A Whimsicle Life. You can also join in our daily Instagram Challenge- follow along with me at AsCuteAsABugsEar.  I’ve loved connecting to so many wonderful people this holiday season!

What do you like to gift during the holidays? 

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I would LOVE to hear from you!

29 Responses to 5 DIY Holiday Baked Goods in a Jar

  1. Great ideas! I’ve never gifted a recipe in a jar but love the idea. Especially for neighbor gifts which I really need to start planning!
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    • Thanks Giselle! I love being able to make some of the recipes allergy-free too for our friends to enjoy. Loved the smell of the house while baking up a storm too!

  2. SO CUTE! I always loved when my mom got stuff like this from her students :)

    • Thanks Maddy! I received a cookie mason jar set from a sweet student my first year and loved it-definitely stuck that idea in the back of my mind for later on.

  3. WOW! This is a fabulous idea, i’ve been looking for something for my son’s teachers. With all the crafts they do they will love DIY and who wouldnt want baked goodies? I’ve also been wanting to get Mason Jars for their classic look. Thanks for the great holiday ideas!

    • Thanks Carolyn! So sweet of you to say that! I hope your son’s teachers enjoy the goodies-the baked goods recipes are really easy to customize and I am a sucker for all things mason jars…. you should see our pantry!

  4. As a current teacher – I would love to get an amazing jar like these. Makes a wonderful decoration too – almost to where I wouldn’t want to use the ingredients – almost – YUM!!!

  5. Just couldn’t help but say a few more words about this idea. Just showed it to a co-worker (another teacher) and she loves anything Mason Jars!!! Putting items to create baked goods into mason jars that will be delicious and a DYI project make it a perfect choice!!

  6. These look so yummy and easy!

  7. I think I might eat those gooey chocolate chip cookies right out of the jar. No need to bake, I would just take all of the chocolate chips. Yum :-) These are fantastic!

    • Thanks JoAnn! A lot of the supplies ended up missing… and my two munchkins and I didn’t complain at all.:) The gooey chocolate chip cookies are definitely a family favorite!

  8. These are so cute & easy to do! Great gift idea! I’ll be pinning & sharing.

  9. Great diy ideas!! I love these mason jar ideas, I have only done chocolate cookie, thanks for the great ideas:)

  10. Heather @ Krafts and Kiddos

    Oh I just love them all!!! Stopping by from Countdown2Xmas!!!

  11. I have wanted tot do these for so long. Now know how too.

  12. A great gift idea and budget friendly!

  13. This is a fantastic list of ideas. Thank you so much for putting it together. First on one my list to try is the Hot Chocolate Cake. Sounds wonderful!

  14. What a great idea for a gift for someone!! I know a lot of people who would totally enjoy these! #Countdown2Xmas

  15. I love these and have been waiting weeks to make them, so here I am today. I have a dumb question though…if they’re supposed to, say, mix the brown sugar with butter of their own…how are they supposed to dump these ingredients out and be able to keep the brown sugar separate?? I’m sure I am just not thinking clearly and missing something here…I’m sorry! Would love any tips though about the order to pack maybe?

    • Ah, yes- I prepacked all of the ingredients then dumped them out and mixed all together for each one. Not scientific(or usual baking etiquette) but I wanted to make sure they tasted good when made(the easy way)- so rest assured you can let them know that they can dump all the jar ingredients into a mixing bowl and add the non-jarred goods. Thanks for your question! Hope it turns out great!