Back to School Teacher Gift: Chocolate Chip Cookies in a Jar

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Simple back to school teacher gift using pint sized mason jars and a chocolate chip cookie mix recipe. Perfect for Christmas presents, too!

Mason jar decorated with a tiny chalkboard saying awesome job!

This is a “twofer” y’all. For those not from the south that means “two for one.”

I’ve got a project and a recipe for you.

I have been doing mason jar gifts in a jar many years before they ever became trendy.

You know me. Always on the cutting edge! (Not.)

A cake sitting on top of a counter

For this project I updated the idea with more than just a cookie mix. This time the gift had some presentation panache.


Since it’s back to school time I thought it would be a fun idea to make a craft that your kids could take to impress welcome their new teacher/s.

Let’s start with the jars themselves. I scoured the internet for a recipe for the pint mason jars and found a good one here.

First you want to make sure you wash the jars and let them dry.

A bottle of water on a table

I followed the directions exactly as the recipe is listed below. My hubby helped me out and we had an assembly line going to speed things up.

I would definitely recommend using helpers if you want to make a bunch of these for gifts. I also used a wide mouth funnel which was perfect for the pint sized jars.

Jar and Cookie

And just ’cause I love y’all so much I taste tested the recipe below. I wanted to make sure this recipe was foolproof.

A close up of food on a table, with Jar and Cookie

My youngest son said these were the best cookies he’d ever eaten. Of course he is 14 and most any cookie is delicious!

A bowl of food on a plate, with Jar and Gift

Since I’m a bargain hunter and like getting a good deal, here’s the rest of your twofer!

Back to School Teacher Gift

For this project my double sided tape (from the dollar store) was a lifesaver. No glue, no mess.

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Jar and Gift

I’m just going to use one jar as a sample because each jar was different. I began with this first layer of burlap which came in a narrower strip that I loved.

Jar and Gift

Next a layer of ribbon from my stash.

Jar and Gift

This is actually an old shoestring simply wrapped around and tied in a knot. (See? I knew there was a reason I saved all those odds and ends!)

Mason jar

Next I wrote with a chalk marker on this adorable little chalkboard and wrapped the twine around it to give me a way to hang it.


I set the lid on a scrap piece of burlap,

Jar and Gift

traced around it in permanent marker, cut it out

Jar and Gift

and attached it with more double sided tape.

Jar and Gift

And here it is, with a button on top to add to the cuteness factor!

Jar and Gift

Here are some more back to school teacher gift jars to inspire you with the possibilities.

Jar and Gift
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A piece of cake sitting on top of a table
A piece of cake sitting on top of a table

The best part of all this? Since we homeschool I can just give these to myself! I see a lot of cookies in my future!

A close up of many different types of food, with Gift and Jar

I got so involved in decorating the mason jars (the fun part) that I didn’t print out the directions that are to be included with the jar. Next time I would probably just print it on cardstock, hole punch it and attach it with ribbon.

Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies in a Pint Jar

Give this fun gift in a pint jar with a delicious chocolate chip oatmeal cookie mix.
Calories 1402kcal
Author Marty’s Musings


  • 1/3 cup all purpose flour firmly packed
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar firmly packed
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 1/3 cup old fashioned oats
  • 1/3 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1/3 cup white chocolate chips


  • Place flour, baking powder and baking soda in the bottom of a clean pint jar, tamping it down for an even layer.
  • Add an even layer of brown sugar on top and press it down.
  • Add an even layer of white sugar on top.
  • Next add an even layer of oats.
  • Pour the chocolate chips on top.
  • Finish off with the white chocolate chips to top off the jar.
  • Place the lid on the jar and decorate.

Include the following recipe notes

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line a cookie sheet with parchment paper. Pour the contents of this jar into a bowl. Add 3 1/2 tbs cooled melted butter, 1 egg lightly beaten and 1/2 tsp vanilla. Stir until well combined. Spoon batter by the teaspoon onto paper. Bake for 12-14 minutes (less if chewier cookie is desired). Makes 12 cookies.


You can use all semi-sweet chips instead of white and semi-sweet if you like. You could also substitute butterscotch or peanut butter chips for variation.
I used old fashioned oats but you could use quick cook oats as well.
I like the cookies a little crispier so I cooked them 12-14 minutes. Cook a bit less for chewy cookies.

This recipe also makes a great Christmas gift!

Pint Mason Jar Gift and Chocolate Chip Cookie Mix- Marty's Musings

Here’s another project and a free printable, too!

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  1. Mine got really flat out. Is that normal? Nearly like crespies…. maybe less butter?

    1. Hi, Vanessa. Mine come out the same! I wish I had a better looking cookie recipe for the jars but this was the only one I found for the pint mason jars. All the other recipes were for the quart jars. If you find a better one let me know! The cookies are yummy even if they’re not especially pretty!

    1. Hi, Kerena. This is the exact recipe I’ve used and the cookies are as shown 🙂 They’re not the prettiest ever but one of my sons says they’re his favorite! Enjoy!

  2. This post is featured over at Diana Rambles today as part of a Back to School Round Up and has been pinned in the Featured at Diana Rambles board at Pinterest and Twitter.

  3. Cute! This looks so amazing. Pinned and tweeted. Thank you for bringing such amazing creations to our party. We hope to see you tonight at 7 pm because we LOVE to party with you! Lou Lou Girls

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  5. These gifts are so cute and you have done a wonderful job at the detail in this post. My husband is a teacher and it makes me want to make them for him! Thanks for the great gift idea. Dropping by from #SITSBlogging

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  8. What a fabulous job you did with your Mason Jars! You are so creative-I am sure the teachers LOVED these gifts!
    What a great idea! So smart!
    Thanks for linking up to Tickled Pink Times Two! I can’t wait to see what else you share!
    Make it a great week!