M&M Cookie Mix in a Jar Gift

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Love giving handmade goodies from the kitchen? This M&M Cookie Mix in a Jar Gift recipe includes a FREE printable and label!

Christmas M&M Cookies in a mason jar

Do you ever look back in the past and wonder what in the world you were thinking?

Let me explain. Over 20 years ago I was a choir director in our local church. It was the perfect job for me since I have a music degree and love ministering to the church body.

Each Christmas I would a host a party in my home, filled with homemade goodies made by me and decorations that turned my home into a twinkling wonderland.

M&M cookies on a Christmas plate with cookie mix in a jar

Obviously I was YOUNGER then and as much as I dearly loved my people I went way overboard. Way, way overboard.

If I could tell my younger self one thing it would be that I didn’t have to work so hard to make a good impression. I also didn’t have to do everything! My choir family loved me for me, not for the free food and pretty home!

Red and green Christmas decorations with rustic mantel and wreaths

Back in the day I also loved making handmade gifts. One year I made a soup mix in a jar recipe and everyone loved it! This year I decided to make an M&M cookie mix in a jar! (And I tested the mix and the cookies are delicious!)

Celebrate the season with a handmade gift straight from your kitchen! This mason jar gift makes a beautiful and tasty treat to give friends and family this Christmas!

(You can find more mason jar craft ideas here.)

Tips for M&M Cookies in a Mason Jar Gift

  • Determine number of jars desired and gather enough ingredients to put together in one session.
  • Use a funnel to pour ingredients into jars.
  • Press down dry ingredients carefully to make more room in each container.
  • Decorate the jars with a pretty scrapbook paper or fabric.
  • Print the recipe on heavy cardstock and attach with a ribbon.
  • Use printable labels or a circle punch to cut out label for the quart jar.

***Click here for the PDF printable recipe card directions.


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Quart jars
Scrapbook paper
2 1/2″ circle punch
Vinyl sticker paper
Christmas spatula
(I got mine at Target but these are cute, too!)

  • M&M candies (or chocolate chips, raisins, nuts or any of your favorite cookie flavor)
  • all purpose flour
  • granulated sugar
  • baking soda
  • baking powder

Cookie recipe ingredients and details are available in the recipe card.

Step 1. Wash and dry jars.

I buy jars at yard sales when they’re cheap to use for projects such as this. Just make sure there are no chips and run them through the dishwasher for a good cleaning.

Step 2. Print instructions and labels on cardstock and cut out.

M&M cookie mix in a mason jar

If you would prefer to create a sticker for the label I recommend this product.

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You can access the free printable with recipe instructions here. The pretty Merry & Bright label is available here.

When you print the labels make sure you select “fit to page” or “scale to fit” so that the labels print full size.

Step 3. Use lid to trace circle onto patterned scrapbook paper.

Trace mason jar lid on paper

Step 4. Cut out circle of scrapbook paper or fabric.

Cut out circle from paper

Step 5. Glue circle to jar lid.

Add glue to mason jar lid

Step 6. Pour M&M’s into jar with a funnel as the first layer.

Pour M&M's into funnel

If you’d like the M&M’s as a higher layer for the pretty factor just spoon them in carefully as to not disturb the dry ingredients.

A wide mouth quart jar is easiest but using a funnel will do the job as well.

Step 7. Gently pour flour into jar.

Pour flour into mason jar

Step 8. Press down gently to compress flour layer.

Tamp down flour in mason jar

Step 9. Add sugar to jar.

Pour sugar into mason jar

Step 10. Add baking soda and baking powder.

Press lightly as needed on the flour mixture to fit into the jar.

Add dry ingredients to mason jar recipe

Step 11. Screw on decorative jar lid, add label and attach directions with a ribbon.

M&M Christmas cookie mix with instructions and merry and bright label

This gift would be cute with a Christmas spatula included!

Red and green M&M's on a Christmas plate with cookie mix

If you’d like variety this post has more FREE printables for mason jars!

FAQs about gifts in jars

The cookie mix will last 6-9 months stored in a pantry or out of the sun if you’ve used fresh ingredients when putting the mix together. But I wouldn’t hesitate to make them even if the jar mix is a bit older!

These basic ingredients are all usually on sale during the holiday season. Stock up on essentials when they’re on sale and you’ll save even more money!

Some favorites include soup, trail mix, cappuccino or hot chocolate, dry salad dressing and Chex mix.

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M&M Cookie Mix in a Jar

Course Cookie
Cuisine American


  • 1 cup M&M candies
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder

M&M Cookies

  • 1 jar M&M Cookie Mix
  • 3/4 cup butter or margarine softened
  • 2 eggs slightly beaten
  • 1 tsp vanilla


  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  • In a large bowl cream the butter, eggs and vanilla.
  • Add the M&M Cookie Mix and stir until the mixture is well blended.
  • Drop by rounded tablespoonfuls onto greased cookie sheet.
  • Bake for 10-12 minutes.
  • Trasnfer to wire racks to cool.



Drop cookies by small tablespoons (or even teaspoons) so cookies don’t spread too much on the cookie sheet.
Merry and Bright mason jar with M&M Cookie Mix in side

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    1. Hi, Susan. There’s no way to change the text on the labels. Sorry. There are programs out there that are easy to use but this is just a one sheet project. Sorry!

  2. I really love this idea. When I lived in the UK we had a group of friends that did secret Santa every year but the gifts all had to be hand made. This would have been a great gift.