Step-by-Step Instructions for DIY Christmas Cookies in a Jar – friend gift for Christmas

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This holiday season, surprise your friends with a delightful and personalized gift – DIY Christmas Cookies in a Jar. These charming jars are not only a feast for the eyes but also contain all the dry ingredients needed to bake a batch of scrumptious Christmas cookies. Follow these step-by-step instructions to create a heartfelt and delicious present that your friends will cherish.

Materials Needed:

  • Clean and dry glass jars with lids (at least 1-quart capacity)
  • Ingredients for the cookie mix (see the list below)
  • Festive holiday-themed ribbon or twine
  • A heartfelt note or holiday card
  • Measuring cups and spoons
  • Mixing bowl
  • Whisk or spoon
  • Baking sheet
  • Parchment paper or a non-stick baking mat

Optional: Cookie cutter and icing for decorating

ingredients for the cookie

Ingredients for the Cookie Mix (Layered in the Jar):

Layer these ingredients in the jar in the order listed below, creating a visually appealing display.

  • 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1/2 cup red and green chocolate chips (or any preferred mix-ins)
  • 1/4 cup chopped nuts (optional)
  • 1/4 cup rolled oats
  • 1/4 cup red and green sprinkles (for a festive touch)

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Assembly Instructions:

  • Ensure that the glass jars are clean and dry.
  • Carefully layer the dry ingredients in the jar in the order listed above. Use a funnel or a rolled-up piece of paper as a makeshift funnel to help pour ingredients neatly into the jar.
  • After adding each layer, gently tap the jar on the counter to settle the ingredients and create a visually pleasing layered effect.
  • Seal the jar with its lid, making sure it’s tightly closed to keep the ingredients fresh.
  • Tie a festive ribbon or twine around the neck of the jar, creating a decorative bow.
  • Write a heartfelt note or holiday card to accompany the jar. You can include a warm holiday message or personal touch.
  • Your DIY Christmas Cookies in a Jar gift for your friends is now ready to be shared and enjoyed.

Baking Instructions:Include these baking instructions with your gift, either on a separate card or attached to the jar with a ribbon.

assembly instructions

Instructions for Baking Christmas Cookies

You will need:

  • 1 jar of DIY Christmas Cookie Mix
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  • Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C) and line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a non-stick baking mat.
  • In a large mixing bowl, combine the softened butter, egg, and vanilla extract. Mix until well blended.
  • Open the jar of DIY Christmas Cookie Mix and pour the contents into the mixing bowl with the wet ingredients. Stir until all ingredients are fully combined, forming a cookie dough.
  • Using a tablespoon or cookie scoop, drop dough onto the prepared baking sheet, spacing them about 2 inches apart.
  • If desired, use a cookie cutter to shape the cookies or simply flatten them with the back of a spoon.
  • Bake in the preheated oven for 10-12 minutes, or until the edges are golden brown. The cookies may look slightly undercooked in the center, but they will continue to cook as they cool.
  • Allow the cookies to cool on the baking sheet for a few minutes before transferring them to a wire rack to cool completely.
  • Enjoy your homemade Christmas cookies, and share the joy with your friends!

instructions for baking christmas cookies

In the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, it’s thoughtful, homemade gifts like these that truly warm the heart. As you share these DIY Christmas Cookies in a Jar with your friends, remember that you’re not just giving them ingredients; you’re giving them the gift of joy, tradition, and the love that goes into baking and sharing special moments together.

These cookies may disappear quickly, but the memories you create while baking and enjoying them will linger on, brightening your friendships for years to come. So, here’s to warm kitchens, laughter, and the magic of the holiday season. May this gift bring you and your friends closer together, one delicious cookie at a time.
Wishing you and your loved ones a joyful and cookie-filled Christmas!