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Christmas Smarties Cookie Recipe in a Jar

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Gifts in a Jar

I have so many extended family and family friends that I need to buy gifts for that this time of year can get very expensive, so last year I started making gifts instead of buying them. This year I discovered 'in a Jar' gifts, mainly food ingredients but there were others and thought they would be perfect for our family. So I searched the internet for basic cookie recipes then adapted them for what would suit us. This is the recipe I finally came up with, and it looks great layered in our 1 quart jars. I have managed to buy 15 jars and make up all 15 (including 2 diabetic friendly versions) for around £60, so they work out as about £4 each, but I do still have some left over ingredients for use at a later time too.

Smarties Chocolate Chip Cookies - excuse the little burnt bits, my husband didn't know the difference between the oven and grill setting, luckily I caught it in time!

Smarties Chocolate Chip Cookies - excuse the little burnt bits, my husband didn't know the difference between the oven and grill setting, luckily I caught it in time!

The cookie mix layered in the jars

The cookie mix layered in the jars

Cook Time

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

10 min

12 min

22 min

Around 20 cookies


  • 1 and 1/3 cup All Purpose White Flour
  • 1tsp Baking Soda
  • 1tsp Baking Power
  • 1/4tsp Salt
  • 1 cup Porridge Oats
  • 3/4 cup M&M's or Smarties
  • 3/4 cup Chocolate Chips, milk, white and dark - your choice
  • 1/2 cup Brown Sugar, compacted down
  • 1/2 cup White Sugar
  • 1/2 cup Raisins
  • 1 large egg
  • 2/3 cup butter

To make the Jars

  1. To make the Jars just layer up the dry ingredients as they are listed. Make sure to pack down each level so it will all fit. Ours packed to just the bottom of the neck.
  2. Using a funnel will help you get the ingredients in more easily.
  3. Then just add a label, some fabric or paper round the top, and a tag telling the recipient what to do

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To make the Cookies

This is a super simple recipe to make.

1. Simply empty all your dry ingredients into a large mixing bowl, add 1 large lightly beaten egg and 2/3 cup of softened butter and mix it all together until well combined. You will have a slightly sticky dough mixture.

2. Line a baking tray with Greaseproof parchment and heat your oven to 180C or around 350F.

3. Start rolling your mixture into 1 - 1.5 inch balls. Place them on the parchment then press down on them a little so they flatten and spread (only a bit as they will natural do this as they bake). Leave about 2inch between balls for them to spread.

4. Do this with all the mixture then bake for between 12-15 mins, until golden brown on top. they should still be slightly soft, but will harden when they cool.

5. Remove from oven and place on a wire rack to cool

6. Enjoy!

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Fantastic ideas brilliant writing, just made your rocky road, not much left and its not even set properly yet!!! They wont leave it alone, definatley a winner in our house.

Vanessa / from UK

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Chantele Cross-Jones (author) from Cardiff on December 02, 2012:

Glad you like them, thanks!

Britney from Southern California on December 01, 2012:

Great Hub! So adorable! I love doing gifts like this for the holidays. Thanks for the ideas!

Chantele Cross-Jones (author) from Cardiff on December 01, 2012:

Thank you, I'm glad you like it! And I hope your family love them too!

Chantele Cross-Jones (author) from Cardiff on December 01, 2012:

Thank you, I'm hoping my friends will like them!

Gypsy48 on December 01, 2012:

This is the perfect gift for someone that doesn't have a lot of time to bake. Thanks for sharing, voted up and useful:)

Suzanne Ridgeway from Dublin, Ireland on December 01, 2012:

Hi Daisy,

Love this idea! Going to do this for my family and the kids will love making them up! Great idea and its so budget friendly, love it! Vu, +++ shared and pinned!

Chantele Cross-Jones (author) from Cardiff on November 30, 2012:

Lol! I don't sleep. hehe! I just thought these would be more fun than little gifts.

Nancy Yager from Hamburg, New York on November 30, 2012:

Another great idea for making everyone's holiday special. Where do you find the time?

Chantele Cross-Jones (author) from Cardiff on November 29, 2012:

Yep M&M and chocolate chips is a good cookie combination! lol! Thank you!

Chantele Cross-Jones (author) from Cardiff on November 29, 2012:

Last year I made cookies and sweeties in a christmas tin for everyone, so I thought this year it would be fun to allow them to make their own. And I topped the jars with pretty snowflake tissue paper and a tag with instructions.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on November 29, 2012:

I saw M&M's and chocolate chips and decided this recipe was an instant winner! LOL I had students give me the cookies in jars like those you have shown, and it's a really cool idea.

Great job Daisy!

Randi Benlulu from Mesa, AZ on November 29, 2012:

What a clever idea! I love the way it looks and for most people, you've already don the hard part by collecting and measuring the ingredients! Thank you for sharing a great idea!

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