The Best Cookie Mix In A Jar Christmas Gift Idea!

2008 December 22

You Know The Awful Cookie Mixes In A Jar…
Seriously. NOT THESE.

A few years ago I tested a bunch of recipes for cookie jar mixes. And this is by FAR the winner.

And really. When the main ingredient is chunks of Reese’s Cups, how could it not be the winner??


I’m not very good at packaging.

So it’s a good thing these babies look awesome before you add anything.

(The little tubs in the pic are homemade lip gloss for kid friend gifts–didn’t turn out so well… still experimenting on that recipe…I think we’ll keep ’em around for an April fool’s joke or something because they are AWFUL tasting—too much Kool-Aide mix!)

Merry Ho Ho Ho.

You want the recipe? It’s not a secret.

Recipe for the BEST Reese’s Cups Cookie in a Jar Gift Idea


  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 16 mini Reese’s Cups, cut into 1/2 inch pieces


  1. Mix the flour, baking powder and baking soda in a small bowl. Set aside.
  2. Layer ingredients in order given in a 1 quart wide mouth (you’ll thank me) canning jar.
    Press each layer firmly in place.
    (It will all fit trust me, but it will be tight.)
    Add chopped peanut butter cups last.
  3. Attach directions to Jar:

    Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Cookies
    1. Remove peanut butter cups from jar. Set aside.
    2. Empty remaining cookie mix into large mixing bowl.
    3. Add 1/2 cup butter softened at room temperature.  Add in 1 egg and 1 teaspoon vanilla.
    4. Mix until completely blended.
    5. Mix in peanut butter cups gently with your hands.
    6. Shape into 1 Inch sized balls. Place 2 inches apart on greased cookie sheets.
    7. Bake at 375 degrees F for 8-10 minutes until edges are lightly browned.

Makes 2 1/2 dozen cookies.

Give it away Baby!

Do you have a better cookie mix in a jar recipe…? I’d like to find a brownie mix in a jar recipe…


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  1. Kristina P. permalink
    December 22, 2008

    These look and sound great, Carissa!

  2. Joy permalink
    December 22, 2008

    looking yummy I agree everything is better with reese’s cups

  3. Jocasta permalink
    December 22, 2008


  4. Mommyto2 permalink
    December 22, 2008

    They look great. I want the lip gloss recipe, what fun!

  5. Keep It Classy, Jen permalink
    December 23, 2008

    YUM!! Thanks for the recipe!

  6. jill jill bo bill permalink
    December 23, 2008


  7. Paul and Megan Hawkes permalink
    December 23, 2008

    What a fun gift. It look like a yummy recipe! Have a Merry Christmas.

  8. Jenni Jiggety permalink
    December 23, 2008

    That is a great idea and they look VERY cute!

  9. Jaime permalink
    December 24, 2008

    Anything reeses is bound to be good. Yum!

  10. ParentingPink permalink
    December 30, 2008

    I love giving these as gifts! Great job!Hope you had a wonderful holiday! Looking forward to GNO tomorrow!

  11. grace permalink
    December 30, 2008

    hmmm. i never knew there was such a thing as cookie mixes. must have been living under a rock 🙂

  12. Tiaras and Tantrums permalink
    December 30, 2008

    these are so pretty – where’s mine? (hheee just kidding)

  13. Michelle permalink
    December 30, 2008

    I love making cookie mixes in a jar, but I haven’t done it for years!

  14. Kimber permalink
    December 30, 2008

    Looks yummy. I’ve never tried cookies from a jar. May have to try someday.

  15. hippos toes permalink
    December 30, 2008

    Sounds good. I’m with you on the peanut butter cups. Hard for anything to be bad with those in it! Happy New Year to you!

  16. The Daily Blonde permalink
    December 30, 2008

    YUMMY!! 🙂

  17. Honey Mommy permalink
    December 31, 2008

    What a great idea for gifts! I will have to think about that for next year!

  18. Kacey R. permalink
    December 31, 2008

    Looks yummy and pretty too! “Do not use Diet Margarine”…that is funny!

  19. Lorina permalink
    December 31, 2008

    Looks great and sounds yummy! and now I am wondering what Diet Margarine is too..

  20. Threeundertwo permalink
    December 31, 2008

    Every year I say I’m going to do this and every year I flake out. Looks like you found a great recipe. Thanks!

  21. Brenda permalink
    December 31, 2008

    Those are really pretty and the recipe looks delicious! Thanks for passing that along.

  22. mommaof4wife2r permalink
    December 31, 2008

    i love making these…haven’t done if for a number of years. super duper fun!

  23. Heather @ Not a DIY Life permalink
    December 31, 2008

    I love cookie in a jar mixes and I love PB and chocolate! I think your ribbons look pretty and festive. It’s the thought that counts, right? I hope no one was complaining about that!Thanks for sharing and Happy New Year!

  24. Krissy permalink
    December 31, 2008

    Mmmm… My MIL got me a cookbook this year for Christmas called “Gifts In a Jar” .. it’s a whole series of 4, and she gave me the everyday dinners book. It is AWESOME! I plan on testing all these recipes out to figure out which ones are the good ones… cause 2009 … look out man! The post office just might be delivering lots of dinners in a jar! LOL

  25. 'Nette permalink
    January 1, 2009

    Totally unrelated but,in case you missed the tweet, I have nominated you for a Lemonade Blog award.

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