m&m cookies, ready for gifting

I made m&m cookies in a jar. Not very paleo, I know.  But the teachers I am gifting are definitely Not. Paleo. So, I figured they’d like these. Also, since I am in Switzerland, I am hoping that the whole DIY-gift-in-a-jar-concept might be novel. I followed a recipe I found online for Cowboy (or Cowgirl) cookies in a jar.

First of all, I had a very difficult time finding chocolate chips. I found chocolate shavings, chocolate sprinkles, chocolate syrup…but no chocolate chips. Finally, I found some “chocolate drops” in Germany at Edeka. (Later, I saw some at Coop as well. They’re called Schokotröpfchen—if you’re looking for them.)

Eclectic-Domestic: Chocolate chips for cookies in a jar

More like little chocolate dots than what I think of as chocolate chips, but they’ll do fine…

I also had a difficult time finding brown sugar. Normally, I substitute unprocessed raw cane sugar (Rohzucker), but I was motivated to try to find real brown sugar for the teachers. That’s not easy around here. I checked in many stores. I also ended up finding this in Germany at Edeka. To be honest, it looked quite a  bit like the raw cane sugar I usually buy, but I felt better for having found something that at least claimed it was the real deal.

Eclectic-Domestic: Brown sugar for cookies in a jar

Ah, brown sugar how come you taste so good?

I couldn’t find pecans at all. Nowhere. I know I have seen them before, but perhaps they were only seasonally available, so, I substituted walnuts.

I made my cookies mixes in canning jars from IKEA. In contrast to Heidi with her lentil soup project, I bought far too much of my ingredients (especially flour and sugar, which I rarely use), so now I have lots of ingredients left over. Also unlike Heidi, I didn’t have my kids help me. I figured there would be too many m&m and chocolate chip “casualties.”

Stuff you will need (not ingredients)

  • A wide-mouthed funnel (optional). This cuts down considerably on spillage.
  • Measuring cup
  • Card stock or thick paper for recipe cards
  • Pretty curling ribbon
  • 1-liter or 1-quart glass jars.

I made the mistakes so you don’t have to…

  1. I didn’t pack down each level tightly enough. I shook and leveled and shook and leveled. But apparently I didn’t pack it in hard enough. The ingredients should be flush with the top of the lid when you seal it up.
  2. I didn’t chop my walnuts finely enough. It was really difficult to close the jars actually. I suspect the walnuts could have been chopped more finely.

How to assemble your jars

  Layer 7: chopped walnuts (up under the sealing ring—you can’t even see this layer) Layer 6: white sugarLayer 5: brown sugar

Layer 4: chocolate chips

Layer 3: m&ms

Layer 2: oats

Layer 1: flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt


Eclectic-Domestic: How to layer your cookies in a jar...

How to layer your cookies in a jar…

I translated the instructions into German for gifting and printed them on circular removable labels. I placed the instruction sticker on the back. I printed “Merry Christmas” on the same circular labels and put them on the front of the jar.

Since you probably don’t speak German, I figured the labels would be of little use to you. (Let me know in the comments if you’d like me to post them. I’d be happy to.) I converted the English instructions into Heidi’s recipe card template so you can use them.

Download in Word format: m&m cookies recipe card template

Download in PDF format: m&m cookies recipe card template

m&m cookies in a jar, ready for gifting

m&m cookies in a jar, ready for gifting

m&m cookies in a jar
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m&m cookies in a jar ready for gifting
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Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
40 min
Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
40 min
148 calories
21 g
18 g
7 g
2 g
4 g
34 g
85 g
12 g
0 g
3 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving
Calories 148
Calories from Fat 62
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 7g
Saturated Fat 4g
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 2g
Cholesterol 18mg
Sodium 85mg
Total Carbohydrates 21g
Dietary Fiber 1g
Sugars 12g
Protein 2g
Vitamin A
Vitamin C
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  1. A wide-mouthed funnel (optional)
  2. Measuring cup
  3. Card stock or thick paper for recipe cards
  4. Pretty curling ribbon
  5. 1-liter or 1-quart glass jars.
Ingredients (for the jar)
  1. 1 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  2. 1 tsp. baking powder
  3. 1 tsp. baking soda
  4. 1/4 tsp. salt
  5. 1 cup cooking oats
  6. 3/4 cup m&ms
  7. 3/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  8. 1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
  9. 1/2 cup white sugar
  10. 1/3–1/2 cup chopped walnuts
Ingredients (for the cookies)
  1. 1/2 cup butter, almost melted
  2. 1 egg, slightly beaten
  3. 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  1. Mix includes: flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, oats, m&ms, chocolate chips, brown sugar, white sugar, chopped walnuts.
  2. Preheat oven to 175 °C (350 °F).
  3. Mix together dry ingredients in a large bowl and add
  4. 1/2 cup butter, almost melted
  5. 1 egg, slightly beaten
  6. 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  7. Combine thoroughly.
  8. Roll into 3 cm (1 1/2 inch) balls and bake for 10 minutes.
  9. Enjoy!
Adapted from Bakerella
Adapted from Bakerella
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4 Responses to Gifts in a jar: m&m cookies

  1. Karen says:

    Great gift idea! I’m sure the teachers will love it. By the way, Migros (at least the one near me) has pecans all year long. But what I have never found here is vanilla extract. Real vanilla extract, not vanilla aroma. Maybe I can order it online?

    • Stacy says:

      Hi Karen, I have bought vanilla extract in France but it is terribly easy to make — just buy a few vanilla pods and a cheap bottle of vodka. Using a sterilized jar or flip top bottle, pour the vodka over the pods and allow to sit for at least a week. You can strain out the pods or leave them in (I take them out). That is vanilla extract. To make brown sugar (the soft US kind) add one tablespoon molasses (schwarze Melasse – buy this in a Drogerie or Reformhaus) to one cup of sugar. Mix well. Hope that helps!

  2. Stacy says:

    Hi – I came to your blog through FB, I have been in Switzerland many years and can help you find all the food items you are searching for! 🙂

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