Gifts in a jar: m&m cookies

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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