Monday, August 24, 2009

Mix things up!

Cookie Stack

Yeehaaa… yum yum… it’s Cowboy Cookies. Or, in this case, Cowgirl Cookies.

A friend introduced these to me and I love them. Especially the name. Cowboy Cookies. Cowboy Cookies. Cowboy Cookies. Rolls off the tongue doesn’t it? Well, I took the traditional oats, chocolate chips and pecans this cookie is known for and added some pink m&m’s to make them, well, more girly.

Cookie Ingredients

But why stop there. I also made a few cookie mixes to try out as a test run for a gift idea. You see, I missed said friend’s birthday (sorry friend) and I wanted to make up for it. So, I took her basic recipe and made a few adjustments so I could fit all the ingredients into these jars.

Cowgirl Cookies

They’re smooth Ball jars made especially for crafts. Smooooooth. No embossed logos in the glass. Nice. And with a little fabric, labels and a brown suede bow, they’re perfect little gifts.

Four Jars

But which one should I give her? It actually matters because I made four different variations. If you notice in the photo above, some of them have more oats, more flour or more sugar. I was trying different combinations to get all the ingredients to fit.

Oh and note to self: Use a ruler when attaching labels next time.

Luckily, the first test batch I made, worked. Yes!

So, here’s the recipe:

Cowgirl Cookies

1 1/3 cup all purpose flour, spooned into measuring cup & leveled
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup cooking oats
3/4 cup m&ms
3/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
1/2 cup white sugar
1/3 – 1/2 cup chopped pecans

Stir all the dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl.

Cowgirl Cookies


1 slightly beaten egg
1/2 cup butter (melted slightly in the microwave)
1 teaspoon vanilla

Mix wet ingredients into dry ingredients. Use the back of a large spoon to work it all together. You may even need to use your hands to get everything incorporated.

Unbanked cookies

Then roll the cookie dough into 1 1/2 inch balls, place on a parchment covered baking sheet and bake for about 10 minutes in a preheated 350 degree oven. I got about 26-28 cookies out of these.

Here’s how they came out.

Cowgirl Cookies

Pretty and tasty. But I still want to try the other mixes later, and if one tastes better I’ll make sure and update the recipe. Besides, I want to know how long these will last in jars. Any ideas?

Want to make some cute cookie mix gifts, too? Here’s how.

Cookie Labela

Start with a 1 quart smooth Ball jar. I found these at Hobby Lobby craft store.

Layer the ingredients in like this:

First: flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt
Second: oats
Third: m&ms
Fourth: chocolate chips
Fifth: brown sugar
Sixth: white sugar
Seventh: chopped pecans

Pack each level down really tightly. I mean it. Pack it in. Or else it won’t all fit. Also, I added the chopped pecans last, because if the ingredients were too much or not enough, then I could add more or less pecans to adjust. I’d rather sacrifice nuts than chocolate, you know. The ingredients should be flush to the top of the lid when you seal it up.

Suede Bow

See. There’s some of the pecans peeking out from under the fabric.

To decorate the top of the jars, get a spool of suede cord and some fabric. I really wanted to find some pink western bandana fabric, but this will do.
Anyway, cut the fabric into 6 inch squares and the suede into 25 inch pieces. Place the fabric on top and tie ribbons around the lid to hold it in place.


For the labels, you’ll need some card stock, a paper punch and double-sided tape.

You can use the pink labels I made if you want. DOWNLOAD THE PDF HERE.

Cookie Jar Labels

I also included one for the baking instructions and a label for Cowboy Cookies in brown if you want to gift these to boys or girls.

Cowboy Cookies

Note: you can change the color of m&ms and give them as Halloween gifts, or Christmas gifts, too. Check out the seasonal m&ms in the candy aisle. They are usually available in special holiday colors or themes. The pink ones were in the Breast Cancer awareness bag. Also another great gift idea.


Jen said...

WOW Bakerella, I worship your amazingness. DEF making these for gifts this year!

December 7, 2013 09:27 AM
sarah said...

Looks so good :) I tried to make the jars and it just did not fit in the normal mouth quart jars, did you use full quantity listed for 1 jar?

Appreciate the help!

December 9, 2013 02:32 AM
Monica said...

I just made 12 of these for Christmas gifts! So cute!! Thanks so much!! (Oh and we made some for us too, yummy!)

December 11, 2013 12:58 AM
Brette said...

Hi! I’ve been following your blog for years now. A couple of years ago I made these beautiful and delicious cookie mix jars. After cutting and finding the hole punch then double stick taping them on, then glue dotting them on… I’ve graduated to making sticker labels using Paper Source’s 2.5″ round labels that can be printed on…. Any chance you would modify the PDF above to print onto the Paper Source labels? It would make my jars that much more beautiful and I always credit your blog when I gift them…. Thanks so much for considering it!

December 15, 2013 12:02 PM
Chantal said...

I love this idea!! I wanted to do some DIY Christmas gifts this year, and I decided to try these. I accidentally got the wrong size jars, couldn’t find any stores around me that sold fabric or suede cord. But, I split the recipe into two pint jars, and tied them together with some ribbon. The oats and flower fit perfectly into one jar, and everything else in the other. Still happy with the turnout!!

December 18, 2013 10:39 AM
Amy said...

These look AWESOME!!!!

Quick question: Does this recipe yield CRUNCHY cookies, or CHEWY ones? The cowpokes I’d be making these for have strong preferences, so I’d need to know ahead of time.

December 18, 2013 12:35 PM
Lee Ann said...

How did you get it all to fit in the jar?

December 19, 2013 10:41 PM
Ali said...

Made these “Cowboy” cookies with all boys for Christmas. They turned out great!!

December 23, 2013 06:37 PM
Free Gift Cards said...

cookies look amazing!this is a great gift idea,

January 16, 2014 08:12 PM
Anonymous said...

So perfect for party favors. I had to order the 1 quart jars but they arrived. Will be working this weekend on putting these together for a baby shower!

January 17, 2014 11:45 AM
Sue said...

I love these cookies!! And have given to many a teacher and coach as a gift. We also make them at home for Santa….. But. Mine never flatten out! I follow the recipe to the ‘T’ and have used fresh baking soda and baking powder… It’s very distressing as it isn’t the only cookie recipe I’m having issues with. HELP!

January 27, 2014 06:01 PM
Belen boulger said...

Hi bakerella.
I just did a prototype…
I’m throwing a baby shower next month and want to use these as favors.
Any tips? Im trying “to cheat” by using prepackaged cookie mix- so no oats or brown sugar. Just the mix and m& m’s.
I put the m&ms on top-no go. Then on the bottom and the flour seeped down. Any advice? Belen

February 9, 2014 07:36 PM
Shanda said...

Received this as a gift/souvenir from a baby shower. My girls and I had fun making these. They were quite tasty.

February 13, 2014 04:49 PM
Gabriella said...

I love it! What a fun idea! I’ll be featuring your post on my blog ( tomorrow and sending folks your way for instructions! Keep up the good work!

I would also like to invite you to on Fridays for a brand new link-up; it would be a delight to have you join us!


February 18, 2014 10:47 PM
Loren said...

How much do you sell these for? How much does it cost them to make?

February 26, 2014 07:18 PM
Mrs. Dixon said...

I am trying to find a cute craft I can make cheaply but sell for a few bucks at the swap meet on Sundays to raise money to continue feeding 12 feral cats that my husband and I were lucky enough to catch spay and neuter and set free again. The cost is more than a pinch. I am asking if I may use your cookie in a jar craft to make a few bucks to help cover cat food cost. Your adorable little jars could just be easy enough to be of a real big help to 12 really adorable cats. These cats are all a family and they don’t bother the neighborhood they just don’t have anywhere to go. Please Please be their angel and say yes and let me know if you would prefer I keep your original logo on them then or if I may alter and put a kitty paw on them. Thanks for even sharing your skills with the world very nice of you.

April 7, 2014 04:12 AM
kari winston said...

what size jar do you use ?

June 3, 2014 10:11 PM
asaf said...

how can i make this in a smaller size jar?
i need to give this to 10 people, and i want to reduce the ingredients…please help me to do that..

June 29, 2014 05:00 AM
Emmie said...

These are the best

July 12, 2014 12:36 AM
Barbara said...

these look so great. will have to make some for my niece 3rd birthday party. as a little thank you to the adults

July 17, 2014 04:08 PM
Lulu said...

What kind of Oats did you use?

August 27, 2014 08:09 PM
Kim said...

Do you have a label sheet with just the Cowgirl Cookies design?

September 8, 2014 03:52 PM
Amy W said...

I can’t wait to make and also bake a batch!!!

September 9, 2014 12:30 PM
Ellen said...

These are going to make a lovely ‘loot bag’ gift for my daughter’s friends at her horse riding birthday party tomorrow! She and I had loads of fun assembling them. Thanks so much for putting it all together and sharing!

September 20, 2014 06:18 PM
Majo said...

These sound so yummy and look so cute! Where did you buy the glasses? I can only find very expensive ones…
Thanks :)

October 26, 2014 12:18 PM
Victoria said...

What size jar did you use?

November 7, 2014 07:14 PM
Paula Herron said...

Great idea! Just in time for our cookie exchange party at my Volunteer Fire Department. Might even play with the name and color of the M & M’s.

November 14, 2014 09:46 AM
Deb said...

I have a suggestion. As here in the South, when you buy a Bean Soup from a Market Vendor, the Hot Sauce comes attached to the package the beans come in. So I might suggest that the nuts are either put in a bag that can be attached to the jar with the cording already being used, or in a miniture jar placed on top. The reason being a person could be allergic to the nuts, can not eat them, or just does not like. This would allow everything to fit, plus if wanted more chocolate either in the chips or M&m

November 16, 2014 08:23 PM
Abby said...

That recipe looks awesome, and that would be my mom’s Christmas present, but my mom likes almonds more than pecans. Would it be okay to use almonds?

November 23, 2014 06:16 PM
Mom said...

Cowgirl cookies

November 27, 2014 12:33 PM
Jordy jene said...

These look so delicious!!! I l is this the website
Where I might have a chance to win one of your gifts.

I love all your ideas!! They are
Way cool!! You are so nice and sweet!


December 2, 2014 10:16 AM
Lila said...

does anyone know how long it will last?? I want to make it as a christmas present, but, am scared the ingredients will go off. please help!?

December 9, 2014 05:58 AM
Beno said...

How many grams are in a cup in this recepie ? Wanna try this very much ????

December 14, 2014 05:08 PM
Yien said...

Lovely! How many oz is the jar? I would love to give them out as christmas gifts.

December 16, 2014 04:27 PM
Sybil said...

These cookies are simply to die for.I have given these jars as gifts for the last few Christmases, and invariably the recipients will come completely unprompted to tell me how good the cookies are. And everyone wants the recipe. This year my health is not so good and I’m just not up to all that assembly so I’m just baking the cookies and putting them in tins to hand out. I am so glad I stumbled onto this recipe. Best. Cookies. Ever.

December 21, 2014 09:24 PM
Sharon said...

These are amazing! I made a jar for each of my staff members and for everyone in the family last Christmas and it was a HUGE hit!

These cookies have become a staple in our house. With 2 teenage boys and me with a sweet tooth, I have to bake a few batches at a time. Absolutely beyond yummy!

December 22, 2014 09:19 AM
Sharon said...

Yien, I used 1 litre jars for mine. Not sure how many oz that is?

December 22, 2014 09:20 AM
bailee said...

hey these r fun and great

December 22, 2014 10:08 AM
Esmeralda said...

I ? theese they are so great everyone should loves theese my kik is lovingcristal

December 24, 2014 09:34 AM
Liana said...

My daughter and I made these cookies in a jar with a Christmas theme and gave them as Christmas gifts to her friends to make as Cookies for Santa. We made a batch ourselves, Santa was only allowed 2 cookies on Christmas Eve but the entire tin was empty within days. These are delicious cookies and make fabulous gifts. We had to make our own tags to cater for the difference in measurements used in NZ. Have already had mums of the children asking for the recipe. Would definitely recommend these!!!!

January 1, 2015 06:32 PM
brit said...

I add peanut butter and flax seed to them. Adds a nice crunch to it and they are amazing!!

March 25, 2015 08:44 PM
Erica said...

What size are these mason jars??

March 29, 2015 04:58 PM
Christina said...

Does anyone know how I can print just the brown labels without the pink?

April 27, 2015 11:48 PM
Megan said...

These are sooo cute, making them for a baby shower – cowgirl cookies :) FYI though. fair warning, pink M & M’s are hard to find when not around Breast Cancer Awareness month. AND they are expensive! I was trying to make 12 jars and sent hubby to pick up 9 cups of pink M & M’s and he returned baffled from our local candy shop with a receipt for $69.00!!!! Just for the M & M’s!!! Be prepared, cute with a price!

May 31, 2015 11:16 PM
cookiesfromhome said...

So yummy and adorable.Thanks for the blog

June 29, 2015 01:48 AM
Torie said...

what did you use to pack the ingredients down with?

July 19, 2015 02:55 PM


July 25, 2015 09:18 PM
Anna said...

Hye…your cowboy cookies idea was splendid…I love it….Thanks for share it

July 30, 2015 06:13 AM
Niki said...

can I omit the nuts?

July 31, 2015 12:54 AM
Natalie said...

Can I make these without nuts?

October 6, 2015 03:26 PM
Joyce said...

These look great, but I worry that the jars would be pricey??how much do they cost?

October 16, 2015 07:54 PM
LOREIN said...

how long you should use the mix?

October 19, 2015 04:06 PM
anita said...

Thanks for sharing this detailed info. It was just what I was looking for. You are a Godsend!

November 20, 2015 10:54 PM
afshan said...

Hi if you wanted to make these for a pint jar would you just half the ingredients not sure?? thanks

November 21, 2015 05:13 AM
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