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.


Me and My Pink Mixer said...

Who wouldn't want a cute gift like this – love the pink!! Thanks for another fabulous idea Bakerella! You are the best!

August 24, 2009 12:29 PM
marybakes said...

Love this!!

August 24, 2009 12:33 PM
vivian said...

wonderful and fun! wishing I had known about this before so many of our little friends went off to college this week! I can still mail them though, if I get ambitious!
thanks for sharing

August 24, 2009 12:34 PM
bforbedlam said...

English rosie lea, one quart is just under a liter I believe. It's 32 ounces, imperial.

August 24, 2009 12:38 PM
Aidan and Evan's mommy said...

thanks for the great recipe and the ideas! I think I might use these as favors for a baby shower, and for some Christmas gifts for my son's nurses and therapists.

I've had Cowboy Cookies a million times and they are one of my favorites along with Cranberry Walnut Oatmeal.

Thanks again!

August 24, 2009 12:40 PM
Calamity Anne said...

What a great looking gift idea…and the cookies look delicious too!!!

August 24, 2009 12:41 PM
Tonya said...

I am so printing this out!

August 24, 2009 12:42 PM
Soiree Design- Creative Parties & Events said...

No wonder you have sooo many followers. You come up with such creative ideas and your pictures and instructions are so clear. I absolutely love this idea and will be using it in various versions for party favors in my business. Thank you so much!

August 24, 2009 12:55 PM
sweet pea TREATS said...

I think you outdo yourself every time. LOVE!! These would make fantastic party favours!

August 24, 2009 12:56 PM
Amber Schmidt said...

That is BY far the cutest idea I have seen all year!

August 24, 2009 01:06 PM
Cakedreamer said...

These look so wonderfully pinkalicious…I just want to bite into my computer screen. Yum! I'll have to try it with purple m&m's!

August 24, 2009 01:07 PM
Sylvia said...

Thanks! You really know how to take the ordinary and make it extraordinary. What a great twist on an old favorite!

August 24, 2009 01:11 PM
Rachel said...

Thanks for the PDF file so we can make the cute tags too!!! You Rock!

August 24, 2009 01:15 PM
BAKING is my ZeN...sweet nibbles for the soul said...

Adorable photos and recipe! Thanks!

August 24, 2009 01:18 PM
Anonymous said...

Adorable and so versatile!

August 24, 2009 01:20 PM
Southern Momma said...

Funny, I've been thinking about making mixes in jars lately. And here, you've done it! Thanks, Bakerella!

August 24, 2009 01:24 PM
ms318i said...

i love visiting your site……..the cutest ideas ever !

thanx from australia

August 24, 2009 01:28 PM
jen said...

these are ADORABLE!

August 24, 2009 01:31 PM
:::b r a n d i::: said...

My husband's grandmother makes these, but she calls them "Cow Chips" hee hee

August 24, 2009 01:32 PM
Brussel Sprouts said...

These look delicious! I especially love the idea of giving the ingredients as a gift. You are always out-doing yourself Bakerella! Thanks for the inspiration!

August 24, 2009 01:40 PM
Anis said...

OMG!!! this is a great gift it :)

August 24, 2009 01:46 PM
Melissa H said...

Thank you so much for sharing…what a cute idea! You are so talented, that's why I love dropping by your site to see what you've come up with.

Thanks again for all you do :)

August 24, 2009 01:47 PM
Helena said...

How big is the jars?

August 24, 2009 01:49 PM
momto4angels said...

You so inpspire me…I'm going to make similar jars for my daughters to give to their teachers the first day of school. I can't wait to pick out fabric for the tops of the jars! Now if I can only figure out how to make labels…not very tech savvy here…any sugestions out there???? thanks so much!

August 24, 2009 01:51 PM
momto4angels said...

helena~ I looked back on the site…they are 1 Quart jars! :)

August 24, 2009 01:56 PM
Katie Bug said...

Super cute! Thanks for the PDF.

August 24, 2009 02:02 PM
fresh365 said...

These are so fun and I especially love the pink! What a fabulous gift idea!

August 24, 2009 02:06 PM
nurseknitsalot said...

Pretty in pink….thanks for the gift idea!

August 24, 2009 02:08 PM
Katrina said...

Awesome! I'd take a gift like that if you missed my birthday! ;)

August 24, 2009 02:09 PM
Kim B said...

LOVE these! I make these but have to omit the nuts for my husband. I was looking for a good jar mix for Christmas gifts and as usual you have come through!
They are adorable!

August 24, 2009 02:12 PM
Julie said...

What an awesome post!!! Like you said, I can see how these could (will) be used over and over again in a variety of ways. Thank you!

August 24, 2009 02:15 PM
Smith Family said...

I've never had cowgirl/cowboy cookies I can't wait to try them.

August 24, 2009 02:17 PM
willowbirdbaking said...

Thank you for including your lovely labels! I've been wanting to try Cowboy Cookies! They look delicious!

August 24, 2009 02:21 PM
Michelle said...

Liz Lovely, a vegan bakery in Vermont, makes the best Cowgirl and Cowboy cookies I've ever had. Yours look good, but I can't imagine they compare to Liz Lovely's.

August 24, 2009 02:26 PM
Melissa said...

These look great! I was wondering if you used old-fashioned or quick oats, or if it made a difference.


August 24, 2009 02:32 PM
Lori Roberts said...

ach me something new all the time! Never heard of these…but I am from NY what can I say! LOL!!

August 24, 2009 02:33 PM
Kati- said...

Beautiful! I think you should give your friend the 3rd one over (second to last). I can't wait to try these out!

August 24, 2009 02:35 PM
Jess and Jen said...

So cute! I love love love it! Can't wait to give some away!

August 24, 2009 02:37 PM
Rachel said...

Ah! You are just soo creative! I love it! The cookies, the packaging (oh, the packaging is just too cute/awesome/cool!) =:D I just love your blog!!!!!!!! =:) You're the best! I wish my girlfriends lived closer so I could give them some of these, but I'd be afraid to mail it! =:(

~Miss Rachel~

August 24, 2009 02:43 PM
Fahrenheit 350° said...

I would give her the one with the most oats! and I wouldn't trust those pecans for more than one month at room temperature.
Those labels are darling! Avery sells fabulous labels: #5353. It is beautiful, crisp, thin white paper with adhesive that you simply peel off and affix your labels to whatever you desire. They come in full sheets so you can keep your own customized design! And they stick like water to rice!

August 24, 2009 02:48 PM
Atticelf said...

I liked the look of the one on the far left, but honestly, they ALL look great!

August 24, 2009 02:52 PM
Altaf said...

amazing cookies and photography!!

August 24, 2009 02:52 PM
The Hammond Family said...

The pink m&ms make me think of October. Which is Breast Cancer Awareness month! These cookies would be great as a reminder to do a self exam monthly , and if needed, have a yearly mamogram!

August 24, 2009 02:58 PM
sam said...

This is one of the cutest gift ideas I've ever seen! Thank you.

August 24, 2009 03:11 PM
heidileon said...

so creative and beautiful! and I bet they taste great!

August 24, 2009 03:13 PM
Mary Duffek said...

Sooooo stinkn' cute! Thanks for all the hard work and sharing the the fruits or jars of your labor. great gift ideas for Christmas…Thanks again! Many Blessings.

August 24, 2009 03:19 PM
holley family said...

Thanks so much for sharing, and even sharing the labels too! such creativity! thank you!

August 24, 2009 03:20 PM
davec777 said...

I've never commented before, but I just wanted to thank you for posting this. I know the perfect person to give this too =)

August 24, 2009 03:35 PM
the Purple One said...

Your jar is adorable! I too make cookies in a jar, and they last a very long time, if they are sealed tight. I keep them on hand for my boys to do. Some of mine are over a year old, and everything is fine. However, we do not mix the baking soda/powder with the flour first. We either seperate it by placing it in a little well in the brown sugar/white sugar, or in a very tiny ziplock bag. You can get 1 and a half ziplocks from the candy center of your craft store.
I love the Pink in your jars!

August 24, 2009 03:37 PM
Courtney said...

I've been keeping this recipe a secret from my friends for years! ;-) Mine also has cinnamon! Yum!

Love your stuff!

August 24, 2009 03:44 PM

As always, simply adorable. Wouldn't these make great gifts for kids too! I know my boys don't need any more toys. Cookies would be a welcomed gift that's for sure. Thanks for sharing with us!

August 24, 2009 03:59 PM
andreaquist said...

I've been looking for cute crafty things i can do this year for Christmas gifts, and totally had forgotten jar ensembles. Too cute! (And keeping to my diet is soooo hard when I have your site at the top of my bookmarked list…..YUM!!)

August 24, 2009 04:00 PM
Meaghan said...

What beautiful cookies, I absolutely love them!! Thanks for the great idea.

August 24, 2009 04:00 PM
Anonymous said...

WOW! Thanks for this great idea…I can't wait to make some and give them as gifts!!!!

August 24, 2009 04:07 PM
Tasha said...

Thanks bunches for sharing this one. I love making cookie jars.

August 24, 2009 04:11 PM
MarcyG. said...

Thank you for this post. I love the idea for gifts. Wonderful!

August 24, 2009 04:13 PM
Holly said...

I absolutely adore your website! I actually made this for a christmas gift one year and totally packed the jar wrong! I am glad you wrote it the correct way. I guess everyone has to mess up their first time! Those are so adorable! Can't wait to try them.

August 24, 2009 04:14 PM
Rachel said...

Hi Bakerella! I wanted to share this great recipe/idea with you for cupcake brownies! I just knew you'd love to get creative with them! =;) They are soo good and so easy!

Please take a look and let me know what you think! :)

~Miss Rachel~

August 24, 2009 04:17 PM
Office To Aprons said...

How do you make the labels? I have been wanting to do something similar. Thanks!

August 24, 2009 04:18 PM
Karla said...

They look great!! I'm sure they taste yummy too! Will be making these for office staff and teachers first day of school. Sept 8…thanks for sharing!!

August 24, 2009 04:18 PM
jkdefsako said...

Super idea for my Christmas (yes I did say Christmas) cookie party for favors this year. I think I'll call them Cowgirl Christmas Cookies! Thanks! Super cute as usual!

August 24, 2009 04:27 PM
Amélie said...

Votre site est une merveilleuse source d'idées! Etant passionnée de pâtisserie, je suis en extase devant toutes vos créations! Dommage que nous ne trouvons pas toujours les ingrédients en France!

August 24, 2009 04:28 PM
teresa said...

what?! no giveaway…..??? boo!
I think I will try these… super cute as gifts too!

August 24, 2009 04:33 PM
Nancy K said...

These are so cute. I am gong to have my Home Ec students make these for gifts this year. I love that it's both Cowboy and Cowgirl – all my students will be happy.

August 24, 2009 04:37 PM
kbloems27 said...

So cute! I love making these as gifts! Thanks for sharing!!

August 24, 2009 04:39 PM
Nanette said...

These turned out looking very tasty!! I think I am going to use this for Christmas cookie mix gifts this year, as all my family lives across the country and it would be perfect! Thanks for the recipe and labels PDF, YOU ROCK!!! Another great idea from Bakerella! p.s. My daughter is going to help me make your flower cupcakes from Mother's Day 2008 for her birthday in two weeks… We love your work! Thank you for sharing your skills and creativity!

August 24, 2009 04:46 PM
Get Real Girl said...

I love your blog! Another great idea from you! Thank you so much!

August 24, 2009 04:48 PM
MelADramatic Mommy said...

Those are adorable! I've been lurking here for awhile and wanted to say I'm really looking forward to meeting you in Minnesota!

August 24, 2009 05:04 PM
Susie said...

Hey Bakerella! I did these a few years ago when I was in school and didn't have a lot of cash for christmas presents. They last a few months in the jar because all of the ingredients are pretty time safe. I've also done 13 bean soup (also known as arizona bean soup) and that looks really cool too. Great blog and outstanding post!

August 24, 2009 05:07 PM
Lori aka A Cowboy's Wife said...

Well being that I'm A Cowboy's Wife, you had to know I'd love this idea and have done it before for the holidays. It's so much fun because everyone can add their own flavor, type of label, etc. These are just too cute!!!

August 24, 2009 05:11 PM
madventuresinbaking said...

Way too cute as always! I have 2 daughters so I love that they are "Cowgirl" cookies with pink! These will make fun holiday gifts.

I'm looking for new cookie recipes also so I will have to give this a try.

Thanks for the inspiration as always!


August 24, 2009 05:17 PM
Homegrown Memories Photography & Design said...

That is such a cute idea…I think I know what I may be giving away for some Christmas gifts! :)

August 24, 2009 05:25 PM
Melinda said...

Oh my gosh! So cute in the jars! And I had to giggle at you needing to use a ruler. Labels at all different heights would be something I would do for sure.

August 24, 2009 05:35 PM
karen said...

I love your graphics – what program do you do them in and do you have a graphics background, or are you simply super talented and crafty

August 24, 2009 05:38 PM
StuffCooksWant said...

What a cute twist on one of our favorites. As usual, Bakerella, you do not disappoint. Thanks!

August 24, 2009 05:41 PM
Larie said...

These are so cute! I love this idea :)

August 24, 2009 05:42 PM
ChristineM said...

The look great! Both in AND out of the jar! ;)

August 24, 2009 05:51 PM
Maybe said...

I'm gonna make this for my friends !!!

August 24, 2009 05:55 PM
Anonymous said...

Once again you have inspired me!!! I absolutly love the the tags!! thanks for the pdf. What program do you use to make your tags??? I just bought some tage punches from michela but I dont have a cool program to make tags. Thanks!!!

August 24, 2009 06:09 PM
Sadia said...


I used to give jarred mixes as gifts when I was poor grad student and couldn't afford anything more. I think you've inspired me to go back to that!

August 24, 2009 06:19 PM
Tyson and Katie said...

Another fantastic and adorable idea. One of these days I'm going to actually MAKE some of these great things! You're inspirational!

August 24, 2009 06:21 PM
justusseven said...

Hugs from Texas for your wonderful blog that brightens my day so often! UR my Martha Stewart
Linked to you on

August 24, 2009 06:22 PM
DollFace Delights said...

Everything about this is super cute!

August 24, 2009 06:24 PM
Angela said...

Ok, the question is which will ship better? The cookie or the jar of mix?
I want to make these for a friend overseas… but which way to go…. hum…

Thanks again for your great ideas, Angie!


August 24, 2009 06:26 PM
Rhonda said...

Wow, these would be great for Breast Cancer Awareness month in October, too! THANKS! You made it easy by doing all the "Trying it out" until it worked and providing the labels, too!

August 24, 2009 06:29 PM
Trysha said...

I just made chocolate chip cookies last night and failed! Who fails making chocolate chip cookies?!

Looks like this will be my recipe for round two. And I know exactly who to give a jar to. :)

August 24, 2009 06:32 PM
Jen said...

I love the fact that these are "normal" ol' cookies with a cutie pie facelift, featuring the pink M&M's! Those make me happy just looking at them! :)

August 24, 2009 06:37 PM
Wendy Lojik said...


August 24, 2009 06:54 PM
hawleywood said...

It is so funny that you did this because my mom gave me Cowboy Cookies mix in a jar for Christmas! Her packaging wasn't quite as cute as yours, but I'm not going to complain about free cookie mix! Yours look absolutely delicious!

August 24, 2009 06:57 PM
LEISHMAN'S said...

Super cute! I may have to use your idea!

August 24, 2009 06:59 PM
Valerie said...

très très belle idée j'aime beaucoup !
Très chouette idée pour offrir aux gens qu'on aime !

August 24, 2009 07:19 PM
Sanjana said...


August 24, 2009 07:29 PM
Chris said...

I think I'm going to do this for my family this year – it looks like an awesome way to say "I'm thinking of you."

August 24, 2009 07:56 PM
Anna said...

THANK YOU! These are fabulous. Thanks for also including the art for the labels. I was just thinking about what might be a good little "thank you" gift or something that wouldn't break the bank. Darling!

August 24, 2009 08:04 PM
A Wedding Story said...


August 24, 2009 08:34 PM
Boho Baby said...

hmmm… super gift ideas. maybe for bridesmaids. out-of-town wedding guests? favors? keep the ideas coming in Bakerella. i will gladly "borrow" them. ('cause you know, you can't steal and go to heaven.) haha

August 24, 2009 08:41 PM
Gourmified said...

OMG! These are incredible! All the little touches you've added are just the "icing on the cake"! LOVE it!

August 24, 2009 08:48 PM
Anonymous said...

These are great, so creative and pretty. But why not encourage people to reuse jars they already have, even if they do have an embossed logo?

I am trying so hard to consume less at home, and reuse what I have. Every idea I read that helps me toward that goal is a gift. It is a struggle not to default to buying the newest, smoothest, easiest thing. It would be great if you would apply some of your creative genius to making this gorgeous stuff with the environment in mind.

August 24, 2009 08:55 PM
Anonymous said...

The First thing that came to mind for me was Baby Shower goodies! I will definately be making some of these!

August 24, 2009 09:01 PM
Marie said...

I LOVE cowboy cookies. The recipe I have has coconut too. I think it's from Martha Stewart.

August 24, 2009 09:16 PM
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